1. Patience is key
Natural hair care is all about “the process.” More likely than not, you’re going to have to try multiple products before you find one you like.
You’ll also have to try a style numerous times before you perfect it. You can’t be upset that you’ll spend a little more time and money in the beginning of your journey. Just know that it’s an investment that’s worth the price!
2. Bad hair days will happen
They’re unavoidable! There will be some days when you are too tired to prep your hair the night before. You’ll have to rush somewhere and won’t have enough time for your hair to dry.
You’ll experiment a new style and find out that you absolutely hate it. In these situations, the key is to get creative. This could mean finding a scarf, bow, headband*, beanie, WHATEVER. Throw something on it to make it cute and go about your business. You’ll live.
3. Not all curls are created equal
Please stop comparing your hair to your girlfriend’s! Chances are, you two have completely different hair types, lengths, textures, densities, porosities, etc.
It probably won’t help you to ask her how she did her hair because there’s a chance that yours won’t turn out the same way. You have to find what works for YOU! Playing the comparison game will get you envious, depressed and frustrated. Save yourself the drama.
4. Water is now your best friend
Remember in your permed days when you ran away from every drop of water you saw? Well, now you better run toward it!
Our hair needs moisture and nothing moisturizes better than plain ol’ H2O! One of your must haves on your beauty shelf is a spray bottle. Each time you touch up a style, make sure you are adding water as you re-apply your products. Nothing is more of a turn-off than a dry bush!
5. People will be bewildered
Prepare yourself for all kinds of looks, questions, stares and side-eyes. The best thing you can do is educate them instead of catching an attitude. Some people will be absolutely fascinated with your hair and will ask to touch it.
I like to think of it as their looking at it for the work of art that it is instead of letting them make me feel like I’m a petting zoo. It’s all about perspective. Just know that your presence will always be noticed. You stand out. You are bold and beautiful. Embrace every single acknowledgement of that fact.