Taking care of your natural hair will help you to embrace it more. This hair type is naturally frizzy, so to tame that mane, you need to learn the best tips and tricks of the trade to help your hair look its best.
According to All Things Hair, on your journey to loving your natural hair, you will become more confident with more moisturized and glossy locks. To look after your natural hair, you can’t just use any products! Like any hair type, you need to create your hair care routine around it, and use adapted products. You will feel like you have brand new hair after all the TLC you will give it!
Only Apply Shampoo To Your Scalp
To avoid product build-up, avoid applying your go-to shampoo to your all of your hair. What needs washing and refreshing is your scalp. Select carefully your shampoo so that it is suitable for your hair type and opt for a sulfate-free shampoo for a chemical-free solution! Opt for natural ingredients such as coconut oil that will nourish your hair – you’ll have salon-quality hair all the time!
Think of Pre-Shampooing
Ever heard of pre-shampooing? It consists in protecting your hair before jumping under the shower and applying your shampoo. Use natural oils such as coconut oil to protect your strands, olive oil can also do the trick! Lots of oil can be lost throughout the shampooing process, so you are adding a bit of substance before your shower. As well as hydrating your hair, coconut oil stimulates hair growth and fights against dandruff, your hair woes will be history! Leave your chosen oil to rest for around 10 minutes and then start your shower.
Don’t Use Hot Water
Although this applies to all hair types, it is even more important for natural hair. Hot showers, however therapeutic they may be, can cause havoc to your hair. It can add extra frizz – so be sure to use warm water to wash your hair. And after deep conditioning, wash your hair with cold water to refresh it!
Keep Up To Date With Trims
Make sure you head to the salon regularly to get your ends trimmed. This will help limit breakage and will strengthen your hair. If you leave your hair to run wild, then unhealthy hair can attach itself to healthy hair and damage it all!
Limit Heat Styling Tools
Like with any hair type, heat styling can seriously damage your hair. Limiting the use of heat styling tools can help you gain healthier, more luscious hair. If you are still tempted to blow dry or straighten your hair, be sure to use a heat protectant to seal your hair before any styling. Don’t make a habit of this though – air drying is still the recommended method, it’s natural! Use leave-in conditioner to give your hair more oils and moisture, and it battles the long-dreaded frizz!
Respect A Balanced Diet
Take care of your mind and body and your hair will take care of itself. A balanced diet will not only improve your health, but also your hair. Omega 3-s and vitamins will help give moisture to your hair and will make it look salon-fresh. Healthy hair works from the inside, out!
Protect Your Hair At Night
Your body – hair included, needs a rest at night. Use a silk pillow case to avoid tangled locks and breakage during the night. You can also tie your hair up or wrap it in a silky scarf to avoid any bad hair days! Silk also allows you to retain moisture whilst you sleep, giving you glorious hair even when you’ve just rolled out of bed!
Lower The Amount of Products
We know how satisfactory it sometimes is to see your shelves look like a Space NK store. However, it will do no good to your hair to coat your hair in many products. Keep the amount of products you use on a daily basis to a minimum. Using too many products can really destroy your hair. We recommend using a shampoo and conditioner from the same line by the same brand to ensure that your hair is protected and nourished in the same way from start to finish. Too much product will make your hair appear dull and dehydrated – not what you want from your haircare!
Pamper Your Hair
We cannot say this enough – in your selection of hair products, make sure there is a nourishing hair mask to improve your hair’s health. Your curls will be nourished, moisturized and transformed in very little time. It will also help facilitate the detangling process – you will no longer have an excuse to tug at your hair to get out the knots. Your curls will be bouncy and perfect in no time!
Don’t Over-wash Your Hair
Natural hair should be washed every week to every two weeks. Over-washing can make it damaged, brittle and dry. In between washes, spritz your hair with water, but if you just have to wash your hair – in case of hot temperatures or a gym sesh for example, feel free to break the rule! You don’t need to wash your hair with shampoo on every wash day either, as it strips the hair’s moisture – only shampoo your hair when you feel there is a lot of build-up! You don’t want dry, lifeless hair!
Low Maintenance Hairstyles
Another way to keep your hair healthy is by making sure your hairstyles are low maintenance. Crazy hairstyles, fun though they may be, could seriously damage your hair. Say goodbye to breakage with simple hairstyles. Opt for small twists for example, or heatless curls, or even just a simple natural bun to keep your hair out of your face in style. Low maintenance is good for your hair and is perfect for when you are on the go! No need to be a hair expert to ace natural and easy to achieve hairstyles. Your hair will thank you for it!