So I posted Friday about my spritz-induced breakouts, and how I started spritzing because… well… because everyone was doing it. It got me thinking about a phenomenon I’ve seen in the natural hair community — the regimen gone wild.
Let me preface this by saying that this post is not about spritzing — spritzing is a proven and effective strategy for some natural women.
This post is about the fact that after leaving the expensive and involved world of relaxers/straighteners, many women re-complicate their lives with an endless products chase (which, apparently, can cause acne… among other things) I’ve seen online hair albums with pictures of dozens of products. I’ve read of women spending $100 a month on moisturizers.
On the other hand, in one of my first interviews on this blog, natural hair care author Chicoro said that all she really needed to maintain her gorgeous curls was a quarter cup of pure water, a cheap conditioner and some vegetable glycerin.
In a recent Sunday retrospective several newbies said that the natural hair community is in serious danger of information overload, and I think I might agree…
So my question is, are we complicating a process that should be simple?
Is there actually any benefit in being a product junky?
What are the roots of the “regimen gone wild”/product junky-ism? Is it lack of education? Is it something else?