by Charlene Walton of TexturedTalk.com
Have you been natural for a while but you’re still struggling with your natural hair? Maybe you just big chopped and have no clue what to do next. Or, you think being natural is too hard and have no idea where to start first. There are a lot of reasons why women struggle with natural hair but here are some of the most common factors that hold women back.
1. You Haven’t Experimented Enough
There are so many natural hair styles to try. At first glance, it can seem daunting to decide what to do with your hair. Should you twist, wash and go or perm-rod it out? My suggestion is to master one style at a time. This way you build confidence in your styling and going forward you’ll possibly be discouraged to try new things. Try one new style a month, then work your way towards a new style the next month. Whoever said having natural hair was easy lied. You have to continue to work and try new things. Practice makes perfect, so if you don’t experiment you will never know what looks and works best for your hair type. Here Are Some of the Top Styling Tutorials from Textured Talk:
2. You Are Following Someone With Hair That Doesn’t Look Like Yours
The worst thing you can do as a new natural is follow someone whose hair looks absolutely nothing like yours. Following bloggers and YouTube vloggers for inspiration is a great idea, but only if it is done correctly. Try to find someone with the same length and thickness of your hair to get an idea of proper styling techniques. Beware of getting fooled my “magic” curl patterns and what you wished your hair could look like. Be realistic and you will be on the path to getting some great results.
3. You Think the “Right” Product Will Solve All of Your Problems
The third reason you’re probably still struggling with your natural hair is because you think there is one magic product to solve all of your natural hair problems. More than likely will need to try a few products before finding the right one. Most importantly, take note of the ingredients of the products you are using. For example, I know my hair responds best to products with shea butter and not so much to glycerin. Therefore; when testing out new products I make sure to pay attention to where glycerin lists on the label. If glycerin is one of the first ingredients on the list I might skip that product. In addition, using products from different lines produces some amazing results. My favorite leave in conditioner brand is different from the cream I love to use for twist outs so it’s all about finding what works best for you.
4. You Haven’t Visited A Professional Stylist natural-hair-salon
Although there are tons of blogs to follow like this one to get information, if you are still struggling with your natural hair you should consider seeing a professional stylist. But, make sure you see a professional stylist that understands how to properly care for natural hair. One piece of advice I often tell women is to do your research. Get customer referrals, check their social media for examples of their work and even ask for a consultation. A professional stylist can properly determine if you need a cut, protein treatment of let you know of any other damage. It’s hard to know what problem areas you have by yourself. Find a trusted stylist to help set you on the right path.