With the current ’natural hair’ trend going on, so many groups have sprung up on social media mostly on Facebook and WhatsApp. Whilst it is good to learn from others, be careful not to listen to every piece of advise you see out there because you might end up doing more harm than good.
Here are 4 things that many of us do but should actually stop because they cause damage to our hair:
1. Using Too Many Products
You need to understand that what works for the next person might not work for you because we all have different hair types that do not react the same way to products. If you have already found products that work for you, why don’t you stick to them instead of trying out the next ‘miracle’ product that someone claimed to work in a Facebook group. Over use of products weighs your hair down and can cause breakage, so use only what is required to achieve the style you desire.
2. Use Of Towels To Dry Hair
Traditionally we have been taught that after we wash our hair we wrap it with a towel, even in salons they practice that. But you need to put a stop to that because you are undoing all you hard work from ‘washday’ and contributing to you hair breakage. Towels are harsh on our hair strands and will dry out your freshly conditioned hair and possibly also cause split ends. Instead, opt for an old t-shirt or purchase a microfibre towel as this would be softer and gentle for your hair without stripping off the moisture.
Over manipulation is unhealthy for your hair. I know sometimes we get excited and want to try out every style we see posted in our ‘groups’ but you are not helping your hair by so doing. In order to retain length you need to become best friends with protective styling or low manipulation styles. Don’t tie your hair in a bun too tight, or over-comb it. When you get your hair braided, do not be afraid to inform your stylist not to pull too hard and be gentle on your scalp. Over manipulation can result in breakage, thinning, balding edges etc. and we do not want that.
This is a major one! Quit comparing yourself to Instagram models and people around you, especially when you don’t even know the circumstances surrounding their hair growth. As someone of African decent i have learnt that my hair growth or curl pattern can’t be compared to someone from the Caribbean and thats just how it is. Focus on doing the nurturing your hair and it will grow at its own pace. Sit back, relax and be patient.
When it comes to hair keep your regimen simple and basic. Sometimes less is more so stop complicating your life trying to get onto every program and product. After trying out a few things, if you find something that works for you and your hair is flourishing, stick to it.
What are some of the ways you think we could be causing damage to our hair? I’d love to read about what you think. Let’s take it to the comments.
Love X Blessings