I’m Not A Guru: Common Misconceptions About Me As A Blogger

I’m Not A Guru: Common Misconceptions About Me As A Blogger

Before I start sharing anymore of my story, I first want to get a few common misconceptions about me out of the way and the first thing I wanna say is I’m not a guru.

Now that I’ve gotten that one out of the way, let’s get into this post!

There are a few misconceptions people have about me as a blogger, but a few that I have heard the most include:

  • She only thinks type 4 hair is pretty, but there are other hair types that are beautiful
  • She’s famous! 
  • Aria must have her “hair degree”.
  • Of course she’s gonna recommend that product, she’s trying to take your money.
  • I wonder what she’s like in real life.
  • She always gives the best advice!

As flattered as I am, I can’t shine in artificial sunlight. In other words, I don’t like being misunderstood (frustrating, right?!) and although some of these misconceptions are flattering, I feel the need to clear the air and set things straight.

I Believe All Hair Is Beautiful

Even though my blog is geared for those of us who have type 4 hair, I’m not saying that no other hair types are worthy of my time. 

It’s easy to come across as a “hair snob” when your content only focuses on one hair type, but the truth of the matter is, type 4 hair is something I’m passionate about (and am still trying to figure out) because that’s what grows from my scalp and it’s something personal to me and it’s the hair I have the most experience with.

I’m Simply A Normal Person

I don’t want you coming to my website and viewing my hair journey as the magical answer to all of your hair problems. My content here at Fantastic 4 Kinks comes from my own experiences as a regular person going through my own hair journey.

Please keep in mind that while you may get new ideas from my regimen and product experiences, it’s not my intention to make you feel like the only things that will work for your hair are going to be the things that work for mine.

I Have No Professional Training

I didn’t attend college to learn about hair, I’ve simply spent years learning about my own hair. So, I hope you don’t think I know a single thing about your hair, but I do know a lot about my hair and I still can’t say I’m an “expert” in that department either.

I’m Not Here To Sell

If you check out my affiliate disclosure, you’ll see that my site does contain links to the products I mention throughout my content and if you should choose to purchase something using my links here at My Hi-Po Fro, I will be compensated (at no additional cost to you). Read my full disclosure by clicking here.

HOWEVER, I’m not putting those links there strictly to sell you a pretty product wrapped in false promises.

The products I review and mention are things I’ve tried that have worked for me (unless it’s a negative review… yes, I have those, too).

Would I love to quit my job and blog full-time from home? Of course I would, however, I have a full-time job in the “real world” because the focus of my site is to share my experiences and help others in the areas of their natural hair journey where I struggled.

What You See Is What You Get

I’ve always been a laid back kind of gal and I’m sure you’ll get the sense that when it comes to my content, this is no exception. I believe in being myself and that’s probably never going to change (unless the zombie apocalypse happens, then I may very well pick up a sword and become violent).

I have no reason to lie about my natural hair journey or my experiences because at the end of the day, I don’t want you to be mad at me for feeding you a bunch of crap.

It’s so much easier to keep things real. Can’t a girl just be herself?

All of my reviews and opinions are honest and are in no way altered by promises of payment from any company. I strongly frown upon that.

Anyone who sponsors me is open to the same treatment as unsponsored posts, which means the good and the bad are always mentioned for any products I review and share with you (unless I can’t find anything negative to say because those kinds of products do exist).

I’m Not Perfect

Even though I do my best to be as accurate as possible with the information here at Fantastic 4 Kinks, considering the fact that I’m no guru, it should come as no surprise to you that sometimes I’m going to be wrong. As a matter of fact, I’m sure as you continue to read through my posts that you’ll even notice typos and misspelled words.

Please don’t expect perfection because you’ll just end up being very disappointed.

Keep in mind that I’m just a normal person without formal training on this topic and that the things I know are simply the things I know about MY hair and should not necessarily be taken as a suggestion to follow my routine or product recommendations precisely.

Your hair routine should fit your lifestyle and the products you choose ultimately come down to how well you get to know your own hair and adjust your hair care practices to fit your hair’s needs.

We all make mistakes, bloggers are people too!

Why I’m Not A Guru

I'm Not A Guru

Even though I’m passionate about natural hair care, I’m not a guru because I’m not claiming to be able to solve your hair problems directly. What I MAY be able to do inspire you to try something new that may (or may not) work for you and your hair goals.

