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Let's face it, natural hair can be exhausting: there’s always a new product to try, a new hair growth technique, or a new style that you just have to try. On top of that the hair talk can be endless. All of these things can lead to feeling burnt out by your natural hair and it’s upkeep. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this feeling and continue enjoying your natural hair journey.
Find An Easy, Go to Style
Having a go to style can be very helpful in preventing natural hair burnout. This style is easy, no fail, and can be easily transitioned into other styles. If you know that you always love your twist out, there’s nothing wrong with rocking a twist out a majority of the time. Then, throughout the week you can pin it up in different styles for a variation on the style. Having a go to style alleviates the stress of figuring out “what to do” with your hair.
Spread Out Your Wash Days
Washing your hair weekly is the standard advice given to new naturals and while there is nothing wrong with washing and styling weekly, there’s no harm and taking a little time in between wash days. Weekly styling can be overwhelming and you may start to feel over it so stretching a style for a few more days can definitely be helpful. Many of us know what our hair needs by how it looks and feels and if you feel like you can wait to wash your hair, try a new routine.
Put Your Hair Away
Dealing with your hair everyday can be annoying and time consuming and can definitely contribute to burnout. We all want our hair to be presentable for work and other day to day interactions but sometimes it just doesn’t cooperate. The frustration of failed styles can make you want to quit natural hair altogether. If you’re feeling fatigued by doing your hair everyday, try a longer term protective style. Styles like box braids can be worn for six to eight weeks and can alleviate the stress you may feel from doing your hair all the time.
Log Out of YouTube or Instagram
Social media can be a great source of natural hair inspiration but it can also create pressure to have perfect hair all the time. Seeing perfectly coiffed naturals on your timeline 24/7 can be discouraging when your own hair isn’t acting right. Keep in mind that many of those “perfect” images have been edited, hair may have been added to create length and fullness, and a professional stylist may have been involved. If you feel like social media is getting you down when it comes to your natural hair journey, log off for a few days.
Cut It Off
Cutting your hair can be such a freeing experience. If you find yourself dreading wash day and hating every style you do, you may need a change. Cutting your hair could be the change you need and can give you a fresh new look. Try bangs or a fun bob cut if you need a style fresh. If you’re tired of hair in general, go ahead and cut it all off. You just might love the change.
Marra Joelle (or Green) is a natural hair and style blogger based in Upstate NY. She loves experimenting with new styles and tries not to take her hair too seriously.