Afro Care 101:
Those of us with Afro hair have one thing in common - Afro Fear - that "thing" you feel in the pit of your stomach at just the thought of wearing your hair in its natural state.
Every other person on earth wears their hair as-is without a second thought. Why are we the only ones who cannot? It's because they have had centuries of undisturbed development and every tool needed always widely available. But we lost our cultural identity and home...
My hair journey was no different. But when I started my natural hair journey in 2008 and looked for help there was nothing online and maybe 6 black women on YT attempting natural hair videos. But back then the content wasn't like today. No one was doing it for clout or profit, they were just hobby vlogging and all had "good hair." I don't use that term anymore because I now know my hair is just as good - it just needed different care techniques...
The good news is with proper HowTo knowledge Afro hair is not only easy to care for - yes I said EASY - it virtually costs nothing in time & money to achieve healthy, hydrated, well-defined Afro coils - even for Afro hair types typically deemed impossible.
More good news: With the money you will save per month/year embracing your natural hair, you could buy a new car, afford better housing, fund education or take a real vacation - just think about that.
Skeptical? Of course you are. That fear doesn't go away overnight. It's the hardest part. But it does go away, esp when you see your hair has a curl pattern too. But that "thing" will creep in at times, resisting the new methods with whispers like "... I can't do that ... my hair is different ... I'll just wear a wig until ... I need a texturizer..." This is a totally normal part of the process. Just don't fall for it and if you do, don't dwell in the setbacks. Learn from it and start again. Recognize it's all part of breaking the chains of "fear."
In the first two years of my transition...
YOUR HAIR ISN'T THE PROBLEM - NEGATIVE SOCIAL GROOMING & BAD TECHNIQUES ARE
HEALTHY AFRO HAIR GROWS FAST AND AS LONG AS YOU DESIRE
AFRO HAIR IS NATURAL BEAUTY TOO
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "BAD HAIR"
AND THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "NATURAL HAIR ISN'T PROFESSIONAL"
AND THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "NATURAL HAIR DOESN'T SUIT ME"
The last two proclamations are completely legitimate concerns. How do you style an Afro beyond a simple 'puff'? That's why I created sprAngz. I started designing and developing tools and accessories specifically for that concern because I had them too. And I made a conscious decision to never design with any intention to "tame" my Afro, but to enhance it and work with its unique char...
New sprAngz tools & accessories will launch Winter 2019
sprAngz will also launch an Afro Care 101 Forum in 2020
The new products will aid in the creation of hair styling options beyond the current product line. Also, share your natural hair styling wishes or obstacles with me so that I am sure to continue to provide products you want and need. If your wish is an option I have not considered and becomes part of the product line, you will not only get shout-out credit for the inspiration, you will be the first to own it at no cost to you! (More details will be provided if selected)
The Afro Care 101 Forum will be interactive so you can watch and/or join in, from Q&A symposiums to HowTo Demos via private client sessions. I've been asked often if I will eventually continue my YouTube channel or start a Blog and I decided a taped Live Forum would encompass the best of both worlds and be far more inclusive and info friendly.
I am looking forward to starting this Forum because my time away from vlogging has encouraged many to share my methods (happy to see this) but many have shared them as their own methods (without giving me credit) and worse of all some gave incorrect accompanying information (thank god they didn't mix me with that ish). So the Forum will also be an opportunity for me to correct any misguidance you may have picked up on your natural hair journey.
In the meantime, please be patient (I am only one person after all :-) and use the HowTo videos below as a starting guide. Although these videos were made a few years ago, the information is still 100% viable and is what I still do to this day. Also feel free to browse/watch the archives of videos on the YouTube channel as well. Watch, learn, take notes and don't be afraid to ask questions as often as needed - its the main reason I do this - so don't be shy.
And I know the dates on the last SM posts are really old... please ignore that and add sprAngz anyway because I'll be back very soon!
Afro Care Specialist & sprAngz Creator/Owner
howto use your hands to groom hair step by step
*fingers provide better control, less breakage
*combs destroy 4B/C definition
TACKLING AFRO KNOTS
proper detangling techniques
*knots are caused by improper detangling
*detangling is best during "cowashing" phase
SHAMPOOING & CONDITIONING GUIDE
oldie but goody in-shower demos with short hair
*birth of the fingercombing technique
what it is & what its not
*aka daily conditioning/grooming phase
*the key to hydrated, defined coils