Are you beginning your natural hair journey? If so, it’s important to be properly educated about the specific care that natural hair requires in order to maintain hair health, resilience, and of course, style.
By: Ashely M.
Developing a solid natural hair care routine will almost guarantee that you’ll get the beautiful and long, curly hair you envisioned for yourself when you decided to go natural. To develop this daily routine of caring for your hair, it’s just as important to learn what not to do as it is to learn proper hair care and grooming rituals.
Without learning the basics of natural hair care, you’ll probably a few of these mistakes, which most first-time naturals tend to make.
Here are 3 hair care don’ts for all you newly-naturals out there!
1. Don’t use too many different hair products!
The manageability problems that come with our natural hair texture can be too much to handle, even for the women who have been natural for years.
So just imagine if you are new to sporting your natural mane. You’ll most likely panic and out of frustration, run to the nearest store and buy a bunch of different hair care products and throw them all in at once and hope something works.
This approach never works and will actually cause more problems, like weighing your hair down and making it look too greasy.
2. Don’t wash your hair too often!
This is a mistake I, myself, made in the beginning. You think since it’s your natural hair, you can wash it as many times as you want without any consequences.
However, because of the nature of our hair texture, washing it too often will dry it out and cause problems, like hair breakage.
Have you heard of co-washing? An alternative to shampooing, learn about conditioner-only washing and if it’s right for your hair.
Do you use a hair dryer? Don’t just go at it willy-nilly. Learn How To Blow Dry Natural Hair.
3. Don’t Let Your Hair Go Without Moisture!
The driest of all hair types is our curly hair. So keeping it properly moisturized all day long is very important.
You not only need to know how to add moisture to your hair, but you also need to know how to retain moisture, so your hair stays hydrated and soft, all day long.
This is a concept many newly-Naturals have a hard time understanding in the beginning, but it doesn’t have to stay that way.
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Understanding how to care for your hair the right way precedes everything else. Once you do, you’ll have a solid foundation to build upon. You’ll be able to create a natural hair regimen that’s successful long- term and makes you love yourself in your natural state even more.
Do you have any hair care don’ts or grooming rituals to naturals should avoid? Share with us in the comments.
Ashley M. loves to read and write about anything to do with beauty and fashion. She really enjoys connecting with other women who are a part of this natural hair movement.
She writes for a few other blogs regularly as a guest contributor. You can find more of her articles on hair over at http://hairisthemanetopic.com.