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Can’t Keep Up? 6 Ways to Cut Through The Natural Hair Noise

natural hair journeyThis is the time of year folks make new year’s resolutions. Many ladies will decide to no longer curse put chemicals in their hair, giving birth to a natural hair growth journey of transitioning.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.”
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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What’s the one most helpful tip from this list that you plan to follow?

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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

Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

18 Comment

  1. Great tips – especially about the protein. I had a bad experience matting, dryness – it was horrible. I tried everything I read to repair my hair but it just ended up in worse condition. So I learned to be a bit more judicious when considering recommendations from others.

    My stylist recommended protein treatments since I was transitioning and I love it! I was afraid b/c of my past experience but since I’ve been getting them my hair has really been flourishing. I bought the Aubrey’s GPB so I’m going to try it in a few weeks. Moderation is the key for me.

    1. I agree. Moderation is key. I think that if you are taking pretty good care of your hair (not abusing it), protein treatments are not needed every week.

      I think you will LOVE the GPB

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

  2. Hi Michelle,

    I’ve been to your products page, so how did I miss your blog??? It’s really entertaining. Thanks for the transitioning tips. We transitioners really need to learn how to stay focused on our journey; I often need reminding.

    1. Hey Lavendar. I guess I need to connect my blog better on my e-store 🙂 Thanks for the comment. I aim to entertain…..sometimes. A cross between that and sharing what I know 🙂

  3. Yeah lol, I know a LOT of product junkies! I’m kind of an “old head natural,” if you will, so a lot of these products weren’t really available when I went natural ten years ago, I just used what my mother bought lol! I was young and stumbled along learning as much as I could on my own, read what I could until I got the money to get my own stuff. 😀

    And aww thanks, please do check it out and let us know what you think about the guide, we appreciate it!!
    Here’s the link for convenience:
    http://www.ishimma.com/hair-advisor/hair-guide

    1. Hey Crystal-

      I got it yesterday and read it already LOL. It’s a wonderful read. You shared some GREAT information. I learned a lot too LOL. The info. on the differenty types of surfactants was very interesting.

      I started writing a Squidoo page a while back sharing the best free beauty guides around the web and I am going to include this one. I’ll send you a link to it when it’s finished.

      1. Wow, thanks for the feedback! It is certainly humbling to hear such praise and I am so glad that you learned something from it. Please do share the guide link on your squidoo page. You are welcome to send a note to your email list or retweet the page on Twitter!

        Enjoy your weekend.
        – Crystal

  4. Hey there!

    Number 5 is spot on, I’m always telling people not to overwhelm themselves with their hair routine. When people try to do too much, they give up!

    I would say patience and determination are pretty helpful too!

    1. You’re right about that! When I started learning to care for my hair, I literally bought any and everything just because someone else said it was good. 85% of the stuff was no good for my particular hair.

      And while I still use TONS of products, I only use the ones that I like 🙂

      Oh and you know I’m picking up your hair guide!

    1. Ha ha Chanel, sure you can! I thought the same thing. As a matter of fact when I transitioned I relaxed twice thinking I couldn’t take it.

      My saving graace? The dominicans. That’s right. I went to them faithfully to blow my new growth straight so that I’d be able to keep the two textures blended until I was ready to cut off the relaxer. I kept it up til I reached a little past ear length

  5. This post helps to the selection process of hair-products. It can be provide guidance to the buyers.I like it so much as it is informative and easy to understand. Thanks for this helps..

  6. I really liked your list. I plan to focus on #2. Their is a women who works in my building who keeps telling me that I won’t stick with being natural. She says that she’s natural, but I have never seen curly hair on her head. She presses her hair all the time and now I believe that our hair is about the same length now. Her hair looks damaged from the heat. I plan to keep doing my thing and see who reaches their goals first.

    1. Well just because she presses, that doesn’t make her not natural. She’s still natural, she’s just damaging her hair by constantly pressing.

      I agree with you about sticking to what’s working for you though. Only you know what works for your hair.

  7. Hey Michelle,

    Nice tips!

    If there is one thing I have had to learn is to not be a product junkie and save my money. I can kick myself for all the money I’ve spent on hair products, but this year, is different. I’ve found the products I like and I’m sticking with them.

    #7. Budget for hair care products and hair related things.

    This year, I will set aside 5-10 dollars a week (could be more) in an envelope labeled hair product and accessory money and when I need something and I know I will make a purchase, I’ll take that envelope with me. This will help me stay on the right path of product junkie recovery. It really feels good knowing that I won’t be spending money just because.

    Oh, and no more bandwagons for me…I’m done with that.

    Again, good tips Michelle!

    1. That’s a great idea re: the envelope. You know I was living off the envelope system before where I’d put gas money in one envelope, laundry money in another envelope and spending money in another. This way I wouldn’t be tempted to overspend.

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