This is about taking the training wheels off and becoming your own hair care guru. Here are 3 tips to be the expert of your own hair and hair care:
1. Learn your own hair
That seems simple enough right? That’s because it is simple to learn your own hair. You can perform different hair tests to find out what kind of hair you really have in 5 minutes.
I’m not talking about hair typing hair typing is overrated. I’m talking about learning your own hair porosity, density, texture, and moisture/protein balance.
Once you learn what “kind” of hair you have, you can write your goals, create an effective regimen, find products to cater to your own hair, and accept your hair for what it is.
2. Practice different styling options
What better way to learn your hair than by putting your fingers in it? If you like your hair off your neck, try updos and flat twists. Wear perm rod sets and bantu knot outs if you like the curly look.
Rock crochet braids and Senegalese twists if you love putting your hair away. Try everything! Find out what looks great on you and continue with your favorite styles. If you have that one go-to style, you are set for your healthy hair journey.
I cannot stress this to you enough. Would you really try out a product just because your favorite guru says it’s the bomb-diggity? You just heard about it! Do your research on everything you want to try for your hair. This goes from herbs to commercial products to brands of wigs*.
When you know step 1 of this list, then you will most definitely be able to know what products are great for your hair just by looking at it. Learn to read labels, check out hair care books, go to natural hair meet ups, and share your information with others.
Please don’t let YouTube, hair boards, blogs, Instagram, and Facebook groups be your main and only sources for hair care tips. They are based off of their personal experiences as well. Research everything.
Now, I’m not telling you to delete and unfollow all of your favorite people you presently go to for hair care tips and advice. There are some good regimens and tips to follow.
But remember that her hair is not your hair. It is great to use her tips, but evolve your own and share with others. What works for one, won’t work for all and no one knows your hair better than you.
Originally posted 2015-03-17 16:00:26.