NATURAL HAIR has become a huge sensation, ladies transitioning from permed hair, and others doing the big chop. I cannot help but agree that curly, kinky full hairs are worth it. But when it comes to maintaining your natural hair it takes more effort.
Here are a few easy tips to maintain your natural hair…
1. Eat Healthy; Nutritious meals are essential to growing stronger, healthier hair. A balanced healthy meal rich in low-fat proteins, dairy products, fruits, and vegetables will aid your hair growth.
2. When it comes to maintaining healthy natural hair water is a necessity, by drinking and also consistently applying water on your hair. Always have a water spray bottle with you, keep your hair hydrated. You do not have to spray it dripping wet, just a little damp (not to the root to avoid itchy scalp) will do.
3. Know when to wash your hair. You do not have to wash your hair every day; it leaves it thin and gives room for breakage. However, you should wash once every two weeks, to avoid dryness. Always remember to cleanse your scalp; they get itchy occasionally due to product build-up, dirt, and oil.
4. What do you use for your hair? You do not just use any hair shampoo or conditioner; only use sulfate-free shampoo. You have to be sure it’s a natural hair shampoo and conditioner, use a moisture-boosting shampoo and conditioner in other to restore moisture in your hair. Also, avoid using very hot water when you are washing, it dries out your hair and removes moisture from it instead, uses lukewarm water to cleanse your hair properly.
5. Oil your hair frequently; natural hairs need oil, lots of it. Oiling your hair should be a daily habit; oil plays a key role in making sure your hair stays healthy. Oils can be used to moisturize your hair and also seal in the already existing moisture. Use oils like, Coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil to add moisture, use oils like Castor oil, Grape seed oil, and Jojoba oil for sealing in moisture into the hair.
6. Ditch your net bonnet, always use a satin bonnet. Never go to bed without a satin bonnet or scarf on. It keeps your hair from breaking and tangling while you sleep. Also, a silk or satin pillowcase is much better than a cotton pillowcase.
7. Braid your hair before going to bed, braiding before sleep helps to seal in moisture all through the night.
8. Trim your hair regularly, part of the natural hair journey is having to trim your split ends regularly, split ends indicate hair damage, and if left unattended to, they will continue slitting and damage your hair more.
9. Always use a wide-tooth comb, natural hair tends to tangle and form into knots which make combing through it difficult. To reduce the risk of hair damage and breakage, you should use combs with a wider and softer tooth, the makes detangling hair less damaging and painful.
10. When deciding what hairstyles to make always go for protective styles, they help prevent your hair from breakage, shedding, or damage. Ensure your hairstylist ease up on your edges in other to reduce tension on your scalp.
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