What I wish I knew then...
In my experience being natural takes a lot more effort than when I was relaxed.
But then again I didn't really care for my hair then.
I've realized that how you feel about your hair will determine how others will as well.
Don't be afraid to try new things! This goes for hair styles and products.
Be patient! It took awhile for my curls to truly form. My twistouts were a undefined frizzy mess!
Find someone with a similar hair texture and ask for advice and tips. Don't rely strictly on the hair typing system.
When trying new products pay special attention to the ingredients. Take pics and make note of how your hair reacts. This will make it easier to figure out what your hair likes and dislikes.
There's no need to go out and buy expensive products. Start out with basic conditioners, oils, etc.
YouTube is your friend.
Buy lots of cute bows, headbands because trust everyday will not be a great hair day.
When all else fails rock your puff proud!
Mistakes I've made:
Not Deep Conditioning!- this was my early twa days. I noticed a major difference in moisture retention when I started dc'ing once a week.
Letting hair air dry loose- again, single strand knots and tangles
Not sealing my ends- I'm working on this now. Especially since my hair is longer, protecting and babying my ends are a must if I want to retain length. I also hear sealing keeps knots at bay!
Styling my hair while tired-this is bad. The style might be ok but my impatience leads to rough handling of my tresses.
Forgetting about protein-as a natural we are all about moisture moisture moisture! But protein is important too. Luckily my hair loves both.
With all this said ladies; just listen to your hair ;)