By Tracy Yassini
Black EOE Journal contributing writer
Linda Husser is no stranger to caring for her natural hair during challenging times. While stationed in England as Senior Airman in the Airforce, she had to learn to care for her natural hair without access to the biweekly trip to the hair salon that she was accustomed to before enlisting.
“I would basically just put my hair into four or five cornrows because our hair had to always comply with service regulations and be above the neck,” she explains. From there, Husser began to use different products to style her hair from the limited options available for black hair at the PBX in England. As she got creative with hairstyles, others began asking her to do their hair and her new career as a hairstylist was born. Thirty years later, she owns one of the most successful hair salons specializing in Black Hair in Orange County, California – Linda’s Hair Affair.
Before the salon closures, the majority of Husser’s clients would schedule every two weeks for their hair to be washed, blow-dried, straightened, and styled in a ponytail or loose curls. “A lot of them didn’t think that staying at home still meant they had to look ‘Zoom Meeting Ready’, and have been reaching out to me for advice,” she shares.
Here are her top tips to keep your hair healthy and Zoom ready during quarantine –
- Do your hair as if you were going to the salon. Wash and deep condition every two weeks.
- Don’t worry about straightening your hair. The new growth that’s coming in will be a different texture and your hair is more prone to breakage as a result. Blowing it out with a blow dryer or putting it in two cornrows is best.
- Moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize. Use this time to love your hair with oils, butters, and conditioners. Use a silk or cloth scarf to seal it in on your braided hair.
- Use YouTube as a resource to learn how to flat twist, cornrow, or experiment with other natural hairstyles.
- Wigs are a stylish, easy, and quick protective hairstyle option that actually gives your hair a break if it is thinning from weaves or braids.
Ultimately, life will go back to face to face meetings and twice a month salon visits. Until then, use these time-tested tips from a former Airman turned Hair Stylist to get by in style.
SOURCE: Black EOE Journal