If you’ve been relaxing your hair for years and recently decided to rock your natural texture, getting your routine down might be a little intimidating. Who am I kidding? It’s definitely intimidating! When I stopped relaxing, I had to completely relearn my hair, which took some time. Here are some culprits that may be keeping you from having the natural hair you want.
1. You don’t listen to your hair
With the abundance of information available, we can absorb natural hair advice all day. You can watch YouTube, read blogs, go to the library, participate in forums and more. None of us have any excuses for being clueless about our natural hair. However, this can also be a culprit. We learn about so many things that we “think” we have to do, that we don’t actually pay attention to how our hair feels and acts. No matter what you see or read, it’s important to “listen” to your hair. If you read that deep conditioning 2x a week is beneficial (I’ve done this) and your hair starts feeling mushy, maybe it’s time for some protein. If you’ve read about the benefits of castor oil, but your hair feels dry after applying it, stop using it! Make sure your regimen is working for you.
2. You copied someone else’s regimen:
Many times, people visit my blog and ask me specifically what I “do” to my hair because they need a regimen. Although learning about someone’s regimen may be beneficial to your own hair journey, it’s important that you don’t blindly copy their routine. Why? Because we all don’t have the same texture, porosity or curl pattern. Additionally, we live in various climates that can also affect how your hair behaves. Learn from others, but make sure you tweak your regimen to align with your needs.
3. You use products that aren’t for your hair
Remember, there are several factors that determine how a product will work on your hair. When I first big chopped, I thought that I needed the heaviest and thickest products because my hair is coarse. However, it seemed that these products would often sit on my hair to the point where I would see tiny beads of product sitting on my hair strand. After doing a bit of research, I determined that my hair was low porosity and began using lighter products with better results. This point is especially helpful to keep in mind regarding popular natural hair products and ingredients. What works for one, might not work for another. Know your hair’s characteristics and pick products for your type of hair.
4. Your regimen is too complicated:
There are so many different ways to care for your natural hair — prepooing, oil rinsing, henna, steaming, dry DC’ing — that it can be easy to want to try them all. But how much is too much? Do you really need to deep condition twice a week, followed by a cassia treatment, then bentonite clay and finishing up with a cherry lola? Sometimes, less is more. A complicated regimen can result in over-manipulation, unbalanced hair pH or throwing off your protein-moisture balance. With hair, I’ve learned that it’s best to keep it simple and avoid doing more than necessary to maintain hair health.
What are your healthy hair journey culprits? Do you have any tips you’ve picked up during your journey?