Every other day I get a question about my hair – what I do with it, what I apply, what my secret is. Knowing what I know now, I would say the main secrets to reducing overall frustration in the natural hair journey are consistency and simplicity. And in this post, I’m going to outline 5tips to help in case you are just starting out, and I also will share some of the products I use.
1. Educate yourself
This is the one step that will save you a lot of heartache and money, as unsexy as it sounds. I know that we learn in different ways, so lay out a plan of action and follow it. Be consistent in how you learn,
For example, when I became serious about figuring out my hair 3years ago, I read all kinds of blogs and watched Youtube. And then I experimented with the products and methods. Looking back, this was just a tad crazy, I used a lot of money and spent huge chunks of time in the process.
But at least it has paid off, I now know what my hair needs and my madness helped my community, NHBots.
And here are some YouTube Channels that really helped me:
MY TOP TIP: When looking for bloggers and YouTubers, I usually looked for ones with 1) hair sort of similar to mine because then I have better chances of getting similar results. 2) Hair length closer to mine, to avoid frustration.
2. Be consistent with your products
Have you heard the term ‘natural hair is expensive?’ I have. And while this is true to an extent, I believe the hefty price tag is also possibly a result of impatience. This is what I mean. I used to be a ‘product junkie’, buying products on a whim, even though I didn’t really know how I would use them, and had a cupboard full of stuff. In my opinion, you need some sort of shampoo, conditioner, leave in, cream and oil to survive. And even these can be simplified further.
MY TOP TIP: Do an audit of your cupboard. What all do you have? Do you use it? If you are not sure what the products are supposed to do, do a bit of research – get on Youtube/Google, and see how other people are using them.
If you are in Botswana, check out this post of where 7 Places to get Hair Products in Gaborone.
Then give away/sell what you don’t need to avoid overwhelm on days you have to do your hair.
These are some of the products that I use (note I didn’t necessarily say like).
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I like this moisture retention shampoo because it’s not too stripping. And a small amount goes a long way.
The Jamaican Strengthen and Restore shampoo is great for clarifying my hair. I use it once a month, or when I feel like I have a lot of build up.
Deep treating is a lifeline for my hair, so I do it once weekly when my hair is out. And if I can’t çook’up stuff in my kitchen, this is the deep treatment I use.
The 3 Minute Miracle Moist is great for times when I don’t have time and need a quick revive.
I apply this after leave-in, and for my hair, creams work better than oils.This is what I’m currently using, but once it’s done I won’t be replacing it because it doesn’t seem to be working as well for me anymore.
I’ve had good results with this Cream of Nature one, I’ll replace it for sure!
Eco Styler is a staple for me. I use if for taming fly-away hairs, and for my edges on days that I feel like have a sleek look.
You can go crazy over here with oils, but these are the ones that I like the most. I especially use them when doing hot oil treatments once in a while, or for sealing after washing. Just make sure that they are ‘virgin’ or ‘ cold pressed’.
I tend to have an itchy scalp, and I find the cider vinegar to help in this regard. I use it at the end of my washes and in treatments.
The clay is for clarifying my hair as opposed to using shampoo.
Distilled water is for use with my spritz, and my essential oil diffuser.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Bentonite clay
- Distilled water – available from most pharmacies and supermarkets.
3. Invest in good tools
Tools are my favorite, even more than products. A good tool can be the difference between a painful detangling process and a smooth one. Even here try and keep it simple, throw out everything else, you really don’t need all the combs that come in the multipack 🙂
4. Seek Qualified Hair Dressers
I know that the natural hair world involves a lot of DIY, but it doesn’t hurt to seek help for good hairdressers if you are stuck in some sort of way. They deal with hair, and could probably save you hours of online searching. Personally, I tried out a few different hairdressers ’til I found ones that I felt understood my hair, and had a good grasp of natural hair care. And once you find them, don’t let go, ha ha.
5. Take care of your overall health
The health of your hair is linked to your overall health, so don’t neglect this part. Stress, a poor diet, lack of essential nutrients, dehydration etc will all affect your the health of your hair. I’m not saying eat a salad or exercise every day, but determine what ‘being healthy’ looks like for you from where you are at this moment, create a plan that you can follow, and implement it.
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So remember, whatever you do, be consistent in your methods and products, that way you’ll be able to tell if what you are doing is working or not. And you’ll save money and time in the process.
I know the natural hair journey can be daunting initially, but with patience, it all pays off, I promise.
Let me know if this has been helpful, and if I can answer any questions by leaving a comment below!