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The Basics Of Natural Haircare

The key is to keep it hydrated always

BY Patience Emine

May 19, 2021, 04:28 PM

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Looking after natural hair is a job in its own right, and while wigs, braids, and weaves can help us look better, understanding the basics of natural hair care is the only way to improve growth and condition. Especially in these socially distanced times when we can't rely on professional help.

A Wide-Tooth Comb Is Your Best Friend

The texture of natural hair texture is generally coarse and thick so the best way to work through it is by using a wide-tooth comb. This is because the spaces between the teeth ensure that minimal breakage occurs when working through knots and detangling.

Using a wide-tooth comb will also help avoid unwanted headaches and unnecessary time otherwise spent loosening up your curls. Make sure your afro is damp before brushing and work your way through it with your fingers before using a comb.

Our top tip: Sectioning the hair will make it more manageable.

Wash Day Is Key

Maintaining a proper wash routine will boost your hair growth. Using shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for natural hair (with no sulfates) will provide the essential nutrients needed for hair to flourish. Be sure to wash with warm as opposed to hot water, as the scalding temperatures will dry out natural hair even more.

Our top tip: For healthy hair opt for moisture-rich products that contain avocado, coconut, and olive oil.

Don’t Neglect Your Scalp

Our hair follicles naturally produce oils that promote growth and provide nourishment. In the same way, your face breaks out when it is not cleaned properly, a build-up of dirt and oils in your hair will lead to problems such as itchiness and dandruff.

This is why it's important to take care of your scalp. To properly cleanse your scalp, apply shampoo and gently massage in a circular motion. This will effectively remove dirt and excess oil as well as stimulate the follicles for new hair growth. Do not use your nails to scrape your scalp while washing as this will cause damage to hair follicles, opening the door for infection and sensitivity.

Condition, Condition, Condition

To keep your curls healthy and soft it is important to incorporate deep conditioning into your hair care program. Natural hair tends to dry out very quickly and needs to be kept hydrated. Mineral-rich and argan oil-infused conditioners are best to use during this process. You can also easily create your own deep conditioning mask at home using yogurt, avocado, honey, and eggs. These ingredients are packed with nutrients to stimulate hair growth, strengthen hair and leave it a radiant glow.

Our top tip: Use a conditioning treatment at night and wrap your hair in a plastic bag for added heat, which will help the conditioner penetrate the hair shaft.

Say NO To The Hairdryer

Hairdryers are natural hair's worst enemy and for good reason. The high heat paired with excess brushing and pulling will break your hair, damage the ends and dry it out even more than normal. Air drying is the safest and most beneficial way to work with natural hair. 

Protect At Night

Plaiting your hair before sleeping keeps it together and will effectively lock in moisture. Once you've plaited your hair wrap it in a silk or satin scarf, the more delicate the fabric the better for natural hair.

Our top tip: Cotton is often too harsh for natural hair and withdraws moisture while causing friction.

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