She’s here! The first female Vice President of The United States, Kamala Harris. It’s a joyous occasion. The fact that she is a person of color is even more reason to celebrate. It’s about time that a BIPOC woman held one of the highest offices in the country and it’s thrilling to see somebody that represents what modern America is all about.
Naturally, as her political power rose, so too did the fascination and interest in Kamala’s style. Whether she’s on the campaign trail or the cover of Vogue magazine, Kamala embraces an effortless, on-the-go attitude. She’s known for her tailored pant suits, practical sneakers, and of course, that signature polished ‘do.
As a POC, there is always talk about Kamala Harris’ hair. Things like whether or not she should be wearing it natural or if she wears a wig. The fact of the matter is, it’s her hair and she can wear it anyway she wants. Whether she wants to go the au natural route like Tracee Ellis Ross or rock some cool Meagan Good locs, textured hair is beautifully versatile and shouldn’t be politicized.
Looking to get Kamala Harris’ hair? Those glossy, polished waves are perfect for people with looser hair textures or those willing to heat style or relax their tighter curl types. Worried about damage? Not to worry, we’ll show you exactly how to achieve Kamala Harris’ hairstyle without causing damage to your natural hair.
Why We Love Kamala Harris
When Kamala Harris came on the Presidential scene we were so excited. It was refreshing and incredibly meaningful to finally feel represented and seen. As people of color, we experience great joy at seeing people that look like us in the White House.
Born in California, Vice President Kamala Harris is the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica. There’s so much to love and respect about Kamala Harris, but her work ethic is incredibly inspiring. After passing the bar she became a junior United States senator served as the attorney general of California.
We are most excited about what Harris will do for underrepresented communities. We have confidence that she will use her voice as a POC to help speak up for BIPOC people around the country.
How to Get Kamala Harris Hair
When it comes to any natural hair care styling, your unique hair texture and type will determine which formulas and processes are best for your hair. So, before we dive into how to achieve the VP’s polished ‘do, let’s consider how this hairstyle will work best. Kamala Harris’ hair looks to be around Type 2 or 3. It’s thick and shiny, but has loose waves towards the ends.
As such, it will be much more involved for those with Type 4 hair to achieve this kind of look. It’s still possible, of course, but you will need to be more cautious about avoiding damage and adding extra moisture to your curls. Similarly, those with tighter textures will need to use a hair straightener or chemical relaxer to achieve this look.
Whenever attempting a new hairstyle, the priority should always be keeping your natural hair as healthy and happy as possible. That’s why we always approach hairstyling armed with patience and nourishing formulas. Ready to get started? Put on your sleekest pantsuit and get ready to channel your inner powerhouse.
Start With Clean Hair
The best way to achieve your dream hair? Start with a clean slate…literally. How often you wash your strands will depend upon your hair type and texture, but typically every 2 weeks is ideal for most people.
It’s important to wash your hair with a nourishing, sulfate-free shampoo that will effectively rid your scalp of buildup, oil, and dirt without stripping it of its natural oils. Our Moisture Miracle Honey & Coconut Oil Shampoo is a gentle formula that ticks all these boxes. The unique blend of natural ingredients deeply penetrate and hydrate natural coils and curls, leaving it soft, nourished, and shiny. Follow up with our Moisture Miracle Honey, Chocolate & Coconut Oil Conditioner which utilizes a moisturizing and restorative blend of ingredients to transform dry coils and curls, leaving them clean, hydrated and nourished.
So you used a conditioner? Great. Now follow that up with even more intense moisture. No matter how careful you are, flat ironing natural hair will strip it of moisture and cause potential damage. To help combat this, double up the moisture, especially if you have a tighter texture like type 4 hair.
Opt for a deep conditioning treatment like our Black Castor Miracle Moisture Restore Treatment, which hydrates and repairs extremely dry, damaged hair using a specialized blend of Castor Oil, Coconut Milk, and Shea Butter. Next, always spray a nourishing leave-in conditioner onto damp strands. Our Olive Miracle lightweight formula helps protect hair from damage while strengthening hair deep inside for a stronger, healthier look. This hair and scalp strengthening tonic is a unique recipe combining the finest African Miracle herbs and natural ingredients to condition, moisturize, repair, and strengthen hair. It’s also a great pre-blow dry treatment.
Use A Heat Protective Spray
Whether you’re blow drying or straightening hair, always spray damp strands with a heat protectant. Our Black Castor Miracle Anti-Humidity Heat Protectant provides 400°F heat protection and guards against future heat damage.
Specially crafted with a keratin complex, this lightweight formula blocks humidity, seals in shine, and keeps hair straight for 2 weeks or until the next wash day.
Flat Iron On Low Heat
While our heat protectant provides protection to 400°F, we don’t recommend going above 350°F. Using a straightener on a lower setting will ensure strands don’t get completely stripped of moisture.
Working in small sections, 1 inch or less, spray dry (never attempt to flat iron wet or damp hair) hair with a protectant, then slowly begin to straighten with controlled movements. Start as close to the roots as possible and remember to be patient! This process can take some time so it’s important not to rush it.
To achieve Kamala’s polished waves, slightly angle the flat iron outwards once you’re a few inches from the ends of your hair. Slowly wrap hair around the straightener before letting go, this will give your ends a slight bend or wave.
Alternative – Relax Your Curls:
If you have a tighter hair texture, flat ironing might not be the ideal way to achieve smoother strands. Instead, reach for a conditioning relaxer treatment with no lye. Our Olive Miracle Super Relaxer Kit for example, is formulated to help strengthen and protect hair during the entire relaxer application process. Packet with a vitamin-rich post-relaxer Aloe Vera Deep Treatment Conditioner packet infused with Aloe, Castor & Biotin, hair is left smoother, softer, and protected.
Apply A Shine-Enhancing Oil
Boost shine and infuse strands with much-needed moisture using a hydrating oil. It’s important that this step comes after flat ironing your hair. Applying oil pre-straightening will cause the oil to heat up, essentially frying your hair and leaving it damaged and looking weighed down. Instead, once hair has been completely ironed, apply a moisturizing lotion with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, like our Olive Miracle Moisturizing Lotion. Its nourishing formula helps to stop breakage, split-ends, and dryness. Feel free to comb this through strands daily to enhance shine and moisture.
Protect Your New ‘Do
Voila! Your hair looks amazing. Let’s not forget though, that upkeep is half the battle. After all that work achieving smooth hair don’t neglect proper care. This can extend your hairstyle’s life while also making sure it’s free from damage. Always wrap hair in a silk bonnet overnight to avoid waking up with frizz. Similarly, give your scalp some extra love by massaging 5 Essential Oils into your scalp and strands. This adds hydration while boosting shine and combating any dryness, flakes or other scalp issues. Need more help? Read up on 8 Ways To Protect Your Natural Hair At Night.
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