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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

INFORMATION OVERLOAD!! Knowing when to listen and when to ignore

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I'm currently working on the Curly Girl Method (CGM) and some of my posts (old and recent) discuss methods that are opposite of what I'm doing now like conditioning, usage of oils and accessories.  While discussing Natural hair you have to be all over the map to ensure everyone knows what's out there but too much information is just as bad as too little. Despite having a wealth of information out here we can become overloaded and unsure what will be the best thing to do ESPECIALLY when much of the advice is contradicting.  

A few weeks ago I created a post, Can you overcondition your hair?
discussing the overnight conditioning and how it may make your hair softer but weaker until it has time to recover its stronger conformation. Now I'm using the Curly Girl Method and I constantly have conditioner is my hair.  Am I contridictiong myself? No, not really.  

First of all, I give lots of information on my blog that I don't use because I try and post about everything that relates to Natural hair or hair in general. Not every post will pertain to you but every post will make you more aware of what is out there.  Sifting through all the information can be overwhelming and create overbuying, becoming a product junkie or just lost.  That is not the intention of most bloggers. 

We have to sometimes step back and reevaluate what we want from the information we read or see on YouTube.  Sometimes we need to listen (take heed) or sometimes we need to ignore (and forget).  Don't allow yourself to become overloaded with information to the point you are confused.  Trying every new technique, product or style will only leave your hair weathered, possibly over processed, and over manipulated. Keep it simple and use your own judgement.  

Like I stated before, I'm using the (CGM) and although I keep conditioner in my hair most of the time, I use low manipulation and keep my hands out of my hair.  It's all about using what's best for you Naturals.  Sometimes it take time to figure that out and if you are still learning then trial and error will be your route until you get your routine down.  Once you have that routine information will be just that....information to be knowledgeable. 

Stay informed buy not TOO informed Naturals,
Sabrina
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4 comments

  1. Love it! There is definitely a TON of info out there and it can be so overwhelming. Which is why I created the basic must-haves list for natural hair care beginners, it's short, simple, to the point and includes only the necessities.

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    1. Good idea. A new natural will love all the knowledge but could become overwhelmed easily. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Great post Sabrina. Very honest and helpful. I love that. I learned to limit my implementation of advice from everywhere... stick to what works for me lol

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    1. Good advice. I was ignorant when I first started on this Natural hair journey but learned pretty quickly about what to try and what to steer clear from. Thanks for sharing.

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