MJ Hair Designs – 14252 Ventura Bl. Sherman Oaks (818) 783-0084 – Ever wonder if there’s anyone out there who understands you kind of hair. Biracial hair can be tricky if you don’t understand the small nuances or the products to use. Biracial men and women can sometime have a problem not knowing where to turn or who might know how to cut or style their hair. Michael at MJ Hair Designs understand perfectly and so does the NY Times!
MAELING TAPP remembers the moment three years ago when she saw her mother and sisters wearing their coil-prone hair in its natural state and decided that she, too, would stop slathering caustic paste onto her scalp to burn her own similarly textured locks into straight submission.
“Unfortunately, after four months I relaxed my hair again because I just didn’t know what I was doing,” said Ms. Tapp, 25, a Ph.D. candidate in materials science and engineering at Georgia Tech.
“Going natural” is the term used by many African-American women who decide to stop chemically processing, or relaxing, their hair. It’s a move that can be fraught with confusion, missteps and sometimes pain, as the 2009 Chris Rock documentary “Good Hair” attested.
Many women with Afro-textured hair have not seen it in its unadulterated state since childhood. And even some who are acquainted with the texture of their untreated tresses are not comfortable styling their hair in ways they believe are fashionable and appropriate for them. Figuring out which of the countless hair-care tools and products on the market might work can make the undertaking even more overwhelming.
Tired of expensive, time-consuming salon visits, many would-be “naturals” are searching YouTube for inspiration, instruction and other people who have made peace with their kinks and curls.
“I thought, ‘Why don’t I just document my own journey to help keep track of what’s working for me?’ ” she said. She hoped others would learn from her. “I wanted to contribute to the wealth of information that’s out there,” Ms. Tapp said.
The project is also adding, modestly, to her personal wealth. The channel’s corresponding blog, NaturalChica.com, attracts enough page views that she has sold advertising: more money, she said, than she would earn with a typical work-study program paying the minimum wage.
There are hundreds of women like Ms. Tapp on YouTube, selling lotions, potions and notions for natural hair, or posting video tutorials about how to achieve the look. Many of them link to CurlyNikki.com, a three-year-old site founded by Alicia Nicole Walton, a psychotherapist who wanted to create a place for women to gather online and chat about their hair issues. Ms. Walton, 28, said she wanted to be an advocate for women who feel social pressure to have their hair straightened. MJ Hair Designs supports this commentary.
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14252 Ventura Boulevard
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