10 Rules For Natural Hair I Do not Follow

Not towel drying

My hair’s drying time is extremely long. To get a twist out I have to wait two whole days to take down the hair even if I only used a little bit of product. Usually, I wrap my towel around my hair and just wait.

A lot of naturals and blogs will tell you that using an old t-shirt will help prevent frizz. I’ve been using the towel for years and my hair never gets frizzy.

Hair does not frizz up because of the fabric, it frizzes up because of how a person uses the fabric. If you rub your hair with an old t-shirt, you will find that your hair is just as frizzy as it would be if you had rubbed a towel against it.

Weekly hot oil treatments

I like to do hot oil treatments with a scalp massaging brush and that releases tension and increases blood circulation. While I do love the feeling that the oil scalp massage leaves me, doing it too often leaves my hair feeling greasy.

Moisturizing hair daily


I am a firm believer in quality, not quantity. If a person moisturizes one’s hair once a week but does it really well, the person may not have to moisturize until three or four days after the original moisture.

A lot of natural hair gurus have shown a daily hair moisturizing routine, but I take into account several things: they have plenty of hair length-wise, they may have dry or heat-damaged, or that may be something personal that works for them. Haircare is very unique from individual to individual.

No poo method

I don’t believe in not washing my hair once every three months. I think that I have to keep my hair clean in order for it to smell great, to style it better, and also it is very hygienic. I love the feeling of my hair being squeaky and clean.

The natural hair police may come after me for this one, but I love the squeaky clean sensation. I’ve never gotten why not washing your hair would make it grow. Hair grows from the scalp and if the scalp is not clean that seems logical that the dirt would impede the growth.

Only finger de-tangling

I can finger de-tangle in the shower when I shampoo and when I get out of the shower I use a comb. I know a lot of naturals that are shocked at this but the truth is I cannot do my hair effectively and efficiently without using my hair tools like my brushes, wide tooth comb, rat tail comb, and other things.

Share a ridiculous hair rule you’ve ever heard in the comment section below!

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About Kate Azu


Kate is an undergraduate student studying Political Science, Writing and Legal Policy. Kate has been natural since birth and has learned about appreciating God's creation. On her free time, she likes to write spoken word poetry, dance, and read.

About Kate Azu


Kate is an undergraduate student studying Political Science, Writing and Legal Policy. Kate has been natural since birth and has learned about appreciating God's creation. On her free time, she likes to write spoken word poetry, dance, and read.

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Comments

  1. ladee neenah

    I always though the only rules were to keep your hair clean, conditioned and moisturized, and everything else were just guidelines anyway. Several of the things you don’t do are things that I have to do to keep my hair at optimum health, like finger detangling, deep conditioning with every wash and keeping my products as natural as possible. My hair thrives when I do these things and if I slack on something, I can tell quickly. I think the most important takeaway is: Do what works for you.

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