One thing I love about being on a natural hair journey is that everyone has a story tell. Some are profound beyond words, others are funny while others are just cringe-worthy. Whichever category yours falls into, it’s what shapes your journey into one that is uniquely yours to share. But then there are those things we do, call them trends or fads or what have you, but they are things which you know you’ve done with your hair because well, everyone else was doing it and it most probably left you with regret or wishing you could have gone and researched things a little for one more young second. I have countless in mind, but here are the top three things I wish I knew before going natural and well, going ahead and adopting them.
Hair porosity not hair type
I’m cringing as I write this…mostly because like most naturals I started my hair journey believing that my hair type was important when really it’s not. I think I probably wasted much of my hair journey chasing after products for my hair type instead of porosity. Learning about my hair porosity probably saved the life of my hair.
Co-washing works…if you cleanse
I think it’s safe to say that if I had known this on my first go at natural hair I probably wouldn’t have had to chop all my hair off. There’s completely nothing wrong with co-washing, and I did so the first couple of months after I big chopped, but I’ve realised that unless I wash my hair regularly (as in more than once a week), co-washing is not the way to go for my hair.
Like your hair, products change
I don’t know why this one caught me by surprise, but it did. Going in, I expected that once I found products that worked for my hair, that would be it, life would be easier. Boy, was I wrong! My hair has gone through so many phases that I’ve had to change or adjust products here and there to suit its needs and I still find that I have to assess my hair and its needs all the time.
There are probably more things that I could put down but these are the top 3 things I wish I had known before plunging deep into my natural hair journey.