Natural Hair Mag

OMG I’m A Product Junkie

So you have decided to make that transition and wear your hair natural. Now the daunting task of finding products that works well on your hair has set in. It’s extremely overwhelming when you walk into your local grocer, beauty supply or drug store and see so many products aimed at natural hair. All of the products on the shelf all claim to do the same and some will do something slightly different.  It’s quite an intimidating task.  You pick up product after product, comparing them and choose the one that looks pretty and says it will do all of these wonderful things to your hair. You purchase that product and you walk out of the store feeling quite confident that your natural tresses will look amazing and feel soft and moist.

You get home all excited about this product and you prepare to use it as the label implies, you style and dry and then it sets in…Defeat, disappointment and anguish. This product did nothing it said it would do. So you chuck it in the cabinet to become a dust collector and you head off to the store to purchase another product and another product and more products. Then you watch a YouTube video, read some natural hair blogs, ask some other natural hair friends, family and co-workers… back to the store you go purchasing all these products, and now the cycle has begun. Congratulations you have officially become a product junkie.

Well ladies I am here to save you time, money, frustration, and cabinet space.

First of all, know that everyone’s hair is different. People have multiple textures; curl patterns, density, porosity and elasticity on their head. Also your diet dictates how healthy your hair will be. So you can start by consuming a diet rich with fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water. What you put in your body comes out through your hair, skin and nails; as they are waste products of the body. If you are not healthy from with in then you will see it in your hair, skin and nails.

Second there is a reason that professional stylists don’t use these products on the grocer, drug and beauty supply store shelves.  These products are geared towards the cost conscious consumer so they use low quality ingredients that causes build up.  Seek your professional stylist to recommend a product regimen designed specifically for your texture & curl pattern.  These products are more costly but the benefits will outweigh price.  By going to your professional stylist you also eliminate the frustration of purchasing products that don’t work.

Third know that some of these bloggers  & vloggers are paid to promote products so they are giving you a biased opinion.  It is actually against the law for bloggers and vloggers to not state that the product that they are promoting is a sponsored ad. Once they are caught with giving these “helpful tips” on products to use without informing their readers or viewers, they can face very hefty fines or risk their site or videos being removed.  (Scary I know) It’s becoming more and more difficult to believe what you see and read online.  If a person is not a professional stylist with license they are NOT qualified to give you hair care advice or tips. (Ooops did I just ruffle some feathers, Shrugs shoulders, sips water and continues typing…Oh well)

Don’t become a product junkie; stop wasting money, time and cabinet space. The solution is as simple as seeking advice from your professional stylist to maintain luxurious hair. They will be able to keep your natural hair looking and feeling as fabulous as you are.  Unless you are a twin, triplet or etc you do not look exactly like someone else, it goes the same for your hair as well. Don’t expect to have hair like Jada Pinkett Smith when your hair is more like Solange Knowles or hair like Chrisette Michele when your hair is like Tracee Ellis Ross. Your professional stylist will be able to show you similar textures to yours, so when you are selecting styles that you can choose ones that are similar to your texture.  Natural hair shouldn’t be such a daunting task. It’s really easy to S.imply K.eep Y.our H.air H.ealthy.

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  • Lisa

    I started out as a product junkie and let me say it can be just as expensive as it is daunting. I am one year natural and I have only gone to a stylist to get color. It took me about 5 months to perfect the products that work best for my hair..I am on a budget so expensive products are not an option for me. I have found a combination of products all under $7 that work great on my hair. I had to realize that my hair isn’t going to look like all the photos I see and that everyone’s hair grows at a different rate. I get great results on the cheap but it took some doing to get here.

    • NHM Moderator

      Hi Lisa,

      Thank you for your comments. We appreciate the feedback.

  • Carolyn

    I am guilty of being a product junkie. Everything you just described fits me perfectly. I watched YouTube, read other blogs, tried all those products that promised wonders, all of it. I finally realized that the pictures I saw did not look like my hair, so there was my first problem. I decided that I would start over and to start over, I had to figure out my hair type. Turns out I am 4c/4b. Read up on 4c hair and what other 4c naturals did. Armed with new information, I was able to get my regimen almost perfect. My go to products are As I Am (Coconut Co-Wash, Leave-in Conditioner,Shea Moisture Spray, Twist Defining Cream); I have all the others as well but these four are my favs. Because I don’t use shampoo, I use an avc rinse on my hair to remove build up and clean my skalp. I also use Okay 100% Pure Black Jamaican Castor Oil. My hair loves this stuff. It took me many tries and fails to get to this regimen but I got there. Here in the Virgin Islands, ther aren’t much natural stylists so I had to hunt for my information. I am glad I came acriss this page because I has help me even further because IT SPEAKS TRUTH.Keep doing wjat you do ny inspiring natuals everywhere. Our hair is beautiful, all types, all lengths. Learn and Love your hair!

    • NHM Moderator

      Hi Carolyn,

      Thank you for your feedback and we appreciate your support. Natural hair is more than hair; its a life style with factors that impact health and self esteem for woman of color.

  • Darlene

    Valid points, however, my stylist didn’t understand my hair either, nor did she know how to style natural hair. My concern is how to detangle natural hair and why am I losing/shedding more hair now as compared to permed hair.

    • Lisa

      Darlene I have been using OGX shampoo and conditioner and I no longer have a problem with detangling. For me I can now run my finger through my hair during the shampoo procsss where before I liked the product but detangling took a lot of extra products. Once I apply the conditioner it even seems to lessen the shrinkage.