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Do you really need product in your hair everyday?


I had to ask myself this question this morning.  Is it really necessary to apply product to my hair every single day?  I mean, even those days I’m doing something important or going to be around people.  Does product or the real issue does curl definition have to be present for me to feel OK?  I’m pretty proud of myself for saying “No, I don’t”.

About a year ago when this blog was pretty new I did a post called, Making those hair product dollars S T R E T C H and I discussed ways to save some money while still keeping your hair looking nice.  My very first pointer was:

1.   Don’t do your hair on off days. 

I mentioned that I would splash a little water and oil to my hair on the weekends and keep it moving, but yesterday I just applied my leave-in conditioner (KCKT) in the shower and didn’t rinse it out.  I applied no product and just sealed my ends. I was done.  Now, I didn’t have true curl definition but it was still coily with only slight frizz but nothing as bad as if I didn’t apply any leave-in.  Here’s a pic below:

Can you really tell I have no styling gel in my hair?  I can tell by the touch as it feels softer…more like cotton but it’s got a coily fro look to it.  Actually, the feel of it is nicer to me than with a styling gel and as I am liking this I may find myself wearing this more often.  

Why am I adding styling gel to my hair every day when leave-in does a great job?  Yes, I still have those days where I don’t add product when I’m hanging around the house but I was not being as diligent about it.  This week money was a little tight so I was short on my styling gel and decided to use it sparingly.  Isn’t it funny how creative we can become when we’re broke?  

So becoming broke and trying something different made me realize I can rock a less defined hair style and feel OK about it.  Why am I worried about curl or coil definition?  Was this just another milestone for me during my journey as a Natural?  

Let me tell you something….we are going to go through changes or transformations during this journey.  We will have enlightened periods as well as figuring out just want and who we wanna be.  Finding what feels right for me is going to be different from everyone else on this planet so don’t feel the need to keep up with someone else and don’t let them pressure you into something you just aren’t ready for.  

I am now ready to rock less definition whenever I want and I feel great about it. Not gonna beat myself up for not doing it sooner and not gonna tell anyone else what they ought to do either. Just wanted to share a mini milestone I’ve reached.  

So, are you finding mini milestones during your journey Naturals?

Feeling more comfortable with myself,


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  1. April 26, 2012 / 6:19 pm

    Girl I just tried that Let's Jam Custard and it is the Bomb! Loving it… you have to try some…get it from Walgreens.

    • April 26, 2012 / 6:32 pm

      I've used the Let's Jam line but never the custard. You gonna make me go and try it!

  2. April 26, 2012 / 11:36 pm

    Rapidly approaching age 42, I can say it took way too long for me to learn not to put product in my hair every day. I don't even style my hair everyday anymore. Initially, when natural hair took over YouTube and the Internet, I followed along and was putting product in my hair everyday and styling it everyday. My hair was heavy, goopy, gross and nasty. So, a few years ago, I struck out on my own and taught myself how to make my own shampoos, conditioners, hair oils and butters. And, I also learned to only put product in my hair once a week on my wash day. Nothing else, including my hands, go in my hair until my wash day. Following my own advice, my hair is growing about a foot a year. I'm definitely sold on low manipulation and very little product!

    • April 19, 2013 / 4:20 pm

      That is inspiring! A foot a year? That is truly not the norm but very good to see how well low manipulation is best. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Black Girl Lost NY
    April 27, 2012 / 8:03 pm

    Hi Sabrina:

    I read your post yesterday and woke up this morning determined to be product free for at least a day to see what happens. Well what happened is…not a whole lot. My hair looks pretty much the same (a little fuzzier) but I like it. So thank you for potentially saving this newbie (BC March 6, 2012) TONS of money and for the encouragement to love the hair I have!!

    • April 19, 2013 / 4:19 pm

      I'm so sorry I'm just now seeing this post. You are so welcome. Sometimes we just need to try something different to see how well it works. THanks for sharing.