Natural Hair Reflections :: 6 Months In
So, I’m at the six month mark in my natural hair journey and I am working really hard at not starting every new post with “So.” I’ve learned a lot about my hair, it’s texture and I have watched it change and grow. It has amazed me, surprised me and made me angry at times, but so far I am loving the journey. Here are a few things that I have learned along the way:
My hair is much easier to detangle after it has been in a “stretched” style. My detangling tool (currently a tangle teezer) glides like a knife through warm butter after a twist-out. After a week old wash and go, not so much.
Less is so much more. Too much product or too many products in my hair at one time will make my hair angry and it will revolt.
It doesn’t pay to be a product junkie. No matter how good the product review is, it is more likely to be a hair fail for me. Even if the review was done by someone who I have deemed to have a similar hair type, it may not work. My hair likes homemade products the most. None of those have been a fail yet.
Hair typing is not an exact science and cannot help me find the right products/techniques for my hair. When you have more than one type of hair texture on your head with different properties and characteristics, the characteristics are what will help the most. I have hair that is coarse, medium and fine. The coarser hair resembles coffee stirrers, the medium hair resembles pen springs and larger and the fine hair is a looser curl. My coarse hairs are almost triple the size of my fine hair. Besides, I haven’t figured out what my hair type is.
Moisture is my friend. I wrote a post on moisture previously and how important it is for healthy hair. For me it is also important for healthy looking hair. I am really not a fan of the dry look.
Let it be. I learned early on that trying to “define” it all the time would leave me annoyed all of the time. Because my hair is so thick, it takes forever to dry. I BC’ed in the winter, so a wet head almost everyday for half the day was not a good look for me. Plus, too much product just doesn’t work to well for me. I now just let it do what it’s going to do or twist it up.
My last reflection would be that I LOVE MY HAIR. I can’t remember ever loving my hair. I wonder if this fascination with my hair will wear off 30 years from now? It took me 30 years to get fed up with it. I wonder what another 30 will do.