Four years ago I decided my hair was too damaged to be revived. At the time I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, I just knew that my current state was unacceptable. My hair was thin and fragile and quite frankly ugly.
I decided I was going to “grow it out” and then make up my mind as I went along. Looking back on that stage I realize that I made several mistakes. So, I’ve decided to share my misfortunes with the world to help other people along. I don’t want you to fall into the same potholes I did. So here are my Top 5 Natural Hair Mistakes :
1. Big Chopping vs. Transitioning
Boy how I wished I had just shaved my head instead of transitioning for 8 months. Now I’m not here to convince you against transitioning, this was just my experience. During my transitioning period my hair grew approximately one inch…you read correctly ONE BLOODY INCH!
My hair shedded more than a sick dog and was matted worse than a rug. Detangling Barbie’s hair was easier than mine. When I finally big chopped my hair grew like a weed.
2. Shaping my TWA
For those of you who don’t know, a TWA stands for ‘Teenie Weenie Afro’. When I had my hair cut, I literally just told the barber to cut the straight ends off. I wish I had had my hair shaped because it would have made styling my hair much easier. My hair grows quicker in my nape and crown giving my afro an odd shape. Getting it shaped to fit my face would have saved me A LOT of meltdowns.
3. Nappy Hair Acceptance
I understand that some people view the word ‘nappy’ negatively, however, I do not. I have learnt to accept the word for what it means; tightly coiled hair. Too many times we use that word as a derogatory word. I have learnt to love my hair in all its kinky glory, and you should too!
4. Frizz Acceptance
Frizz is the definition of natural hair. It happens, get over it. You will never win and life is easier with frizz. Besides, how else will you get that voluminous fro?
5. Changing my Natural Hair Routine
As my hair grew the products that worked well started to fail me. I was reluctant to admit that they were no longer working and kept forcing my hair to do what it DID NOT want to do. Sadly it’s just a part of the journey. My hair used to love coconut oil now it makes my scalp inflamed. If you notice your hair is acting different and you haven’t changed anything. It just might be that your hair is no longer responding to a product you’re using.
Tip: Try eliminating one product at a time until you find the culprit.
Leave a comment below telling me your natural hair mistakes. I’d really love to know!