I’ve come a long way since I was this little girl with natural hair. I went through my hair falling out, relaxers thinning my hair out, and severe heat damage. I’ve neglected my hair, and lost so much unnecessary length due to breakage. But now, I’m finally in a place where I have figured out my hair, and am consistently doing what I need to keep it healthy.
I’ve been experimenting with different products, and even creating my own concoctions to keep my hair healthy in any weather. Like many naturals, I suffer from moments of “product junkie-ism, but I have learned to have more self control. One of the most important lessons that I have learned since being natural is that you shouldn’t drop products that work for you just because you’re eager to try the latest thing. There have been so many times that I have forgotten about staple products because I’ve been caught up in trying everything else on the market.
Another lesson that I learned was to not let my attachment to my hair stop me from trying out new styles. There’s no point in having your hair if you can’t enjoy it! So far I’ve been experimenting with some of the “traditional” natural styles like braid outs, twist outs, bantu knot-outs, etc. But I have also tried wigs, crochet braids, mini twists and Senegalese twists. The next thing on my list to try is dye!
One of the last and biggest mistakes that I made once I was fully natural was neglecting to trim my hair regularly. While I was transitioning from heat damage, I trimmed my hair every couple of months, but once I had finally gotten rid of my last bits of damaged hair, I somehow convinced myself that I no longer needed regular trims. My hair suffered from so much breakage and single strand knots due to this, and now I make sure to trim my hair as needed.
No matter where you are with your hair journey, no matter what type of hair you have, or what styles you’re into, make sure to always love and enjoy your hair. All types of hair are beautiful, and once you figure out what works for your hair you’ll fall in love with it.
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