I’m often asked what products I use on my kinky-curly mane. It took awhile to sink in, but I finally put 1 + 1 together. This will be the first of many hair articles. My hair is thick and coily, so I’ll be writing from a natural ethnic hair perspective. You can omit some of my techniques to fit your own hair’s characteristics. Get ready for product reviews, tips, methods and any other actual-factuals that I deem fit to share.
To start, I’d like to share a few of my hair commandments:
THOU SHALT IGNORE THE “DIME-SIZED” RULE
This is written on many styling and treatment product instructions. Sorry, but have you seen my hair? I’ll be lucky if a dime-size covers my edges alone.
THOU SHALT GIVE A NEW PRODUCT AT LEAST TWO TRIES
Fight the urge to throw that container of product in the trash after it victimizes you with horrible hair. Try it again. Use more. Use less. Use a different technique. Some work better under different conditions.
DO NOT COVET HEAT PROCESSES
Avoid high heat whenever possible. It can cause major damage. If you can air dry overnight – do it. Don’t let it stay wet all day. That can also weaken your hair. Find a balance between low heat and air drying.
GO WITH THY HAIR
If it wants to frizz, pump it up large. If it wants to be a mop, let it do it. Many times, trying to force it into a style will result in anguish. Whenever possible, keep your expectations to a minimum, and maximize it into a chic look with the current set of circumstances.
THROWBACK YOUR LOOK
Always, always look to the past for styling options. Pairing with an on-trend outfit and makeup is fashion forward.
WHAT WORKS FOR “SHE” MAY NOT WORK FOR “THEE”
Take those YOUTUBE tutorials, FACEBOOK selfies, and even these CURL DIARY posts with a grain of salt – in a manner of speaking. The even though a technique, product, regimen, or recipe may be trending with amazing results, your hair may not react the same way. You could end up with damage from household remedies or curling techniques. At the very least, you may get frustrated that your hair does not look like the tutorial. Every head of hair is unique. Learn about yours. Do your research, and always strand test first.