4 Natural Hair Bandwagons I’m Not Here For
Learning your natural hair, especially as a newbie, can be a costly and confusing process.
You know the routine: BC, visit all the popular hair sites for advice, watch every YouTube video ever made about natural hair, and try out all the “must-have” products and natural hair techniques.
As you become more comfortable and knowledgeable about your hair you realize what works for everyone else may not work for you.
I, like many of you, have wasted countless dollars and precious time riding bandwagons that ultimately proved to be not for me.
Here’s my list of natural hair holy grails that I can do without.
- ACV Rinses
I’ve experimented with this magical rinse sent down from the anti-buildup gods more than once with regular results. And by “regular” I mean I can achieve the same results with a plain ol’ clarifying shampoo. So now I save my ACVnatural ingredients for cooking and stick to Suave for any buildup issues.
- Shea Butter
I know what you’re thinking…how dare I speak out against the almighty shea butter, nature’s elixir for beautiful, worry-free natural hair? Don’t get me wrong. Shea butter is wonderful for certain types of hair. For my fine hair, however, it’s much too heavy and leaves me with limp hair. I opt for oils and creamy leave-ins for sealing and moisture.
The main point of co-washing is to moisturize your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. I can do this by simply rinsing and applying a leave-in and/or oil. Doing it this way causes less stress on my hair (less manipulation and friction), saves time, and eliminates potential buildup/breakage caused by the conditioner.
- Daily Moisture
I, like many, used to carry around my mini spritzer filled with filtered water and my oil mixture du jour, ready to be whipped out to refresh my naps at a moment’s notice. What I found was that spritzing multiple times a day accomplished one thing for me: wet hair. Now that I’ve developed a moisture routine that works, I no longer need to moisturize every day.
NHBG family, what are some natural hair bandwagons you don’t ride?
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