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Old 09-25-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
 
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Default Natural Hair Advice That Didn't Work for Me

I decided to post this sort of rant about some pieces of common natural hair advice that didn't work for me. Doesn't mean these things wont work for you - but it's a lesson that you have to do you.

1. No shampooing. I have the oilest scalp on the planet and it flakes too. The worst of both worlds. While I love the idea of co-washing my way into soft hair frankly my scalp hates when it doesn't get good scrub.

2. No trimming. Even when my hair was straightened I always knew when I needed a trim. My hair would start acting and looking funny. This has been the same since it was natural - sometimes my ends just give up on me.

3. Wear protective styling. I tried this for 4 months and honestly I still had really dry and crunchy ends and my head hurt from all the bobby pins. Now I wear my hair out almost every day and as long as I moisturize I'm fine.

4. No combing. Some people can finger detangle and some people can't. But I'm talking mid-week third or fourth day hair that is tangled as all heck and spraying on some magical water is just making it worse. Honestly I have to sometimes just pull out that wide tooth comb.

5. Just let it air dry. Ha! that's the sound my hair makes when laughing at me. Now sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't - but I have to be careful because re-wetting my hair can cause funky mildewy scalp and trying to style hair when it was supposed to air dry often just ends up with frizzy hair.

That's my list. Let me know what natural hair advice you had to reject.
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:19 PM   #2
 
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As a bonus let me add
Use protein: Nope my hair hates it. Just ends up straw like and brittle. Matter fact trying to do a protein treatment let me down the path of dry hair which I've been struggling to come back from for a year.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:52 PM   #3
 
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I totally agree that all these "hair rules" don't/can't apply to every person. You make a great case for the numerous exceptions. Fact is, curly hair takes work, and no one-fits-all formula can erase that fact.

Great posts!
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Not only is this not a "one size fits all" sort of world, it is also a "nothing, with the possible exception of water works for everyone" sort of world. And, even water seems to differ for many. Some love hard water, some love soft water, some use filtered/distilled water on their hair. You will see a broad spectrum of commentary on every conceivable product/ingredient/method out there. We can start with our hair properties to try to narrow our choices, but inevitably we will still have to experiment to find which things will work for us for ourselves.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:12 AM   #5
 
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Not only is this not a "one size fits all" sort of world, it is also a "nothing, with the possible exception of water works for everyone" sort of world. And, even water seems to differ for many. Some love hard water, some love soft water, some use filtered/distilled water on their hair. You will see a broad spectrum of commentary on every conceivable product/ingredient/method out there. We can start with our hair properties to try to narrow our choices, but inevitably we will still have to experiment to find which things will work for us for ourselves.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:12 PM   #6
 
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Most of the natural hair "perspective" in general doesn't work for me lol. I tend to side eye every company that stays hard-focused on transitioners, and our hair having to be something you need to overcome or get through. What about those who have always been natural who are just finally embracing their hair, or those regular naturals who want to keep it laid-back? Everyone starts from a different place, and I think that should be applauded just like those who do a big chop and start with just an inch of hair...

Anyhoo, I agree with what you said about the trimming and the protective styling. I think trimming is a preventative measure if it's done properly but what properly means is gonna be different for everyone, so the rule on that is just a guideline to me. And the PS only worked when I had relaxed hair, which is why the term was sort of created in the first place before it evolved into what we know it now to be.

I like to practice "benign neglect" and wash n go's help me do that. If I want to be extra lazy and wear twists then I do, but not because it's a PS, but because being lazy lol.

Editing to add: Sealing. Well not the way most people do it. I like to oil my hair regularly in between rinse/wash days versus sealing my leave-in with oil. That just doesn't work for me at all, so I found a way to use oils that does.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:15 PM   #7
 
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nice thread! i too have a little list:
1) lots of product, aka gel! i did try this, n sometimes i still do cause i think i might give it another go, but everytime im always dissapointed.

2)co washing: tried and tested as well! though i did try it at the start when i was still learning. i do really like the idea of washing and moisturising your hair at the sme time, it just doesnt get the job done. i use a nice gentle low poo once every 3 or 4 days.

3) olive oil. while this isnt really a rule, i thought id add it anyway cause its quiet a popular one. i too have tried it for a long time, though its really not my thing though my hair LOVES almost every other oil.
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Actually if you use a lot of products or oil you don't have to skip shampoo esp if you have an oily scalp...id say dilute the shampoo if you think its too drying.

And comb you hair in the shower,I'm really lazy with combing but I always comb it when it has conditioner in it.Sometimes during the week I wet it and comb it then braid it because it helps prevent tangles.
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Actually if you use a lot of products or oil you don't have to skip shampoo esp if you have an oily scalp...id say dilute the shampoo if you think its too drying.
This. It's a creative middle-of-the-road approach, somewhere between COwashing and using commercial shampoo.
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Actually if you use a lot of products or oil you don't have to skip shampoo esp if you have an oily scalp...id say dilute the shampoo if you think its too drying.
This. It's a creative middle-of-the-road approach, somewhere between COwashing and using commercial shampoo.
Ya because I feel like its not clean if I do a deep conditioner esp with eggs,mayo,oil ect.But really a little shampoo goes along way esp if your hair is already wet.
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1. The "no combing" idea is out of the question for me. That's all I'mma say.....I just need my wide tooth, thank you.

2. Co-washing and conditioner-only styling......ABSOLUTELY NOT! Never tried it. Curlies do this for the curl definition. I'm a zigzag natural and my hair will not curl no matter what I do to it.

3. "Beware of too much protein..." Puh-leeeze! My hair's gotta have it! (Shout out to Spike Lee)

4. Absolutely NO wash n gos......again, my hair doesn't curl.


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