US Marine Corps Updates Hair Regulations

Marine with locs and twists

The US Marine Corps has implemented new hairstyle regulations for female Marines. These women now have the option to wear their hair in locs or twists as part of the new standard, braided styles were already allowed by previous standard. The Marine Corps is the first branch of US military service to allow locs.

For more information, check out this article on the official US Marine Corps website http://go.usa.gov/cKPNf

 

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Louisville Loc Appreciation Day 2015

Saturday June 27,  2015
7 pm – Midnight
Admission is FREE
Chandelier’s Main Event
201 East Main Street Louisville KY 40202
(corner of E Main & Brooks Street)

Guest Presentations Brought to You By Natural Alternatives Salon

Event will feature giveaways, hair demos,  q&a panel,  refreshments and vendors with products and accessories for purchase.

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Product Review WonderCurl Restoring Hair Treatment

Wonder Curl RESTORING HAIR TREATMENT

Wonder Curl

Restoring Hair Treatment

$22 / 8oz

Available online at WonderCurl.com

ing: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sorbitan Laurate, Shea Better, Avocado Butter, Olive Oil, Tamanu Seed Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Niacinamide and Sodium Starch Octenyl Succinate and Calcium Pantothenate and Maltodextrin and Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Tocopheryl Acetate and Pyridoxine HCL and Silica, Phenoxyethanol

*Note the ingredients listed above were transcribed straight from the jar. A different ingredient list is on the website. I have no idea when or why the ingrendients changed.

From their website: An intensive deep hair treatment that strengthens, moisturizes and smooths your hair. Olive oil can easily penetrate into the hair, passing through the layers of cuticles to provide a deep moisturizer for the hair and mend split ends. Avocado prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth. Shea butter is rich in vitamins A & E. It soothes dryness, repairs breakage and mends split ends. Tamanu oil regenerates, strengthens and protects hair. Plus, Vitamins E, C, B3 & B6 to protect hair, stimulate growth and maintain moisture for healthy hair.

I was sent the entire Wonder Curl product line to review from the company.  I was really only familiar with the curl definer and had no idea they had a complete product line.  I used the Restoring Hair Treatment twice, once on me and the other on my son.  When I used it on my hair it was just okay. I applied it to clean, freshly washed hair, then used my Hair Therapy Wrap for 20 minutes.  It wasn’t the wow I was expecting from the RHT, it just felt like an average DC.  However it was a much different outcome when I used it on JK’s locs.  After swimming I washed his locs with a clarifying shampoo, then applied the RHT, covered his hair with a plastic cap and let him play for about 25 minutes.  After rinsing his hair was super soft and moisturized. The conditioner rinsed clean from his locs and left no residue.  I was completely blown away by how soft and conditioned his hair felt especially after spending the morning in a chlorinated pool and washing with a clarifiying shampoo which is known to be very harsh.  I would highly recommend this product for high porosity, excessively dry, or damaged hair.

5 Tips to Care for Your Locs While Swimming

Every Saturday morning for the past 4 months I wake up early to take JK to swim practice at the YMCA. And while I am happy that my guppy became a minnow I have to admit the aftercare for his hair weekly is not my favorite thing to do.  While locs are more of a carefree style as compared to loose hair there is a manner of care that should be followed to maintain the health of the locs.  Here are the tips that I use to keep JK’s locs happy.Swimming at the Y

  1. Pre and post rinsing.  Wetting the hair with plain water before swimming minimizes the amount of chlorinated water absorbed into the hair.  After swimming use plain water to rinse the chlorine from the hair.
  2. Cleansing. There are lots of swimming and chelating shampoos on the market, they are all kinda pricey but if you are swimming a lot and your hair is suffering definitely invest in one. For JK we use clarifying shampoos. I alternate between Aveda Rosemary & Mint shampoo and Suave Clarifying shampoo weekly. We wash his hair after every dip in the pool.  When washing pay attention to the hair itself and not so much the scalp. The chlorine is in the hair and we want to remove it. His scalp stays very clean do to the frequency of washes.
  3. Deep Conditioning. There are many people who are surprised when I tell them I deep condition JK’s locs.  The key is to find a deep conditioner that will penetrate the hair, but will rinse clean we do not want any residue to build up within the locs.  For his deep conditioning I will use anything I have on hand including samples from subscription boxes.  We really liked Shea Radiance Maximum Moisture Conditioner and TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask. Shea Radiance Maximum Moisture Conditioner for locs
  4. Protein Treatments.  The frequent washing can easily lead to hydra fatigue so you want to be sure your hair is getting the protein it needs.  I like to use Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Protein Conditioner or just do a coconut water rinse.
  5. Don’t Sweat the Retwist. I absolutely do not retwist JK’s locs every week. I do make sure I go in and separate the locs to avoid mating and I let them air dry completely to avoid the musty smell.  His locs are definitely fuzzier but I don’t see the point in putting in the time and effort to retwist when he will be back in the pool in a few days.

Before you ask, yes they do make swimcaps for locs. JK’s locs are short enough that he can wear a large swim cap available at the sporting goods store. He wore it one time but he didn’t like being the only boy wearing one so I let him swim without it.  If you have longer locs check out Dreadlock Swim Cap from Dreadscapes on Etsy. I have not used this model but it is well talked about in different hair groups.

Locs are an incredibly versatile hairstyle and lend themselves easily to an active lifestyle.  Follow these tips to keep your locs well cared for while swimming.  If you are experiencing any excessive dryness or brittleness while swimming I would absolutely recommend the use of a swim cap and/or a chelating shampoo.  Yes, Black people do swim, if you have never learned to swim reach out to your local YMCA they have swimming lessons for all levels and all ages.

