1. Your curls are not like hers. Get over it and focus on your hair.
How many of us can say that we were inspired by someone else’s natural hair to start our own journey? I know I was! But don’t let inspiration lead to unrealistic expectations about your own curls. Yes, everybody knows *in my Phaedra Parks voice* that Elle Varner has fabulous curls! However, your curl pattern may or may not be like hers. Your curls may be more tightly coiled. Better yet, you may have multiple textures. Believe me, that happens.
Watch this! - Lesson Learned “My Curls are not like hers!”
Now that you’re newly natural, learning your own hair texture can be exciting. Heck, why wouldn’t you want to learn it? It’s growing out of your head!
Focusing on your hair not only limits the “curl-coveting”, but it also helps you learn how to take care of your own natural hair. At the end of the day, growing healthy natural hair is what is important. If you’re constantly thinking about another woman’s curls, you can easily neglect your own.
We’ve probably all been there. You went natural, and now you have to figure out how to keep your hair moisturized. When I first went natural, I was using olive oil as a moisturizer. Yes, straight olive oil. I would wonder why I’d wake up with oil stains on my pillowcase on some “Coming to America” ish.Don’t fret. You don’t have to make the same mistakes that I and other naturals made because there are some tried and true ways to keep your hair moisturized. There’s no need to re-invent the wheel. One of the best things you can do is moisturize your hair using a water-based product and then seal it with oil. Two great options are the SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie for moisture and Jamaican Black Castor Oil for a sealant. I can’t stress enough the importance of drinking plenty of water. Some say half your body weight in ounces. So, if you way 170 pounds, drink 85 ounces of water (approx.10 8 oz glasses) a day.
3. If you find something you like stick with it! No need to buy 5 conditioners, 6 moisturizers, and 11 oils.
My name is Tiffany, and I am a recovering product junky (PJ). Living in Atlanta, I’ve been to more natural hair events that I care to count. At these events, I leave with a bag full of goodies and new products to try. In the past, this fed my addiction. I’d be so excited to try a new product that my holy grail products would sometimes sit for weeks. Don’t let this happen to you. Finding what your hair likes is critical. If you’re constantly trying the latest new fad or product, you’ll end up with a lot of products that rarely get used. You may also end up with a failed hairstyle. You don’t know how your new products will interact with your old ones because not all products work well together. If you have not experienced a hair disaster yet, you are lucky! Instead, have a few products in your rotation that are part of your regimen.