1. Accept your hair as it is, it will only do what it is naturally capable of doing – This is more for the new naturals out there. Never purchase a product hoping that it will give you curls where there are none or hoping that it will change your curl pattern.
If you are a newbie, a cheap jar of eco styler gel defines curls just as well as any other product and if you are pleased with the results you can then try one or two other curl definers to improve slightly on the end result (softness and hold).
Again I stress that no product will change your curl pattern but you can expect different levels of hold or sheen depending on the combinations that you use.
2. Monitor yourself – You will probably always have a tendency to product junkieism if you don’t carefully monitor your actions. Understand that there will always be new companies with new products that claim to do new things. But the one thing that will remain constant is your hair and what it likes and does not like.
By dismissing the hype created around new products and concentrating on learning your own hair, you will naturally find yourself getting more staples and testing new products less.
Every now and again it’s great to try a new product line to see if it works well for your hair, but more often than not you will find yourself gravitating back to a select group of products that you like and trust. Let these products become your staples, don’t fight it! After all the key to successfully growing your hair long is simplicity and consistency.
3. Decide on your staples – As a bare minimum you need a shampoo, protein conditioner, moisturizing conditioner, a leave in and a good natural oil. You can rotate between two or three of each item at one time.
For instance you can buy coconut oil and castor oil to begin and see how well they work on your hair. There really is no benefit to purchasing 7 oils that serve the exact same purpose in your hair regimen. 2-3 variations are fine but any more and you are teetering on the brink of product junkieism.
4. Resolve not buy any more products until the ones you’ve got are finished – This one is simple, if you already have 3 protein treatments at home and you are tempted by a new product discovery, resolve to wait until at least one of your products is finished before picking up a new one.
Bottom line is this: If you have too many products, you will be probably be doing too much to your hair. Remember this equation TMM=2B (Too Much Manipulation = 2 times the Breakage). And you thought you would never use algebra again after school!
Originally posted 2014-02-02 15:00:37.