Changing your hair care regimen not only affects your wallet; it can also affect your hair.
If you’ve been relaxing your hair or using heat to straighten it for a long time, the idea of going natural can seem scary and intimidating. Not only will you be getting used to new hairstyles, but you’ll also have to figure out what combination of the hundreds of products available work the best for you. Are you using the best products for your hair? Sure, you like what you’re doing, but is there something better? Will you ever stop second guessing yourself?
With so many products available for curlies these days, it’s hard not to think the grass might be greener as you stare at webpage after webpage of products, each one promising to work miracles on your hair. As a result, you may find that you have become a product junkie.
If you’ve been transitioning, you’ll know that it often takes awhile before your hair is how you want it to be. Part of transitioning involves getting to know your hair, though. You’ve been masking it under a relaxer or other straighteners for so long that you don’t even know what your real hair is like. As you learn more about your hair, you may be trying out multiple products. To some extent, this is perfectly normal! However, if you’re going broke trying practically every product you read about for your hair, it might be time to reevaluate things.
Embrace Your Choices
Don’t undo all your hard work and patience just to let your hair be a guinea pig for product manufacturers!
If you’ve been natural for a fair amount of time, you might start getting bored with the regimen you’ve chosen. If that’s the case, you’re probably even more tempted to try out all these other products everyone is talking about.
Instead of second-guessing your choices, learn to embrace them — especially if your choices are working well for your hair! Realize that those who are trying multiple combinations just haven’t been fortunate enough to find what works for them yet. Or, they may have hair that requires different regimens depending on the season. If what you're doing works, there’s no need to switch it up!
At some point, it’s best to realize that there are always going to be many products from which you can choose. This is a good thing, as there was a point when precious few products existed for curlies. That doesn’t mean you have to try all of those up-and-coming products, though.
Resist the urge to grab the latest natural hair care product you find at Wal-Mart or Target. Keep in mind that product manufacturers are in competition with one another, which means they will continue to develop new products in order to stay fresh and updated. Also, new lines of hair care products will develop to try to meet the needs of everyone. Changing your hair care regimen not only affects your wallet; it can also affect your hair.
Don’t undo all your hard work and patience just to let your hair be a guinea pig for product manufacturers! Accept what you’re doing, and try to be happy that you’ve managed to find a combination of products that works well for your hair.