Awhile ago, I was perusing through my May 2009 Lucky Magazine, I came across an article which pointed to the website http://www.longlocks.com/ as a top 5 hair website. You know, I had to go there! The magazine said to skip “cringe-inducing” homepage and go directly to their guide on how to grow long hair. I clicked on the site half-heartedly wanting to see a hidden site about natural curly hair or dreads/locks. I was hoping to see a nice page with beautiful people with locks like the one below. I saw a fairy-tale inspired looking homepage and clicked on the Ultimate Guide to Growing Long Hair. I’d plan to paraphrase or ask the author for permission to republish her tips on this blog when I came to this quote listed in step number 8, “Dreads almost always have to be cut off to be removed and are tremendously damaging to hair.”
Am I wrong for being hurt by this?
I try to do a whole lot to increase self-awareness and self-love especially to those with dreads. When people are still publishing this type of thing, I am taken aback. I think the author is simply not educated properly about locks/dreads. As a result, I thought I should inform her and depending on her response possibly Lucky Magazine. I think it is irresponsible to reference this site unless they at the magazine agree with those guide to which they referred.
Many of her other tips were great like avoiding chemicals, shampooing your hair after swimming, avoiding heat styling, and lessening friction. She even has awesome natural hair recipes on the site here: Hair Care Recipe Cookbook.
This is the post I sent her. It has since been removed on her blog and I haven't received a response.
I searched for your e-mail address and could not find it. I hope you will not mind me contacting you via your blog.
First, I'd like to thank you for your tips on how to grow long hair and your natural hair recipes. One day I am going to try the Natural Brunette Hair Dye.
I am writing you, however, to address a comment in step 8 of your rules. You stated that dreads have to be cut off and are damaging to hair. This is untrue. I have Sisterlocks now after years of having long hair. It has been a catalyst for growth. Please check out Sisterlocks.com, the founder has bum length hair. Mainly, I want you to know that properly taken care of locks grow without problems because of the lack of manipulation and chemicals.
I am sending this message in the spirit of sharing information. Also, I would like it if you removed the sentence about dreads since you now know that it is untrue and/or perhaps replace it with one suggesting properly maintained dreads/locks/locs as an alternative to chemical styling or extensions to achieve length.
I sincerely thank you for your time and look forward to your response.
Thanks Again, Sophia, Naturally
By the way, I also included my e-mail address.
I eagerly await her response. What are your thoughts?
I regret that I failed to mention the emotional and healing benefit of accepting your hair and letting it be/grow.
Hey Blogger Fam! I hope everyone is well. This is a long overdue post!
I want to give kudos to Carmen of http://www.tomokastwists.com/ a much needed, overdue "THANK YOU". I love my Tomoka's Twist and wear it more than most of the hair ties I make myself to keep my hair out of my face. I encourage any hair tie lover ( or non-hair tie lovers) to try one. A natural girl should have an arsenal of accessories. I purchased this one called Mudcloth. It's excellent! Be sure you get one too.
Also, in the spirit of supporting Black Business, I must give some more positive product recommendations. The owners of Nubian Heritage which I gave a rave review for their soaps. Well, From selling on a sidewalk in Harlem, Richelieu Dennis and Nyema Tubman transformed drops of scented oil into Sundial Creations, a business conglomerate that today includes 4 retail stores and a state of the art 50,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility.
The particular product I would like to highlight is from http://www.sheamoisture.com/ ; it's a combo pack of nice, creamy lotion and a large bar soap. I choose Coconut Hibiscus available at any Target store, online, or at the SheaMoisture.com site. I have heard wonderful things about the acne-fighting black soap and tea tree shaving products.
Well you don't have to take my word for it; here is an online review:
Fantastic soap and lotion!
Reviewer: Southern Lady (who gave it a 5 out of 5 )
This product is of excellent quality and a little goes a long way. The bar of soap is huge and really leaves skin smooth and soft. The lotion is extra thick, and it only take a small dab to smooth over the skin. It leaves a soft, clean, and moisturized feeling and really smells great.
The next product recommendation is for http://www.soulpurpose.com/ ! I love, LOVE their solid perfumes. It's a great option for those who want a lingering smell throughout the day without the over-powering nature of some alcohol based perfumes. It is a creamy, oil based perfume that lasts all day. I have the Brazilian Jack Fruit; H.D. likes Hollywood Fresh. I also have the Sugar-Shea Scrub which is an exfoliator and a moisturizer all in one. The perfect cure for clearing dead skin without dryness. Nadine Thompson is the founder of Soul Purpose. Kudos to another Black woman entrepreneur and sister blogger.