3 Tips On Cleaning Your Natural Hair Closet

Clean your natural hair closet

It’s a New Year and a new YOU as many proclaim. The air smells sweeter, the birds chirp louder, and your natural hair goals have all been met and you have nothing to work on. OK, OK…back to reality.

It’s a new year. So what? Well, that doesn’t mean the whole world has to change nor does it mean your aspirations for your life have to change either.

What worked for you last year may find itself working for you again this year and that doesn’t mean you are in a rut or you are stuck in second gear. That just means you found a few pointers or ideas that are worth keeping around and may find themselves making an appearance again.

That also doesn’t mean you need to hold onto everything you did last year and assume it will be great for this year. Work, family, relationships and even hair (yes, of course hair!) has expiration dates on some of the choices we have made for them.

We were just as bright and bushy-tailed back in the beginning of 2013 and that sparked some wonderful ideas or lessons on how to treat our hair better. Now, at the beginning of 2014 it’s time to clear out what didn’t work to make sure we stay on the positive side of our natural hair journey. 

Ditch old or expired products


This should be a no-brainer but if you are a hoarder (raises hand and hopes you don’t judge) then you may need to be reminded of this. Some of our products are time sensitive especially if they are DIY products so be aware of that and clean house regularly.

If you find yourself slipping on that then use this, the new year, as the opportune time for it. Clean those cabinets and your fridge of any products that have been lingering around too long. Check dates on all bottles and jars.

Pointer: A really good idea would be to use a permanent marker and write the date you purchased your items on the jars themselves. This is great for everything but even better for items that aren’t your staples since they will not get used as often or as quickly.

Now, if you just cannot BEAR the thought of doing away with some items that may have been a bad idea to buy or perhaps they are getting old, find other uses for them.  Learn How To Deal With Rubbish Conditioners or How to Reuse Old Hair Products Either way, they need to be used or thrown out.

Originally posted 2014-01-03 15:00:01.

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About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

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Comments

  1. Adrienne Jones
    Adrienne Jones

    nah! all are mine expect for Miss Jessie hair product and different samples ya wanna it? Hit me up in my reply or click on my avert for msg. i wont hear ya if you say my name in other comment unless you do my reply or click me.

  2. Lucky

    I feel you. My stash is out of control. 5 huge drawers and they’re so full I can’t even close them.

    Just thought I’d throw this in: Wouldn’t it be great if all of the product companies had samples? We wouldn’t have to pay full price for a product that doesn’t work for us. IJS

    1. Sabrina Perkins Post author

      Yes, it would be great if they felt like shipping out samples. It would only boost their sales as you would love to know how a product worked before you bought it.

    1. Sabrina Perkins Post author

      Consistency is key. Eating right, drinking water, getting trims when you need them, taking vitamins (I take Hairfinity), cleansing and conditioning and deep conditioning weekly will all aid in hair growth. Your hair is growing all the time so you may be concerned with length retention.

    1. Sabrina Perkins Post author

      How long have you been Natural? Like I told Katherine, consistency is key. Keeping moisture in your hair will allow it to thrive and stave off breakage. Finding methods that work for you is vital but that always takes trial and error to find those methods so do not beat yourself up if you are still finding them. Make sure to have a good night routine. Wearing a satin bonnet or sleeping on a satin pillowcase. I do both! Dry your hair with an old t-shirt or a microfiber towel as regular towels are too rough for our tresses. Be gentle to your hair when manipulating it and remember to deep condition the hair weekly. Hope that helps.

  3. Inderia Cherrie Taylor
    Inderia Cherrie Taylor

    Cayenne pepper add it it to your hair or oils but you have to let the peppers sit in the oils for about 10 days shaking it everyday to make sure the pepper mix is it settles into the oils and then strain the excess oil out in a stocking hose

    1. Sabrina Perkins Post author

      You have to be very careful with some items and Cayenne pepper is one of them. I cook with it often and know how hot it is. I would be very careful using it in a DIY hair product.

  4. Donna R. Sampay

    I have the entire line of Dark-n-Lovely Au Naturale products that I purchased last month, which I currently use. I also have numerous of natural hair care samples that I received from the Natural Hair, Health and Beauty Showcase that was held in Houston, TX last month, as well as winning an entire natural hair care kit. I have no idea what to do with all these products and although, I enjoy the Dark-n-Lovely natural products and would prefer to stick with them, I find myself just using up the other products for the sake of doing so, just to keep them from going to waste.

    1. Sabrina Perkins Post author

      I understand how you feel. It’s lovely to win or have a huge arsenal of great products but no one wants them to go to waste. You can try a product swap or keep them around when your favorites get low and need something else to use.

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