I hardly think I can call myself a guru if the only thing I can offer you is my opinion based on what I’ve experienced with my hair journey. Wouldn’t you agree?

Moving Forward…

I’d like you to keep in mind as you continue to check out my content (hopefully) that I’m in no position to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do with your hair.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you to choose what’s best for your type 4 kinks, even if it goes against what’s common in the natural hair community.

So, now that I’ve cleared the air about why I’m not a guru, let’s move forward together on this crazy (yet wonderful) natural journey!

Here’s To Your Healthy Hair Journey!

Aria Len

Sharing my natural hair journey with hopes to inspire you to find what makes your hair happy in order to reach your hair goals.

6 thoughts on “I’m Not A Guru: Common Misconceptions About Me As A Blogger

  1. I think this has to do with a lot of us bloggers. I don’t think we’re either gurus or have professional training in our crafts (though I do in one of my blogs, but the other three are not). However, we’re passionate not only about the topics at hand, but passionate about helping people in our topics. For instance, one of my own blogs has to do with alternative history to provide counterarguments to mainstream thought. I have been passionate about such a niche for years. The same goes for another one of my sites. It goes to show many of our aspiring bloggers that they don’t have to be experts. Enjoy the topic you’re talking about and readers will find and read from you. 

    1. I agree with you 100%! It’s all about passion, I just dislike when people confuse that passion with being an expert and then when things don’t go the way a reader expects them to, things start to get ugly and readers can start throwing allegations freely.

      Writing this post (I hope) will help stop the confusion before it even starts by letting everyone reading know that I’m just a normal person and am by no means an expert nor will I ever claim to be.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the struggles (and joys) of blogging and being a blogger.

      Wishing you the best!

  2. I can see that you are a humble person, you guru (kidding)! Joking aside, you come across as someone that really wants to help people and provide the best advice and products possible. That is important and it comes across in your writing, and that goes a long way to putting people at ease.

    You do have a focus on the main area that interests you, but I see that you also cover other types of hair over your main focus of the type 4 hair. It means that anyone with haor can learn something when they stop by your website and read your valuable posts.

    Really is nice that you took the time to drop this first-person account about who you are and what you are covering across the website. I know that if I needed some advice on hair, I would stop by here to see what advice you can provide. Do you also cover nutrition and etc. for hair? 

    That is an area I could use some advice on, No matter what kind or type of hair you have in Dubai, it is under attack always from the elements, especially in the Summer months when it can get to 50 degrees C or higher even. Anything you can advise for us all would be great!

    1. It means a lot that my message comes to you so clearly, Dave!

      I really appreciate you taking time to share your thoughts on the content here at Fantastic 4 Kinks!

      I will be covering how diet affects hair growth, and you asked an excellent question.

      There are certain natural oils and butters that are great for protecting the hair from the UV rays, which I will also be covering in future posts here.

      I would just say to keep your hair moisturized and covered if possible with a hat or light head wrap (or bandana?) and hold that moisture in by sealing with a natural oil such as unrefined coconut oil

      Coconut oil is also very cooling, so applying a little to the scalp on a hot day will help minimize how much heat your scalp is holding on to.

      I hope this helps! Don’t forget to stop by in the future to get tips on eating healthy for hair growth!

  3. Its really interesting when most people think bloggers are simply out of this world because most times, our suggestions and ideas seem to always be in place with our needs but then, it might really be flattering though but they do forget we go through a lot by making proper researches before dishing out information. Seriously, I like the way you’ve clarified everything in this post and the more reason people would trust you and discover that all you do is to help them solely.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words!

      This is something I’ve noticed online, people following every single method of another blogger without realizing we’re just people, too!

      While it’s great to try new things (and I won’t lie, someone thinking I’m an expert is flattering) I’m baffled by the amount of people that use products simply because someone with hair they like (or anything for that matter) will blindly throw out all logic and just go with the flow.

      I love nature and going with the flow, but I’ve also learned that we must know ourselves before we can improve ourselves.

      How can we improve something when we don’t even know what the problem is?

      Anyhoo, don’t get me started on my rants *lol*.

      I’m simply a guide and someone that just wants to show others type 4 hair care isn’t one size fits all, but that it’s something we have to customize to make our own to give us the results we’re looking for.

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