I’ve been fully natural for over a year now and it’s been great…for the most part :). I love my fluffy braid outs and I can finally achieve my old faithful bun that has seen me through the years. Super excited about that! Natural hair is awesome!
Following my big chop in 2016, I spent a good bit of my time watching YouTube tutorials and hair care videos. Having been relaxed for over 7 years, being natural again was definitely a challenge, (especially with short natural hair) and I needed all the help I could get! The videos were definitely very useful in the initial few months but eventually I learned to soar on my own and found my own rhythm and routine with my hair.
I recently found myself watching some hair care/hair routine videos online again, not because I was looking for help but because I was bored and got caught in the YouTube trap that is autoplay. This time around I was mostly amazed at the borderline obsession that we have with our natural hair and the lengths we will go to, to achieve long hair and curl definition. In 2017, I’m treating my hair like what it is….HAIR and letting go of the following natural hair trends!
1.) Being a Product Junkie
Okay, so I am without a doubt guilty of being a product junkie. I’ve tried so many different shampoos, conditioners, curl products, oils and gels just trying to find what works for my hair. I have bottles of products that are still practically full because I tried them once and never used them again. Personally, I believe when you’re newly natural being a product junkie is just a part of the process…albeit a very very expensive process. However, what we do need to leave behind in 2016 is using a million different products on our hair on a daily/weekly basis. I would recommend finding and sticking to the products that work for you. Your wallet and your counters/cupboards will thank you!
For me personally, I’ve ended up reverting to the key product I started my natural hair journey with which is Cantu Leave-In conditioner. The other products I use are Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment mask for conditioning/deep conditioning, coconut oil and castor oil (which I’ve been using since I was relaxed) and of course, water. I will pretty much use any shampoo and gel, as necessary. A good deep conditioner and leave-in, water (for moisture), a sealing oil and a flake free gel is all you really need anyways right? 🙂
2.) Extreme natural hair routines
Full Disclaimer: I am a Lazy Natural. I have no real routine, I wash and comb my hair on an “as needed basis”, I sleep without a bonnet or hair tie about 60% of the time and I would never do a DIY hair treatment/mask. So there’s me…and then there are persons on the completely opposite end of the spectrum. The ones who take their hair way too seriously. If your hair routine takes hours and/or you spend half or more of your monthly budget on hair care then you are doing way too much. It’s just hair people and there’s a big and exciting world out there beyond your mane. For 2017, go explore it!
3.) Obsession with curl definition
I mentioned earlier that we seem to have an obsession with our natural hair but more specifically the obsession seems to be with a specific type of natural hair – curly type 3 hair. If you have naturally curly hair, that’s awesome, more power to you! However, the truth is most of us black naturals are typically somewhere along the type 4 kinky, coily range. Our hair isn’t as defined naturally and our “curls” are far tighter and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
A conditioning that we need to leave behind forever is the ideology of good vs bad black hair. Good hair is healthy hair and it has nothing to do with texture. Natural hair in all its textures and forms is beautiful. Let us embrace our hair type and texture whatever it may be and stop forcing our hair to do things that it doesn’t want to do. For example, curly hair wash and go’s. I personally would like to see that hair style left behind in 2016 simply because the style can cause excessive tangling and breakage but I know there are lots of people who love it. Ultimately, healthy hair should be our end goal not curl definition.
Personally, my hair is extremely frizzy. There is no gel in the world that can hold the front of my hair down lol and usually after a few hours pretty much any style from twistouts to braidouts is usually frizz central with little to no definition. When this happens, my attitude is “the hair will do what it wants to do” and you know what? I love it! My mane will not be tamed lol. For 2017, can we just let out hair live?
4.) Laying our edges
Similarly to this concept of “letting our hair live”, let’s talk about this laying our edges trend. Now I’m all for a smooth sleek look which may require taming those baby hairs, which can be quite cute on occasion, but when “laying your edges” turns into a creative art form (e.g. Creating fake baby hairs) I think it becomes a problem lol. Once again I say, “Just let your hair live!” Haha
These are just a few of the natural hair trends I would personally love to see us ditch for the new year. Let me know in the comments below if you agree with me and what natural hair trends you’re ditching/sticking to in the new year or would generally just like to see left behind in 2016.
For the new year, whether you’re natural, relaxed, colour treated or shaved low the ultimate goal should be achieving and maintaining healthy hair. So let’s leave all the other drama behind and have a great year in hair!
Until next time 🙂