Guiding WOC Through The Process Of Returning Natural

Three iconic hairstyles from our favourite black movies

There are moments that have come to be imprinted in our minds. These inspiring hair moments sparked trends that were popular, and lasted decades. And many of those moments have happened in movies. Some of the most iconic black hairstyles now came from some of our favourite black films that showed black women in so many forms: as artists, as women discovering who themselves, and even as superheroes (literally). 

Until the end of the month, we’re donating 15% of the proceeds from our #DEARBLACKGIRL kit and our Onion & Garlic Thickening Ayurvedic Herb Hair Oil to black businesses that have been hit hard due to the pandemic. For us at Belle Bar, giving back to the community that has supported us throughout is beyond important. It’s a responsibility we’re proud of. Our #DEARBLACKGIRL kit is great for all porosities and features what we believe are the staples of good hair care – our Chebe Powder Growth Hair Mask, Ultra Nourishing Guacamole Hair Mask and Golden Sea Buckthorne Shine & Moisture Hair Butter. Three products that are essential for any style protective you choose to do!

Janet Jackson’s box braids in Poetic Justice

Need we say more?! The 90s was the era of box braids, and Janet was definitely part of the women who made it as popular then as it is now. In the film, she rocked box braids and often accessorized them with headbands, caps and scarves – a simpler, effective way to elevate the look. 

Hair care tip: We recommend keeping in protective styles such as braids for no longer than 4-6 weeks, and during that time it’s essential you keep your natural hair and scalp nourished. A great way to do this is with this tea rinse! It’s a great way to keep it clean while it’s in a protective style. Use a cotton round with some of our Witch Hazel Scalp & Hair Nourishing Tea Rinse, and run the cotton round along your scalp. Because of its antibacterial properties, witch hazel is a mild way to clarify your scalp. It will also keep the scalp nourished and free from itchiness and dryness. 

Sanaa Lathan’s big chop in Nappily Ever After

This movie was important to black women for so many reasons: it covered topics of loving yourself, letting go of Eurocentric beauty standards and accepting yourself in the purest form. At Belle Bar we’re all about self-love, so we’re huge fans of this film! There’s a scene in the movie where the lead character, played by the sublime Sanaa Lathan does the big chop on herself in front of her bathroom mirror using hair clippers. It’s a powerful, eye-opening moment.   

Hair care tip: The process of getting a big chop can be both daunting and exciting, but ultimately is a great step to achieving healthy hair. Many women have spoken about how liberating it is to start from scratch, discover and learn about their hair (and their perceptions of beauty!) all over again. Before the chop, study your hair: what hair type do you think your roots are? What does it respond to? This will help you feel prepared on what to expect and how to manage your hair after the chop. You can either do the big chop yourself, or go to a professional hairdresser. Always make sure your hair is freshly cleaned and washed before a chop.

Lupita Nyongo’s ‘Wakanda knots’ in Black Panther 

Legendary, to say the least. Black panther wasn’t a moment, it was a movement, and for many black people, seeing ourselves represented as superheroes in touch with our ancestors was a powerful experience. What made it even better? The dope female characters of the film and the natural hair styles they rocked. One of the major standouts was Lupita with her knots. Although, people are quick to call them Bantu knots, lead hairstylist of the film Camille Friend, clarified in an interview with NY Times that: “The difference is the Bantu knot is raised. We’re basically starting with a flat knot. Meaning, we’re taking the hair by sections and twisting it upon itself, twisting it down to what I call a flatter, cinnamon-roll shape. We let the hair dry, then lift.” Either way, we love it!

Hair care tip: Although Bantu knots require the use of rubber bands, we advise you to use them sparingly. They cause snagging, and cause tension on the hair that therefore leads to breakage. Opt for non-elastic hair ties instead. If you must use rubber bands, make sure to soak them in olive oil of coconut before using them. This will provide slip and aid in there being less tension when you use them. When taking them out, spray your hair with conditioner and water to provide slip. Also, be gentle when taking down your bantu knots.

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