When you make the decision to step over to the natural side, you’ll have to face some trial and error before you perfect your hair care regimen. “You’re not going to know what works on your hair until you actually experiment with your own hair and see how it happens,” Annisa LiMara Mitchell, a natural hair and beauty vlogger, told 4c Hair Chick in an interview.
But it’s important to keep an open mind during your hair experimentation phase(s). Don’t get frustrated because your hair doesn’t resemble that YouTube tutorial you watched or Instagram post you saw.
“We kind of get caught up on idolizing other naturals that we see on social media and we forget to look in the mirror,” Mitchell said.
To save you some trouble, here are three natural hair care myths you should avoid.
1. Assuming that natural hair equals less maintenance
For most of us, the labor involved in taking care of our hair means that we can’t simply get up and go.
“Natural is not easy,” Christian Byshe, a natural hair and lifestyle blogger at “Chic and Coily” shared with 4CHC.
You have the ability to simplify your hair care routine, like those who identify as “lazy naturals” (myself included), but rocking a style other than a ‘Fro requires some work.
“I think (women) picture themselves waking up in the morning with bouncy, lush, moisturized curls,” Byshe said. “They probably don’t realize the amount of effort and time that goes into simple styles like twist outs, braid outs or Bantu knots.”
2. Thinking you should avoid water to preserve a style
If you were relaxed before you began your natural hair journey, it was normal to avoid moisture like the plague.
“To maintain those styles, we had to avoid water and water-based products to keep our hair from getting poofy or reverting,” said Christina Patrice, a natural hair enthusiast and blogger at “The Mane Objective.” “So to keep our hair fly and shiny between touch-ups and salon visits, we used oil sheens and silicone serums.”
But your natural hair needs moisture, she added.
“In order for natural hair to maintain elasticity and avoid breakage, water and water-based products need to hit the hair before oils and butters.”
3. Believing certain products will give you the definition you desire
How many of you have purchased a product based on someone else’s recommendation, and then assumed your hair would look exactly like that person’s after using said product? *Raises hand*
Well, let’s face it: Just because you expect a certain outcome with a particular product doesn’t mean you’ll achieve it.
“A lot of that depends on how curly or coily your hair is naturally,” Mitchell said. “There are products that can enhance it … but if your hair isn’t defined (a certain) way, no matter what type of product you use it’s not going to work.”
Other things to remember
Regardless of where you are in your natural hair journey, patience is key, Patrice said.
“I transitioned for 21 months, and in that nearly two years, I had my share of victories and epic fails. But I never resigned to hating or resenting a single part of my journey to natural.”
And keep in mind that you and your hair are unique.
“Once you understand and really embrace that, you’ll take more joy in your hair and be proud of your curls,” Byshe said. “Resist the urge to compare your hair to other naturalistas.”
Do you have any natural hair care myths to add to the list? Comment below.a