Hello girls with the popping curls🙋
Recently I have been inundated by messages from a lot of ladies who are considering going natural, or at the very start of their journey. It’s been about 2 years since I became natural, but I can still recall that initial feeling of “dafuq do I do with my hair now?!” XD We all know where to go for answers to our questions (even the stranger ones #privatebrowsingweseeyou 👀):
So there I was googling everything possible about natural hair, transitioning and caring for it. As you probably know by now, there is a veritable flood of blogs, YouTube channels, and webpages dedicated to this natural thing we do. For a person like me who will always be extra and do the most, I had no clue what was right so I just did everything! At this point I realize how unnecessary some of the things I did were, and some where even really bad for my hair health- I just wish I knew it back then. Therefore this one is for my newbie naturals so you do better than my fool self XD
- Get off the bandwagon friend!
When I saw something that everyone had then I had to have it too. Coconut oil is one of the worst things for my hair and I know this… now 🙈 But because everyone worshiped at the shrine of the coco, I did too. For at least a year I had mad break-outs of acne and the itchiest inflamed scalp, it was horrible 💀 Only when I ran out of coconut oil and used amla oil for my wash-day instead did I realize what was going on. It’s not a bad thing to see what is the good stuff being discussed on the web- just remember to pay attention to what your hair likes first!
- Health> Definition
Now I love me a defined curl as much as anyone else 😉 But when I first started out, it was an obsession. I would use sprays and mousses that had very drying alcohols and other crappy ingredients just to make sure my curls were properly defined. I didn’t care about the crunchiness, I’d be a bag of NikNaks if it meant having those tight tendril curls XD My hair did suffer because of it. I was not retaining any moisture which stunted growth- but best believe I was still whining about how my hair doesn’t want to grow 😐 Definition should not come at the price of healthy hair!
- Read the damn label😂
I was so susceptible to claims of “avocado oil, citrus fruit extract, vanilla essence,etc.” on labels, it’s shameful 😶 Major plus if it had that fancy scent that lingered, ‘cos that meant the vanilla essence was working #whatevenSean #juststop. Luckily I realized my mistake about 3 months in, but not before I had wasted money on bottles of sulfates and parabens.
- Expensive≠ Good
I have wasted too much money on too many products that promised the world and just did not deliver. Some of my favorite go-to products are really cheap like bentonite clay and natural pure oils- there really is no need to splurge to have healthy natural hair 🙂 Shops like Gorimas are my favorite haunts for pure oils, and even every day things you already have can make a cheaper conditioner as good as any expensive one.
Essentially this is a very personal journey. Everyone has their own experiences and it’s important that you listen to your hair ,first and foremost. And read the damn label XD