The modern natural hair movement has been exciting for
women who want to kick the chemicals and celebrate their natural kinks and
curls. However, going to a salon as a ‘natural’ – especially a new natural –
can be confusing. A lot of the information can be questionable or conflicting.
I’ve assembled my top hair tips here to help women unpack natural hair myths
when they visit a salon.
Following a trend because “everybody’s doing it”
Have you ever heard of jumping on the bandwagon? There
is a lot of pressure to try out a new technique because it’s new and popular.
Every month there is a new trend: co-washing, no-poo, baggying, Tangle Teezer,
and so on. While these techniques can work for some women, it’s better to stick
to tried and true techniques. Look for styles or products that will address
your unique hair needs – and leave the fads at the door.
Participating in hair typing
While it’s nice to feel like you’re part of a group, at
the end of the day your hair is as unique as you are. While your curls can look
like someone else’s, it doesn’t mean that they will behave like them. Try to
break free of hair typing and learn what works for your unique gorgeous locks.
Putting length on a pedestal
There’s a ton of pressure to have long hair. And even
more talk about how to make your ziggly, spirally and or coily hair appear
longer. But why should length be the goal? Short hair can be just as beautiful
as long hair. In fact, short hair can be fierce and fashion-forward. It’s time
we stop setting restrictive beauty standards and realize that beauty comes at
any hair length.
Fighting the frizz
Simply put: embrace your frizz! Telling women to
de-frizz their hair is basically telling them to shave their head. Hair gets
frizzy – it’s just part of life. The sooner we embrace it and celebrate it, the
better. What I recommend for my clients is the Synergi Glaze and Mousse. It
truly helps to contain the frizz.
African American hair requires specific products
If you think that African America women require
products that are marketed for their hair, think again! Hair is hair – and your
hair may have more in common with a woman who is not the same color as you than
a woman who is. Embrace curly hair and give a variety of products a try. Don’t
limit yourself. Hair is hair!
Assuming natural is hard to manage
Sure, we all have our bad hair days. But natural hair
doesn’t have to be hard to manage. Natural hair definitely has its learning
curves but it’s a journey that will save you a lot of time, money, and
frustration in the long run. Natural hair means no unnecessary breakage or
If you keep your hair regime simple and consistent,
you’ll soon be wishing you made the switch to natural hair year ago. All hair textures have their advantages and
disadvantages, and their benefits and their challenges. Embrace your natural
hair and celebrate your style!
Check out our new hair calendar to see where you are in