3. It’s Expensive to be Natural
I confess that my favorite products are either found in Whole Foods or only available online. Part of the reason for this is that the abundance curly hair products now available at retailers like Walgreens and Target did not exist when I went natural or even a few years ago when I revamped my hair regimen. Also, I only have a few products that are in my war chest of hair care. A leave in, creamy moisturizer and sealant. If you can find three products that work for you, then even if you buy them online you shouldn’t be spending an arm and a leg. I honestly think that most of the cost associated with being natural is product junkism. Can I get an amen? No longer bound to the hair dresser, the temptation to go all out and buy hair products can become, shall we say, obsessive. That is a choice but certainly not the way that it has to be. In fact, I’ve often said that if my hair had to survive with only water, aloe vera gel, castor oil, shampoo and conditioner it would be just fine.
Trying out hair products is fun. I’ll be the first to admit it. But is it necessary? Absolutely not! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to be natural. Anyone who tells you that isn’t telling you the truth. Find the five products that are staples in your regimen and stick with them. I tend to buy in bulk and find that $100 can keep me for an entire year. That’s 12 months of hair care. If I exclusively bought store brands and no longer had to consider shipping and handling that figure may very well drop to $70. That’s less than $6 a month on hair care, which I think is pretty reasonable.
4. My Relaxed Hair Regimen will Work for My Natural Hair
I won’t need to spend much time on this because it should seem obviously ridiculous. This is not to say that for some this holds true. To say, however, that the same regimen “will” work, without considering alternatives, as I thought years ago is naïve. For example, my relaxed hair didn’t need moisture in between washes to retain length. My natural hair does. I would use a comb on my relaxed hair every day. I use a comb on my natural hair about once every two weeks on wash day. I could wash my relaxed hair without sectioning. Doing that with my natural hair causes someone to lose a tooth, get a concussion and end up on the evening news. LOL! Feel free to stick with some of the same products but realize that you will have to treat curly hair differently.
I’d love to hear your hair myths or what you think about the myths I’ve discussed.
For more of Geniece’s thoughts on 4b/4c haircare, check out her YouTube channel: Beautifully Made.