If you’ve ever decided to go natural, you know exactly how taxing and frustrating day-to-day routines can be. I even got to a point where I questioned God as to why He chose coarse hair for the black folk. Lol, that’s how deep this natural hair thing can get.
I have been natural for 5 months now and have come to know a few tricks that every naturalista should know and try.
Here are a 8 tips to an enjoyable and fruitful natural hair journey:
- Moisture is your best friend. Keep your hair hydrated with a water based moisturiser and seal that moisture with oil. This keeps your hair shiny and healthy.
- Give your hair a good wash at least once every week or once every other week. Make sure that you use a shampoo that won’t strip your hair of it’s natural oils. Some shampoos can make your hair dry, resulting in breakage and dead ends. Always condition after washing, to keep your hair soft and remember to rather use an old cotton shirt to dry your hair. Towels are rough and can break it.
- Co-washing is King! During the week that you won’t shampoo, it will do your hair some great nourishing to deep condition it and then rinse off the conditioner. A great hack is to mix your conditioner with some coconut or olive oil.
- Detangle with your fingers before using your comb. Gently separate your hair, section by section and remove the visible knots as you go. After finger combing, apply a decent amount of moisturiser in your hands and work it into your hair. Using a wide tooth comb, start detangling from the ends to the roots. Be gentle.
- Give your hair a break. Low manipulation allows your hair to strengthen and also contributes to its growth levels.
- Avoid using a lot of heat on your hair. Instead of blow drying, let it air dry. And if you want to stretch it, rather use the African threading method, flat twists or even Bantu knots for a cute style afterwards.
- Deep condition at least twice a month. This strengthens your hair and improves its elasticity.
- Drink lots of water. In order for your produce good fruits, it needs to be watered.
These simple tips will ensure that both you and your hair are happy!
Have any other tips that you’d like to share? Simply leave a comment below, and I’ll be sure to respond.