Since going natural back in 2008, I have had many ups and downs with my natural hair. From overprocessing my hair with box hair dyes to using the wrong products, my hair has been through it all. But with the help of different natural hair YouTubers and many trials and errors, I have learned a lot. So continue to read along as I share my top 2 lessons that I have learned in my 10 year natural hair journey.
How I learned To Love My Natural Hair
Lesson 1: Do Not Follow Everything You See Online
At the beginning of my hair journey, youtube became my friend. Along with my guide and resource of what products I should use on my hair. Because honestly, I had no clue what I was doing. So being that I was a newbie, I figured that everyone on youtube was experts. And because they all had natural hair, I just knew I was doing everything right. But unfortunately long story short, I learned things the hard way.
I chose to follow and listen to others instead of taking into account my hair type and porosity level. And wasting money on hair products that did nothing but break off my hair and leave me with numerous split ends. So look I am not saying that everything online is wrong. But at the same token, you can not believe everything that you see. Because we all have different hair types, and not everyone can use the same thing.
Lesson 2: Not Comparing My Hair To Others
Growing Up, I use to watch Traci Ross on television. As well other actresses that had beautiful curly hair. So when I started my journey, I just assumed my hair would be like theirs. And for a while, I thought that having a looser curl pattern was seen as more appealing or attractive. Rather than someone else that may have tightly coiled type 4 hair.
Until I started to love and appreciate my hair for what it is. Instead of being unrealistic about how I expected or wanted it to be. Because at the end of the day, hair is hair. And no matter my hair type, I know that my hair is beautiful, but most importantly it is uniquely mine.
The journey of discovering my hair has been a rollercoaster. From my days of getting relaxers to now styling my kinky curly hair, I have learned a lot over the years. Not only to take better care of my hair but to also embrace and love my curls. So to all of my naturals out there, I hope you enjoyed this post. As usual, be sure to comment below and share. I will talk to you all next time in the next post! Click here to read more hair posts.