3 Tips On Cleaning Your Natural Hair Closet

Get rid of old and broken accesories

Check your hair accessories

Are they raggedy or holding on by a thread? Have those bobby pins lost their soft edges? Are your hair barrettes and hair clips falling apart or do you see some of the paint peeling off?

Do your headbands no longer have any life in them or are they stretched beyond repair? Yea, you know I’m talking to you (and myself) and it’s time to throw them away and update your arsenal.

The beginning of the year is a great time to go through the house and inspect your accessories to see if they can hang on or if they need to be trashed. The headbands are no longer helping you if they are stretched beyond their elasticity.

If they are so stretched out that, you have to compensate by winding them tighter it will be harder to remove and you will be pulling out hair while using it! If your bobby pins or hair pins have lost their soft edges, you are scratching your scalp or they are yanking at your hair with their exposed ends. Neither is a good way to start the New Year for your tresses.

This list includes your hair tools as well like your wide tooth combs, Denman brush or even your satin bonnets. If your comb or brush is missing half the teeth, you definitely need to stop yanking it through your hair as they have long passed their time of usage.


The satin bonnet is no good if it has lost all its elasticity and is falling off your head every night so it may be time to retire it as well. They are too cheap at Walgreens, CVS, Target, Wal-Mart AND at every beauty supply store to bother trying to save. So please ditch it, and get another. 

Trash the bad habits and/or mistakes from 2013

This is just as vital as the first two and in some cases even more important. If it didn’t work in 2013, then it probably won’t work in 2014! Learn from your mistakes so you won’t repeat them. I made some bad mistakes in 2013, Natural hair mistakes of 2013, and they are staying right back there where they belong. I found the error of my ways and moved on from them.

It’s a new year and a good time to reevaluate your natural hair products, tools and even your methods. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Just perfect it so that you can reach your hair goals and keep your journey as positive as possible.

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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