Author Topic: African American much are you spending on your hair?  (Read 14932 times)


  • Bristles
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Re: African American much are you spending on your hair?
« Reply #50 on: March 09, 2016, 11:36:57 AM »
Opposite end of the spectrum here, so no practical tips whatsoever, just theoretical thoughts.

My skin is almost literally white. I'm occasionally asked if I'm not well by people who have not previously met me. I have dark blonde 'spaghetti hair', impossible to curl and so straight that most clips and hair ties start to slip the moment I put them in.

In my teenage years I tried to tan and get some volume in my hair. I have also tried a lighter blonde color to make my skin look less pale in comparison.

I've given up on all of this. I try to look like a reasonably well groomed pale woman with long, straight dark-blonde hair. Is it kind of boring doing the same ponytail 95 out of 100 days with the same 3-4 clips that stay in place reasonably well? Possibly. But at least I have a trademark look and can invest my time and money elsewhere.

I am aware that the situation is a lot more difficult with black hair and that it is politically loaded in a way that my personal hair history is not.

Just saying that I'm more content and happy not trying to fundamentally alter my appearance and that I also appreciate different expressions of beauty in others. It's a sad state of affairs that in Africa and Asia women use toxic creams to get a lighter skin tone and Europeans visit tanning salons despite the well demonstrated increased risk for skin cancer.


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Re: African American much are you spending on your hair?
« Reply #51 on: March 09, 2016, 01:57:47 PM »
I just watched Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair.* Wow. It's like a window into another world. It's CRAZY! I thought the relaxing chemicals were shocking and then they got onto the weaves. I Spending an entire annual salary on replacing your real hair. Seriously, if they saved all that money they'd be FI in a decade or two! And all the men talking about how they have not touched a black woman's hair since [ridiculous date]. I cannot get over how crazy all the weave stuff is! It's...sad, really. How all these women feel that they HAVE to do it to look acceptable.

*On a side note, he's actually a great presenter! I'd never heard of him before and I often find comedians doing documentaries a bit obnoxious, but he was very good.


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Re: African American much are you spending on your hair?
« Reply #52 on: March 09, 2016, 02:11:07 PM »
Fellow Naturalista here.

I spend $0 on salon visits. I haven't been to a salon since July 2012, shortly after I decided to transition to natural hair. The only money I spend is on hair products. I've found what works for me and try to buy them on sale.

As for styling, I'm very low maintenance. I usually wear a wash-and-go and leave it alone for 1.5-2 weeks. Occasionally I'll wear a twist out, and even more rarely, I'll straighten it. I'd caution you against straightening your hair too much, as it can take a long time, and heat damage is a risk.

I don't know how long your hair is, but you may be able to get away with only doing a few twists. I only put 4 chunky twists in my hair after washing and then I'll unravel and them in the morning.  My hair is still slightly damp, so smoothing my hair leaves me with a stretched wash and go.


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Re: African American much are you spending on your hair?
« Reply #53 on: March 09, 2016, 06:18:46 PM »
It also tolerates heat much much better than a relaxer.

It's basically a flat iron extender right? How often do you flat iron your hair?

That's correct. I flat iron the edges and ends only daily, whole hair once every one or two weeks. However, I wear it mostly in a pony tail. The Keratin makes it really easy to manage without the damaging effects of a perm.


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Re: African American much are you spending on your hair?
« Reply #54 on: March 13, 2016, 01:48:49 PM »
Alternate between perms (every 3 months), wet setting, and braids in the summer (my hair sweat so much).

I had to cut back on the perms and eliminate the flat iron because my hair started shedding badly two years ago.

I would look up transitioning hairstyles in you tube.  Those videos helped me out.