Common Natural Hair Mistakes

Having naturally curly hair can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand; it’s beautiful, versatile, and easy to manage (for the most part.) On the other; it can be unpredictable, overwhelming, and time consuming. I tell people all the time that my hair is like my third child. I nurture it and take care of it, so that it will continue to grow long and healthy. When it comes to taking care of naturally curly hair, people often use methods that hurt more than help. Here are six very common natural hair mistakes.

6 common natural hair mistakes

1.Constantly wearing protective styles
So, protective styles are meant to protect your hair, but too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Every now and then, it’s ok to take a break from the braids, twists, and sew-ins. Let your hair breathe!

2. Using too much hair product
When you have too much hair product, the style may not turn out the way you hoped it would. Using too much product can weigh your hair down, it can also cause product buildup.

3. Not shampooing enough
I know cowashing is the new “it” thing in the natural hair community, but you should use a sulfate free shampoo to cleanse your scalp every now and then. Not only will it help with product build up, but your hair will smell better.

4. Not using enough product
Not using enough hair product, can be as bad as using too much. If you have longer, thicker hair, you probably need more product to moisturize and style your hair. The bottle may say use a dime size amount, but your hair may require a quarter size.

5. Over manipulating
Constantly combing, pulling, and touching your hair period can cause friction/breakage. Find a style that can last a few days, and leave your hair alone.

6. Not trimming enough
While having long hair is goals to most, healthy hair should be the goal. Hanging on to dead, dry, and damaged ends won’t help in your hair journey. Make a habit of trimming your ends every 8-12 weeks. That way you aren’t holding on to those ends, but you’re not trimming unnecessarily either.

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Hi, I’m Chantal. I’m a mom of two, self proclaimed naturalista, and Author of Growing Girls With Curls: Short Stories For Girls of Color. Being a mom is hard. Pair that with being a single, black, millennial in America and it’s a whole different monster. Feel free to join my mailing list and follow along as I blog through this crazy thing called life.

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  1. March 7, 2021 / 1:33 pm

    The hairstyle in site
    What style us it. What hair was used.

  2. September 6, 2018 / 7:02 am

    These are good suggestions for maintaining healthy hair. Everyone in my house has natural curls and it can be a beast.

  3. August 29, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    Great tips I’ll have to share them with my sister. She smoothers her hair with conditioner and curl creams. I on the other had with my curls do not have the time to use more than one leave in conditioner and one hair oil. I also brush my curls which I know you shouldn’t but I’m just so impatient when it comes to a comb

  4. Tiffani
    August 29, 2018 / 11:39 am

    What great tips!! I always wanted curly hair, my poor babies got my extremely straight hair!! 🤦🏻‍♀️

    • Danielle Taga
      November 18, 2023 / 5:48 am

      Just 2 questions for you, is applying only conditioner to the hair best without shampoo while showering?
      Second of all, how often should I wash my curls?
      I always use the coconut cream products of shampoo and conditioner… just to let you know.

  5. August 29, 2018 / 11:09 am

    These are great tips! I’ll have to pass hem on to my mom for my niece.

  6. Natalie
    August 29, 2018 / 11:05 am

    Thanks for the tips. I have given up on my natural hair but I work very hard for my girls to have beautiful curls!

  7. August 29, 2018 / 10:56 am

    I always always always put too much product 😉 I just can’t help it lol, it is something I am working on! Thanks for the tips!

  8. August 29, 2018 / 10:48 am

    I’m guilty of not having my hair trimmed often enough! Thank you for these helpful tips!