8 Tips to Introduce New Products into Your Hair Routine

February 7, 2019


Verna Meachum

8 Tips to Introduce New Products into Your Routine

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Starting your journey to enhance your curly hair routine with new products can be both exciting and a bit daunting. The right additions can bring newfound vibrancy and health to your curls, but the key is introducing them seamlessly.

In this guide, we’ll explore eight essential tips to help you gracefully integrate new products into your curly hair routine. Whether you’re well-versed in caring for your curls or just beginning to embrace your natural texture, these tips will empower you. They provide guidance to steer through your curly hair care routine with confidence, ensuring that when adjustments are necessary, you can make them without frustration.

Trying New Hair Products

Embracing experimentation with new hair products can be a refreshing change, though sticking to reliable staples is undoubtedly a safer option. Whether spurred by curiosity, the discontinuation of a beloved ‘Holy Grail,’ or evolving hair needs, the desire to explore different products is entirely natural.

Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned curly hair enthusiast or just starting your hair care journey, two primary goals should guide you:

  1. Find Products that Suit Your Hair: The quest is to discover products that align with your unique hair characteristics.
  2. Optimal Application: Equally crucial is understanding how to use these products in a way that best benefits your hair.

It’s essential to bear in mind that what works for someone else may not be the perfect fit for your hair. Therefore, maintaining flexibility and being cautious in your choices can prevent setbacks, even years into your hair care journey.

Now, without further ado, let’s delve into my top eight tips to seamlessly integrate new products into your hair regimen.

#1 Consider Your Texture

Before immersing yourself fully, it’s crucial to take stock of various aspects of your hair, including health, density, length, porosity, color, and texture.

Understanding the nuances of your hair sets the stage for the next steps. Once armed with this knowledge, you can then seek out products specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of your curly hair type.

It’s worth noting that similarities in texture with others don’t guarantee product compatibility. Hair health plays a significant role, and what works for someone else may not necessarily yield the same results for you, especially if their hair is in a healthier state.

#2 Clarify for a Clean Slate

Before trying a new product, especially after using a combination of different products, clarifying your hair is essential. Residual build-up from previous styles can impact the results with the new product, making it crucial to give your curls a clean slate.

#3 Read Ingredients

Labels can be deceptive, and trusting them blindly might not serve your hair well. Instead, scrutinize the ingredient list. Manufacturers often use marketing tactics by highlighting specific ingredients on the front label, but the real story lies in the detailed ingredient list on the back.

#4 Rely on Reviews

Leverage the experiences of others who have already tried the products you’re interested in. Online reviews offer valuable insights that can guide your decisions.

#5 Sample Testing

When all signs point to a positive experience, consider trying samples before committing to a full-sized product. Testing a product for at least two or three weeks allows your hair to adapt, and it helps you make an informed decision before a significant investment.

#6 Patch Testing

Before applying a new product all over your hair, perform a patch test. Apply a small amount to a tiny area, like your wrist, and observe for any adverse reactions over the next 24 hours.

#7 One Product at a Time

Avoid the temptation to use all your new products simultaneously. Introduce one product at a time into your hair care routine. This method helps identify the cause of any issues, ensuring you can pinpoint and address them promptly.

#8 Avoid New Products Before Important Events

Testing a new product right before a crucial event is a risky move. Instead, introduce new products a few weeks or a month before the event to allow ample time for your hair to adjust and recover in case of any unforeseen issues.

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