When deciding to go natural you may start scouring magazines, books and the internet for information on how to make the task less daunting. You’ll read information and receive conflicting advice from the different sources.
How’s a Girl to Know What to Do?
While much of the information you find will be on point, they may not necessarily apply to your hair or your lifestyle. It can be very difficult to know what to do, including things like: what products work best for your hair, to trim or not to trim, to use protein or not, to henna or not.
All of the natural hair talk can seem like noise to a lady whose transitioning. That’s because it’s so overwhelming.
Here are 6 tips to help you cut through the natural hair noise so that you can transition with ease:
- Don’t jump on bandwagons trying methods and products because everyone else says so. In other words, don’t give birth to a product junkie. Your hair and your wallet will thank you.
- Keep a natural hair journal so you can track what works and doesn’t work for your hair (Products and Methods) while you are either transitioning or just learning your hair. Remember, it’s a journey not a sprint to the finish.
- Consider the source. Unless the source of hair “information” has a significant amount of hair that she’s retained on her own head, keep it moving. That’s not to say that people with short hair can’t retain length. Some ladies prefer to maintain short hair. However, if you notice that lady is struggling with her own hair care regimen, she’s probably not a good source to learn from.
- Find a few reliable sources that provide information on natural hair care and stick with those. Here are a reliable few: Natural Hair Community, Kimmaytube on YouTube, and CurlyNikki. I recently found another site that updates sporadically but the information there is good and easy to understand: Hair Milk
NOTE: Even these sites may contain information that does not jive with your personal natural hair journey. As my grandma would say, “Eat the meat and throw away the bones.”
- While on the quest to optimal hair care, focus on one condition at a time – starting with the most urgent. For example, if you have problems with breakage, limp hair and styling, focus on getting to the root of your breakage first. Then, research styling techniques. Trying to combat all of your hair problems at once can be mind boggling.
- Set hair goals. When you are focused on YOUR hair, you’ll be less focused on others. Everyone’s hair grows at different rates. By setting your own realistic goals, you can stay focused on what you need to do for your hair and not what everyone else is doing for their hair.
There you have it…my top 6 tips to help you transition to natural hair while cutting through all the noise. Yes, a lot of it is noise – from articles that preach a one size fits all method to comments on natural hair blogs from clearly uninformed or straight up ignorant (yep, I said it) women who haven’t even figured it out for themselves.
What’s the one most helpful tip from this list that you plan to follow?
P.S. Also, check out this page I put together that has a lot of hair info on it. Great for medium length hair that you want to take longer: Caring for Medium Length Natural Hair