By Jc of The Natural Haven
Some products will be wonderful from the first time you use them while others will be underwhelming. This is also very true for procedures (sectioning, mild heat, no heat etc) which can sometimes give you great results and other times give you trouble.
If you are being very scientific, in order for you to begin to consider that something works, you have to repeat it at least 3 times in the same way and it should yield the same or similar results each time.
Here is my guide to getting products or techniques to work for you
Step 1: Check
We are all guilty of skipping a few instruction steps. We have limited time or the instruction seems overly detailed so we skip a few seconds through the video or gloss over the page. I would always go back to the start and recheck the instructions or make sure the product I bought is actually the same one advertised. If possible ask the person to clarify any procedural details.
Step 2: Tweak
Once you have checked the instructions, you have to try the method or product again. If you still do not get a good result, it is time to consider fixing the instruction or product to suit your hair. This means discard the instructions and try to get a good result by following your own method that would normally yield good results. For example if a conditioner recommends use before shampooing and you find that you normally like it after, then try that instead. Or if someone recommends a lower/higher temperature than you would normally use, then go back to what is normal for you.
Step 3: Chuck
You need to listen to your own hair! Once you have tweaked the instructions or product, the next thing you have to do is try it three separate times without any further tweaks. If you have tried it at least three times without good results, it is unlikely that this will change. Just consign that product or method to the bin. It simply is not suited to your hair and your hair will happily continue its rebellion until you go back to what it likes.
What principles do you use when testing new products and routines?
For more of Jc’s writings check out The Natural Haven.