3. They use Monistat 7 for hair growth
There are instances where you are able to get drugs or creams in jail if you need it and we have talked about the use of Monistrat 7 for hair growth here on the blog before.
In prison they do use Monistat 7 for hair growth so we do not know if that practice started there or out here, either way woman in and outside of jail have tried Monistat in an effort to achieve longer hair.
4. They do finger coils and bantu knots
From what I have seen there are many women rocking TWA’s with coils in them. That style was pretty common and very neatly done.
Bantu knots are pretty common as well, If you watched Orange is the New Black, then you would see that was Crazy Eyes’s favorite style. If I could be allowed to guess, the homemade gel keeps the coils in place, but I cannot say that is an absolute fact.
5. Kool Aid for color
Really anything that is waxy and that stains can be used for color so inmates tend to get a bit innovative with the beverages they get with regards to hair color.
In the hit show “Orange is the New Black” they made reference to Red using cherry Kool Aid for her hair color.
6. Pencils as rollers
This one is pretty easy; apparently pencils make outstanding curls. If you can make gel, or if you have a little water, wrap your hair around the pencil. Allow your hair to dry you, and you can create a head full of curls.
This isn’t the most ideal thing, and you would need a lot of pencils, but if you can make curls, the possibilities of styles is pretty endless.
7. Shower modifications with deodorant bottles
You would have to see this one to believe it, but basically the inmate will have a shower where the water sprays so much you cannot get it to focus in one direction.
To fix that you cut off the bottom of the deodarant bottle, remove the ball, attach it to the shower head; voila! The water is stronger and flowing in one direction. This way you can get a really great shower and wash your hair!
The truth is, if you have the basics (shampoo and conditioner), you will be able to take care of your hair in the most basic way possible. Styling is also very possible; it just depends on how creative you can get. If you can make gel, then you can have a twist out, or braid out, or bantu knots, if you so desire while in prison.
The one thing I am not sure about is maintaining a relaxer: most of the women that I have noticed have natural hair; I assume because it is easier and safer.
This isn’t some sort of attempt at making prison life appear fun; we wouldn’t wish that life on anyone, but it is interesting to see how other people are living and taking care of themselves.
Originally posted 2015-03-09 15:00:36.