Going natural can be an overwhelming task with all of the different hairstyling techniques, methods of washing, conditioning and detangling, and products to choose from. It’s falsely assumed that once you’ve decided to go natural you almost immediately have to become a product junkie or someone who buys and hoards any and every product they hear of, in a desperate attempt to find what works for their hair. This is false! Subscribing to product junkie-ism is not a rite of passage into “naturaldom.” Not only is it a waste of time and money but adds unnecessary stress to the natural lifestyle.
In order to discover the products and methods that work best for your hair without becoming a product junkie, here are a few tips:
1. Assess your own hair needs first.
I can’t stress how important this is. Without knowing exactly what your hair is need of, you’ll be absolutely lost when shopping for the right hair products. Is your hair perpetually dry and brittle? Is it dull and lifeless? Do you suffer from excessive breakage and little to no length retention? Do you have low hair porosity? Know the exact areas you want to improve FIRST. This will help you to be better organized when finding the products that speak to your particular hair needs .
What natural oils, treatments, butters, serums, gels, creams, etc. target your specific hair problems? What brands incorporate these remedies into their products? Are you allergic to any of these? Gather as much information as you need – information that is specific to your hair needs. For example: If your hair is already thick and strong, chances are a protein treatment is not necessary as protein treatments are to help increase strength of your hair. Do you have a problem retaining moisture? Perhaps coconut oil would be a great remedy as it is one of the only oils that can penetrate the hair shaft. Know and understand information like this and it will serve you well in choosing hair products.
3. Pay attention to product reviews but don’t put all of your trust in them.
Everyone’s hair is different. It sounds cliché but it is absolutely true. You may have a similar hair texture to that of your favorite YouTube vlogger but you probably have different hair needs. Even if she is singing the praises of a particular product or product line, assess if it serves YOUR needs before you purchase anything.
4. Don’t beat yourself up if a product or product line just does not work for you.
A healthy amount of trial and error is necessary to find what your staple products are. So don’t freak out! Also, there are so many different things that factor into how a product works with your hair. Shampoos and conditioners that worked for me three years ago, don’t work for me now (and vice versa) due to the length of my hair, the strength of my hair, the weather, what I eat (yes, that’s a HUGE factor in hair care!) etc. So, don’t lose hope. You may be able to try that product again under different circumstances and it will get the job done!
5. When you find what works, buy in bulk (if/when you can)!
Buying in bulk can definitely save you money in the long run. Stocking up on your faves will keep you from impulsively running out in a frenzy and grabbing a bunch of new products that may or may not work for you.
As with any other big life change, going natural can be a bit intimidating and frustrating but with the right amount of knowledge and assessment, you don’t have to go crazy spending ridiculous amounts of money on products you’ll probably only use once. Take your time and save yourself the headache (and walletache) of becoming a product junkie!