When you first go natural, the first thing that may come to mind is, “How do I nurture my hair in it’s natural state so that it thrives, grows and maintains it length?” (or something like that).
It’s soooo easy to become a PJ when you are first starting your natural hair journey. The problem with becoming a PJ is it doesn’t exactly allow you to nurture your hair and it can certainly rob your pocketbook!
While I’ve been natural going on 9 years, I only learned how to care for my hair (sans the flat iron) a little over three years ago.
I spent so much money when I first learned to care for my natural hair that it was alarming. I realized I had to reign in my spending because having long natural hair and no place to live aint cute (for real tho).
Figuring out what works and does not work for your natural hair needs to be done quick fast and in a hurry. Forget what everybody else says works. You need to discover what works for YOUR hair.
Keep a natural hair journal
Test no more than one product at a time. Try to limit incorporating new products into your regimen until you have spent at least 90 days with it (oh wait. that’s Steve Harvey’s No Cookie Rule). OK. how about two weeks?
Record how your hair feels on day 1, 2 and 3 after product use. Sometimes a product will give you the bomb results on day 1 but by day 2 your hair is drier than the Sahara Desert.
Choosing Products Wisely
If you’re an au naturale girl (and not the Dark and Lovely kind….no pun), don’t even bother looking at products that contain ingredients you are uncomfortable using. Why waste time?
If you’re following the Curly Girl Method coined by Lorraine Massey, then you won’t need to worry about choosing a shampoo. Go straight for the conditioners and remember, test test test. No more than 1 at a time. You may get lucky on the first try. I say if your hair loves it, stick with it.
The same goes for stylers, although it may take some time to discover, if you try products individually within a specific type, you’ll find what works MUCH faster. Here are the types:
– Gel stylers
– Cream stylers
– Butter based stylers
– Water based stylers
If you find your hair does well with a butter based styler, stick with it. No need to launch out into uncharted territory to try a gel based styler, only to discover your lovely strands are now pissed at you.
Having natural hair should be about freedom. Freedom to rock your hair the way you want to when you want to. That may include rockin’ twist outs, braid outs or wash ‘n gos’. You want them to look as fierce as they possibly can with little trial and error episodes. Nailing down your hair’s beloved hair care products is the most important part of nurturing your natural hair.