Monthly Archives: August 2011

Natural Hair Role Models (for Kids!)

When I much younger, my hair idol was Rudy Huxtable. Those adorable  full pigtails she would rock with her mini-Cosby sweaters reminded me of the twists my mom worked so to diligently to form my thick, rebellious hair into.  Every evening, I could sit in front of the television and see someone who looked like me; a smart, funny, sassy little girl with big, pretty natural hair. I loved it!

Eventually, I, like Rudy, chemically straightened my hair, but I’d like to think that those formative years of looking at and longing for big, poofy tresses is what eventually brought me back to loving my hair in its natural state.

Up until recently, I had begun to worry that my own child(ren) would never know the joy of seeing a fun, relatable TV character who looked like them; television images of children as young as 3 years old many times have straightened or chemically relaxed hair and my little ones will sport ‘fros, twists, or locs for as long as I have anything to do with it. At home, I will teach them that their natural hair worn proud is a blessing, never something to be ashamed of or alter simply because it doesn’t “fit” into societal standards of beauty. But I’m not naive – I know that kids are influenced greatly by their peers and the media, so, shy of banning television and movies from my home, being the only influence on their feelings about their hair will be impossible.

We all cheered with glee when Sesame Street, another one of my childhood staples, came out with this wonderful clip featuring an adorable African American puppet singing happily about the virtues of her natural hair, but I wondered if there could possibly be more instances of Black kids with natural hair on TV – not necessarily singing about it, but just, you know, being kids…

It wasn’t until recently that I saw something else that gave me hope. I was flipping the channels early one evening and nearly skipped over a young, Black female character typing furiously into a computer and rockin’ a fierce ‘fro with a headband. I had just unexpectedly met Koki, a sharp-witted computer whiz on the Wild Kratts cartoon on PBS. She was a strong, likeable member of the animated cast who I would definitely be proud to let my kids watch – and it was a educational show about animals and the environment to boot! Because of Koki, I was inspired, once again, to find other natural hair’d kids characters that may be an indication that, as more African American moms and dads embrace the natural hair lifestyle for their families, kids’ programming is incorporating natural hairstyles into mainstream TV.

Below is a gallery of some of the examples I was able to find. I couldn’t get my hands on any live-action naturals; most TV shows starring young Black actresses have girls with straightened hair, but I’m sure they, too, will come around! Do you know of any more Black TV characters, live-action or cartoon, who wear their natural hair?

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80 Uses for Coconut Oil

If you’ve read my post on healthy oils for naturals, then you already know that I love coconut oil for ALL the health benefits it provides. Not only does this versatile oil do wonders for your naturally curly, kinky, or wavy hair, but it’s a great alternative oil to cook and bake with due to the fact that it doesn’t break down and harm the body once heated to high temperatures. However, further research has shown that coconut oil can be and do so much more!

Recently, my boyfriend was suffering from a bad toothache; even with traditional pain relievers, the throbbing pain would keep him up late at night to the point that he couldn’t sleep. A quick search on the web revealed several websites touting coconut oil as a temporary toothache reliever and, even though I was a bit skeptical, the fact that we had a ton on hand made it an easy remedy to try. A warm salt water rinse followed by a generous application of coconut oil soothed a toothache that even maximum strength gels hadn’t helped in just one minute! And, after a few more daily applications, he’s not complained of his tooth hurting for over two weeks! Suffice it to say, we were amazed!

The following article lists 80 ways that coconut oil can be used for hair, skin,  general health, and even around the house. I doubt I’ll get around to trying it every way it can be used, but it’s nice to know that, in a pinch, the miracle oil I keep on hand to banish frizz from my natural hair can practically do almost anything!

Hybrid Rasta Mama & Coconut Oil  After our recent coconut oil bulk buy, I found this article about 80 uses for coconut oil… 80 Uses for Coconut Oil So what’s the deal with coconut oil? Offering a myriad of health benefits, coconut oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural. I have completely fallen in love with coconut oil and use it for EVERYTHING. Literally. I buy it in 5 gallon increments and keep it all over my house. I even have some in the car. So here … Read More

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How Being a Product Junkie Can Save Your Hair (via mybeautymedia)

Many new naturals fall into the trap of buying product after product in an attempt to get their curls and kinks to either a) do what their relaxed hair used to do or b) look like someone else’s hair. While many nappy pros will shun the purchase of hundreds of dollars of product, it’s important to acknowledge that, for many, testing out bottle after bottle is a good way to get to know the natural hair they’re not yet used to. Being a product junkie may put a dent in your wallet, but if you manage to learn how to better care for and style your natural hair because of it – more power to you!

How Being a Product Junkie Can Save Your Hair It's been almost a year since I decided to put away the creamy crack and embrace my natural hair – though it wasn't easy. I was partly inspired by a close friend's success with ditching the relaxer, cutting off her relaxed ends and rocking her natural curls and coils with confidence. I, like many women from the CurlyNikki.com community, grew tired of the damage relaxer was causing my hair and stunting my growth. At one point my once black hair wa … Read More

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