I have been natural for a few years now and there are some things I wish I had known before going into the process. It’s not always easy to transition from relaxed hair to natural hair without a little help. There is so much more information out there than when my mom first went natural in the 90s, but it’s still hard to find all of the resources you need on your own.
Hopefully this blog post will be able to provide some insight that was missing for me as well as newbies who want an inside look at what goes wrong with transitioning to natural hair.
- Not moisturizing enough
One of my biggest natural hair fails was not moisturizing properly. I thought that using a good conditioner would be enough, but it wasn’t and my hair started breaking off. It took me months to figure out the best way to moisturize my natural hair because I had no idea what worked for dry, transitioning hair. This is why you should always do your research before going natural or making any major changes with your hair!
This is why you should always do your research before going natural or making any major changes with your hair! If you’re new to transitioning and have no idea how best to care for dry, transitioning hair then I recommend experimenting until you find what works. For me that was using a weekly deep conditioner followed by my favorite oil when needed.
2) Not getting regular trims.
Another thing that I wish I had done more often was get regular trims. There’s nothing worse than going natural and having to cut off hair that you’ve grown out for years because it was too damaged from heat, chemicals or just lack of care. There’s nothing worse than going natural and having to cut off hair that you’ve grown. If you find yourself in this position, don’t worry! You’ll find your groove eventually.
Between using the wrong product and not getting hair cuts regularly, your natural hair journey can be long and miserable.
If you’re going natural, I recommend experimenting until you find what works. For me that was using a weekly deep conditioner followed by my favorite oil when needed and a bi monthly trim.
Here are some other mistakes I made early on in my natural hair journey
- I used a lot of heat on my hair, which caused it to break off
- My scalp was dry and flaky because I wasn’t using the right products for my hair type.
- My biggest natural hair fail was when I tried to do a twist out and it turned into an afro
- The other time was when I used too much gel and the curls were crunchy
- One of the best things about going natural is that you can try new styles without worrying about how they’ll turn out.
I’d love to hear about some of your natural hair fails. Let me know I’m not alone! LOL