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5 Common Natural Hair Rules I Don’t Follow as a Type 4 Natural

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Tori Natural Hair Fro Type 4

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?

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Tabatha_Frm_ Ri

What natural hair rule???.….…every One should stick with and do what’s best for his/her hair. Bottom line no one thing fits all.(IMO)

Lulu
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Lulu

Well yeah, that’s what she said at the end of the article. Let’s not act brand new though like there aren’t general tips that are always thrown around for natural hair health.

Chanda
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Chanda

Forget the rules. I don’t use food ingredients (individually at least), pre-poo and the few times I press my hair I use real grease.

Afro Hair Addictions
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When I first went natural I wish I knew all the rules so that I could have avoided doing a mini chop after my initial big chop but seven years down the line I realised that all those rules a better for a newbie to get off to a good start. I now protective style more than before and all that Jazz is not that important anymore.

dtk
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dtk

This was a good article, I tend to moisture my hair and my daughters hair daily, but I may have to reduce it as I could be overmoisturizing, I always enjoy Toris’ article, well explained and easy to read

Victoria Owl
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Victoria Owl

I see nothing wrong with women who do these things, if that’s what works then carry on. As long as there isn’t any harm being done and everyone is happy, that’s all that matters. Like you said, just do what works for you and apply common sense.

Cygnet
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Cygnet

Moisturizing and sealing daily — not since my Jheri Curl and texturizer days had I done that, although I did moisturize frequently during the week, until I began wet styling with the CG method last September. For those first few months, I started out wetting and styling my hair daily. I tapered it off rather quickly to every other day, then two times a week for the winter, then every 5–7 days for the summer. Now that fall has fallen, and winter is soon to roll around, I’m back up to two times a week to combat the effects of… Read more »

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Elle

Great article Tori! I think these hair ‘rules’ may be for a generation younger than mine. I’m 36. I grew up with a pressing comb 1x a week, and a mother who rotated between an afro and a roller-set. She maintained our long, healthy, thick hair with standard diet, baby shampoo and grease. THAT’S IT! We didn’t use scarves, conditioner, HOTs/DCs, leave-ins, daily moisture or daily sealing. There was a weekly 2 minutes of gentle shampooing, drying with a regular towel, quick and easy combing, some grease and 4 plaits — not ‘wash day’. If a routine works for, congratulations!… Read more »

Monica
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Wait a minute. You didn’t even use a stocking cap?

Kay
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Kay

I agree with your article. I have 4 hair and I don’t really follow a regimen at all. I In fact do fair little to my hair due to shear laziness and it is just fine.

I find it interesting, however, that you mention heat and strengthening when you want to feel “extra fancy” so somewhere in there, there is still the belief that straight is prettier?

KP
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KP

I wondered that too about the fancy comment.

tinycurls
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tinycurls

Yeah, I noticed that, too. When I’m feeling extra fancy, I gel down my edges…otherwise, I think my hair is pretty as is.

Beaute Afro
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Hello from London. Thank you very much for sharing this post. Could I possibly share it on my blog http://blackbeautyandlonghair.blogspot.co.uk/ and on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Blackbeautyandlonghair??

lockstress
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lockstress

Satin bonnet? I sleep like a wild bangee. EVERYTHING is off the bed…including my boo! Lol.
Yeah…there’s so much that I will do. I will never add food to my regimen. And I realize that the wash and go that I could do when I had a mini fro is not the bizness for this big ol fro now.

Kim
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Kim

I prefer YT videos that use a measuring tape for length checks coz it’s a more accurate way to determine growth/retention rate and decide if I should invest time watching them to learn from them. Body part measures are meaningless because it depends on someone’s height. For me, waist length would be 20 inches, for someone shorter it might be 15. That’s a year or more of growth/retention. It helps set realistic expectations.

BOBB J
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BOBB J

” 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.”

To Tori, what did moisturizing your hair daily do, that u came to the conclusion wasnt good for YOU?

Lady4a
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im a black girls form holland and i made a blog a while back for fun one of them incudes the topic going natural… for english we have to do an assignment now and i wanted to use it but id love some comments/feedback under it before i do anything with it so if you could help a girl out pleaseee. thanks

Claudette
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Claudette

I’m happy to comment. What do you need to know/ask?

Krystle
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Krystle

Thank you for this article. I do still moisturize everyday- even if it’s water and a leave-in conditioner- but I also find that I see more growth if I don’t use sealant every single day. I have never slept with a satin pillow case and did not know about the tape measure thing (I figure if my hair is healthy, it will grow). I have not used a flat iron in almost a year and am happier for it, but that’s just me. Anyway, my hair journey is my own, as is everyone else’s.

Jasmyn
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So many naturals swear by co-washing and/or using sulfate-free shampoos to retain moisture. I’ve tried, and I can’t do it. My hair doesn’t get as clean as it does with using traditional shampoos. To counteract the potential dryness, I deep condition my hair every week.

Mia
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I totally agree! Do what’s best/what works for you! Natural hair bloggers and vloggers should just be used to inspire and give ideas… All of our hair is soooooo different, regardless if we are in the same hair type group.

I will say that I don’t mind spending that one time $6 for a satin pillowcase, so I know that the often time I forget to wrap my head at night, my strands are protected. Just an easy option.

monniej
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monniej

omg! this is hilarious! i did a length check this morning and thought “Wow! I’m actually boob length!” LOLOLOL~

Julie From Norf Philly Nucca
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Julie From Norf Philly Nucca

i really like this i feel like girls are tripping with this natural thing like chilll if itwo rks for you do it my hair would grown like cray when my mom would grease my scalp now pl say grease is bad for you huh im not stopping things that wok for my hair whatever works for you kep doing dont get caught up in the hype remember this hair care is a business

Jasmine
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Jasmine

Thank you! Y’all be killing me with these hard core regimens.Even the hair typing and what not get’s laughable. My go to moisturizer, I gleaned from a girl with 3A hair. It’s like crack for my 4C hair. What it does for my hair and hers, is two totally different things. It’s all about what works for you.

Boss
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Boss

If that ain’t the truth!! I can’t keep up with these regimens I just go with the flow, whatever my hair needs I’ll do it. Like that acv rinse. My hair and scalp DOES NOT LIKE THAT. And for length checks I use my body too. What does measurement do for u?! Lol not a thing. Can’t play follow the leader. Gotta do u boo:)

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