My Banana Split Hair Disaster

girl with a towel on her head

I clicked on the YouTube video to learn how to deep condition my natural hair. I’d been faithfully subscribed to the self-proclaimed natural hair guru for over a year and she promised shiny oh-so-fruity hair, just like hers, in a homemade concoction, she’d whipped together with household “products” i.e.; produce and other knickknacks.

After diligently studying the 3-minute video, a surge of DIY inspiration reverberated my soul, the video intended for that very purpose. I was more than convinced that I could replicate her results. Although her hair was 3c and I’m 4c, I figured it would still work. My results would be the 4c version, I thought. I headed to the kitchen for “natural” ingredients. Raiding the refrigerator, as directed, I came across the bananas and eggs, and without hesitation I gathered all of the items and raced to the bathroom where I planned to resuscitate my hair to the bouncing curls I saw in the video. Lather, rinse, repeat. Tah daah! Wait, it didn’t work!

Chunks of banana failed the rinse cycle and I couldn’t untangle the coils. Panic griped my chest as I searched desperately for a remedy to remediate what I’d done. Opening a drawer, I discovered the pair of scissors that began this whole “natural hair journey” (aka The Big Chop). I quickly slammed it shut before my heart deflated at the very thought of having to start all over.

No matter how ridiculous it seems, we all know the great lengths we go to achieve healthy hair. Often times we study YouTube videos and ingest the plethora of black hair web content and ideally we’d like a fairy Godmother to magically appear to save us from a natural hair disaster but sometimes, it just comes down to experimentation.

That’s the glory of a hair journey! Explore your strands. Sometimes you just have to learn along the way.  And when your edges begin to thin and the strands become limp and your ponytail shrinks to the size of a toothpick, you’ll know it was all a learning lesson.


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About Marchaan


Marchaan has been a creative writer for over seventeen years and writing professionally for thirteen. Her body of work focuses primarily on the topics of entertainment, love, relationships, self-exploration and coming of age while her passion and interests lie in natural hair, beauty, current events and pop culture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge where she minored in Spanish and held concentrations in language and writing. Today, Marchaan resides in Los Angeles where she continues to work on her novel and write short stories and children’s books in her free time.

About Marchaan


Marchaan has been a creative writer for over seventeen years and writing professionally for thirteen. Her body of work focuses primarily on the topics of entertainment, love, relationships, self-exploration and coming of age while her passion and interests lie in natural hair, beauty, current events and pop culture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge where she minored in Spanish and held concentrations in language and writing. Today, Marchaan resides in Los Angeles where she continues to work on her novel and write short stories and children’s books in her free time.

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Les

Haha. Excellent article! I had such a good time reading it. I couldn’t stop laughing. Very funny yet oh so true and sincere. Will be back to read more posts from Marchaan. Brilliant new addition to the writing staff!

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TMW

This one cracked me up, LOL!

Sheryce H.
Sheryce H.

So true, Marchaan. I can’t tell you how many “University of You Tube” videos I’ve watched on my natural hair journey. I had such great expectations of a “fly do” to match those of vlogger professors only to wind up with a “fly don’t. I agree with you, that’s the glory of the hair journey! The struggle continues.

Gloria L Anderson

I really appreciate the warning. Humorous.