Over the course of my natural hair journey, I have noticed there are a couple things that some naturals live by. While the hair journey of others can always be used a reference, it has always been my belief that each person’s hair journey should be individualized to them. Hair care isn’t about ‘one size fits all’. It is about finding the things that work for you and your hair. With that being said, here’s a list of common practices that I don’t live by:
Moisturizing and Sealing Daily
When I first began my hair journey, I thought that if I skipped my moisturizing and sealing routine every night, my hair would fall out (well not really). However, I did make it a habit to moisturize and seal my hair every single day, sometimes twice per day. I quickly realized that I was doing more harm than good. While excessive dryness isn’t good for the hair, excessive moisture isn’t either. Nowadays, I only moisturize and seal my hair once or twice per week based on what my hair usually needs.
Using All-natural products
Some people associate wearing your hair natural with a more holistic lifestyle (including going green, becoming a vegetarian perhaps, etc.). However, that isn’t the case for everyone. While products with all-natural ingredients are better for the hair, I choose to use whatever works for my hair whether it is natural or not. Of course, if my hair responds well to a product that is all natural and responsibly priced, I will certainly not pass it up.
Avoiding the use of heat
Heat damage is a fear among some naturals, so some may choose to stay from heat completely. While I don’t use heat frequently, I am certainly not afraid to flat iron or blow-dry my hair when I’m feeling extra fancy.
Always sleeping with a satin bonnet/satin pillow case
Satin bonnets and satin pillowcases are best known/used for protecting your strands at night while you sleep. However, there are days when I choose to NOT wear my satin bonnet and I don’t own a satin pillowcase. This isn’t a daily occurrence, but I don’t think my hair would suffer tremendously from an occasional night of satin-free sleep.
Using a tape measure to do length checks
I have seen quite a few Youtube videos of length checks using tape measures. Due to laziness I skip the tape measure completely. My length checks simply use body parts- “clavicle length”, “boob length”, “just above my natural waist line length”, etc.
In summary, make your hair journey YOUR hair journey. Always do what works best for your hair and lifestyle.
Which common practices do you choose not to live by?