1. Bandwagon Jumping
Often, it is so easy for us to see something new and want to try it! The Greenhouse Effect, heat training, various growth aid potions... need I go on?? However, if your goal is to grow your hair as quickly as possible, joining bandwagon after bandwagon may not be wise.First, if you're sporadically changing you regimen to accomodate the new "it thing," how will you know what works and doesn't work for your hair? For example, a couple of weeks ago, you were applying the Hairdrenaline potion to your scalp religiously but then saw that some new phenomenon was working for other women and you switch to that... you achieve wonderful growth but what do you attribute it to? Second, jumping bandwagon to bandwagon may cause you a setback... always use caution when making changes (especially extreme changes) to your regimen. Every person's body and hair is unique, and the same thing that works wonders for one person may not work as well (or even be detrimental) to you
2. Long-Term, Hardcore Protective Styling
Remember the movie The Shining? "All work and no pay makes Jack a dull boy." Sometimes, protective styling for extended amounts of time can make you lax on your regimen and even cause setbacks. How many times have we heard horror stories of ladies who took out a sew-in after a few months and were greeting with extreme tangles and matting of their hair? Or thinner hair? Or sparse edges? Just like with anything else, sometimes too much of a good thing is overkill!
3. Extended No-Trim Challenges
For us scissor-happy gals, challenging ourselves to a limited number of trims for a year or no trims for a short period of time can be beneficial. Hello! Don't wanna cut off all that progress!! But long-term, no-trim challenges always make me cringe!! Trimming periodically is essential to maintaining healthy hair (nobody wants to battle split ends, knots, and an overall unhealthy look to the hair)! Declaring a year-long no-trim challenge may deter you from trimming ends that absolutely need to go! Splits lead to breakage which leads to more splits which leads to more breakage (see where I'm going with this??) That is definitely not the ideal situation for Definitely think long an hard before trimming (or deciding to not trim)!!
4. Limiting yourself to certain products
Just because you're relaxed doesn't mean that you can't use "natural hair" products. And just because you prefer "natural hair" products doesn't mean you have to spend an arm and a leg on them!
5. Completely eliminating shampoo from your regimen
Whenever people say they are switching to a no-'poo regimen, it always makes me wonder if they are also switching to a regimen with no silicones a well. Many times, however, they're not... they continue to co-wash with things like HEHH or other 'cone-y conditioners. A few weeks later, they are wondering why their hair is dry and not receptive to moisture. In short, if you are going to completely eliminate shampoo from your regimen, you must also eliminate silicones as sulfate 'poos are the only detergent that can remove certain types of 'cones.
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