This week, I came across a story on Twitter that absolutely blew me. There were two pictures: a young Black girl with puf balls and a letter. To make a long story short, a young girl was sent home from school with a letter to her mother, from her teacher. In the note, the girl's teacher claims that her hair stinks as a result of too much coconut oil... (side eye). The teacher goes on to say that the stinch is causing a distraction and her classmates are making fun of her.
For Black people, especially women and girls, hair is a touchy subject- for so many reasons. But we'll get to that another day. My friends and I talked about the story and how strange it was that coconut oil (of all things) was making this baby's hair smell. I asked "how would she even know to name coconut oil specifically as the culprit?". Jokingly, one of my girlfriends answered "you know that's the only oil we use". I was annoyed because I've used it on my hair for years and no one has ever complained.
Simultaneously, I recieved an email from a close friend, who also happens to be my hair stylist. She's gearing up for a Six Month No-Heat Challenge at her salon. Part of the challenge is finding products that work well for your hair. She shared so much knowledge with me and of course I'm going to share it with you all.
After a little research, I found out that it is totally possible for coconut oil to make your hair smell super weird. You could use too much or your hair/skin could reject it all together. Whether you swear by coconut oil or try to stay away from it- here are some options for the days when you'd rather resort to the creamy crack than try to struggle with your natural hair and finding the right products.
What doesn't castor oil fix? Back pain? castor oil. Hyper pigmentation? castor oil. Just put a little on a cotton ball and apply it where needed. I've also been told that it works wonders on your edges!
Unlike castor oil, you don't want to put avocado oil directly onto your hair. For best results you should add it to your moisturizer. Without sounding like an informercial, it really does help hair grow longer and fuller. Also, avocados are a super food. They help with eye health, digestion and tons of other things. Five words : organic cold-pressed avocado oil. You're welcome.
Almonds are rich in magnesium, calcium, and zinc; all of which can control hair loss. I actually found out about almond oil when I was diagnosed with Psoriasis. It's one of nature's favorite moisturizers and helps relieve dry skin. Of course, it also moisturizes hair follicles.
Last, but certainly not least, jojoba oil! It's a lot like almond oil and can be used to moisturize skin and hair. Let's be real, dandruff is gross. To avoid getting tiny snowflakes on your little black dress, add some jojoba oil to your shampoo.
There are way more oils that can be used for healthy skin and hair, but these are my stylist's favorites. To follow the heat-free challenge and get some great tips on how maintain flawless tresses, follow Kimistry Hair Lab on Instagram!