Being Natural On A Budget
It is often perceived that having natural hair is pretty tough on the bank. This billion dollar industry is still growing with more women everyday making the decision to cut ties with the creamy crack (relaxer). But for those of us who have been around for some time, lets change the narrative that having natural hair is for the wealthy (lol).
Thinking about going natural? Here are a few ways to make sure you aren't spending more of the two things you hold dear, time & money.
First, conduct a porosity test on your hair. This will tell you how your hair absorbs and retains moisture. This is important because you want to be able to purchase the right products to extend the amount of time your hair stays moisturized. You can find that test here.
Secondly, be sure that your products are as natural as possible without sulfates, added proteins and harsh chemicals such as SLS or parabens. Now, here is where things might get tricky. Because on one hand you don't want a stripping agent and you most definitely don't want protein buildup. But you may go on a paint/mud run with your friends and you may need a protein treatment. So obviously you'll need them in those isolated circumstances but in general you'll want to steer clear of them.
Lastly but not least, be kind and gentle to your hair. It can easily be misunderstood that natural hair for some reason can take a tremendous amount of abuse without resulting in breakage. Dead. Wrong. Wear satin caps to sleep, massage your scalp at least 3x a week before bed with Crown Growth Oil, low manipulation styles (preferrably protective styles) and do not stress your edges. Adhere to this beginners maintenance routine as closely as possible and you will be alright, sis.
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