[YOU ‘DO WHAT?] Tracy M. Denmark Channels Her inner Super Villain

Whether you wear your hair natural, relaxed, long or short, keeping your mane tamed can break the bank and eat up your free time! But for some, the price and effort to ensure your tresses stay in check is worth it. That’s why we’re introducing this brand new series to spotlight our readers’ coolest ‘dos. Do you pay a pretty penny or do you know how to handle your hair with frugality? Send your submissions to beautifullybrown@ebony.com for a chance to break down the cost of your coif.

NAME: Tracy M. Denmark

SIGNATURE STYLE: Short and “CrAzY” fly!

PRICE TAG: $100 per year



OCCUPATION/PASSION PROJECT: I enjoy dabbling in graphic design. It allows me to express my creative side.

WHY THIS STYLE?

I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), and one of the symptoms is male-pattern baldness and thinning hair. My hair is more luxurious in its natural state and even though I have a somewhat receding hairline, I can still bust out some pretty cute ‘dos.

I have nicknamed my style “The Joker,” because it reminds me of the hairstyle the cartoon character Joker from Batman has.

WHAT PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES DO YOU USE TO STYLE YOUR HAIR?

Although I’ve tried my share of products, I always return to my staples and I keep it pretty simple. In the winter, it’s coconut oil, rosehip oil, Taliah Waajid Black Earth Products Protective Mist Bodifier and Enhancing Herbal Conditioner. In the summer, it’s the same with the addition of a vegetable glycerin and rose water mixture as a daily moisturizing spritz.

After shampooing and conditioning, I apply both oils and put on my microwavable heating cap for about 30 minutes. I then add a leave-in conditioner. I obtain my style by saturating it with the vegetable glycerin and rose water spritz, parting it in rows, adding a little Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel to form double strand flat twists in the direction I want my hair to go.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO STYLE YOUR HAIR?

It costs pennies on the dollar to style my hair in comparison to how much it cost when it was relaxed over seven years ago. I tend to purchase my products in the largest available sizes (e.g. 32oz) so I won’t have to purchase any more for three to five months. If I were to give you a rounded number, it would probably be $100.00 per year.

To learn more about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, visit Healthline.com. For one woman’s personal experience with PCOS, check out the blog BlackNotWhiteDippedinChocolate.



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