I have always had thick and healthy hair. For the most part, it has always grown down my back until I cut it and even then, it grows right back. I've been doing my hair myself since I was about 16. That includes relaxers, flat ironing, coloring, etc. The only time I would go to a professional is when it was a special occasion. People would always ask me what products I used and would never believe me when I told them I use the cheapest of the brands. For example, my favorite was Suave shampoo and conditioner. Yep, good old $.99 Suave! As I got older, I began trying to use more popular brands and experimenting with products that influencers would swear by. I noticed over time, my hair didn't seem as healthy and was not growing as long as it normally does. Out of frustration, I cut off all of the dead ends and went back to my cheap products. And wouldn't you know it, my hair is growing again and is looking and feeling healthier than it has in a long time. All because, I went Back to Basics!
Sometimes, we get so caught up in the flashy, new, and popular things, that we forget our oldies but goodies are what's best for us. And I'm not just talking about products. How often (knowingly and unknowingly) have we met someone new and somehow "forgot" about the friends that have been there with you since day one? Or what about when you get a brand new car and you leave the car that has taken you back and forth for years to rot in a garage or on the side of the street?
I had to use my hair routine as a reminder to not get so caught up in the "new". Sometimes, we have to stick with what we know and excel at it. We don't always have to jump at every new thing (and person) that presents itself to us. And even when we do, if you find that it's not working for you or it no longer serves you a purpose, feel free to go BACK TO BASICS!