Experiencing a difficult time managing your hair?
The reason why some naturals may struggle with their hair is mostly likely taken too many hair advice and constantly listening to manufacturers selling you products considered to be the next big thing . What am I referring about? The idea of “Solving Hair Problem”. Manufacture of products tend to push you to find that “perfect hair product(s) or mastering a simple hair technique, such as protective styling in order to have a successful natural hair journey. If you experience this, you may found that what works for you may not work for the majority. Having a successful hair outcome is not based on high end products or specific protective styles, but is based on the lifetime success of fundamental simple hair care personal regimens.
Healthy Hair Care Maintenance
This is very important. When you sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase it helps to decrease the risk of frizz, snagging, breakage, and dryness of the hair. In this manner your hair can stay healthy and lower the risk to break off. On the contrary, cotton pillowcases can pull and snag the hair and quickly reduce the moisture from the hair.
Don’t worry. You can substitute a satin or silk pillowcase, and sleep in a snag free hair bonnet, or pull hair up if you can and wrap with a snag free scarf.
Moisture! Moisture! My curly friends. Your hair love Moisture! Moisturize the ends of your hair. If your hair feels dry. More than likely moisture is needed. Moisturizing regularly helps to prevent split or damaged ends. Here are some examples of moisturizes I used, serum, butter hair creams, or natural oils, such as coconut oil, almond oil, castor oil, Argan oil, or olive oil. Little goes long way. To use add small amounts, and apply more when needed. Depending on the moisturize you use, I found that a rich butter moisturizing cream last longer than oils. For me, I apply every 3 to 4 days.
Why Moisture? Moisture reduce the risk of your hair from getting dry, tearing and breaking easily. I don’t recommend the use of petrolatum, lanolin, and mineral oils. From my experience they can dry out your hair and impede moisture from penetrating the hair shaft. In addition, it is known to clog your pores, who wants a scalp that is not free to breathe?
LOC method you curly girls may have heard. After washing your hair, the next step is to apply a moisturizing leave in conditioner. Followed by an oil, I tend to use castor oil. This seal in moisture and ensure that your hair stays moisturized.
I use protein treatment once a month or second month. Your hair is made up of protein. Protein treatment can help to make your hair less susceptible to breakage and over-moisturizing. Be careful not to overuse protein in your hair otherwise it is likely to break off.
I have not used hot oil treatments. From some naturals who do, said doing the treatment twice a month adds moisture and elasticity to your hair. Here are the instruction to hot oil treatment I came across. Directions: Heat ½ to 1 cup of oil in a pot of hot water. Part your hair into sections, use a bottle applicator to apply the oil. Massage the oil into your hair and scalp. Cover your hair with a shower cap or a warm towel for 30 minutes. Wash out the oil with a shampoo, no co-washing is used.
It is recommended not to heat oil in the microwave due to exposing it to alter its properties.
Last but certainly not least, trim your uneven, knotted or split ends. Yes. I am guilty too. Although, we want length, but it’s more important to have HEALTH! Even healthy hair is prone to getting split ends. You can dust your hair when needed, referring to trimming with scissors with on sections that have splint ends and knots, or you can get a trusted professional hairdresser to give you a nice trim. You will have a nice even layered hair as well. BONUS! Remember to check your hair regularly. Moisturizing is good in its place, however, they don’t solve split or knotted ends that need greater attention (TRIMMING).
Live, Love, and Embrace The Natural You! Your BEAUTIFUL!