Styling natural hair can be a steep learning curve. When you transition from relaxed hair, there are many habits you should change, including products. Thankfully — unlike 10 years ago — there is a lot of information on the web. With the popularity of natural hair, there are tons of styling and product recommendations on websites & forums, blogs, social media, and Youtube. And thanks to this popularity, there are tons of products too! But with so many new products and blogs promoting them, how do you figure out what works for you? Here are some tips to figure it all out:
Learn your hair type
Learning your hair type is a great place to start when trying to figure out what works best for your hair. BHM recently did a series on hair typing. Check it out for more details.
Follow people with your hair type
One of the greatest benefits of the internet, is the ability to learn from others. Look out for naturalistas with a similar hair type. Pay special attention to hair typing beyond 3c, 4a, 4b hair typing. Just because someone’s hair LOOKS like yours, doesn’t necessarily mean the same products will work for you. Pay special attention to those with a similar porosity, thickness, and density. These attributes cross the confines of the Andre Walker typing system.
Use up your current products
Before you break the bank revamping your hair closet, use up the products you already have. Determine whether your favorite products still work on your hair natural hair. You might be surprised to find out that many of them do.
Try one new product at a time
Be like a scientist. Try new products in a controlled environment. If you try 5 new products at the same time, there is no way to figure out what is or isn’t working. Instead, try one product at a time. Since you already have shampoos and conditioners, oils and butters are a good place to start.