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When it comes to natural hair, there are tons of essentials; we're going to cover what, especially helps me, defines productive styles, such as twist + braid outs, wash n'go's, etc. Stylers, like gel, cream, pudding, and lotion based products, formulate definition and moisture in the hair shafts to ensure the style is kept and hydrated.
While I am no hair expert, I know what products and techniques work well for my hair. I am in love with certain brands, and stay far away from others.
Depending on your hair's thickness, you may not need gels and need cream based, or vice versa. I mostly use cream bases for my twist outs, but gels, for my occasional wash n go's, have been working for my hair a lot lately; it has been way better than when I first started doing natural hairstyles - gel was an enemy to me then lol.
Natural hair is all about finding what works for you, despite what others say works for them. It is a LOT of trial and error, changing up the methods, and being patience with your hair and self. Once you manage to control those three aspects, you will experience amazing results and feel accomplished by knowing what's for you.
Below is a list of my favorite stylers; I totally recommend each one, however always consider price, availability of product in your area, and if it could work for you. Research the products on the brand's website, read articles, and watch YouTube (such a lifesaver sometimes) to truly find out what products will work for your hair type, if you don't know, and if it is something you are willing to purchase.
P.S. I am implementing affiliate links into some of my posts this year! This is my first one and it's affiliated with Sally Beauty. All links will direct you to the product on their website!
My journey into natural hair began over three years ago. I hesitated in taking the plunge because I was used to heat styling almost every single day and getting relaxers regularly as a child and up into my teenage years. I worried about how I would style my hair knowing it wouldn't be straight - I cringed as a child wearing an Afro or anything similar. Straight was the style I wanted and pretty much achieved it, but at the price of damaging my hair.
Looking back on it now, I laugh about how silly I was being almost. Yes, I was a child who didn't care about the health of my hair, but I wish I could go back and realize that my hair was perfect. I would NEVERRR go back to weekly straightening or worse - a relaxer. Natural hair, in its truest form, is beautiful, unique, and perfectly crafted for each woman and man who embraces it- I wish I could've grasped this concept earlier in my life. I'm so glad I did!
Since becoming natural, I've started buying products (like crazy), trying different brands, and methods to see how I want to style my hair and getting the moisture-protein balance right. But one thing I haven't done yet is “create” a winter hair regimen. Living in Michigan, you would think the cold weather and brutal winds would've forced me into creating one, but nope! I usually tend to wear sew-in and wigs during the colder months, so my hair can fit under a hat - a very serious matter when you are freezing!
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