As usual social media, namely Facebook, where all raw emotions collide has brought to light a sector of long term naturals some whom have never had a relaxer expressing concerns that new naturals should not be taking advice from other considerably new naturals who blog and vlog and give advice about transitioning to natural hair, natural hair health and hair care.
In a way it makes complete sense right? You transitioned from your relaxer in 2008 but here is someone else who has had her natural hair her whole life. What makes you the go-to expert?
While there might some long term naturals who are fully capable of giving expert advice there are also some fairly new ones that can do a similar or even better job.
Hair care isn’t some kind of exclusive knowledge club that only certain members are a part of. Provided one is interested enough anyone can have the knowledge. You just need to have the desire to get it, use it and have some results to show for it.
Some bloggers and vloggers have chosen to dedicate a certain number of hours to studying natural hair, for many reasons; ranging from a traumatic experience with a relaxer or personal choice, to seeing it as a great business opportunity.
Whatever the reason for expertise is solely dependent on study, gaining knowledge, practice and results. Learning about your hair is truly your own right and your own responsibility.
The human body is so resilient that if you are breathing then your hair will still grow, retaining the length on the other hand is the problem for many ladies.
With that said even if you never had a relaxer there is no guarantee that your natural hair is healthy if you have no knowledge of how to take care of it. Being natural alone does not guarantee hair health.
If you are a new natural with the need for advice and guidance choosing the right person to seek advice from can be daunting and if you are not careful it can get frustrating.
The first thing you need to do is gain as much knowledge about your situation on your own. This might mean reading as much material as you can find from multiple sources as well as asking for second opinions after first ones.
The cool thing about hair care is that there is always more than one way to skin a cat so for instance what one person might tell you about her hair care regimen might not be the best thing for you, but parts if it might just be relevant and help you in some way.