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Natural Hair Goof Ups

By January 27th, 202124 Comments

Natural Hair Goof Ups
Beachgirl56 writes:
OOPS! I am a 50-something curly. I wear glasses so when I do my hair, I can’t always keep my glasses on. Once I thought I grabbed the conditioner but instead grabbed the shampoo. Needless to say when I styled my hair, the shampoo gave less than stellar results. (I wondered why my hair was a bit crunchy and stickier than usual!) Curl to Curl-what mistakes have you made while doing your natural hair?

CN Responds:
Been there. Done that. And I’m 27 with decent vision. I styled my hair with a cleansing conditioner for a week or more. It was finally the fragrance that tipped me off… I couldn’t figure out, for the life of me, why my hair was so weird and stiff, and when and why Deva changed their conditioner’s fragrance. Duh, fool… reading is fundamental. In my defense, Deva’s cleaner and conditioner are the exact same color and consistency and have nearly identical packaging.


  • Anonymous says:

    I thought I was grabbing cinnamon and instead put a teaspoon of chili powder in my honey lightening mixture. I didn't notice. My 7 year old pointed it out to me when she asked why I had chili powder next to the sink and why my hair smelled funny!! LOL

  • Nicole says:

    I've done quite a few dumb things but not by accident. On purpose because I thought I was doing the right thing. I put baking soda on my hair. The high pH of baking soda opens the hair cuticles and causes breakage. I have gone to work out without rinsing the hair afterward. I have gone on too long without detangling my hair (even sometimes a week did a lot of damage. I've moisturized and conditioned my hair too often.
    All this has contributed to minimal hair length maintenance. And I know I can grow my hair really long because it used to be down to my butt. Now, it's not even down to my shoulder.

  • Unknown says:

    Im 25 yr old curly and i just did something like that yesterday. I have a spray leave in and i body mist that have similar bottles. Not paying attention to the labels i grabbed the body mist (which has alcohol at the top of the ingredients) and sprayed a whole heap of that stuff on my head. I had to wash it out and moisturize my head all over again.

  • Mina says:

    I once purchased what I thought was Suave Almond Shea Butter conditioner to make a henna gloss. I mixed the concoction, applied to my hair, waited 4 hours. When I started washing my hair, it had a lot of foam, it was slippery for 2 minutes then got hard. I later reviewed the items I had used, the I realized I had purchased Suave Almond Shea Butter Shampoo. It took 4 more hours of deep conditioning to get my hair back to its usual soft self.

  • Anonymous says:

    Wore my short twistout for a week with silk cap at night (I didn't finger detangle or retwist that week).

    On Saturday, I did my henna on washed hair (I was too lazy to detangle prior to shampooing or henna application).

    I used CD Tui for my DT after rinsing the henna.

    WELL – detangling afterwards was a NIGHTMARE! I had to call up the reserves!

    I actually applied and rinsed with each of the following to get a comb through my stuff!

    – HEHH said HECKNO
    – KCKT said Not today sweetie
    – Aussie moist was the wonder from down under – the only thing that helped me detangle my 4c-napp curls.

    I lost so much hair yall 🙁 If you have 4c curls, please don't skip the detangling prior to henna application…

  • Mariposa says:

    I keep my own little mixture of conditioner, water, and oil under my bathroom sink for a leave-in/curl refresher. One day, as I was reaching down there to retrieve what I thought was the leave-in, I began to spray it onto my hair. Upon looking at the bottle, I realized that it was actually Bathroom Tile Cleaner, and frantically ran back to the sink and rinsed out the offensive product. I felt like I had a ADD moment there xD.

  • Anonymous says:

    Grabbed the Mixed Chicks shampoo instead of the leave in and started mixing it with oil…took a moment to figure out why my hair was starting to suds up! Bout to hit the big 6-0 CN fan!

  • Anonymous says:

    I always buy the shampoo instead of conditioner. It's so annoying!

  • CessCurls says:

    I called myself doing a silk wrap. I went through all of the steps of rolling my hair sitting under the dryer for 45 minutes then wrapping my hair with the Saran wrap and sitting for an extra 15. Needless to say when I took the wrap off Instead of grabbing a pomade or a oil to "loosen" the wrap so that I could comb it down, I grabbed the foam wrap… hour and half down the drain as soon as that "wet" foam wrap hit my hair my hair curled right back up like I hadn't done anything to straighten it lol. Had to rinse my hair and by then a sleek bun was in order.SMH & LMBO

  • Anonymous says:

    Oooh, oooh – another 50-something on CN. Now I don't feel so alone.

  • Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful says:

    Nope, havent had any goof ups yet!

  • Jo Somebody says:

    Haha! I also co washed with shampoo twice in a week. To my shame though, I was telling myself that the co-washing was working and feeling 'softness' that wasn't there because I badly wanted it to work! I was so relieved when I realised my mistake!

    Jo Somebody

  • Perkisha says:

    Whoo, I've done that. I saw that Suave Humectant conditioner was on sale and snatched up two bottles. I was "co-washing" when I noticed that the conditioner was getting quite sudsy. I washed it out and co washed a second time before I realized that I had accidentally purchased suave humectant shampoo. LOL. I had no conditioner in the house either. I was sooo upset.

  • Anonymous says:

    Ugh! I got a bag of olive oil product samples at an event and when I got home just dropped the bag at the door. Well my frind came over to so called help me clean up and put all of the samples I have collected over the months in the same bag. Long story short I am in a rush to get out of the house and reach into the bag and what I thought was an olive oil moisturizer sample was actually a cooling moisturizer for after bikini waxes. It was sticky and had a medicinal smell so after I put in in my hair Im thinking "this stuff stinks but it works kind of good" So one day I am cleaning out my handbag and pull out the sample tube and after reading it I realized what it was.

  • Anonymous says:

    and it looked and smelled nothing like that line's conditioner. I just had a brain fart!

  • Anonymous says:

    hilarious! I've styled my hair with shampoo too!

  • adrien says:

    i had dyed my hair jet black previously and decided i wanted to add some dimension by coloring the front blue. i got a "color lift" which was "not" a bleach supposedly, but really was. i put it on and it turned the front top blond but barely lifted the black out. i put the blue in and it turned turquoise. NOT. HAPPY. so then i put more color lift to get it out. it didn't work. i scrubbed my hair with baking soda and lemon and conditoiners and all types of stuff. nothing worked. finally called my stylist friend and she told me to use some red to neutralize the color. it worked but my hair in the front is damaged. i've been making it up to my hair ever since and it's grown out quite a bit with minimal breakage. i'll probably color it again (the RIGHT WAY) in the summer cuz i LOVE the dual color effect in the front. but no mas with the bleach. or the blue hair dye lol smh.

  • KeetaRay says:

    Lol Well I've done something similar. I went to Walmart to get one of my old faves, Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner. I went home and wet my hair to get ready for my cowash. I put the "conditioner" in my hair and wondered why the consistency was different. Still didn't catch on… 'til it started to get sudsy. Smh Shampoo! Darn shame.

  • Ashley says:

    I'd have to say putting a relaxer in it 2 weeks before my 1 year naturalversary was a pretty big (albeit dumb) goofup. Except it was done on purpose because I was agitated with my natural hair. But even that's recoverable. Here I am natural again!

  • AishaSaidIt says:

    I found this "Olive Oil" product in the hair store. Didn't need it just like to buy new crap. Anyways, I tried to pre-poo with it and when I tried to wash it out it wouldn't. Come to find out one of the main ingredients is PATROLIUM. Geesh, I must have used half the bottle of Deva No-poo just to feel my scalp again.

  • Anonymous says:

    ALMOST grabbed the windex thinking it was my water bottle. Dodged a big one!

  • Anonymous says:

    I used like 1/4 cup of ACV and 2 cups of water for my final rinse…needless to say my hair was jacked up! I finally learned that a little ACV goes a long way.


  • Latoya says:

    Bwahaha… I recently did a post on the 10 dumbest things I've done to my hair (

    By far, the dumbest thing I've ever done was fry my hair off with a faulty hairdryer. For months, I couldn't figure out why my hair felt so limp. Then one day…with one swipe… the back left side was quite a few inches shorter. Lesson learned.

  • Anonymous says:

    Giving myself an olive oil treatment, I grabbed the vegetable oil, instead of the olive oil, in the cabinet. Poured half of it into my hair before I realized what I'd done. It took HOURS of several washings, including baking soda and ACV, to get that junk out of my hair. My hair looked and felt awful for several days.

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