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101 Natural Hair Tip: How To Avoid Being A Product Junkie 51-60

I can’t front, I’ve definitely had to put these tips into practice. This is one of those posts that was built from experience. Now this post is a direct follow-up to the 101 Natural Hair Tips: Transitioning Back To Natural. In case you missed it (click here) .

Trying to find the right product is no easy task. You get so frustrated thinking you’ve tried everything and nothing is working, when really you just need to find the right thing for you and stick to it for a while. So that was the bonus tip now let’s get into the rest.

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1. Read labels: The reason I start with this is because you can all together avoid certain products. Such as if I see something with coconut oil in it, most times I avoid it. I know that coconut oil doesn’t work for my hair so I just avoid products with it in the first couple items on the ingredient label.
2. Get to know your hair: I always say listen to your hair. If you use a product and it agrees with your hair, stick to it. Read that label and use products like it.

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3. Don’t believe the hype: Every few months there is a new buzz word or super ingredient. Many times this item has been on the ingredient list the whole time, but now that it’s the IN thing they put it on the label. Also I’ve learned that they nearly have to put in a few drops of the said miracle ingredient to have its claim on the label.
4.  Read Reviews – Now this is different from number 3, these are actual reviews from people who have legitimately used the product. I know everything isn’t for every body, but if you see a lot of favorable reviews, you may want to give it a try. But on the other hand, if no one has good things to say, maybe you should let that one slide by you.
5. Ask questions – There are so many Curltalk, CurlfriendChats, and Twitter Chats, use them to your advantage. That’s what they are there for. Just about every brand subscription box and a lot of bloggers have some kind of Q&A session in rotation. Or if you belong to a Facebook Group for natural hair, throw your question into the forum.

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6. Try to get  samples: That way you can test it out and see if you like it before buying it. Now when I first found out about the natural hair community, the “natural hair meetup” was the thing to do. There you could meet local Naturalista, brand owners, and emerging socialprenures. Additionally these meetups would be sponsored by brands and they would give out swag bags full of samples and free full size bottles. The meetups aren’t as popular any more but they are still around.

7. If you have it use it: This one is a no brainer, avoid the hoard! Plain and simple, why keep piling up products when you haven’t used what you have.

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8. If it doesn’t work pass it on: Again this one is a no brainer for me. I frequently pass product along to my family members that doesn’t work for me. We all have different hair textures and different products work on their hair that may not work on mine and vice versa.  So I don’t hold on to the products that I know don’t work for me. Thereby making room for other things that will work.

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9. Limit the available space: Unless you’ve been there you can’t imagine how quickly the hair products can and will take up every inch of space possible. I don’t know it’s almost like they reproduce while your sleeping or something **insert mischievous laugh*** . No but really, I have a three draw bin and I’ve committed to only keeping as much as can fit in those three draws.
10. Purge every 3-6 months: This keeps your product fresh, and limits the habit of holding on to that last little bit (I’m talking to myself here). As I said above this makes room for product that you want to try. Besides if the product is organic it may have an expiration date, and you don’t want to use old product or hold onto something that’s useless.

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It’s almost inevitable that most naturals have a little product junkie in us. Besides the fact that it’s expensive, it could also lead to self-defeating hair journey. Not to mention as with any guilty pleasure it takes some of the joy from the experience. Don’t let the junkie monkey get you down!

How To Achieve The Perfect Twist Out On Any Natural Hair Type

How To Achieve The Perfect Twist Out On Any Natural Hair Type
How To Achieve The Perfect Twist Out On Any Natural Hair Type

Today I am tackling the question every curly asks at some point on their natural hair journey “How did she get her hair to look like that” ? Most often its when I see a Naturalistas rocking the coveted Twist out! I’ve been natural for almost 3 years and I can’t say I’m totally satisfied with my results…but I have to say I’ve turned the corner, because now I get Curlys asking me that same question. It’s always followed with what products do you use? As if there some secret sauce that makes all twist out perfect.

This is such a loaded question, because the products and the results depend on the condition of your hair, the technique you use, and most importantly your expectations. I’ve watched countless tutorials and read numerous posts about what works best, and the truth is practice makes perfect.

I love doing twist outs but I haven’t yet conquered the world of video editing. So thanks to some of my favorite vloggers I have compiled a few videos to help any curly achieve a bomb twist out!

First up Jenell B Stewart of KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.Com . I’m starting with this one because she gives very good details and her steps are clear and defined. Also because her natural hair is not curly and the results are very realistic.

Kinky

Second is Yolanda Renee of Etcblogmag.com even though she doesn’t do a full tutorial, she gives great tips!

Kinky Curly

I’m just gonna say, learning that I had to keep each section separated ( no borrowing) was a game changer for my twist out results !

Next Tiffany Arlene of Beautiffulcurls.com, She starts with dry hair, which I also do most times. Also there’s a what to do when your twists aren’t dry tip, HINT you better not take it out yet!

Spongy

Did you see it? I usually do my twists at night and allow them to dry overnight, but there’s always that one twist that didn’t dry! That’s when I use the quick dry method that you saw in Tiffany’s video.

Okay now you’ve seen 3 different methods on three different hair types. Now how do you maintain that bomb masterpiece? I’m so glad you asked.
This next video is from Angela Lauren of Loveisbellaaa with 5 ways to go to bed with natural hair.

5 bed time routines for natural hair

I have used all of these methods. I usually just refresh in the morning with one of my favorite leave ins, and some oil. Achieving a banging twist out isn’t as hard as it seems. With the right information it’s a piece of cake!

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As for now Go Forth and Slay!