Have you ever desire that natural hair with all mixes and shades of black, looking so soft and luxuriant? A well styled, cloud like and sleek fur natural beauty! Though natural hair seems to be one of the hardest things to keep especially in this other part of the continent called- Africa. Even for some African America ladies, a lot needs to be put in use.
However, the good news is that, some basic steps can be taken to help manage this great gift of nature. I believe the following tips will help a great deal!
- Shampoo and condition you hair often: To keep your natural hair as healthy as ever, you must ensure that you apply shampoo to your hair at least 1 time a week. Shampooing your hair can restore cleanliness and hair can only break when dirty. Condition restores moisture and helps strengthen weak hair. Try shampooing and conditioning hair every 2 weeks.
- Comb the hair from ends to the roots: When combing the hair, do ensure that the combing is carefully done by combing the hair from ends to the roots. Extremely curly natural hair tends to tangle easily and if you comb your hair incorrectly you could damage the ends. You can also use a wide-toothed comb and work from the ends to the roots to work out any tangles. This will help you maintain healthy natural hair.
- Ensure you comb your hair when it’s wet. Instead of waiting for the hair to dry before combing you rather comb your hair when it is wet, or damp, and use a detangling agent. To get a healthy natural hair, you need to wash your hair at least once every seven days to keep the scalp and hair healthy. And if your hair is extremely dry, you may have to wash your hair at least once a week with a light cream rinse conditioner instead of shampoo, and use a baby shampoo once a month to remove any residue.
- Eliminate unwanted hair stigma: Try using good shampoo to purify the scalp, diffuse unsightly dandruff flakes, stimulate the scalp and unblock clogged hair follicles. Or, try an invigorating anti dandruff shampoo to gently cleanse hair and eliminate that itchy scalp.
- Use products that work for you: You know the type of products that has worked for you in the past and the ones that has caused a lot of trouble. So, you got to do the analysis yourself. But please try as much as you can to avoid heavy gels and hairsprays. Instead, you should use natural oils, like olive, coconut, jojoba and avocado.
- Dry hair naturally: It’s time to get rid of your hairdryer! Our hair type lacks moisture, and hairdryers burn away the little moisture that we do have. Air drying takes longer but it’s healthier for your hair. If you insist on using a hairdryer, use it on a cool setting and/or spray heat protectant over your hair.
- Take care when applying colour to the hair: Nothing makes natural hair look as dull and dry as excessive colouring. Explore natural colouring tools such as henna. But, if you really must colour, take extra care by using a replenishing moisture mask after every colouring session and don’t forget to use a leave-in conditioner every day.