If you’re new to your natural hair journey, you may feel overwhelmed by all of the new information that you come across online through social media, blogs, and vlog. Every news source comes from personal experience, so you don’t know what to trust and what not to trust.
Well, the truth is that some information has gotten distorted after being shared and tweaked from naturalista to naturalista.
So if you were wondering if that hair tip you got from your co-worker is valid, check the list below! Also, leave a comment with some of the hair myths you’ve heard!
Don’t need to wash hair
I remember when I first studied abroad, I had about two naturalistas that I could ask for tips. One washed her hair every month, while the other cowashed and washed her hair every few days.
The girl that washed once a month had dry, dull hair that could barely be managed. The one who cowashed and had a more frequent regimen had shiny, bouncy curls that you actually wanted to touch!
Moral of the story is, don’t wait so long in between washes. And please don’t let someone tell you that you don’t have to wash your hair.
Otherwise, product buildup and dirt can actually hinder and prevent your hair growth. If you decide to go natural for whatever reason (less maintenance, want to stay away from chemicals, etc), please note that you still have to care for your hair. You have to wash it, have to detangle, and have to care for it if you want to see growth, hair health, and overall progress in your hair journey!
It’s cheap / expensive
The next myth is that returning to natural hair requires a certain amount of money. You can hear women saying that it’s cheap compared to getting relaxers every few months and compared to buying weaves and hair extensions*. You might also hear women saying that it’s too expensive because of buying or trying a whole bunch of products.
The truth is that the cost of being natural depends on you. It can be a little more expensive if you decide to get it done professionally often, if you consider yourself a ‘product junkie’, or if you invest in a ton of expensive hair tools. Returning to natural hair may be cheaper than getting a relaxer and maintaining it every few weeks, but quality products may be a little more costly than some brands that target themselves for ‘natural hair’.