Brownchild was started in 2014 after many years of frustration, frustration with the market for not having a solution that could take care of our natural African hair, a solution that would nurture our crowns and unleash them to the world to take awe! It was founded by our CEO Karabo Mothapo, a young woman from Limpopo Province who has always taken pride in embracing her natural, unprocessed African hair as she navigated through various salons and stylists that vowed never to touch her “rough” hair as she got remarks like “Sorry sesi, if your hair is not relaxed we can’t help you”.
Hello South African Naturals
After months of being offline, we are back!! I know, I know, it was hard for you to go without those snippets of information and how to handle your natural hair and the natural hair journey but now we are here to stay and give you consistent content that will become valuable for you over time.
You are probably wondering where we disappeared to and why?
This hair is not a fashion statement
Browsing through my news update this morning came across the headline “Why Ghana’s natural hair fashion is bad for business”. This headline grabbed my attention and prompted me to find out how natural hair could be bad for business? Upon reading further I found that this was a complaint by salon owners who still embrace chemical treatment of African hair.
To protein or not to protein
I have had natural hair for over ten years and in my journey I always looked for shea butter as my go to for everything. Now that I am mature in my Journey I have started to implement other products in my routine to help grow and nurture my strands.
Many people believe in miracle products. We are constantly bombarded with imaged of glowing black curls and miraculously restored hair loss patches or hair lines. Deceptive pictures pop up on our social media timelines about how product X grew the hairline in two weeks i.e. “restore you hairline in TWO WEEKS”. For some of us who have been struggling with the illusion of obtaining perfect hair far too often grab our wallets without questioning and purchase the miraculous products only to be disappointed two weeks later when our hairline has still not recovered and we are $100 poorer.
Do you want to rock an afro but are weary of cutting all your locks of to start the natural hair journey? Fear not, there is a less drastic way of rocking a fro without going bold.
Firstly keep your hair and stop relaxing, this will allow your roots to grow out with not chemical treatment to it. This process is messy as you have two different types if hair textures on your hair and they require different hair care routines. This is the part where your hair might look messy as you try to navigate yourself past this phase.
Many ladies write to us looking for a miracle product that can restore the hairline to its former glory but the truth is that damage to the hair line has taken many years to occur and it will take time to restore. There are no miracle concoctions to bring back the hair line and I am sorry to be the bearer of the bad news.
What causes hair line damage you ask?