“I’m tired of buying products. Every other week someone recommends something new that’s supposed to help my hair grow. But so far nothing has worked!”
Have you ever felt the same way? That you have a cabinet full of products, but none seems to be living up to the hype?
Then you are in good company.
That’s why a big part of what I do is to make sure that your products match 1) your hair needs, 2) your lifestyle.
This is very important for a few reasons that I’ll elaborate.
For years I was what they call a ‘product junkie’ in the natural hair world. I collected hair products every time I went to the store, and going as far as ordering products from the US and the UK (when I was still living in Botswana).
I experimented, and I just wanted something that would give me GREAT results with my hair.
A lot of the products I invested in were geared toward natural hair, or they were ‘organic’ and natural.
But as you may have guessed, most of them fell short, and I couldn’t figure out why they didn’t live up to expectations.
But everything changed when I did this
I observed something. I could have a similar curl pattern as the next person, but while I struggled with scalp issues, they struggled with volume or moisture.
So this made me think that it wasn’t just enough to talk about natural hair, but you wanted to address deeper hair needs.
And upon further inspection, I found that most of these hair needs were universal, hair type didn’t really matter too much.
Take for example postpartum shedding, everyone experiences it. Black, Caucasian, Asian; we all can experience it.
So now instead of just asking, natural or relaxed, or Caucasian etc, these are the questions I ask in a consult to figure out where to start when recommending products.
I hope they help you too as you evaluate where to go with your hair products.
1. What does your hair need the most right now?
This is the simplest question you can answer. And the responses can range from moisture to volume.
I find that with my hair, most of my needs are related. For example, dryness often leads to breakage and scalp issues. So I know that if I take care of the moisture, the breakage and dry scalp will reduce drastically.
Take a step or two back, and see if there’s a correlation between what you are struggling with.
So ask yourself before buying a product, what does your hair need the most? And is the product formulated to combat that?
2. What processes does your hair go through regularly?
Do you colour treat regularly? Use heat? These add another dimension to your hair care, so you’ll need to get the appropriate products to take care of your hair to avoid damage from these practices.
I’m not totally against heat and color, I just know that doing these requires an extra level of commitment that most of us are not willing to put in.
So when you buy shampoo or any other product, make sure that you factor in your grooming aspects.
3. What’s your regimen like?
A regimen is simply a routine. So in this case, what do you on your hair on a regular basis?
- How often do you wash?
- Do treatments?
My goal is often to help busy women reduce hair overwhelm and simplify their hair regimens. And I find that on average, most wash their hair once a week.
So whatever products you settle on should allow you to carry on with your lifestyle. What do I mean by that?
If you only have a 30minute window every week to wash your hair, then you can’t have your conditioner requiring 1 hour in order to be effective.
Or another example, if you wash just once a week, but workout, I might recommend that you also include a dry shampoo to your regimen to stretch your washes.
These are just quick examples, but I hope they give you a good idea.
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So dear friend, next time a product catches your eye, do a quick mental assessment and make your decision.
Because when it comes to most things, less is better, and especially with haircare.
What other questions do you run through before you purchase a product? Share in the comments below!