If you’re a natural, you know that there are a million natural hair rules that we are supposed to abide by. These rules promise that as long as you live by them, your hair will grow long, healthy, and strong. Well, friends, since starting my natural hair journey 11 months ago, I’ve tried to follow these natural hair commandments but many of them don’t work for me.
Here are 6 natural hair rules that I DO NOT follow and I am still experiencing amazing hair growth.
1. Naturals should not use shampoos and conditioners that contain sulfate & silicone.
Blah, blah. I will admit that the current shampoo that I use often is organic and doesn’t contain sulfate and silicone, but I use it simply because I love the way it smells and it’s really inexpensive. However, I also use V05 Strawberries and Cream shampoo & conditioners and Aussie Moist products. They contain sulfate & silicone. If you know V05 & Aussie Moist products, you know that they smell fantastic! Using these products have not harmed my natural hair.
2. Naturals should not use products that contain petroleum and mineral oil. Humph. I understand the reasons why using these products are frowned upon; clogging hair follicles, reducing its ability to grow…blah, blah, however, I use them and it hasn’t affected my growth at all. There are particular styles that I use petroleum-based products for because it’s great at reducing frizz.
3. Naturals should wear protective styles as often as possible.
OK, so wait, I love protective styling because it is a great way to retain length. I am a fan of it and have worn my hair in protective styles, like braids and Senegalese twists for months at a time. However, I also love to wear my hair out! For the past 5 months, I’ve been wearing my hair out in many different styles; twist-outs, braid-outs, puffs, pony tails, pony puffs and again my hair is still growing. Wearing my hair out hasn’t decreased the rate of my growth at all. That may also be due to the fact that I am very gentle with my hair when styling.
4. Naturals should not use combs or brushes on their hair.
Say what now!? I see this all over the web and on YouTube. I have to use a comb to part my hair straight and some hairstyles require me to comb through my hair. I use a brush only when I’m wearing my hair in a slick style like a puff or bun. Again, I am very gentle with my hair so I don’t use these tools often, but for heavens sake, I use a comb and brush.
5. Naturals should “moisturize and seal” on a daily basis.
NO! I hate doing this everyday. Moisturizing and sealing is coating your hair with a moisturizing product and then adding an oil to your hair to “seal” in the moisture. I know this method works wonderfully for some, but it just doesn’t work for me. I’ve tried it many times, different ways with different products and it makes my hair strands feel heavy and sticky. I currently moisturize and seal maybe once per week, or sometimes none at all. Different hair styles require different products. Different hair textures require different products and care.
6. Naturals should co-wash between washes.
Ain’t nobody got time for that! And I say that because I’ve tried it. Co-washing means washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. Are you still with me? Yes, you turn the water on, step in the shower and grab your conditioner instead of the shampoo bottle. I know many naturals attribute their growth and healthy hair to co-washing and I so wanted to join the bandwagon, but it just didn’t work for me. I still felt product on my hair after co-washing with conditioner only. I prefer the squeaky clean-product free feeling to my hair when I’ve finished washing with a shampoo.
If you follow all or some of these rules, agree or disagree, please, leave a comment and let me know :).