What i’ve learnt…

…since i started my hair journey/relaxed my hair.

1) All hair grows. Unless of course one has a medical condition that prevents that. So many ladies are fond of saying that their hair won’t grow, and they truly believe that. I mean, if i didn’t know any better, i’d believe it too especially if my hair stayed at the same length year after year. What they need to realize is that their hair is breaking off at the same rate its growing. So there really isn’t any increase in length. “Deal with the breakage and watch your hair get long”, thats what i’d say to them.

2) Water is your friend! Most people wait till their hair is dirty to wash it. I used to do that too. Now i wash it more often not because its dirty, but because i need to replenish lost moisture. (one way to prevent breakage)

3) Stop frying your hair with blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons and curling wands! I own 3 of these hair tools but that doesn’t give me a free pass to use them all the time.

4) Trims are important. No product will seal or repair split ends. ’nuff said.

5) You can manage dandruff if you nourish and keep your scalp clean.

6) Oils, oils, oils. Natural oils to be precise. I don’t need to go into detail about these do i? Now of course products like Dax were used on my hair when i was a little girl and it still thrived.

7) You don’t need to oil your scalp. Maybe some people need to. I only do it when my scalp gets itchy and am not ready to wash my hair.

8) Less products = flowy hair. I once had a lady stop me in town and she told me that the reason she stopped me was because of my flowy hair. That was a first. I’d worn it down that day.

9) Relaxed hair can thrive. Don’t i know it!

10) Use a wide tooth comb.

11) Be gentle with your hair.

12) Protect your hair when sleeping. Keep your hair from rubbing on all manner of rough fabrics. Cover it with a silk/satin scarf or alternatively, sleep on a satin pillowcase.

13) Watch how you style your hair. From personal experience, rocking tight buns all the time is bad. Go for tension free styles. No need to pull out your hair.

14) Leave in conditioners do work. I can tell the difference in the way my hair feels when i use leave in conditioner and when i forget to use it. It softens my hair.

15) Cheap products work just as well. You’ve seen some of the products i use. They’re cheap and they work great. Not all cheap products are good though.

16) Its okay to go to the salon. I have a hairdresser i can go to if i chose to. Find a one you trust and you’ll be okay. If you don’t like whats been done to your hair, speak up! I mean, its YOUR hair. If you have to give instructions, be tactful…people don’t like being told how to do their jobs.

17) Do you. Just because i wash my hair x times a week or buy Y products and trim my hair z times a year doesn’t mean you should do that. Find what works for you and roll with it.

18) Have patience. After all, its a virtue.

This post was requested by Tess here.

Happy Sunday!

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