The Vixen Q&A: Ursula Stephen Speaks On Rihanna’s New Do And How To Maintain Healthy Hair [Pg. 2]


What are the best ways for black women to achieve healthy hair?
Well first of all, our hair is naturally dry. No matter what, we’re born with naturally dry hair. That’s just the characteristic of our hair. It sounds so old and it’s been said 1000 times, but it’s all about us getting our deep conditioners in. We have to do it because we have to keep pushing moisture into our hair. The best thing to do is find a great moisturizer for you hair type because every black girl’s hair is different. You figure out your type of hair and get that perfect conditioner, or that perfect moisturizing cream, and you consistently use it. You have to use it! There’s no way around it.

What are the “do’s and don’ts” of hair? There are a lot of hair myths that surround black hair, so what are the key things black women should know about their hair to keep it healthy.
Staple do’s are definitely conditioners and trims. That’s it right there. You have to do that. Don’ts? Do not flat iron your hair everyday. It doesn’t matter what you do, don’t flat iron everyday. And alternate on your styling routine. So if you decide that you’re gonna go to the salon today, get a roller set instead of just getting it blown out and flat ironed ‘cause when you do a blow out and a flat iron, that’s two drying agents. What’s getting really popular now are the heat protecting sprays. They are really lightweight, they don’t weigh down your hair, they’re really good to use when you wanna flat iron your hair a lot. And don’t wrap you hair every night. You can’t do that because when you continue to wrap your hair in one direction every time, you’ll notice that, first of all, your hair is always gonna be in a wrap shape. Then, that side that you wrap over always breaks underneath. A moisturizing cream is definitely a plus. A lot of these black girls forget about all of these products. Some girls are still greasing their scalps; it’s not really about that anymore. Your scalp is fine. Once you eat healthy, drink water, your hair will grow. It’s what you do to your hair after it’s out of your root. It’s about keeping the strand healthy and keeping the cuticle together. You could use one of those hair polishes or serums. They coat the cuticle, [and] they are great.

How do you feel about weave?
I think weaves are great because they give a lot of style versatility, but just like any drug, they’re addictive. When they are abused, the result is horrible. You don’t want to be a person that has to wear weave, you wanna be a person that wants to wear weave. I think that people need to learn to enjoy weave and wear them on certain occasions or a couple of times in the month. After that, you wear your own hair. I know a lot of girls that treat their weave better than they treat their own hair. They roller set it, they wash it, they pin it up, they do all type of stuff and their hairline looks like crap [laughs]. So, I think that girls need to get back into their own hair. Don’t get it wrong, I wear weaves all the time, but you have to really invest more time and energy into your own hair.

I definitely agree. People need to get back to their hair being healthy. What are your feelings about lacefronts and the damage they can do to women’s hairlines?
I have a 50/50 feeling on lacefronts. I think they’re actually genius, but I also feel like any abuse of any type of hair piece or adornment or whatever is gonna cause some type of hair loss or breakage. If you’re gonna wear it, you have to be really cautious of it and not abuse it.

Any last advice?
You have to be conscious of what your hair can take. The main do is knowing your hair.