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Unique Things About Natural Hair in the Caribbean



‡ Walk, Don’t Run

Curls love water, from a shower-head, a spray bottle but not from a torrential downpour…in the Caribbean. Although it is well understood that water is the ultimate moisturiser for curls, rain remains a threat to natural-haired women (er, all women) because it ‘ruins’ hairstyles; moreover, because frizz reigns supreme on a wet day, some re-work may be required to recover one’s curls.

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Week ending March 5 

A refresh for low porosity curls

Starting Point:

  • Day 6
  • High frizz
  • Low moisture (medium moisture in some spots)
  • Tangles (I’m sure).

Continue reading “Revivify”


 Products headed for the switchstr Feb 28  event: Camille Rose Curl Maker, Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel, Deva Curl One Condition Decadence Conditioner, Curls Creme Brulee Whipped Curl Cream, Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner

Wash Day Parade

Week ending Feb 20 

The Return of Coconut Oil

L-R: Coconut Oil, Incredible Curls, Strawberry Kurls Leave-In Moisturiser, Hemp seed Oil

Wash day Sunday (WDS) marked the return of coconut oil (island made, of course). Coconut oil, I have discovered, is not to be taken lightly. It’s potency can work for you or against you and for my low porosity hair, it’s been both a blessing and a curse. Low porosity hair has all it’s layers intact, this means that its outer layer (cuticle) as well as its inner core (cortex & medulla) are not broken or ‘chipped’. This hair type doesn’t need as much protein or ‘fillers’ which is often times required by high porosity hair to fill the gaps in its cuticle.

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