Syl- My Natural Lil' Sis

Syl is my sister...4 years younger, and definitely smarter. She's currently a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and on her way to graduate school! While home for Christmas, I asked her to write up her 'hair story' for cn.com. Like me, she's natural- only she chooses to wear it straight. I'm not an advocate for heat styling, but I'm also not a hater...I give credit where credit is due! Her hair is VERY healthy, and absolutely stunning. Heat styled hair can most certainly flourish, if properly cared for:

Like Nikki, I grew up with a very particular hair care routine. Our mother washed and blow-dried my hair, and our grandmother straightened it with a hotcomb. Never allowing me to get a relaxer, despite the fact that I would sweat out my press normally within hours, was the best decision that my mom could have made for my hair. In high school, I ran track and cross country. Needless to say, grandma’s press and curl did not survive. I took to just wearing my hair blown out, without flat ironing or pressing it. However, by my junior year, I found out about a salon that specializes in hair care for black natural hair (Shi Salon). I began going to the salon twice a month. And 5 years later, I still have the same amazing stylist, though she now has her own shop (Halo Salon). She is very particular about the products that she uses on my hair and monitors the amount of heat that she applies. She does not provide relaxers for any of her clients because she understands how damaging they can be, so I never have to worry about her somehow processing my hair. Furthermore, I get my ends clipped and I receive deep conditioning treatments about every other month. Before meeting my stylist, my hair was a little longer than shoulder length. It now reaches the middle of my back (and that’s after having it cut back to shoulder length a little over a year ago).

I choose to wear my hair straight because I have never had skills when it comes to doing my own hair. Ask Nikki, and she will tell you that I can barely put it into a bun. I am proof that it is very possible to have healthy straightened hair, as long as you communicate to your stylist what is and what is not acceptable. I suggest finding a stylist who is an advocate of natural hair care.

Furthermore, you have to make sure that you wrap your hair each night and sleep in the appropriate hair covering (satin scarf). It is also important to note that I NEVER touch up my own hair in between appointments. With the seemingly unlimited access to flatirons in today’s society, it is easy to pick one up and fix your edges or a frizzy patch whenever you see fit. However, this can become addicting, which will result in applying too much heat to your hair in a very short amount of time. Plus, flat ironing dirty hair is also a huge NONO! Thus, I leave the straightening to my stylist. If my edges start to look frizzy, I simply don a headband and call it a day until my next appointment. Hope this is helpful. And for anyone in the St. Louis area that is looking to maintain straight natural hair, definitely check out Shi Salon (request Marie) or Halo Salon (request Lynn).



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Anonymous said...

you both are so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Awesome hair!

ljkelly said...

Thank you for this post! I am from STL and will be moving back there shortly so I will need a salon that caters to natural hair!! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous hair!!
Great genes!!!

Tiffany said...

U are both stunning, I would like to know how often you keep up your appointments if you don't touch it up yourself?

Anonymous said...

Aww! Absolutely gorgeous! Plz thank your sister for sharing w/us. She is so beautiful, just like her big sister!!

Prettysunshyne

Maria said...

You are beautiful just like your sister! I love your hair! This is how I will probably wear my hair until the spring. Its just easier for me since I hate walking around with wet hair in the cold. I'm more of a DIYer, but I would love to find a stylist in the Boston/Cambridge area that specialized in natural hair.

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Wes said...

You girls are both gorgeous! I love your sisters hair almost as much as I love yours ;-), lol... Part of my goal for 09 is too stay away from straight hair styles as much as possible. It's hard for me because I think I spent about %50 of '08 w/ straight hair :-/
But seriously Nikki, thanks for sharing your styling tips- It has helped me immensely.

SA said...

Naturally curly and straight, the two of you have beautiful hair.

ilikeitkinky said...

Beautiful girl, beautiful hair! I need to move to St. Louis to get my hair styled!

Gia said...

gorgeous hair!! thanks for sharing

Calming Corners said...

Great post! Great hair! Great blog! Thanks for your story.

xo,
CC

Kia said...

Love the hair!! I am interested in knowing what type of flat-iron your stylist is using on your hair? What product? I do my hair myself at home and currently don't go to a stylist to have my hair straighten. Also, If anyone that lives in the RDU area can recommend a person I would be glad to try them out.

Anonymous said...

WOW that is amazing!!!.....from SL to Mid back in a year!?

Black girl with long hair said...

she has great length

Shanghai Daily Muse said...

You guys both have amazing hair!!! So pretty.

blackhoney112 said...

Awww good looks run in the family and your hair is so pretty & healthy looking! =)

Jetblackhair said...

You two are both beautiful with gorgeous hair. Thanks for this story!

Anonymous said...

Hi you can try KCCC with the KT.I bought a BB quenching conditioner which is very light and it doesn't clump my curls=(.AO honeysuckle use to clump my curls like crazy but not anymore.Maybe because it has no slip.I'm going to try the other AO conditioner you mention.

thelady said...

Shi Salon (request Marie) or Halo Salon (request Lynn)
do either of these salons know how to cut curly natural hair? I don't need a big chop, just a trim or shape up. I have type 4a hair, about 7 inches long, shrinks to 2-3 inches washngo.

Kara S. said...

OMG!!!!!!!! SYLVIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know her. I went to Metro (Class of 07, folks). I can't believe you are her older sister. See, that's how small St. Louis is b/c everybody knows everybody. That is so cool. Oh, and congrats to her graduating.

chriszy said...

i love her story!!!!!! does she still run track??

2012insideout said...

Great story. Beautiful hair!

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