GSM suggestion #1: Everything is not for everyone.
So does my hair. So the only wonders that coconut oil* worked for me was that I wondered why it didn’t work on my hair and why my hair hated it so much. Ah, well.
I also notice that my twist outs are better when I flat twist the roots. A friend of mine, although she flat twists to perfection, hates to flat twist anything, so she just does them loose.
GSM suggestion #2: No matter what is said in the article/post/site, the advice was not made specifically for you.
Yes, I know that it stated that it was given for your exact hair type or problem. But unless the author has had an intense one on one session with your scalp and hair, there is no way that the advice is exactly for you. Know who has had intense one on one sessions with your scalp and hair? You! So take the advice with a grain of salt. See where I’m going with this?
I sometimes get an itchy scalp, and I read somewhere that I should exfoliate my scalp with red pepper. You know, the kind that burns. Hmm, let me see….trade tolerable itching that indicates I need to shampoo with intolerable burning? No, thanks.
GSM suggestion #3: Because you use the GSM method, you will not be inclined to leave snippy or disparaging comments in the comments section.
With the GSM method, you have already decided that not all info is created equal, and you reflect on your own personal experiences and circumstances before you try any method.
You also don’t see it as a personal insult if the method suggested by someone else proves to be fruitless for you. Therefore, you don’t get catty in the comments section. I’ve seen it happen, and It. Ain’t. Cute.
The basic philosophy of the Grain of Salt method is that there are lots of methods out there, but only one you. What do you like? What don’t you like?
I like a lot of stuff that I read on blogs, but I know myself well enough to know that some things just do not work for me. And some info out there does not work at all (ever tried “reversing” a relaxer with cornstarch?).
There is nothing wrong with you or your hair if someone else’s so-called “tried and true” technique does not work for you. You just have to find your own tried and true technique, and take everything else with a grain of salt. As for me, I need to clean up my favorites folder.
What hair advice have you taken with a grain of salt?
Originally posted 2012-07-15 19:00:39.