6. Know Ingredients Not Brands
Get ingredient savvy by reading as much as you can about what is in your products. Ingredients on beauty products is just as critical as the ingredients on the back of your favorite snack food.
When you learn about what makes your hair tick then your choices become less about brands and more about what that product actually has in it. Trust me, this is the best way to avoid the trap of product junkie-ism and find your staples quickly.
7. Pamper And Learn
See a master stylist just once for a thorough evaluation of your hair and for a little professional inspiration. Choosing a stylist is not easy, recommendations are normally the best route to take, but if you find a great salon that knows how to take care of natural hair it can help to give you that boost you need to carry on in your journey. There is nothing like knowing you have some professional support if things get a little haywire.
8. Get Creative
Start doing some things you would never do if you were relaxed, that might mean everything from regular scalp massages with exotic oils, to DIY conditioner mixes. Figure out what you can do that is different from your typical relaxer regimen so that your mind will adjust to your new actions.
9. Party Like Its 1999
Attend natural hair mixers in your area so that you can interact with other women on a similar journey as your own. Natural hair parties and shows are not exclusive clubs, honestly they are just a lot of fun and the camaraderie is really helpful especially when you realize how many women just like you are out there.
10. Read Girl Read
Educate yourself about your hair in ways that have never done before by purchasing books dedicated to hair. For some reason we do not have the same sense of urgency to learn about our relaxed hair while relaxed, at least not all of us did.
In the spirit of doing something different purchasing scientific books dedicated to hair, and fun hair books will definitely keep your mind off that relaxer.
Originally posted 2014-01-31 15:00:16.