It’s really exciting to start your natural hair journey. Although, this excitement mixed with inexperience can lead you into making some uneducated decisions which in the long run could be detrimental to your hairs journey. Here’s a list of some of the most common natural hair mistakes below.
- Being a product junky
Natural hair is making waves now more than ever before and naturally, there are a lot of products in the market. It’s really easy to get lost in the noise and hamper your hair’s progress by overloading it with different products. You’re new, it’s understandable that you don’t know what works best for you yet. However, layering products on your hair is not going to help you figure it out. Start small and build up, for instance; if you find it daunting to pick a leave-in conditioner take a step back and start with water. If it’s the deep conditioners try getting a recommendation from your stylist, or find a DIY deep conditioner recipe you like, and if it’s favorable try to find a pre-made product with similar ingredients. Just don’t go broke trying to find your miracle product.
- Copying others
We all go through this phase. We find a blogger or vlogger (who most likely doesn’t have your hair type) and mimic everything they claim to do in hopes of mimicking their results too. It’s a good thing to be open to learning from others, but the truth is your hair is unique to you. Very often, what works for others might not do it for you. In this case, you have to do what that person did and find your formula on your own. This really isn’t as hard as most people make it out to be.
This is a bit like copying others, but it’s more dangerous because it can harm your self-esteem immensely. Comparison will steal your glee and have you feeling like your natural hair is some difficult chore that you’ll never be through with. So what if Cynthia’s hair grows an average of three inches a month without her having to lift a finger? Growth is growth, and with patience (+ some work on your part) your hair will get where you want it to be eventually.
- Making little to no research
Ever taken a test without preparing first? Usually ends in a nightmare of a grade yeah? In the same vein, you need to learn your hair in order to care for it properly. Take advantage of Google, do some real research, ask friends, follow a blog (this blog 🙂 ). Just do what you can to know your hair as intimately as possible, so you can help it thrive. Natural hair mistakes are normal, and trial and error is the most reliable way to really learn, make educated choices, and try them out.
- Over stressing
Your hair is not a chore, you need to understand this to truly enjoy your process. Just go with the flow. If a style doesn’t turn out as you hoped that’s okay, you’ll learn and get it better next time. The little extra work that comes with natural hair is really for your own good, so try not to do it begrudgingly. Love your hair and it’ll be easier to care for.
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