*Author and health and wellness expert, Orjanette Bryant, wants to ensure that women are approaching their hair care the right way.
Her book, “Nubia’s Guide to Going Natural: A Holistic Approach to Transitioning Your Natural Hair,” uniquely engages the conversation from a health perspective – providing a thorough examination of hair care products, their ingredients and health ramifications, in addition to what regimens are most effective for certain types of hair.
Over the past several years, there has been a huge resurgence of black women embracing their natural hair, abandoning the weaves and perms that have been commonplace in the United States for decades.
However, despite their well-intentioned efforts, most women still do not achieve the results they desire for their hair.
“I encourage women to educate themselves and understand what is best for their hair,” Bryant said. “Every hair doesn’t accept the same products. Learn what kind of hair you have and what is best for your daily regimen.”
In every case, however, Bryant prefers organic.
“My motto is: If you can eat it, then it is safe for your hair,” she said.
Bryant, a registered nurse, started making her own products several years ago by mixing organic ingredients from her garden and kitchen. This health conscious approach began after a series of deaths and illnesses in her family.
Among them was her stepfather, who died from prostate cancer and her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Years later, Bryant herself developed fibroids and had to undergo a hysterectomy. It was at that point that she committed to maintaining her health and monitoring what she put in her body. Those changes also improved her hair.
“If you are not healthy, your hair is not going to be healthy. If you are stressed, your hair will be stressed,” Bryant said. “In the black community, we tend to get complacent around age 60. We neglect our bodies and then end up on medication for hypertension or for diabetes. All medicine has side effects. If you are not healthy internally, but want healthy hair, your goals are not realistic. Start with taking care of yourself.”
To assist women in transitioning to natural and improving the overall quality of their hair, Bryant offers the following tips:
- Get rid of the perm and chemicals. Once you leave them behind, never return.
- Always read the labels and learn about the ingredients and the affects they can have on your hair and your body in general.
- Identify what type of hair you have. For example, highly porous hair requires a different hair care regimen than low porous hair.
- Understand your medical history. If you have dry hair, it could be a result of your diet, the medication you are taking, or genetics.
- If you get your hair done at a salon, make sure to ask questions and talk to your beautician.
- Consider using only organic products. Not only is it better for your hair, but it will save you a lot of money.
Over the course of the year, Bryant will be traveling to speak at a variety of events, conferences and book signings. It is her goal to see healthier, more confident natural black women.
“This is a movement of self-acceptance,” she said. “Once you get rid of the perm and the chemicals, don’t ever go back. You don’t need them. You can straighten your hair without them.”
Orjanette Bryant ‘s “Nubia’s Guide to Going Natural” is currently available on Amazon, Author House and Barnes and Noble for $28.99.
The e-book can be purchased for $3.99. To learn more about Orjanette Bryant and her products, visit www.nubianenterprise.biz.