The 30dayhairdetox Teaches Yolanda the Value of Seeking The Advice of a Professional Natural Hair Stylist
Yolanda Cummings Aurora, Illinois
I met Aeleise in 2014 while browsing thru the DevaCurl website regarding trained stylist in the Chicago area. After reading horror stories in the natural hair forums, I was rather apprehensive about going back into the salon but I scheduled an appointment anyway. Aeleise gave me my first amplified curl cut and I was quite happy. She gave me instruction on how to care for my hair in getting the moisture in and we discussed what type of products that would benefit my hair the most. I left the salon feeling like “ok I got this” and I really don’t need to come back…yeah right.
Fast Forward to Dec 2015 when I came across an article on BlackDoctor.org called “7 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Using Coconut Oil & Shea Butter On Your Hair” written by Aishia Strickland. In reading the article, Aeleise’s name was mentioned and since I had been a client of hers I was even more intrigued. I immediately signed up for the 30 Day Hair Detox!
I was never a big fan of using castor oil, coconut oil and shea butter as stand alone products on my hair but I couldn’t resist getting in on the information that Aeleise was about to share. I cleansed with a cleansing conditioner and deep conditioned (with heat or steam) weekly following up with a leave in and gel styler. Since I had issues retaining moisture for more than a couple of days, I would use a rinse out conditioner to refresh and restyle my hair. This could be every day to every 3 days. There was no refresher spray that I could buy or make myself that would give me what I was looking for so this process worked best for me.
Being a part of the #30dayhairdetox has put so many things into perspective about natural haircare for me. Having the best products mean nothing if you aren’t using them properly. There is reason and place for all things and ya’ll know we don’t always read and follow instructions as directed. Having professionals who truly understand the depth of natural haircare has really taken the stress out of caring for these coils. Self-trimming can be great and a cost saver, but let me tell you that having a professional cut and create a style for you is so well worth it.
I’ve always valued products that were of the highest quality even when relaxed, however, where I was lacking was solid instruction on natural haircare maintenance. I was getting in my own way by thinking that I did not need to seek professional guidance with the maintenance of my natural hair.
When you understand what is going on with your hair and you understand the purpose of ingredients and their formulation, you can take the worry out of product selection. There is so much value in that and you won’t end up with a beauty supply worth of products in your bathroom that you don’t need and possibly won’t work for you anyway.
Hair is Hair but what’s on my head is certainly not the same as what’s on yours.
My wash day was a long as I wanted them to be. Not because I needed so much time but because I would get sidetracked and do other things. I wasn’t always washing my hair in the shower during my normal shower duties. Sometimes I would wash over the kitchen sink, apply deep conditioner and start cleaning the house. Now I normally cleanse, condition and style in the shower while attending to other shower duties and it’s only a 30 to 40 minute process overall. I still take time out to deep condition with heat or steam when I want to relax and create a spa day.
I didn’t have any issues creating coils but I did have issues with keeping them hydrated for more than a day. I also have gray hair which is a beast on it’s on to care for. I thought that I had taken what Aeleise and I had discussed back in 2014 and was applying it properly to my haircare regimen but something wasn’t working.
I would purchase refresher sprays and even attempt to make my own trying to find a means to overcome the dull dry hair I had all the time. Of course being in YouTube University, I had come to the conclusion that I had low porosity hair and attempted to do all things shown on YouTube that would help me resolve my issue. The one thing that I couldn’t grasp was that if I had low porosity hair how was an oil and water mixture going to help me? How was the water getting in before the oil? I’m sure there is a good explanation of this but it wasn’t working for me.
Can I give a shout out to the power of clarifying!!! I wasn’t really clarifying obviously so what I thought was low porosity hair was simply buildup. Have you ever heard your hair squeak like a DJ mixing it up on a Friday night and still not be stripped? Now I do have areas that I believe to be lower in porosity but it certainly not my entire head of coils. Because I now know how to properly clarify, cleanse and condition my hair, I can experiment with a host of stylers and always create a beautiful head of hydrated coils. We hear all the time that your foundation application is only going to look as good as the canvas it’s applied to. I feel that same goes for our hair and I have receipts!!
Like I always say, “I cannot stray if I want to slay”. #30dayhairdetox gives you that ability to slay… ☺
If your natural hair has you frustrated, taking up too much of your time or you don’t know what products we would like to invite you to subscribe to the 30dayhairdetox.com.
What Is The #30DayHairDetox?
One day we were sitting around the salon in Chicago discussing the “trends” in natural hair. As I was educating a client on how all the “right” things she was doing for her hair were actually causing her issues, Aisha got the brilliant idea to turn my so-called method into a challenge. Everybody else has challenges for length retention and protective styling, why not one for removing all the gunk we pile on our hair daily? Enter the #30dayhairdetox. It’s 30 days of :
No Shea Butter
No Coconut Oil
No Castor Oil
No Eco Styler
1. Hair Should Be Simple
We’re doing too damn much when it comes to our hair. Butters on top of oils on top of conditioners on top of more oil. Cleansing the buildup with lotion-y cleansers. Slicking down our edges with sludge and gels that feel like glue. The underlying theme of this challenge is really just wash your damn hair. With shampoo. And use simple conditioning and styling products with water based and water soluble ingredients.
2. Moisture = Water
When you get thirsty you don’t reach for the bottle of olive oil, right? Moisture = water. Oil= sealant. If you don’t clarify the oil layer off of the hair and allow water to get into the cuticle you’re moisturizing dry hair. Water evaporates in 4-7 days from hair so adding coconut or Shea to dry hair then co washing our using weaker sulfate free shampoos contributes to the experience of dry hair.
3. There Are Better Products Than The Shea Based Ones . . .
Don’t shoot me. I know Shea based products are holy grail staples for many naturals. In my practice as a natural hairstylist for the last 5 years more than 75% of clients complaining of dry, brittle hair were using these products daily. Once we removed the layers and layers of buildup the hair was able to absorb moisture again.