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.