Thursday, August 4, 2011

My Top 5 Natural Hair Mistakes

Pretty spread featuring Akuol De Mabior.
(photo via ICE Model Management, all rights reserved)

If your like me and started your Natural Hair Journey after years of relaxing. You can be overwhelmed by the thought of taking care of your natural hair. Well, take a deep breath and relax, because there is so much information out there nowadays making this process easier. Here's a short list, I compiled of 5 things to avoid when becoming natural.

1. Having high expectations before you big chop - Hopefully when you start your hair journey, you're doing it for the right reasons. There are some that become obsessed, on curl texture only to be disappointed if they don't get what they envisioned. Adopt a mindset that no matter what texture God has truly given you, that you will embrace it with open arms.

2. Not Moisturizing enough - Natural hair thrives off moisture and needs it daily. Dry hair will become weak, making it brittle, and difficult to manage. Deep condition your hair regularly. Find a good leave in conditioner for your hair and use an oil to seal in the moisture. There are many oils you can use such as; jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and olive oil for sealing in moisture.

3. Using too much Heat – More times than not heat damage is irreversible. Make sure you use some sort of heat protectant if you decide to treat yourself to a straight style. Heat protectant doesn't guarantee, that there won't be any damage done, but it does minimize the effects. Make sure your hair has been cleaned and deep conditioned, with minimal product to yield good straightening results. If you are afraid of doing it yourself, then seek a stylist who specializes in natural hair care.

4. Trying too many new products at the same time - I've learned the hard way, that not all products are created equal! If you want to make sure a product is working, it is best that you use that product alone with minimal interaction with others. This will give you the best indication that, that particular product is working for your hair and will save you money in the long run. It's very easy to get sucked into trying every new product that comes out on the market, but it’s not practical.

5. Thinking that being natural is going to be easy - While natural hair doesn't have to be difficult, we all have our days. It takes time to get used to caring for your hair in its natural state. With the proper techniques and the right amount of patience you'll be able to create a routine that is easy for you. Natural hair does have its learning curves!

Keeping these tips in mind while on your journey may save you some frustration. Remember consistency is key, so once you get your regimen down, stick to it and modify when needed. This will definitely yield you greater results.


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