Are you struggling to create the perfect natural hair regimen? Are you not achieving the results you desperately desire?
I know it can be frustrating to try and find the best products for your hair type and texture. There are tons of new products available but not all are easily accessible and many seem to be very similar in formulation. When you are finally able to find a product or two that do work on your first try, it is even harder to find a product which will achieve all of your hair goals and work consistently over time.
Textured hair is beautiful. Every curl is unique. This makes it virtually impossible to simply list a few products and promise great results. However, there are a few things to consider up front that can help you build the perfect natural hair regimen to meet your needs.
𝟷. 𝘌𝘮𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦. For many, this is the most important step. Embracing your hair texture will remove the frustration from unrealistic product expectations and allows for a more successful and exciting natural hair journey. I don’t know anyone who wants to be endlessly disappointed with their results. Remember that the goal of a well designed natural hair regimen is to enhance and highlight the beauty of the hair you have been uniquely blessed with.
𝟸. 𝘋𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶. Do you desire products that are vegan, organic, or natural? Do you consider product efficacy to be top priority? Being able to answer these questions will help you to quickly narrow your search for ideal product options. You will be better equipped to identify product brands and retailers that cater to your specific needs, beliefs, and values.
𝟹. 𝘎𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥. While you may remain unfamiliar with many ingredients on the product label, there are a few that you will see more often than others. Just like figuring out what foods you may or may not tolerate, it is important to pay attention to how your hair may or may not respond to key ingredients. For instance, I prefer to avoid products that list glycerin high on the ingredient list. This means that glycerin is a key ingredient responsible for product performance. Because glycerin is a humectant it can affect the hair differently based on the weather and humidity in the air which can make styling a bit unpredictable. I like predictability and don’t want to leave the outcome of my styling session up to chance. However, others may find glycerin to be the key to perfect bouncy curls. It is all largely trial and error.
𝟺. 𝘉𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘻𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘯𝘦𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘱𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘳. Combining products from different product lines may be required to achieve your desired results. It is ok to mix it up as long as the products are compatible. It is much like putting together a puzzle. Think of each product individually and assess how the product will meet your haircare needs. Combining products which work best for specific needs will help you create a regimen that will help the hair achieve the best state possible.
𝟻. 𝘉𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘨𝘰𝘢𝘭. Are you protective styling? Do you wash and go? Are straight styles part of your rotation? Products are formulated to yield different results. When it comes to selecting styling agents this is super important. Read the product description and ingredient list. Once you have determined what style you plan to wear, make sure that the product has been formulated for that purpose. Often, product branding and marketing can clue you in on whether it should even be considered. Choose wisely!
Once you better understand your desires and needs you can more confidently begin the process of building a natural hair regimen. The Curly Playground is dedicated to empowering you along this journey and what better way to start than with a clear vision for the journey ahead.