Natural Hair Problems - Defining Curls and Two Strand Twists.
So, you've decided to go natural or are new to natural hair. Whichever place you're living in your hair journey, you will find, or have found there's much more to taking your hair back to it's natural state than there is/was just relaxing it and moving forward. If you're like most African-American women who spent most of their lives learning to care for relaxed hair, natural hair is a mystery and even more, what to use in natural hair is a mysterious, exciting, scary and frustrating adventure. That's why the best advice for newer naturals is to try, try, and try again- products that is.
As with personalities, no two heads of hair are alike, meaning the products one head can get away with using, another can't. That doesn't mean a product is no good. And if you're not into researching, mixing and matching an array of oils, butters and such to create a personalized hair care wardrobe, then you may want to heed this review of one styling product called "As I am".
From the makers of products like KeraCare, As I Am is a product line inspired by hair care specialist Dr. Ali Syed. Dr. Syed realized although a product like KeraCare is used in salons, many natural haired women wouldn't dare subject their hair to chemically founded products. So, Dr. Syed introduced As I Am, for women who desire effective hair products solutions without the problem of damaging already fragile strands by using products not designed with the fragility of natural hair in mind (2011,www.asiamnaturally,com).
Inconsistent and Unmanageable Hair Strands
For instance, hair on the crown is straight and is difficult to braid or twist with or without product (especially if short). People housing a head full of hair with different patterns is not uncommon. For those who do, the issue of a product that works the varying patterns for one uniform after effect doesn't seem easily solvable. So, those of us, especially the natural hair newbies, struggling to find a home for our hair's future go on a product search tougher than Ed McMahon's job.
As I Am Twist Defining Cream
Cream is just what this miracle to difficult hair is. Unless you're an obsessive perfectionist; this cream will do just fine taming those crazy straights, keeping them closed enough to give you the best twist out style you'll probably ever see with a reasonably priced product. What you will definitely experience for your straight strands is a creamy (please feel free to use the Zohan voice here) silky smooth hold that gives your hair days of shine and softness. At the end of your twisted days, untwist that still soft mane for a few more days of an awesomely defined twist out. Yes, even the straight parts that may not have responded to other products are now nicely coiled with As I Am Twist Defining Cream.
Two Strand Twist using As I Am Twist Defining Cream
Twist Out Result
What You Can Compare It To
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Shea Moisture is a product line growing in popularity, being found in everyday places like Walgreens and Target. Similar to As I Am Twist Defining Cream, Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie is creamy and less messy. Unlike As I Am, the smoothie doesn't appear to have the victory over the more difficult parts of the hair, i.e. the straight hairs. Additionally, in comparison to As I Am, the cream is not silky in texture and doesn't leave the hair feeling soft and shiny for days after application. Yet, it is still a good product and works for defining curls.
Stray Hair that won't Lay or Stay
You've gone to YouTube and found an array of videos showing you how to style and care for your natural hair only to find you're having the most difficult time getting your hair to comply. Your hair won't lie down with this product. It won't come together with that product. Another product is not in your budget. You're trying and trying, but to no avail. You've tried flat twisting on wet and dry hair with gels, creams, and oils yet they never look fresh. Now what? Stop trying? Go to a professional? Not yet. Try this first.
As I Am Curling Jelly
Talk about saving grace. As I Am Curling Jelly is just that for the amateur trying to learn her own natural hair and how to style it. Not only does the curling jelly do wonders on stopping those stray hairs from running away from being styled, the jelly leaves the hair shiny and smooth for days after application. It probably works best on hair that is slightly damp or dry, but is not completely ineffective on wetter hair.
What You Can Compare It To
Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Kinky Curly is a very popular natural hair product. If you've never tried the custard, the best description of it's consistency can be compared to the "hair gel" scene from the movie, "There's Something About Mary." It's sticky, it's gooey, but it works (without giving you the stiff hair look of course). The custard's consistency leaves your hands extremely sticky and easy to attract dirt and other particles while you style your hair. As I Am's Curling Jelly is thinner than the custard, but thicker than gel. With one use, you should be pleasantly pleased with your styling progress, ease and clean up.
When you're new to taking your hair back to its natural texture, you have to understand a few things quickly.
- You cannot waste your days comparing your hair to anyone else
- You must give your hair time to tell you what it likes
- Finding the right product is a test of enduring trial and error
- What works for most, may not work for you at all
- You cannot allow yourself to get caught up in the natural hair craze
- Your hair loves you, and will show it's appreciation for you taking time to love it back
Those things being said, styling natural hair can be fun, frustrating and exciting. Most of all it's a process and just like everything in life that's a process, having someone to help you through can make a big difference in your success. As I Am is one of the few products actually designed to help you through a less strenuous process of learning to style your natural hair.
My most difficult hair is on my crown and every product I use is measured by its ability to control the seemingly uncontrollable top of my mane. Because of the straightness of the crown of my hair, flat twists are my secret to the best defined curls, but are impossible to do on short hair without product help. Until I tried As I Am, my flat twists never looked neat or fresh and were difficult to complete while keeping my parts straight. As I Am was a breath of fresh air after spending two years trying many products for styling my hair and finally doing a second big chop. Definitely the only warning I have is not mixing the product with any other, as doing so caused my hair to flake. As I Am promises no flaking, so mixing products doesn't give the product promise fair advantage.
© 2012 Keneesha M Hodge