I really appreciate natural hair bloggers who understand that not all curls are created equal. In their posts, they make sure to identify the type, texture, density and porosity of their hair, so as to not lead anyone astray.
Anyone who has been unsuccessful in imitating another person’s hair tutorial knows that there is a lot more to the story than a step-by-step guide.
It is important to know what styles, tips and products work best for your hair. That is why it baffles me when people make blanket statements and try to apply their tips to every single person with natural hair.
Here are 5 tips that do not work for everyone. Now, granted, I may be the only exception to the rule. These findings are based off my own experience and that of my friends so lets go!
1. Using gel on your hair for anything other than to smooth it down
I’ve watched tutorials and read of numerous naturals who use EcoStyler* gel or some other brand as the last step in their wash ‘n’ go routine.
This is usually preceded by several other products: leave-in conditioner*, perhaps an oil, and a curl defining lotion or cream—otherwise known as the LOC method. For me, that’s a recipe for hard, crunchy hair! What happened to letting gel be gel?
My curls need all of the moisture they can get, so why would I put a holding gel on it in attempts to have long-lasting, hydrated curls throughout the day? The last time I checked, “bouncy” and “hard” are not synonymous!
2. Using eggs in homemade deep-conditioning treatments
Many naturalistas like to create their own hair recipes in their kitchens. Not only does this save money, but it also can be a lot of fun!
It’s also not a bad idea to get away from the brands and to use all-natural products. However in my opinion….An egg is an egg is an egg! So, guess what happens when you sit under the dryer with that raw egg in your hair.
It fries! I don’t know who came up with this hair tip, but I surely want to be the one to stop it from spreading. I’m sure there are some other ingredients we can substitute that have the same nutritional value.
We have to do a better job of fact-checking, ladies and gentlemen, and start thinking before we hop on board of the latest hair remedy or concoction.