Some of the most frequent questions I get when I’m out and about are about my hair. About it’s shape, the color, how I maintain its texture and curl pattern. Sure I can dole out suggestions for products and styling aids but the one thing that truly matters is this. How you take care of your hair. No matter how great the shampoo or the co-wash you use if you don’t give your hair the attention it needs, it won’t matter. Here’s how I make sure my hair stays luscious.
Though I call my road to natural hair a journey, it wasn’t typical. I’ve only had one full kiddy perm that inevitably jacked my hair up and then basically until I was 25 I was winging it. I had no idea about what my hair needed to be strong, beautiful, or how to wear it in its natural state. I’ve focused for the past 7 years on what my crown needs to flourish and this is what I learned.
I Learned What Makes My Curls Tick.
Heading down the YouTube tutorial wormhole will have your cabinets stuffed with organic, farmer’s market fresh, grown by a mountain grandma grade Shea butter and gallons of coconut oil while your hair still suffers. It’s not to say that there isn’t some truth behind those oils but something important to remember about hair is that what works for one, may not work for all. I have no problem giving product suggestions to those that ask but I always preface my advice with learn your hair first. I learned early on in my journey that heavier oils like the aforementioned weren’t for me. They left my hair feeling like hay and screaming for water. I noticed then that my coils react better when they’ve been given water at least every other say. Be that a full co-wash or a simple steam – hydration is my friend.
In learning what worked for my hair it helped me to make better choices about which products worked best for me. Based on figuring out whether or not I needed oils or water, how often I should wash, or what kept my curls moisturized. Once you determine the tricks to your hair it becomes easier in knowing what you need to succeed. This will aid in growth, maintenance, and styling.
While having a beautician is awesome because they can certainly whip up styles you may not be able to, you need to be able to handle the job in the interim. One of the main reasons I decided to embrace my natural texture was because I got tired of only feeling beautiful after leaving the stylist chair. It was a choice that made me start to see myself differently and I’m so glad. Some people think wearing your hair naturally is only meant for certain hair textures but don’t subscribe to that train of thought. Follow my advice and you’ll be happier for it.
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If you’ve ever wondered why your hair isn’t turning out quite how you wanted it to. It could be because you’ve been using everyone else’s tricks and not mastering some of your own.
Have more questions about natural hair, feel free to ask in the comments I’m here to help!
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