One of the first things a black girl thinks about when going abroad is: How will I manage my hair?
This has been a big question for me. March will make two years since I have been natural. Natural meaning free from chemical relaxers or other things that permanently alter the texture of my hair. In the beginning I tried a plethora of products hoping to find ways to manage my hair or at least make it not as dry as the sand under a hot desert sun. However, I have recently learned that keeping things simple works best for me. So here’s the list of products that I will want to have in Korea for my hair.
Shea butter–How I love thee. I always had Shea butter and even used it on my skin before I went natural. However, I typically used small amounts and whipped it into a creamy texture before adding other products to it. However, one day I decided to just warm the butter between my hands and use it along with water for a twist out. I loved the results. My hair never looked like that previously, and now it’s my favorite “product”. It also has tons of other benefits so that’s always great.
It doesn’t have to be this particular brand, but usually after washing and deep conditioning my hair I will apply a small amount of leave-in to my hair before sealing with Shea butter. Errr, I haven’t really noticed anything too spectacular that it does, but I feel like it isn’t hurting my hair so I still use it.
After washing my hair I often use deep conditioner/hair mask. I use different brands, but usually get these small packs that cost between $1 – $2. I think now that I’m leaving I MAY buy a large container of deep conditioner, but I’m scared to just settle with one brand. What will probably end up happening is I will bring a variety of these different packs.
I bought this little bottle of peppermint oil in some kind of alternative medicine/health store. I was reluctant because the price was like 16 bucks, and for such a small jar I felt I was being swindled. However, you only need to use 2-3 drops at any time, so I’ve had this same bottle for about a year or more and it’s still nearly full. Typically I put a few drops in my spray bottle then fill it up with water. I really enjoy the scent and it’s said to stimulate the follicles. I also use it in my bath on occasion. It just is very relaxing.
In addition, I may bring Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner, but I’m pretty sure that will be a brand I can find there. My styling tools will include my Tangle Teaser, a bristled brush, hair clips, shower caps, bobby(i?) pins, and trimming scissors.