As you all know we follow hundreds of blogs Afrobella being one of our favorites. A while back she did an interview with Titi Branch, one half of the Miss Jessie empire. We really enjoyed it because for the first time, for me personally I saw where Titi admitted to using a silkner on her hair to get her curls to look the way they do.
If you do not know what a silkener is, it is simply a chemical process that stretches your curls making them more manageable. If you go to the Miss Jessie salon and get a silkener, it involves using sodium hydroxide commonly known as lye to stretch your hair.
This is a mild texturizer, and it can be a life saver for a lot of women who find it difficult to care for there own kinky* texture or want a different look from what their texture would give them. Here is a snippet of what Titi had to say:
“The silkener is a chemical process. We use sodium hydroxide, which is commonly known as lye, and we put it in typically natural hair in order to stretch it out. There has been a lot of controversy about silkeners and chemical processing in the natural hair community. But I think the reason it remains such a popular service is because it really helps people to get what they want, that curly hair sass,” Titi explained.
Titi was very forthcoming making the point that if you have a kinky* texture and you want to have your hair look like Tracee Ross you will have to do something a bit different. When you go to a salon, a great stylist will try her best to give you what you want, they will look at your little magazine clipping and tell you what you will need to achieve that look, chemicals or not.
When Titi was asked why she has a silkener she said:
Because I don’t have time to do my hair, to spend the time that it would take to do it natural. It’s just a personal decision. I want to just be able to wash it, condition it, rinse it out, put product in it, and let it dry and get curly. That’s how I like to do my hair,” she said.
Silkeners are growing in popularity and we thought is there such a thing as a ‘closet silkener’. Would you be ashamed to admit that you used one on your hair for whatever reason? If you do find yourself in the closet we are here to let you know you don’t have to be.