Taraji P Henson shares how horrible her hair smelt under weaves

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Taraji P Henson PHOTO: Gallo/Getty Images
Taraji P Henson PHOTO: Gallo/Getty Images

Caring for your hair can be quite tiring but it’s necessary to keep it healthy and as clean as possible.

In a recent interview with Allure magazine, Hollywood actress Taraji P Henson shared details of a rather disturbing incident involving her hair when she was still starting out in showbiz.

“Once I got into the acting business, I started wearing weaves because I wanted to protect my hair,” Taraji told the publication. “I really didn’t like them at first. I’d heard so many horror stories about people losing their edges and the wear and tear [weaves put] on their hair,” she said.

But the famed actress soon came to terms with getting a weave, BET reports. “When I had to wear my hair straight for movies, it became stressful to keep straightening and putting heat on it to match whatever scene I was in. So, I started weaving my hair,” the actress explained.

“The first time I went to get the weave taken out, it smelled like mildew. I was so embarrassed. I was washing my hair, but what I wasn’t doing was drying the weft. When you have a weave or an install, your hair is braided down and then sometimes they sew a [hair] net down on top of that and then they sew the hair tracks on top of that. So, my dilemma was, how do I get to my scalp? How do I clean it? I didn’t ever want that mildew smell again,” she continued.

Instead of staying upset, the 49-year-old let the ordeal inspire her to start her own hair-care brand that would not only be helpful to natural hair, but all hair types.

Catering to your natural hair routine—with heavy focus on the scalp—the line features 18 products and was inspired by Taraji’s goal to keep her natural hair healthy while constantly wearing protective styles (wigs, braids etc).

Tips on how to keep your hair clean under weaves and wigs:

1.       Wash and condition your hair.

2.       Apply oils to your scalp.

3.       Don’t neglect the weave.

4.       Don’t keep the weave on for too long.

Source: Byrdie

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