This weekend, I spent a lot of time engaged in one of my favorite hobbies – watching YouTube videos. This reminded me of a topic that I have wanted to discuss for a very long time. For those of you that don’t know, I make YouTube videos (occasionally!). I have about 36 videos on my page. I do plan on making more, but, to be honest, I don’t plan on making a whole lot more. When I started making YouTube videos, my goal was to share information. There are many amazing ladies out there who have uploaded hundreds of videos and I applaud them for that. I am subscribed to their pages and I obsess over their videos. I have no idea how they constantly come up with new videos and the time to film and edit their high-quality material.
The only problem with making so many hair care videos, however, is that making any type of video about hair care requires manipulation of the hair. Some hair care gurus upload 50-100 hair care videos a week. That leads to a lot of extra manipulation, which can often also lead to breakage. Many YouTube gurus are also being sent free product constantly, so they are often trying out new products on their hair that may or may not be products that will have a negative impact on their hair. For example, I have seen gurus who are on a no-poo regimen try out a shampoo just because it was sent to them for free.
I have also seen gurus continue to use a product (including harsh products like relaxers), simply because they are representatives for a brand, even though it is clear that the products may be causing problems. I think it is absolutely awesome to be offered free product from a company, but I have personally turned down offers that I was skeptical about because I’m not willing to mislead my audience or damage my hair.
Likewise, I am not going to post videos just to post videos. I try to make videos that will truly benefit my users. Some vloggers have found the perfect balance. They manage to upload frequently, consistently produce high-quality videos, and they accept the right offers and share great new products with their viewers. Maybe I’ll get there one day…or maybe not. For now, I’m enjoying my own hair care journey. I have decided to transition to natural hair and that will give me plenty to talk about over the next few months. Stay tuned and check out the video below from Alicia James, one of my favorite natural hair vloggers, as she discusses her setbacks from 2013. Since I do not upload new videos very frequently, I’ll be sharing more interesting videos that I come across. As always, happy hair growing!