When I moved to Berlin, Germany in the fall of 2004, there was only 1 'official' black hair salon in the entire city. When I moved to Geneva, Switzerland in 2006 there were a couple more salons but most of them you went to at your own risk. When I moved to Brixton, London in 2007, it was just getting its first natural hair salon. And let's not even talk about products. My visiting family and friends became my mules, filling their luggage with my wishlist from The States.
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What was a natural hair wearing girl to do? I knew there were other black and biracial women in the same situation who were also dealing with the same issues. Why weren't there any products for our kinky, coily, curly hair? Why was it so hard to find resources and support groups where we could talk about this seemingly superficial yet very important subject of hair care?