Tips from the World Natural Hair Show

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If you've never been to a natural show, add it to your list of things to do. This year's spring show was nothing short of amazing. I had great company with me (shout out to Mo!) and met tons of great vendors that I am building relationships with. I was a sponge soaking up all the advice, tips and tricks that vendors were sharing. I'm going to share a few of things I remembered:

  • Felicia Leatherwood of Beautiful Textures recommends that you shampoo your hair every 7-10 days. If you are an avid exerciser or a person who sweats alot, you should shampoo more frequently. She also suggests that you shampoo 3 times when you do. The first is to loosen buildup, the second is to get the build up moving and the 3rd is to wash it away. 

  • Deep condition twice a month and cowash in between washes.

  • You must deep cleanse your hair at least once a month to remove build up and clarify. 

  • AS I Am taught me the definition of "cocktailing". It's when you take two products and mix them together. They recommend that when you style your natural hair, you use a styling product and a moisturizing product.

  • AS I Am also suggests that you don't try to work against your curl pattern. If your hair has spiral curls, why would you force them to have a zigzag curl? They believe in your loving you and your hair AS You ARE.

  • The first 5 ingredients in a product are what make up a majority of it. Water should be the first or second one. 

  • Shea Butter is and will always remain one of the most popular staple products for any naturalista.

  • YouTube and blogs are good information channels but the only person who knows what's best for your hair is you. 

  • Trial and error is the name of the game when it comes to natural hair. 

  • Water is our friend - inside and out.

  • What you put into your body effects what happens to the outside of your body. 

  • There is no time limit on how long you should transition. 

  • Limit the use of heat on your hair. 

There were just a few that stood out to me. Just remember that you have to find the combination of products and styles that work for your hair.