By Geniece (pictured above) of Beautifully Made
Picture this scenario: You’re walking down the aisle of a department store. Quietly minding your own business when someone interrupts your shopping experience with the following question: “Excuse me. I just want to tell you I love your hair. Would you mind telling me how you care for your hair?” You feel flattered, smile and if not in a rush volunteer to share. You then realize that the dozens of things you’ve tried during your time as a natural all flood your mind making your advice confusing and not as helpful as you hoped. After five minutes of giving it your best shot you tell your new acquaintance about a few blogs and youtubers you follow. As she walks away you remember you didn’t mention your favorite leave in and, much like when you realize you’ve given someone the wrong driving directions, hope she won’t get hopelessly lost.
Being in the position to give hair advice is pretty cool. Most women I know view their hair as a pretty important part of their physical appearance and only ask advice from those who they feel have effectively mastered the craft of hair care. To provide succinct, helpful advice makes sharing your hair regimen easier and I’m here to give you a little advice to that end.
Okay, so let’s rewind. You’re put on the spot about your hair care practices. What do you say? No worries. Just remember: C.P.R.S.
1. C: Clean
Share how you clean your hair. If you section, shampoo and condition then share this. If you pre-poo, detangle, shampoo and condition then share this. This is when you discuss in brief how you wash your hair.
2. P: Products
Share your 2 or 3 favorite products. I don’t think the specific products are super important but trust you will always be asked about the products. Most people I know will begin asking about the products I use before anything else. Of course you can list a dozen but in reality most people will only remember a few. I like to share my favorite shampoo, conditioner and leave in. Everything else is great but I know that for me those products are key to my hair care. In discussing products feel free to mention one or two “essential” hair tools. The wide tooth comb is one tool I try to remember to share.
3. R: Routine
This is your routine. Now this can get pretty long but actually you only need to explain what you do with your hair in between washes. If you twist your hair and leave it alone, then that’s it. If you moisturize every two days, provide this information.
4. S: Styling
I will sometimes discuss styling but because there are a variety of styles, I usually don’t go into detail on this point. I may mention that in general I wear updos or twists to protect my ends.
There you have it. This is my handy mnemonic device to help someone who is beginning of their hair journey develop their hair regimen.
How do you give advice about your hair? What are your cornerstones?