Simple Simon was that dude that tried to catch a whale with his mother’s pail and it didn’t work out because all he got was water, go figure.
He did quite a few things in that famous nursery rhyme that did not quite work because of his inability to plan ahead and think things through. Yes I know this is kind of random, but humor me….
Anyway I decided that I am more akin to a ‘Practical Suzy’, she doesn’t have a nursery rhyme like Simon does but she is that girl that likes to make things easy and when trying to get to a certain goal but the goal also has to be useful.
I am like that with everything and my approach to my hair is no different; it is very practical and drilled down to simple things like moisture, protein and cleansing.
Everything I do surrounds those three things and because of that there are quite a few hair practices that I have found to be a little overrated and in some cases not very practical either.
Just like the overrated products and hair tools we wrote about some time back, I felt that overrated natural hair practices deserved a post of it’s own. Check 9 of them out…
1. Going to a salon
This might be a touchy topic, and if you own a salon you might not like that I would suggest that going to a salon is overrated. Well this is an opinion post and some might agree that going to a salon, monthly or even weekly is not necessary and can certainly get costly.
For years DIY-ers have gotten a lot of flack for taking their hair care into their own hands but after years of unsuccessful attempts at having someone else care for their hair they figure they can’t do much worse on their own.
Don’t get me wrong there are some sharp salons out there with some serious talent and every now and then to go and spend a little money on your hair and get pampered a bit just might be what the doctor ordered.
All I am saying is that caring for your hair on your own is entirely possible and with the wealth of information out there on hair care and health you have no excuse not to take the care of your hair into your own hands.
2. Parting with a comb
Phew! Now that we have the hard one out of the way, let’s talk about combs and brushes and “cool” inventions like tangle teasers. Many women who have been successful at keeping their hair healthy and retaining length have professed that they do not use a comb at all. As a matter of fact they do not use any sort of hair detangling or parting tool because their fingers do such a great job.
Your fingers are the best tools for your natural hair particularly in situations where a comb is not absolutely necessary like parting your hair in sections for a twist out. Come on, nobody is even going to see the parts while you are rocking your twist out so why use a comb to part?
Combs and brushes can easily break or pop your hair in places that you could have saved if you were patiently using your fingers. Not to mention they don’t cost you anything and your hair will be noticeably healthier I guarantee it.
Originally posted 2013-12-01 15:00:51.