Unless you've been under a rock somewhere you know that…
Here at The Confetti Collective, we’re a bunch of nerds. We enjoy learning and we like to find new ways to retain what we learn so we can share it with you. We can’t have you feeling like a stranger in a strange land after you’ve crossed over into textured territory, so below are the ABCs of the magnificent mane you wear, with a few extras thrown in:
*Disclaimer: This list is by no means law, your ABC’s may differ from mine, and that’s cool.
A : Ayurveda. A 5,000 yr old system of natural health and healing that is named for the Sanskrit word that means the science of life. Herbs and oils like henna, neem, amla, brahmi and bhringraj are becoming more common in textured hair care due to being natural.
B : Be patient. The journey to learn your hair takes time.
C : Conditioner. Stock up when it’s on sale, you will run through this like….. well, like a curly girl runs through conditioner.
C : (cont’d) – Cowash. All that conditioner you just scored shouldn’t sit in the closet gathering dust.
D : Detangle. Some people only detangle after shampoo/co-wash. My hair requires a pre and post detangling session. Regardless of when it’s done, starting from the ends and working up the hair shaft is best. Gone are the days of yanking, tugging and pulling.
E : Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Use this powerhouse oil as a prepoo, boost your deep conditioning treatment or use it to combat dry scalp.
F : Fairy knots. Isn’t it amazing how you can FULLY detangle your hair, put it in twists and go to bed, only to wake up with several knots in your strands. Those blasted fairies
G : Grapeseed oil. It’s a staple in every aspect of my hair care.
H : Hand in Hair. I know, it’s fabulously awesome and the healthiest it’s been in your entire life. Try to keep your hands out of it once your style is complete. We know it’s hard, just keep trying 😉
I : Ingredients. Once you’ve embarked on the journey of learning and loving your natural hair texture, you’ll have to start paying close attention to products ingredients before you buy. Learn about sulfates and other chemicals, and you can read this blog post about why cones are no-no’s.
J : Journal. Maintain a record of how your hair responds to different products and methods. You will be able to build your regimen from the things that work best.
K : Knots. Prepare yourself for these. For me, free-flowing, afrolicious hair leads to a knot collection. I’ve chocked this up to my hair loving itself SOOOO much that it wants to wrap itself around itself, or something……
L : Low manipulation styles. AKA Protective styling, your hair gets a break from being fiddled with, and you get to make it out the door with little to no hair anxiety.
M : Moisture retention. Do you know your hair’s porosity? If not, check out this blog post. Once you know your hair’s ability to absorb moisture, you will be able to determine which products are optimal for you.
N : Never handle your hair when you’re tired, hungry or angry. Your hair will probably suffer the consequences of your mood.
O: -outs. Particularly if you’re transitioning, braidouts ,twistouts, bantu knot outs are options for “hiding” your chemically treated ends and blending them with your natural texture. These are also great options for achieving big, extra awesome hair.
P – Product Junkie. Admitting you have a problem is the first step on the road to recovery. “Hello everyone, my name is , and I’m a product junkie.”
Q – Quit comparing your hair to others. Your hair is just as uniquely fabulous as you are.
R – Resist going back to chemicals when you have a bad hair day. You are in a new relationship, give your hair the benefit of the doubt and take the time to learn what makes her happy.
S – Scalp. A healthy scalp grows healthy hair.
T – Trims. IMO there is no tried and true schedule for when your hair needs to be trimmed. As you learn you hair more you will notice when it changes. If you ends are looking scraggly and thin, get them trimmed, it will grow back 😉
U: Under no circumstances are you to walk past another textured hair wearer and not point out how wonderful their hair is. Anything less would be uncivilized..
V: Vernacular. There is a different language spoken in the curly world, and just like in a foreign country you’re going to have to learn the lingo in order to find your way around. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, read this.
W – Wash as needed with shampoo. If you are fond of cowashing, be sure to clarify your scalp as needed to remove buildup and keep your scalp healthy.
X : okay, I got nothing here….
Y : You’re supposed to know what is best for your hair, after all it’s on your head!
Z : Z-Pattern Hair. Type 4 hair is sometimes known as “zigzag” or fractal hair type. This hair type is extra sensitive to rough handling and often has a shrinkage ratio of up to 75%.
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What do you think about this list? Leave your comments below, we’d love to hear from you!