Lately, I have received a plethora of emails from new naturals who have recently big chopped or will big chop sometime in the near future. The most frequent question I receive is, “Do I have to use all natural or organics products?”
My answer is really simple. No.
You can use whatever products you already have access to. It is not necessary to go out and spend a substantial amount of money on new hair care products, just because your hair is natural now.
Don’t Be Lazy – Write It Down
The key to using products you already have or new products, for that matter, is to understand how those products are working for your new natural hair. This is where your natural hair journal becomes a vital asset. Maintaining a natural hair journal is how you will know what worked and didn’t work for your hair. The basic things that you want to document are:
- What is the name of the product?
- Why are you using the product? What purpose will it serve?
- How you used the product (did you follow the instructions exactly)? Or, did you deviate a little or a lot?
- How often are you using the products?
- Did the product do what you expected it to do?
- Take pictures
If It Doesn’t Work the First Time, So What?
If you don’t get the expected results, then so what? Natural hair is trial and error. Sometimes, it’s unpredictable; if it doesn’t work the first time, try it again. You have to remember, your natural hair journey is a personal journey. It will not be cookie cutter.
If you find that a product doesn’t work as you anticipated, try using it in a different way. For example, let’s assume that you tried a new shampoo and on the 1st attempt it lathers way too much and it is hard to rinse out. To remedy the excessive lathering and rinsing issues, you might try using less shampoo and focus on your scalp and not your hair. If you find that rinsing is still a chore, another aspect to review is your water? Do you have hard water? We recommend using Root Cause Analysis to solve problems with your natural hair.
Non-Organic vs. Organic Products
When you really think about whether you should use organic products or not, take some time to evaluate your lifestyle. Understand that the process of preserving your hair starts with what you eat, drink, or ultimately consume internally. One of the best things that you can do for your hair is to eat healthy. This could mean eating organic food products, but that’s definitely not required.
So, going natural doesn’t mean that you have to use natural or organic hair products; although it is an option. Use products that make your hair feel good to you.
Do you think you that must use all-natural or organic products now that you are natural?