All lifestyle transitions are a process. Whether you are embarking on a weight loss journey or changing your diet, there are no short cuts or quick fixes. It is an adjustment to learn and adapt to changes that suit your lifestyle. If you think that maintaining healthy hair is merely changing hair care products then you might be heading toward a sea of frustration. Learning the fundamentals like building a regimen and listening to the unique needs for your hair are essential. Switching to higher quality products is only part of the process. Here are reasons you may want to ask people what they are doing and not just what are they using.

You May Need Different Techniques

When your hair is not meeting your styling expectations or if you are struggling to retain moisture, the issue might be your styling habits. Having trouble combatting dry ends? Maybe it is because you are always wearing loose styles (e.g. braid out, twist out, and Bantu-knot out). Keeping your ends tucked away with protective styles can help to keep dry ends at bay. Do you think your styling product is not giving you enough definition? Maybe you are not moisturizing your hair properly or detangling before twisting your hair. Jenell gives great tips on 8 Reasons Your Twist Outs are a Mess. Evaluate your styling technique before purchasing more products. 

Your Hair Might Not Like Certain Ingredients

If your hair does not respond well to shea butter or glycerin, then it does no good to purchase more products with the same ingredients. Every time your hair responds adversely to a product, turn the bottle around and take note of the ingredients list. The next time a product fails you, see if there are similarities. Again, not taking the next step to educate yourself on ingredients could lead to wasting time and money if you repeatedly buy similar products.

You Might Have A Bigger Concern

Are your edges thinning? Do you have oily flakes adhering to your scalp? You may need to visit a trichologist. Your broken edges might be a sign of alopecia and what appears to be sebborheic dermatitis might be mistaken for dandruff. Constantly trying different edge treatments or using the wrong shampoo can lead to wasting more time and money. Sometimes your scalp might even be responding to something in your diet that is easier to manage internally versus externally.

I understand how overwhelming it can be to learn what you need to meet your hair care needs and goals. The internet and shopping aisles have become flooded with resources that did not appear to be as readily accessible then as they are now. Take your time and do not become discouraged with the amount of information. You do not have to know about every new product or incorporate every new technique into your regimen for healthy hair, but it is helpful to listen to your hair and take a closer look at what could be impeding your progress.

When did you realize that products are not enough?