These are the hair mistakes that I have made before transitioning to natural hair. I have made many mistakes but I wanted to share them with you so that you don't have to endure the same bad hair experiences.
My Top Eight Hair Mistakes:
#1: Mishandling My Hair
#2: Never Using Heat Protectant
#3: Deep Conditioning Rarely
#4: Not Using the Proper Products
#5: Getting a Relaxer Every 4-6 Weeks or More
#6: Expecting a Stylist Alone To Grow My Hair
#7: Misusing Protective Styles
#8: Not Educating Myself on Hair Care
I took more care of the weaves then that of my own hair. Now I know that I have to treat my hair so much more gently and have a good hair routine.
I would blow dry my hair weekly and use a flat iron multiple times during the week. I used all this heat without the proper heat protectant. Please do not skip out on using a good heat protectant, your hair will thank you for it!
I use to only deep condition when I got a relaxer, but now I deep condition once a week or more!
I was using sulfate shampoos, conditioners with heavy cones, and products that contained: Mineral Oil, Petroleum, and Alcohol. I never put any protein in my hair, and I rarely moisturized. This created a viscous cycle that kept me depended on these products, and yet my hair was still suffering.Hair mistakes can thin out your edges, learn how to get them back naturally!
This is just plain wrong. The directions even say that you should get a relaxer at least every 6-8 weeks, However if I had known about stretching your hair I would have never gotten relaxers so back to back. Now that I know better...I inform my family and friend who still chose to be relaxed. Nevertheless, relaxers are bad for your hair-so you need to give your hair an extra TLC if you are planning on staying relaxed.
Yes there are some stylist that will help you grow your hair, but I don't think you should depend solely on the stylist. It's always good to know how to handle your own hair. I personally have fired my stylist and I'm the only one who does my hair.
Protective Hairstyles are a great way to grow out your hair but you still have to take care of your hair during this time. I love protective hairstyles but now I know what I need to do to grow my hair longer and stronger in these styles. I now wash, condition, and deep condition my hair in these styles. I also moisturize daily...which is really important for my hair's health.
There are so many resources that we now have as a community and I'm so grateful that I was able to stumble upon them. Some are: YouTube, Blogs, Forums, Books, And Websites. Please see the links below to find one that you may like! =)
Motown Girl: http://motowngirl.com/content/ Grow Afro Hair Long: http://www.growafrohairlong.com/index.html Hairlista: http://www.hairlista.com/ Keep It Simple Sista: http://keepitsimplesista.ning.com/ Nappturality: http://www.nappturality.com/
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