Starting your natural hair journey can be a road to discovery, a magical journey where you get to explore and have fun with your natural hair. Reverting to natural hair can be interesting as you are learning and finding out what works for you. We don’t have to look very far to learn about our hair type as there is a plethora of hair guides and information. More than ever there is an abundance of hair products catered for us and YouTube videos have educated us on natural hair. We all strive for the beautiful healthy afro where it glistens in the sun and bounces like no care in the world. However, picking the right products is not always the simplest of things, what may work for one may not necessarily work for another.
Here are a few tips that will help picking the right products for your hair
Tip one: Understand your hair type girl!
As we mentioned earlier, knowing your hair type makes a big difference when determining what works for your hair. Matching your hair type with the right products will help to aid in new growth and keep the hair healthy. Most importantly, also research what is in the products you're choosing. The best natural hair products have organic ingredients and are usually sulfate, paraben, and silicone-free. Growing up we may not have been aware of products that could have been potentially damaging to our hair but with so much information out there, it's easier to make more conscious decisions when shopping.
Tip Two: Documenting your journey
This can be fun as you are journaling your journey. Do not be afraid to take lots of photos as this is a great way to stay on track with your hair and seeing what works for your hair and what doesn’t. For example, if you buy a new product at the beginning of the year, take pictures each month and by the next few months, you can see how the product is working or whether you need to get rid of it. This is a great way to see results.
Tip Three: Porosity
Porosity is essential! Knowing how well your natural hair can absorb and hold down moisture is crucial in nailing a good hair routine. Understanding your hair’s porosity can help to find the products that will keep your hair well moisturized and healthy for longer periods of time. Here is a link on how to test your hair porosity so you can find out how well your hair holds moisture.
Tip Four: Solving your afro hair problems
We all have that one issue with our afro hair that we just can't seem to figure out. Whether your hair may be too dry or your hair hates a specific ingridient, knowing the best products that will solve that specific hair problem can really make your wash and go pop or your braid out last longer. You may need to use a clarifying shampoo instead of a cleansing conditioner or use a cream instead of a mousse. It's all about trial and error when it comes to your tresses. Afro hair can be extremely vulnerable to breakage and damage so using the right moisturizing product can make all the difference.
Tip Five: Sticking to a routine
Learning what makes your hair thrive can be a strenuous journey at times however, once you identify what is good for your hair, your hair will thank you in the long run. A natural hair regimen will help you stay on track for new growth, stronger hair strands, and an overall boost in confidence about rocking your natural hair.