Natural hair mistakes will be made. It’s just all a part of the process. As you learn to care for your natural hair, you will experience some ups and downs. Here are the top 5 mistakes I made along way.
- Using a towel to dry my hair
Towel drying can damage your hair. Towel drying your hair can cause your curls to become tangled or snagged due to the abrasive fiber and can quickly suck up much needed moisture from your hair. Instead use an old t shirt.
- Not adjusting from my relaxed hair routine
When I first went natural I was still getting sew ins with leave out. I was flat ironing my leave out regularly desperately trying to match my curls to my Peruvian straight bundles. What this left me with was a burned out choppy looking piece at the top that has never recovered and does not match the curl pattern of the rest of my hair. I have since opted for full sew ins, invisible parts, and crotchet styles. Another thing I had to learn was how to comb my hair. Yes that’s right, combing your natural hair is not the same as combing your relaxed hair. When my hair was tangled I would rake the comb through my hair instead of gently combing from the ends to the roots. I have learned that this is a major key in avoiding split ends and retaining length.
- Putting length over health
I’ve always had long hair so to see myself without hair was devastating for me for a while. The first time I rocked my TWA was the first time in my life that I felt truly UGLY. (Dramatic I know) My goal right away became to grow my hair back. It’s pretty much all I focused on. Due to focusing on length I thinks I skipped out on moisturizing! Moisture is necessary. Growth is inevitable but to retain length , moisture is a must. Focusing on keeping your hair healthy will help you to reach the length that you are genetically capable of because genetics do play a factor!
- Not creating my own regime
I watched countless YouTubers, followed countless bloggers and somehow it wasn’t working for me. Then I came to the realization that it wasn’t working for me because it wasn’t for me, it was for them. I had to find my own rhythm and get into my own routine. Do what works best for your hair!
- Aimlessly buying products
When I first went natural one of the biggest mistakes I made was hoarding products. I was buying products so fast that I wasn’t even paying attention to what was working and what was not. Take your time with buying products.
I’ve had plenty of love/ hate moments with my natural hair and I’d have to write a book to list them all but making the decision to allow my hair to flourish in its natural state was one of the best decisions I’ve made! Feel free to drop any tips in the comments. I want to know everything!