Washing Your Hair
Here are simple steps to care for your natural hair. Mist your hair with water mixed with conditioner to detangle your hair prior to washing. Trust me it makes washing and combing through with large teeth comb a breeze. Use your fingers. I recommend although it takes longer. It’s okay to use those large teeth comb. Start at the ends first to separate gently, and then separate down to the roots and repeat for your satisfaction.
You can wash your hair 1 to 2 times/weekly. Just keep in mind since our hair depletes in moisture quickly, the often you wash your curly hair your stripping it from the natural moisture it already has. Leading too dry, brittle hair. I would suggest to wash your hair every 7 to 14 days. This can limit dryness and product buildup.
There are sulfate free shampoos to shampoos low in sulfates. I use either or shampoo rich in moisturize. Tresemme shampoo luxurious shampoo and its condition are my absolute favorites. Its very important to select a shampoo and a conditioner that works well with your hair. A hydrating moisturizing shampoo and conditioner is the way to go. Key factor. Your hair loves water, which is its first moisture, then followed by a moisturizing shampoo and a conditioner.
Co-Washing is another regimen by naturals. This helps to moisturize your hair. Co- washing your hair is just a conditioner. You can do this every 3 to 5 days. It will help moisturize hair, and keep it manageable. Caution. If have lots of product build up. Revert to washing first with moisturizing shampoo.
Deep conditioning your hair is very important. You can do this once a week to 2 times in a month.
You can use essential/organic oils like coconut, olive oil. Lightweight oils will moisturize your hair and make it shiny, and will not weigh it down. Castor oil is thick. It provides moisture, shine, aids in growth, and seals in moisture. Avoid petroleum as it can clog scalp pores.
Styling Your Hair
Utilize a wide tooth brush. Start from the ends of your hair first; never comb straight down from the roots. Abstain from brushing/combing your hair regular; detangle with your fingers. Ensure your hair is mist or somewhat wet before detangling. Hair is the weakest when wet, so allow it to dry somewhat first.
Air drying is the best recommendation. But if you choose not to, you can sit under a hooded dryer. Blow dry hair on low temperature with heat protectant and abstain from excessive passes over the hair. Heat protectants come in numerous structures, other than splashes, including: cleanser, conditioners, creams, and serums. Abstain from pulling your hair or styling tight, which can prompt breakage. Last but not least utilize a plastic clip rather than metal clasp.
If you must or desire, select sewn-in weaves over glue-in weaves. Glue-in weaves can tear out your hair when removing. Change your weave each 1½ and 3 months no more. Give your hair a chance to rest for a couple of weeks before wearing weaves. Let your hair go natural every once in a while, for a few weeks. This is important when wearing high-stress hairstyles, such as weaves, cornrows, and braids. Being in the trend of fashion is great. However, these styles can put a lot of stress on your hair. Wear your hair natural for a week or two, or in between styles so that it can breathe. You can opt to wrap your hair in a nice scarf, or headband around nape, or adding in a cute hair accessory. I like seeing natural adding accessories to their hair. One of my favorite is the flower to the side. Who have seen this fashionable trend? Wearing twists, Twist outs or Braid outs are popular low maintenance styles. Also, you can wear a high puff, if your able too. I use a soft long broad shoelace I get from my local beauty store. I place it around the base of my nape and push up toward the center of my head, while securing tightly after I made a single loop. I secure with bobby pins after I made a final knot to secure shoelace in place, and fluff out to achieve desire look.
Moisturizing Your Hair
Yes. I can’t highly stress how important to maintain a moisturized hair. Not oily hair! But hair that’s styled or worn for a week to two weeks need to be kept moisturized to reduced dry hair and lower the risk of breaking. Moisturizing is recommended based on when your hair needs it, such as 3 to 4 days depending on what oil or cream moisturizer used. Remember get to know and understand your hair by trial and error. Your hair will speak to you.
Sleeping On Silky Pillow/Sleeping In A Satin Bonnet
Sleeping on silky pillow, satin bonnet, or polyester scarf on your hair act as a external protection. Routinely sleeping on a cotton pillow can draw out moisture and can pull on hair strands during movement.
Avoid Using Too Much Heat
If you can reduce the amount of heat applied to your hair often. Flat iron and blow dryers are (higher risk); hair dryer are lower risk. This is caution to your hair, which can lead to heat damaged. Trust me I experienced this. Not fun. The Hair is limp, altered from its original curl pattern (becoming straighten), weakened that eventually breaks off. After going to a Dominican Salon, two, three or more passes over same section of hair created heat damaged. I was so hurt and blamed myself as I trusted the stylist. Life is a learning experience. After that experience, I cut off the section of heat damaged made front of my hair. Its shorter than the rest of my hair, but its growing. It will grow back, don’t worry. I hardly use heat on my hair. If I do, I use heat protectant on low heat.
Colored Treated Hair
Colored treated hair must be care/treated to reduce dry, dull, brittle hair leading to breakage. Consult with your hair stylist before you DIY.
Trim Those Ends
Last and definitely not least. Trim your ends when needed. I am not going to say trim every month or every 2-4 months. It all depend on how you care your hair. Obviously, if you haven’t had a good trim for awhile or long time, more than likely you may have knots, uneven hair, or possibly split ends, which can lead to breakage due to routine regimens. Trimming is simple to do. It not only allow you ends to look fresh and even, but manageable as well, you will notice the difference during your routine regimens. Look at the ends that are easily thin to see through, knots, split ends, or uneven and trim. You can get a trusted hair stylist to assist.