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By Tishanna Williams
SECONDARY SCHOOL SISTERS! Now, we know that
back to school look is everything. For many uniformers,
your hair is your only outlet for expression. Whether your
school requires a simple ponytail or you can go all out, you
believe your level of fleek needs to be on point. Be it braids,
cornrows or various versions/adaptations of the "One" or
ponytail, how you get and maintain these styles can be a
set-up for hair woes in later years. So let's deal with some
For generations, black, white and pink flakes and gobs of
gel have adorned the hair and shoulders of many a stu-
dent. Popular for their level of hold, which can go so high
as to adopt the consistency of softened cement.
Especially if you have "nappy-issues", gel is a lifesaver ---
an alcohol-containing, potentially damaging one at that, if
you don't choose wisely. One great gel for a great price is
EcoStyler, an ALCOHOL-FREE styling gel that costs as lit-
tle as $15, is available in Pennywise and many hair stores.
It also gives you a curly girl effect that may actually make
you skip the fancy style all together and be inspired to 'fro
it up. Each one is infused with a good hair oil like Argan or
olive as well.
NOTE: Apply EcoStyler to clean, wet/dampened Hair. Do
not use oils or heavy leave-ins. Your hair will get a white
residue, and we will be back to square one.
Combs and Other "Shareables"
Stop using your friends' combs and brushes. There are
other ways to show you care. Healthy hair and scalp re-
quires an exclusivity that will keep it safe from other peo-
ple's known and unknown issues. And while we are on the
topic... these fine-toothed rat-tail combs...! A rat-tail comb
is a parting device, not a comb for you to actually comb
your hair. Leave that to your hairdresser on relaxer day.
Don't believe me? Ok, then. I am sure that at some point
we have all done shadow puppets, so do me a favour
tonight: get your rat-tail comb, and turn off all the lights.
Now shine a small light (like your phone) through the
teeth of the comb and see how much detail you see in the
shadow that is being projected on the wall. If you don't
see much detailing of the comb itself, then that means
minimal amounts of light can pass through. Now, if light
cannot comfortably pass through, what makes you think
that your kinky, curly coif can get through in one piece?
Really; buy a comb. A real one. With space between the
teeth that your hair can actually pass through.
For the girls who forgo protective styles to do their hair every
day or so, this is for you. First few weeks of school, the fleek-
itude of your hairstyle changes constantly. You would swear
there was a salon right in your house. Eventually, that
changes and the tiny rat-tail comb and a brush come into the
fray. You begin neatening the outside, while the middle, which
no one sees, retains its last week status. Fast forward to
wash day, and it is madness personified as you attempt to
distress your scalp. Just keep the hair detangled. It will save
you from a sore scalp --- or worse, having to cut out knots
(aka huge chunks of hair). Take the time to do some finger
detangling and four big twists or so in the night.
Then tie it and go to sleep. For those who won't listen,
there are cheap, workable detanglers. Anything with a
good slip will do the trick. Scissors are also available at
these stores as well ... you will eventually need one if you
insist on the hard-headedness.
STOP SNATCHING THOSE EDGES
Sometimes I think there should be a hotline for distressed
hairlines, and even I am often guilty of doing the things
that can potentially cause this issue. The hair at and just
after your hairline is not the strongest of all, and so you
really need to be careful about how you treat it or you
could lose it, and for some, if you do it enough, the hair
DOES NOT come back. So...ease up on the ferocity with
which you pull up that ponytail, please. This isn't a battle,
and the Asian finish isn't for everyone.
That's enough for this week, I think. Some will listen, some
will not. Don't say you weren't warned. And for those who
don't believe me, I have been weaved, straightened, natu-
ral and gelled to an inch of my life and had to pay for much
of it as I got older, as did many of my school friends. I also
do a lot of work with secondary schools and know for a
fact that many of these things still exist, so trust me on
this one. You won't regret it. Real Talk.
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