The Pros And Cons Of DIY Hair Care

FotorCreatedI went through a hair braiding phase starting in middle school and ending sometime around my senior year of high school. First, I had my friends do it for me and my mom would pay them. From then, I used to wait until my older sister came home for major holidays because she would do it for free and my mom saw that as a better option.

Pretty soon, that schedule stopped working out for me and one day I sat down, determined to learn how to install them myself. Several (and I do mean several) hours later I had a head full of braids courtesy of myself. From then, my hair care took on a monkey-see, monkey-do kind of pattern. Everything I know about hair, I taught to myself.

It's pretty normal to take your hair journey into your own hands and learn how to care for it yourself (almost all of my favorite bloggers went through the same phase themselves).

The more you learn the more you realize how easy it can be. Plus, there is something so liberating about being able to do whatever you want to your hair, whenever you want.

The question is: how far should you take your DIY? From box braids I graduated to self relaxing, then I figured out that I could make my own clips in and I am currently rocking my first self installed sew-in. However, it's been a long bumpy road and it's definitely not for everyone. Here are some of the pros and cons I've come across while learning how to care for my own hair.


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About Ashleigh Nelson


I am Ashleigh Nelson a journalism student at Northwestern University and a part-time hair fanatic. My hair journey began at the beginning of my college career because I decided that it was time for me to finally learn how to gain and maintain healthy hair. The past two years have had ups and downs, but I have learned so much along the way. And now I am here to share my experiences and knowledge with everyone!

About Ashleigh Nelson


I am Ashleigh Nelson a journalism student at Northwestern University and a part-time hair fanatic. My hair journey began at the beginning of my college career because I decided that it was time for me to finally learn how to gain and maintain healthy hair. The past two years have had ups and downs, but I have learned so much along the way. And now I am here to share my experiences and knowledge with everyone!

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Antoinette Hayes
Antoinette Hayes

I’m definitely a DIY type. I love experimenting with my hair with different styles and saving money. I refuse to pay $200 for braids when I can do it myself. I still go to a professional for deep conditioning and the occasional sew-in.

MizNita Watson

I like that picture I want to get my hair done like this oneday

Chanèl Renee

what is dyi hair care mean ?

Afi Rosaline

Do it yourself

Chanèl Renee

Thank u 🙂

Tryna_Browse
Tryna_Browse

DIY.
Was DIY since high school. I liked the relaxation factor of going to a hair stylist, but I handle my hair better than all of them.
Once you’re used to manipulating your hair, you will know what does and does not work for you hair. (Yes, your hair is unique and responds in its own unique way)

Where as most stylist treat everyone’s hair under a broad spectrum, you probably wouldn’t get the results you’re looking for (if you’re a natural) unless that person is very familiar with your hair.

DIY also saves tonnes of money, gives you the ability to experiment, and if you ruin your hair, at least you personally know the culprit and wouldn’t have to resort to blasting your stylist on facebook. (which isn’t nice by the way)

Theresa Marie Bryant

My first set of DIY box braids were a mess! Lol

Maya Woodall

Raven don’t know who she is or what she wanna do with her life right now she just coastng like the California wave smh

Kate Azu

I do almost everything mysef. lI deep condition, trim, hot oil treatment and do most styles by myself. However if I want my hair to last for awhile 1-2 months, then I will go to a stylist. Hmm maybe I should learn how to do certain hairstyles.

Aliyah
Aliyah

Well I guess I’m both I learned how to take care of my hair when I went natural but I still go to the salon twice a year to get a trim and my hair cornrow braids (no extensions added). I do the washing deep conditioning detangling moisturizing all myself . I also know how to do some natural hair styles but right now I want to protective style . Cornrows is the best protective style for me .