I’ll admit it: when I returned to my natural state, I had no idea of what to do to my hair.
I became obsessed with using every product the popular vloggers used and when I didn’t get the results I was expecting, I became devastated! I was so focused on trying everyone else’s routines that I didn’t take the time to understand my hair – that’s when I realized that in order to achieve the progress I was looking for, I had to find a routine that worked me.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely in love with all of these women on YouTube – their hair is all so different and full of life! Watching their videos over the last couple of years has made me feel like I actually know them (I know, I’m hopeless), but it’s true!
So, if you’re a newly natural an have been wondering how you’re going to mange that beautiful mane, keep these 5 tips in mind:
1. Be patient.
Remember that not everybody’s hair grows at the same rate – do not feel discouraged because you don’t see immediate results! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and nobody has the perfect curly fro without some manipulation!
2. Find a routine that works for Y-O-U!
Of course it’s ok to experiment with your hair until you find a routine, but don’t try to establish what works best for your hair through somebody else’s. Luckily, my friends were able to help me get my hair under control and, in due time, I was able to establish my own routine; although it may be similar to other people’s, it’s all about my hair.
3. Don’t stay thirsty, my friends.
Remember water is your friend and it’s the best way to keep hair hydrated, no matter what. If you don’t have a spray bottle with water, that’s probably one of the first things you should buy – and trust me, if you’re on the road to becoming a product junkie, it’s the cheapest thing you will buy! Drinking water is just as important as spraying it on your hair to maintain hydration. So drink up!
4. If a product doesn’t work for your hair, don’t feel obligated to continue using it.
Yes, I know, you paid money for it! However, if it’s not doing anything for your hair, don’t waste your time! There are plenty of groups on Facebook or natural hair meet-ups where you can swap products with somebody, or or sale them at a reasonable price. Trust me, I’ve done this, many-a-times, and it works. Like I said, when I first went natural I didn’t know what to try, so I bought a lot of products full of malarkey. The point is, it may not have been useful for me, but I was able to pass it on to somebody else.
5. STAY POSITIVE!
You have to love your hair the way it is – everything you see will not work the same way, and every product you use will not be beneficial for your hair. If you want your hair to grow and flow with the wind (I am literally laughing out loud, where did I come up with this?), you need to take care of it! This means, keeping it moisturized, making sure you keep it covered at night, keeping your ends clipped, and handling it carefully with love.
Love your hair, ladies! Embrace that natural beauty, and be ready for one heck of a roller coaster ride. There will be struggles, but once you get over that hump, or steep drop, be ready to cruise!
Alana Patrick is a writer and natural hair fanatic for Reset Magazine in Virginia Beach, VA. To keep up with her tips, tricks, and daily life, connect with her on Instagram at Bee_Shore, as well as www.theuntamednabtural.com