As much as naturals want to do what’s right by their hair, that doesn’t always happen. You can have the best intentions and put them to work and still come out with the short end of the stick. It’s a dance when it comes to handling natural hair sometimes and the moves don’t always go over so well. But that’s okay!
It’s beneficial to talk about the mistakes that you make when it comes to your hair because you can use them as learning opportunities. I know that folks don’t often like to admit they are wrong but you only serve to hurt yourself in the long run as far as your hair is concerned. There is no room for egos here because your goal is healthy, beautiful hair. Why would you not want to rectify what you’ve done or learn a better way of treating your tresses?
I encourage anyone who is dealing with their hair on a regular basis and have found frustration in trying to do what’s right for it to stop, look at themselves, and be okay with the fact that they may or may not have made some mistakes. That’s the first step in finding a better way.
Here are some things that naturals do to their hair, many times without even knowing they are doing them. Use the list to see if you need to make some adjustments.
Your Products Are Too Harsh
All is not fair in hair care products and taking care of what’s growing out of your scalp. This is especially true for naturals. It calls for a certain level of attention and a certain caliber of product to ensure you don’t cause damage to your tresses. The best thing to do in this situation is to learn the brands that offer chemical free items; sulfates and parabens are the worst for you. They contribute to all kinds of issues like dry scalp, breakage, and irritation. Put out the extra money and get brands that are tried and true natural hair staples like Shea Moisture, Curls and Carol’s Daughter.
You Don’t Regularly Detangle
You can’t get around this one because if you try to forgo doing it, you will suffer later. Detangling can be a time-consuming process, but it is a process that needs your time nonetheless. It is best done right after you shampoo and condition your hair. Don’t EVER dry detangle it. You can use your fingers or you can use a wide-tooth comb. The most important thing is that you do it because skipping this important step can lead to breakage that didn’t have to happen.
You Don’t Know Your Hair Type
I bet you never realized all the levels there are to being natural. Well, there are many. You won’t learn them all at once, but it takes time and one of the things you have got to know is your hair type. There are different types of curl patterns and textures that call for different types of care. From 3A hair to 4C hair, you need to brush up on your natural hair knowledge. It’s a great start to knowing how to effectively manage your hair.
You Don’t Trim Your Ends
I know – How can cutting your hair really make it grow. It can seem counterproductive but experts have found that trimming your hair is a sure-fire way to help it grow. When you have split ends or raggedy ends, it not only looks bad, it also is bad for your overall hair health. Split ends can also cause breakage so you want to take care of them by getting regular trims.
These are just a few of the things that curly haired beauties do (or don’t do). If you want long-lasting natural hair, you have to look at what you’re doing for it and make some changes if necessary.