After watching India of My Natural Sistas’ youtube video, I was inspired to share with you all some of the mistakes I’ve made throughout my natural hair journey. For those that don’t know, I returned to the curl 5.5 years ago. The last 1-2 years of my natural hair journey, have been the best in regards to hair care. During this time I mastered what works and what doesn’t work for me and began to maintain a realistic hair care regimen.
- No Trims
Not trimming my hair as often as I should was one of my biggest mistakes. In the beginning, I would trim my hair once per year when I would go to a professional stylist to get it blown out and straightened. Every time the stylist would say something like “Oh honey, you have to get rid of this dead hair. You know you need to get a trim every 3-4 months, right?” Lol. Now, whether I see a stylist or do my own hair, when the 3-4 month period comes I make sure to have a trim. Consistently trimming my ends not only improves the detangling process but it also makes my hair feel and look healthier.
- No Moisture
In the beginning, keeping my hair moisturized was honestly not a big deal to me. I moisturized my hair once every week on wash day, but other than that my hair did not receive much TLC. This was a BIG No, No! My hair would always look dull, dry and unhealthy. Over the years, I’ve learned that the moisturizing Liquid-Oil-Conditioner (LOC) method works wonders for my hair. Now, I follow the LOC method at least once every 2-3 days when re-twisting my hair at night.
- Too much tension
My go-to lazy hairstyle is a puff. It’s such a quick and easy style but it was too much tension on my edges. I noticed the more I wore the puff style the more my edges began thinning out. It was also unhealthy for me to apply gel every day that I wore this style, which would sometimes be 7-10 consecutive days. Now, if I style my hair in a puff I put a 3 consecutive day limit on it and I don’t reapply gel every day. I also utilize Farasue Garden’s Hair Garden Fertilizer to help stimulate growth around my edges.
- Sleeping without a bonnet
Ugh! Sometimes you just have those days where you walk in your home and collapse on the bed because you’re so exhausted. Well, I’ve learned to grab my bonnet on the way down. LOL After too many days of sleeping without a bonnet and having to deal with dry, matted, tangled and knotted hair the next morning, I’ve learned why it’s so important to wear a silk bonnet. Wearing my bonnet helps keep moisture in my hair and decreases the chances of tangles and knots.
- Not twisting hair at night
Last but not least, a mistake I made early on in my natural hair journey was not twisting my hair at night. By doing this my twist outs and braid outs didn’t last long (i.e. no more than 1-2 days), so I felt a constant need to re-do my hair almost every night (i.e. wet, detangle and style). I learned that if I wanted to extend my twist-out and not have to style my hair every night I needed to twist my hair at night. By this I’m not saying I wet, detangle and re-twist my hair every night. What I do now is the night of day 1-4 of a twist out I will twist my hair in large sections. This significantly helps with retaining definition and keeping my hair from frizz, knots, tangles and being a matted mess.
Have you made any mistakes during your natural hair journey? Share and let’s discuss below.