5 Ways You Know You Are Doing too Much with Your Natural Hair

natural hair3. A very productive regimen but no real results

There is no point in doing a million things to your hair only for it not meet the goals you set for it. Sometimes we have to break up with our regimen and start to simplify things a bit to see exactly what is causing the problem. Are you co washing too often? Are you using too much protein? Do you need a trim?.

What we propose: To see positive change you will have to drill down to the bear minimum and then build from there.

4. Your scalp is screaming for help!

Scalp buildup is real y’all! You can literally clog your pores and cause infection on your scalp with too much manipulation, too much product, too much styling.

Your scalp will tell you when things have gone haywire, it will itch, you might notice flakes, you might even notice little bumps sometimes that are a result of too much of something.

What we propose: Get knowledgeable about how your scalp works, really you need to keep your scalp clean and free of unnecessary buildup, that’s it! If you have some underlying issues that causes buildup regardless of what you do then you should visit a dermatologist for the best advice for your situation.


5. Over styling

Listen, we know that there is this thing that tugs at your heart that says your hair needs to look like ‘this’ in order to be considered “done”. When you think about styling your hair you might think about having every ringlet perfectly in place, you might want to zap every single bit of frizz that you have…. forget it!

Embrace the frizz girl, our hair attracts moisture when there is moisture in the air or if there is just a little steam somewhere, the point is you cant control everything every time.

Stop walking around with gel in your purse and just let your hair do its thing.

What we propose: focus on giving your hair moisture that will last, so on wash day deep condition your hair well and protect your curls at night. Your curls might not be perfect day to day but you should be able to feel that your hair is not dry and that is what matters.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Tajmah Jessika

How am I supposed to deep condition while I sleep? Do I sleep with a bonnet? A shower cap?

Chelsea Lowe

I put a plastic bag or shower/conditioning cap over my hair and they put a scarf or winter hat on top

Yolanda
Yolanda

You can also try saran wrap (plastic wrap) instead of plastic conditioning caps or use them together. I feel like the plastic wrap can have a more secure hold. Then I put on my turbie twist (the microfiber turban towel).

Yolanda
Yolanda

First, I do not understand deep conditioning before you wash your hair. Seems like a waste of all the intense moisturizing goodness. I do understand the concept of a hot oil prepoo but not a moisturizing deep conditioner before washing your hair. But I do understand washing your hair and then deep conditioning overnight (or while running errands or doing chores) and rinsing out and styling hair the next day (or later that day) to save time. I have done that many times especially when I have been too tired to continue.

Second, I have fine hair and thought that I had to abide by the “your hair is fine and needs more protein than other hair types” rule. Well I ended up with protein overload and my hair was dry and rough. I knew I was probably doing too much but I ignored my gut because every thing I read said my fine strands needed protein. My suggestion is get to know your hair and pay attention to your hair’s need.