One of the most frustrating things is experiencing a setback after you’ve worked extremely hard for something. It’s like taking two steps forward then three steps back! The other day I ran out of my homemade deep conditioner, and I was thinking about what I can use to replace it until I made some more. And while I was pondering about that I decided to watch some youtube videos to kill some time, and I saw a video of this sistah discussing how she used Ayurvedic herbs to grow her hair long and fast. So I thought I might try some of that on my hair just because I wanted to see what it was like, but after thinking about it I really haven’t researched ayurveda nor do I really know much about this kind of hair regimen.
So this brings me to the point of the topic today, 4 common reasons why we experience natural hair setbacks.
4 Common Reasons Why We Experience Natural Hair Setbacks
- We don’t Research
One of the main reasons why we often suffer setbacks is because we don’t do enough research before adding something new to our regimen. Do you know how it will affect your hair or scalp? Have you thought about what changes this new thing will cause (such as requiring more frequent deep conditioning, or more protein treatment, or more frequent moisturizing, etc)? Do you know the benefits of this new treatment? These are important questions you need to answer before you start something new, as this will give you an idea of what to expect with your hair.
Personally I don’t start anything new until I have done extensive research by watching videos, reading blogs, and finding out the pros and cons. Trial and error is necessary some times, but ensure that it’s at least something that you’ve done some sort of research on.
2. We don’t stick to what works
I do understand that we want to switch up our hair and regimens here and there to experience something new sometimes, but straying too far from what our hair is used to can change how it acts. It kinda like human beings, you know, when we don’t get what we want or what we’re used to then we aren’t happy. It’s the same with our hair.
The products that we use have a certain pH that each individual’s hair coincide with, and our scalps also have a pH that it needs to maintain to remain healthy. When we use too many products with too many pH variations it throws off the balance in our hair and scalp and may result in hair issues such as hair loss, dandruff, breakage, etc. So it’s important to use what you know works. That tip also saves you money in the long run as well because being a product junkie becomes expensive after a while.
3. We don’t keep it simple.
One thing that I hold dear to my heart is keeping a simple and concise regimen. This helps me to know what’s working and what’s hurting my hair. When we try to do too much it messes with our hair and scalps like I mentioned in the previous point, but it also confuses us about what works and what may cause certain hair conditions. Of course, sometimes I use different products when I run out of my staples, and I do try different styles and such but I try to keep it to a minimum when I do.
4. We are not Patient
I think that patience is quite important when embarking on a natural hair journey. Patience when detangling and styling our hair, and patience for our hair to grow. If you detangle your hair in a rush you will increase the chances of breakage, and lack of patience for hair growth usually leads to us adding unnecessary products and treatments into our regimen that could lead to a setback. Set time out for washing and styling to prevent rushing and skipping out on necessary treatments.
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