I had completely resolved myself about not posting anything about hair, but oh well. My hair is part of me and part of my lifestyle after all so bear with me. Even if you don’t relate, maybe you have a friend/acquaintance/family member who does so make sure to share!
One of the most common remarks I get when it comes to taking care of my hair is :” woah! it must be hard to take care of!” or I hear my natural haired friends say that ” natural hair is hard to manage/hard to take care of” etc. Well surprisingly (or not), I can’t relate! I always thought my hair was very easy to do and manage! By always I mean when I was the one to take care of my own hair. I don’t know about how my mom and aunt felt about doing my hair lol. It takes me 3 minutes at most to do my hair at night or in the morning ( I know I have timed it). Sure it takes me about half an hour to wash if I am just washing and about an hour at least if I am deep conditioning or doing any kind of treatment , but I guess it’s on how you see things. I see doing my hair as something as natural as brushing my teeth and taking a shower rather than a nuisance or a pain in the butt. So amongst all the opinions about how natural hair is hard to do, well I beg to differ.
August 2016 will make 2 years after my second big chop. While I don’t know my hair type, I hope this helps some curly heads out there. Here are 5 things I learned about natural hair:
Okay I know this is a no brainer, but in the past I had made the mistake of thinking that styling products like curl enhancers moisturize hair. I see some of my friends make the same mistake. Water is the best moisturizer of course, so to moisturize I have realized that leave in conditioners and moisturizers that are water based are best to keep hair moisturized. I also use the LOC method and that keeps my curls moisturized. I saw the LOC method posted on a Facebook hair page and tried it and found that it works wonders for me. I did not come up with it. I’d put the link on here if I remembered the source, but I don’t. If you do, please feel free to comment it below and I’ll update the post. Basically, I put my leave in conditioner followed by an oil ( coconut oil because… life.) and I follow by some type of hair creme and voila! I do make sure I re-moisturize when my curls start to get dry, but they don’t get dry for days when I use this method. Although nowadays, I am using as little product in my hair as possible, (I mostly use water and leave in conditioner now), I still recommend this method. Here’s an unfiltered picture of my hair with no product in it. Maybe you can tell what my hair type is!
I have seen so many of my friends holding on to dead ends just to preserve the length of their hair. What I found out about this is when I need to trim my hair, my ends start getting tangled and I end up losing more hair than necessary when styling or washing. Ends that need to be trimmed create tangles and knots that cause hair to break. I always make sure I mind my ends especially with moisturizing and trimming. Holding on to bad ends won’t make your hair grow longer and stronger. So don’t worry, let go of these bad ends and once they grow back you’ll have healthier hair!
3. Massage Your Scalp
If you know me, you know I have a scalp massager and everything lol. I LOVE scalp massages! Even more once I found out that it helps blood flow in your scalp and promotes hair growth. I massage my scalp every night before bed for at least 10 minutes. It feels so good! so what do you have to lose? Give it a try!
4. Find the Right Products
I have struggled with this one. When I did my first big chop, I was a total product junkie! I would buy anything and everything with no harsh chemicals that was for hair. This would all have been wasted money if my brother didn’t help in using all these unnecessary hair products ( Shout out to my homie yo! ). It was bad I tell you! My bathroom was full of things I wasn’t even using because I’d use them a couple of times and not like them so I’d just stop and buy something else. As a result, I never used anything long enough to be able to tell what worked and what didn’t. Plus I was combining brands so I wasn’t able to say whether or not the product genuinely didn’t work for me or if it didn’t work because I used it with some other product. Anyway, long story short, I decided one day to only use the trader joe’s shampoo and conditioner and to stick with one leave in conditioner for at least a month. At the time, I think it was Organix coconut oil leave in. And that worked! I was able to realize that I love trader joe’s conditioner ( I still use it today) and I did like the Organix leave in paired with coconut oil even though I don’t use it anymore. I stopped being a product junkie altogether mostly because my hair LOVES coconut oil and well because I figured out the error of my ways and found the right products for me. Anyway I hope you are not being a product junkie like I was. Your wallet and hair won’t appreciate it.
5. Embrace the Shrinkage
Tough one eh? What I hear most when it comes to how much shrinkage I have is :” woah your hair is quite long! why don’t you stretch them?” Well I don’t because I embrace the shrinkage. Some days I’d have a big fro and other days when the weather decides it, I’d have a small one. I have learned to embrace it. I mean of course yes there are some hairstyles I might want to do that requires less shrinkage than another, but there are also some I wouldn’t be able to do if it wasn’t for shrinkage. Once I let go of the idea that shrinkage was an annoyance, surprisingly enough my hair didn’t shrink as much and combined with my finding the right products and methods, I have had more good hair days than bad ones!
I hope this was of some help.Please comment below if you have tips of your own to share, to say hi, or if this helped in any way. I’ll post about what I currently use and hair regimen if you are interested. If not, thank you for reading always.
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