Stumbled across this video yesterday in which Willow Smith discusses how her least favorite hairstyle was an afro:
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Hard to comb!?!?! Crazy!!?! Waking up super early!!?!?
You know what that sounds like to me? A novice natural falling into the usual traps, getting frustrated, and throwing in the towel too early. Can’t say I blame her for trying on her own, seeing as she’s still a tween and all and this whole natural thing CAN be tricky to get. Even she said she needed some help with it. But she also has access to some of the best stylists out there. Uh, not to mention the internet!
Let’s back up and do a little refresher of the ol’ Wash’n'Go Success Plan before we go the way of Willow and find ourselves on tv denouncing afros.
- COMBING: Do it on wet hair with lots of slippery conditioner to make the teeth glide through
- WAKING UP: Well, never try anything new in the morning if you’ve gotta be somewhere. That’s just a one-way ticket back to Relaxerlandia. Try to wash and style at night. Then use braids to stretch your wet hair while you sleep so you can still work with damp and not-dried hair in the morning.
- WHILE YOU SLEEP: Do so on a non-cotton pillow. It seriously makes all the difference in the world in terms of retaining moisture and not getting tangles while you get your zzz’s.
Afro’s rock. That’s all there is to it. But it’s all in the maintenance and care you put into it. Admittedly, part of the reason this makes me a bit bummed out is that just last year Willow’s hit single “Whip My Hair” became the #naturalhair anthem inciting women around the world to whip their twists, braids, locs, and of course—their afros back and forth.
And while we’re on the topic of Willow Smith needing some assistance and supervision. Gosh, I was particularly disturbed to see this little nugget over on NecoleBitchie: Miss Smith tweeted a pic of herself on a stripper pole saying “Vegas Chick….”
She’s ELEVEN!!!! And just on the tails of the birth of the newest power-couple bebe, this was just a testament that they just grow up so so fast…especially in the limelight. Moral of the story: slow it down Willow. Just slow it down. (and come get your kid, Will and Jada!!!) Maybe I’m just the type that holds on a little too long to the way they were, considering that Lindsay Lohan’s Parent Trap can still bring a tear to my eye. So right now, I’m just going to end on remembering a scene from the good old days…