True Life: It Takes Me 8 Hours to Do My Hair
I spend eight hours on my hair every week. Not one hour styling every morning or one hour primping before a party on Saturday night. Eight hours in one day.
Growing up, I spent hours in the hair salon. So much more than hairstyling happened there. I ate my meals under the hood dryer and studied for exams near the shampoo bowl. My mother would catch up with faraway friends on the phone and the latest small-town gossip.
Since I stopped getting relaxers, I no longer spend days at the salon, but "natural" hair doesn't necessarily mean easy. It takes me 30 minutes to wash my hair when for others it's a five-minute job. Why? I blame YouTube. When I went natural seven years ago, the bloggers were my new gurus. I have washed my hair with mud and apple cider vinegar, trimmed my own ends (which I still do), and made a yogurt deep conditioner, all based on the recommendations of popular YouTubers. I can literally watch a 10-minute video of a woman shampooing in her shower.
With the help of these styling pioneers, I locked down a routine that works for me — and believe me, I'm not the only natural woman out there spending hours in the bathroom. Here's the breakdown of my weekly eight-hour wash day routine.