Posted January 18th, 2017
I decided to go natural in 2005 when I was a teenager and I was experiencing identity crisis issues. My mom was adamant that i would relax my hair but I rebelled( not a good idea by the way) and went ahead and cut my hair, starting from beyond tinnie winnie afro, more of a brush cut to the struggles I experienced trying to prove to the local township girls and boys that afros can be cool and beautiful. To be honest it was tough because back then I did not have access to a cool phone that had access to internet or countless data bundles. My pocket money was only R1 a day, enough to buy one sweet at the tuck shop. never the less I soldiered on. My hair was a disaster. It was dull and no product could save me, I tried all the products I could find on the shelves, Pure royal hair food, Black Chic, Black like me and various Soft Sheen Carson products and nothing worked. The shampoo my mother could provide( Colgate) just did not work. My hair would shed and fill the floor, which my mother abhorred, and it would break endlessly. I was frustrated!!! My hair did not want to grow :( and to make matters worse, I tried all kind of protective styles made by stylist who believed that pulling meant that hair was growing. This seriously damaged my hairline and no amount of castor oil and Jamaican black castor oil helped me:(. But it is OK, I have learned to make peace with it, I just rock my half end hairline.
Until I found my freedom and got the determination to find something that made black hair grow. I was sure that something out there had to work. This lead to a simple google search " does black hair grow?" I know, it sounds ridiculous to ask google such a question, but I had to given all the myths making the rounds in the black community that you'd be lucky if your hair grows to shoulder length or that relaxing it is the only way to grow a black woman's hair. But I was on a mission, to prove all myths wrong and to be an example that would tempt people to try.
Today, the internet is available to everyone and information is in abundance. type natural hair and your screen will be flooded with various links, sites, blogs and products available on the market that you can try out to help you on your natural hair journey. When I did that, I was lead all the way across the Atlantic to USA where that natural hair movement was far more advanced than the South Africa's natural hair movement and given the rand/dollar exchange, I was not in a place to splurge in dollars for simple hair care products as such, I was lead to do some experimentation. To my great joy, the experiments worked!!! shea butter, coconut oil and a mixture of essential oils, did wonders on my hair. I did more batches and distributed to my friends who, too used to store bought products which are scented and well refined, did not take much liking to my home concoction. I soldiered on. I changed from regular head and shoulders which helped with my dandruff but dried up my hair to sulphate free shampoos which cost me R150 a bottle. Please don't think of me as a cheapskate, I just like to get good value for my buck. So I shopped around until I found a method to make my own shampoo which qorked out well and that is how the birth of Brownchild naturals came along. It has saved my hair and I have not looked back ever since. I do not like to blow my own horn and so the response to the product in the market has been well. although my product does not work for everyone as we all have different hair textures and make up, those that did try it, have been happy. I am ever encouraged by the flood of new naturals that I come across on the streets and I am filled with hope for them as they have more options available to them and information at their fingertips, more than I had when I started out. I am always eager to share my experiences and share tips of what worked and what did not work. so if you have any questions, do not hesitate to pop me an email.
I have shared a mouthful and so I'll stop for now and continue on my next blog. I have sooooo much to say and so little airtime:(