Kakan Hermansson: “I hope my hair forgives me for everything I’ve done”
Kakan has put her hair through a lot of craziness over the years. Dreadlock mullets and bright yellow dyes anyone? Now she's ready to give it a break and go natural.
Our favorite feminist, beauty expert, blogger and podcaster Kakan Hermansson has been a known skeptic towards all beauty products claiming to be “natural” or “organic”, including any homemade DIY solutions. If you’re a fan of her podcast (as we are), you’re well aware.
What defines you?
– Sisterhood and endurance.
Describe your relationship to nature.
– Constantly missing the presence of nature—longing for the big and uncontrollable as a contrast to my everyday life.
How much effort do you put into making “greener” or more “natural” choices in your everyday life?
– As a person who makes an okay amount of money, I have to choose organic food. Also, I recently started looking into the world of organic beauty, and have no idea why I haven’t done it before.
What’s good health to you?
– Taking care of myself, especially as a woman and a LGBT person. You shouldn’t be too hard on yourself or starve yourself. Always share your thoughts with your friends.
What’s your hair type and how does it behave?
– Growing up, I had thick and shiny hair. Decided to end that though by becoming a crust punker, having dreadlocks for ten years. It took five years to repair my damaged hair, partly ‘cause I was bleaching it and making other just as smart decisions. Now it’s pretty thick again, but it still hates me.
How would you describe your relationship to your hair? How important is it for your sense of self?
– I’ve decided to let it grow, stop all kinds of treatments and just leave it. I’ve gone from dark brown to blonde via yellow back to brown in six months time, so right now I can’t be bothered.
Tell us about your hair routine!
– I wash it once a week, but I’m trying to keep it to every tenth day. I’m starting with a hair treatment mask based on coconut oil, and leave it in for two hours. Then I force myself into the shower and wash it two times with organic shampoo and conditioner, finishing with some organic hair oil when it’s drying—such a long and boring evening in the bathroom.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever done for your hair?
– I recently realized that hair has to be cared for. You don’t wake up looking like this all of a sudden. Changing to organic products made me feel inspired, and surprised! I used to cut my hair a lot to keep it looking healthy, but I’m over that.
Are there any hair-related experiences that stand out in your memory?
– Dear God, yes. Ten years of dreadlocks, or should I say dreadlock mullet!
Do you have any homemade recipes for hair and beauty treatments, or any natural ingredients you swear by?
– I don’t trust myself when it comes to homemade beauty.
How do you hope your hair and beauty routine will develop over time?
– I hope my hair forgives me for everything I’ve done wrong the past 20 years, and grows thick and long. I’ll certainly look more into organic hair care—have no reason not to!
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