Ohhhh but the hair challenges are many! My biggest hurdle is dryness. I have high-porosity, super thirsty hair that can never get enough moisture. I’m so into this conditioner for that reason–it’s deeply penetrating and loaded with good-for-you ingredients like rose, lavender, and chamomile.
For the same hydrating reasons, I’m all about a hair mask. A mask also just feels indulgent, like a special treat. The day I found out my book hit the NYT bestsellers list–right after I had a complete breakdown–I smoothed on my Rahua Omega 9 hair mask from roots to ends, wrapped it in Saran Wrap (important for penetration!), sat in the sun on my fire escape with a Haagen-Dazs chocolate almond ice cream bar, and truly luxuriated.
Last December, I had a quarantine hotel-room wedding. It was very cozy and intimate (just my husband, my daughter, and an officiant), but I still wanted to look glamorous–in an effortless-ish way? I blew out my hair, then wrapped medium sections around a one-inch curling iron for easy, tousled waves. For a little oomph, I added a chic crystal barrette I’d found on Etsy.
I just colored my hair. I’m fully on the bronde train. Halle Berry posted a selfie on Instagram with coppery-honey highlights, and I had to get them. Of course, this makes my hair even drier, but I regret nothing.
Natural hair doesn’t need to be washed more than once a week or it can get really dry. If I’m wearing a blowout that week, I keep it looking fresh with a bit of Ranavat hair serum: I apply it on my ends before bed. If I’m wearing my hair natural, I rub the same serum between my index finger and thumb and twirl it around individual curls to refresh them.
CURLY OR STRAIGHT?
Like most Black girls in the ’80s, I got my first relaxer in elementary school. I never thought twice about it until I was in my thirties, when my daughter was a toddler: She has a head of thick, lush spirals, and she hated them. She wanted her hair to be straight, “like Rapunzel’s and Mommy’s.” Devastating! I stopped relaxing and never went back. How could I teach my daughter to love her curls when I was straightening mine to oblivion?
When I air-dry, I always dry it a bit with Conair Volumizing Diffuser Attachment first. It gives my sort of thin curls lots of fluff, dimension, and sexy frizz–I like a bit of fuzz when my hair is curly. It feels disco-y.
For years, I could only get blowouts at salons, because I couldn’t get my edges smooth enough at home. Kipozi Pencil Flat Iron makes my blowouts look professional. It’s super skinny and perfect for catching tiny baby hairs.
THE WORK UPDO
I can’t write with hair. It’s distracting. I always twist it up in a clip, away from my face and neck. So I keep a Goody Classics Half Claw Clip in every room of my home–and in my bag for on-the-go writing emergencies.
THE QUICK FIX AND
THE NIGHTTIME SECRET
My main character in Seven Days in June, Eva, has a hectic life, raising a tween, writing novels, and running around to book readings–like me! I don’t have a lot of time, so quick fixes are it. Rahua Legendary Amazon Oil is a godsend. I carry it in my bag and apply it on my ends before a book event. It’s ultralightweight, immediately adds gloss to my hair, and smells like actual heaven. I also sleep on Slip silk pillowcases to help keep my hair smooth and shiny.
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