Finding the right hair products is essential to a successful wash day. New York City based model and actor Joi Broughton takes us through her typical hour-long routine, from the products she can’t live without to keeping her curl pattern intact. “Because I'm an actor, I have to keep my hair consistent,” says Joi. “I have to look just like my headshots all the time.”
While she has her regime down to a science, finding what worked for her hair was a challenge. “My hair texture [and] my hair type was so much different than the rest of my family's,” explains Joi. “So when it came to my identity, I just, I didn't know what was going on.” During Broughton’s childhood in Nassau, she didn’t have access to natural hair products which made figuring out her wash routine even more difficult. “I was using whatever I could find,” says Broughton. “It was just, like, laden with alcohol, drying my hair out, but I didn't know any better. I just didn't have access to other things.”
In 2019, Joi was diagnosed with dermatitis on her scalp which made her rethink the products she was using. “I thought I had dandruff,” she says. “I was given a lot of steroids and prescribed things that I didn't necessarily want to use.” Now the actor uses Head & Shoulders shampoo to soothe her sensitive skin.
Joi’s wash day journey helped her to build the perfect routine for her hair type and to embrace her natural curls. “When I started realizing that my hair was different, I really didn't like it,” she says. “I [finally] had an aha moment because I didn't realize how nice my natural curls were before. I was like, ‘wow, my hair is really beautiful. I love my hair.’" Joi’s journey to loving her hair, like many women, happened over time and brought up questions about her identity and lineage. In the above video, the actor takes us through how she learned to love her hair and the five step routine that she can’t live without.
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