The Threat of Natural Hair

There are stories I am really tired of reading.  At the top of that list are students being ostracized by school administration because of their hair. From the elementary school girl who was kicked out of her school to institutions of higher learning that banned dreadlocks I am really sick and tired of this bullshit. How is it that a place where you are supposed to go and be educated, learn cooperative skills and social interactions with those different than you seem to always punish those who are different? What message are you sending?

My son with his shoulder length locs

My son with his shoulder length locs

So many of these policies tout “extreme hairstyles” as distracting. Why is it that these hairstyles deemed extreme are always natural hairstyles worn by Blacks? What is so extreme about our authenticity?  I have never been a teacher, but I have been a soccer coach, a girl scout troop leader and frequent chaperone and a room mother; if you cannot keep a group of students on task because a hairstyle is distracting them and derailing the entire lesson you have other problems.

The most recent of these stories comes to us from South Plaquemines High School in Louisiana where a teenage Rastafarian student has been given an unlimited suspension due to his hairstyle of locs.  A little education: In the Rastafari religion they do not believe in cutting their hair, and the wearing of locs is not required but very central to these beliefs. The student was originally suspended because the length of his hair was in violation of the dress code which stated that the hair could not be longer than the shirt collar. The student returned with his hair pinned up, but the school still deemed his hair to be in violation. How is this any different than a girl with long hair wearing her hair in a bun or ponytail? It isn’t the school is going out of their way to discriminate and harass this child. The ACLU has got involved and is helping the teen’s family fight the decision.

As I read about this story I heard Jay-Z’s famous line” I thought this was America people?” from his song Guilty Until Proven Innocent.  What happened to freedom from religious persecution? What happened to the first amendment? The family provided documentation to the school superintendent from religious leaders and the student was still denied to return to school until he cut his hair.

 

Rock da Natural Look Week at Natural Alternatives Salon

Love seeing advanced braided styles, sculpted locs and defying twisted updos? Rock Da Nat

“Rock da Nat” week November 11 -16th, 2013 will feature exclusive natural styles under the inspiration of guest stylist LaTisea. Book your appointment to model the newest techniques in natural hair. Walk-ins will be accepted on a limited basis this week as well.

Natural Alternatives Salon 1949 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40205 – (502) 473-8882
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Dare To Be Natural: The Radical Threat of Authenticity

Here we go again. 7-year-old Tiana Parker was removed from school because her hair, styled in dreadlocks violates the school dress code. Deborah Brown Community School policy regulates “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”  It goes on to clarify that “For safety reasons, girls weaved hair should be no longer than shoulder length. Wearing weaved hair in multiple colors is not allowed. Boys’ hair is to be short and neatly trimmed.”  Read more about the story here. tiana parker - deborah brown community school

How is it that we got this point where we have regulated that a weave is an acceptable look for a young child but their own hair as grown naturally from their head does not maintain a “respectful and serious atmosphere”?  What happened?  Where did we go wrong?  When did authenticity become an act of rebellion?

This isn’t the first story of its kind. Earlier this year a school in Ohio banned afros and braids in a new dress code (they later rescinded the policy after public outcry). In 2012, Hampton University banned students from wearing dreadlocks and cornrows, a policy that still stands. I am not shocked by the schools behavior. Comments from Black celebs like Sheryl Underwood, Andre Walker, Isaiah Mustafa who seems to bash, malign and feed into old stereotypes about the undesirable nature of kinky hair.  Oh and who could forget radio host Don Imus “nappy-headed hoes” comment in reference to the Rutger’s women’s basketball team in 2009.  This isn’t me searching the internet for these obscure stories. I remember them clearly because they are offensive and unacceptable.

To be completely honest I hate writing pieces like this. I hate that post about negative or derogatory content get the most views. I hate that I can remember reading about each of these events, vividly recall exactly where I was and how I felt.  I remember them for the pain and hurt they caused.  And it saddens me that in 2013 we are still fighting these ridiculous battles.  I will continue until  a time that is no longer needed because the outrage to such stupid logic is corrected and my voice is not longer needed.

My name is Haley and I have natural hair. I work in a professional environment at a large communications company.  I wear my hair in twist, braids, curls and even a large afro.  On top of that I have a patch of bright blue hair in the front. My son JK is 8, he wears locs and has one loc colored blue just like his mother in the middle of his forehead. We dare to be natural.  Our natural hair, an expression of who we are, is not a threat or disruption to your business, the school day, or public safety.

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Derby City Naturals hosts INHMD 2013

DCN-INHMD

Derby City Naturals

hosts

International Natural Hair Meetup Day

presented by

Natural Girls Rock

Saturday May 18, 2013

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Hotel Louisville

120 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202

 Join us for a celebration of natural hair including an ask the experts panel, styling tips from top area stylists, giveaways & door prizes and so much more!

Food & Beverages Provided

Hair, Beauty, Jewelry Vendor Marketplace

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS VIA EVENTBRITE

General Admission tickets are $30 and include a swag bag with natural hair and beauty products and will contain 1 full-sized item with a retail value of $9.99 or greater.

Youth tickets are $10 for those who would like your son/daughter/niece/etc ages 13-17 to attend the event with you to experience natural hair meetup.  Youth tickets do not include a swag bag but are eligible for door prizes.

Vendor tickets to purchase a table to sell your hair, beauty or jewelry products click the link to pay the vending fee and I will send you a contract.