Break the Rules, Not Your Hair: Healthy Mane Practices You Don’t Have To Always Keep Up
I recently read an article that said women shouldn’t go natural because no one has time to wet their hair every day and moisturize every night. I nearly choked on my dinner. Do people do this? Realistically, are people out there tending to their strands at every waking moment and following “the rules” to a tee? I find that hard to believe. While we are all prone to stressing over the strict do’s and don’ts of proper hair care every now and then (guilty as charged!), I’ll let you in on a little secret: Sometimes, and perhaps I shouldn’t be telling you this, it’s OK to let some things fall by the wayside for a little bit. Besides, stressing about doing everything right all the time will only make your hair fall out anyway, right? Here are a few so-called hair rules you should feel free to break.
Drenching Your Hair Every Day
While there’s no doubt that water is good for your hair, there is such a thing as moisture overload. Some heads are super sensitive and can’t stand the recommended daily H2O dousing. Lightly spritzing with a spray bottle is a nice compromise, but going a stretch of time without water won’t kill your strands either. Just give it the TLC it needs when it asks for it and you should be fine.
Wearing A Silk Scarf To Bed
Many of us are so accustomed to throwing on that silk wrap/scarf/rag/bonnet before bed that it’s become just another thoughtless part of the nighttime routine – until you don’t have it. Your man invites you to stay over or you’re on a long vacation and realize you forgot it; suddenly the walls are closing in and you’re having a mini panic attack. Breathe. It’s OK. A few nights here or there without protecting your hair from that crazy cotton pillowcase won’t have you bald by morning. Just make do by braiding it up to avoid any tangles.
Detangling is a good thing. But detangling when you’re driving kids to multiple after school activities, working a full-time job (or more than one!), taking care of home and trying to find a spare moment to relax? It’s probably the last thing on your mind. No one’s going to call the hair police if you skip a few days of combing through tangles, but after a week you might want to handle that. If a little too much time passes hair can knot up and become tough, if not impossible, to work through.
Using Non-Natural Products
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it time and time again – natural is much better than synthetic ingredients found in a lot of products as some of them can be rather harsh. But the reality is that a lot of these products, although non-damaging to hair, can have damaging effects on your bank account. Women are notorious for spending loads on hair care, but if the funds just aren’t there, saving a few bucks on shampoo by straying from the all natural route isn’t the worst thing that can happen to your strands.
Keeping your hair up and protected is great for growth, but not so much for showing off your hard work. Why toil away trying to add length to your hair if you’re never going to wear it out? It’s OK to give yourself a pat on the back and let your hair down every now and then. You’ll receive instant gratification by being able to feel fabulous and look great knowing that you’ll still be able to reap the rewards in the long term.