Should you always follow hair product instructions exactly? Well it depends. In some cases like chemical treatments, dyeing, or bleaching, you definitely should follow instructions carefully to avoid an adverse reaction or an unwanted result. In my opinion, anything that’s not a chemical treatment is fair game!
Hair product instructions are provided by the hair company to give the so called “best” results. However, sometimes these instructions don’t work for everyone’s hair and that’s when it’s time to get creative.
I believe in doing what works best for my hair. If I find a product or technique that my hair likes, I stick to it no matter what the instructions say. For example, some naturals (including myself) have found that edge control products work great for giving hold to twist outs, braid outs, or Bantu knots. I’ve found that these pomades and pastes work better on my hair than twisting creams or gels.
Sometimes these instructions don’t work for everyone’s hair and that’s when it’s time to get creative.
Another tried and tested application method is using deep conditioners as leave-ins, stylers, or holding products. Normally, the instructions would say to rinse these products out after a certain amount of time, but some naturals love to switch it up and use them as stylers instead.
The best thing about breaking the rules is it adds versatility and cuts down on the need for multiple hair products. Being on a natural hair journey involves a lot of experimenting to find what your hair likes the most. So if the instructions on a product aren’t working for your hair, and you find a new use that does work, I say go with it! Forget those instructions!