Did you know I wrote a whole series for new naturals over on MyYeka.com? It’s in my sidebar and everything. Just in case you’re a regular reader here but had no idea I was over there, too, I’ll be resharing all of the articles here.
Information Overload is a Thing
Dear Newly Natural Me,
Ph balance, cuticles, shed hair versus broken hair, hygral fatigue–girl, if you don’t turn off your phone and go to bed you’re going to be fatigued all day. You’ve got one inch of hair and more information than you know what to do with it. I know. You just found this other naturalista and she’s got a whole series on this other technique/style/product line that might be vital to the success of your natural hair journey. Plus she’s funny and photogenic! How photogenic do you think you’ll be on three hours of sleep?
Let Your Hair Be Your Guide
When you’re just starting out, it can feel like you need to know as much as you can right away or one false move and the Natural Hair Police will bust down your door and snatch away your #teamnatural card. Relax. You’ve already done your preliminary research prior to the big chop. Now, let your hair be your guide. Is your hair dry? Moisturize it. Is it itching from dirt and buildup? Wash it. Are you losing a ton of hair from combing? Try finger detangling.
We Gon’ Focus
But should you wash with shampoo every week or co-wash with conditioner every day? And does it matter if you apply oil before leave-in conditioner? You know, some people deep condition on dirty hair. Person A says they trim only twice a year, while person B says every 3 months. Person C says whenever it feels like her ends need a trim. As Whoissugar always says, “We gon’ focus!” Tackle one issue at a time and do not change up too many things in your regimen at once, or you’ll never know what’s the cause and what’s the solution. Remember that hair takes time to grow and therefore it takes time to notice changes. So, if you want to try someone’s advice be consistent and give it a decent chance. I find that if you don’t get an immediate reaction, most products or techniques need 1 – 3 months of trial to see the results (or lack thereof).
If It Ain’t Broke
So you’ve found the maximum hydration method. Does it solve a problem you’re having? And after that you wonder if you can wash your hair with only water. Are you allergic to shampoo and conditioner? If so, by all means give it a shot. But you’re me, so I know you’re just trying solutions to problems that don’t exist. Your texture ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
There Are No Rules, Only Guides
Your hair is your guide, and therefore your hair type can be too. Following tutorials by women with your hair type is invaluable, but I wouldn’t recommend being exclusive about any hair type. No two heads of hair are identical, but good, basic hair care practices tend to work across different textures. The natural hair community is vibrant and diverse and teeming with creativity and intelligence. So long as you know not every piece of advice is meant for you, and you’re not obligated to follow any practice religiously, binge on and watch widely. You’ll come to enjoy it rather than feel overwhelmed or confused.