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Wearing natural hair does not have to be difficult. A healthy hair journey surely comes with a ton of trial and error. Mistakes are going to be made, every style isn’t going to work out, and there may be some damage done along the way. But that’s okay! No one ever said growing and maintaining natural hair was a walk in the park. That said, embracing your Afro-texture doesn’t have to be a pain in the ass either. From the products in your daily routine, all the way down to your attitude towards your curls, there are plenty of things to keep in mind when caring for your tresses.
If you’re on a healthy hair journey or on a quest to achieve healthier longer & stronger hair, its important to know what obstacles may be standing in your way and perhaps even preventing your hair from reaching its full potential. Here are some tips for growing and maintaining natural hair with ease. These tips are very important, so make sure that you read it! If not you risk chemically processing your hair without even knowing it…:
1. Don’t use products containing chemicals on your hair. Avoid hair care products with mineral oils, parabens, petroleum, silicones, dyes etc. – Such chemical additives can dry out your hair, leave it brittle and also cause permanent damage if used regularly. Chemical additives such as parabens, silicones, sulfates etc. attack the keratin in your hair, strip moisture from your hair or prevent moisture from being absorbed by your hair, – in the long run, this causes your hair to thin as well as break. Try using Cantu, Wenaturals, Shea moisture and other good products.
2. Don’t wash your hair too much. Shampooing black hair frequently can be drying to both the strands and scalp.
3. Use combs and brushes made from natural fibers such as wild boar hair as well as a wide-tooth combs when detangling hair in order to
prevent hair breakage. If you happen to have knots in your hair, be very gentle when trying to take them out. Use hair conditioner or DIY spray to make your hair more slippery and a wide tooth comb to detangle your hair. You can create a DIY spray with your favorite detangler or leave-in conditioner, purified water, and a few drops of natural oil mixed in a spray bottle.
4. Don’t dry your hair using the highest temperature on your blow dryer and avoid placing the blow dryer too close to your scalp. Never straighten your hair using hair togs as these can cause severe and permanent damage to your hair and cause it to break, thus preventing your hair growth altogether.
5. Be patient. The average hair growth each year is six inches, and this applies to ALL races. Hair growth- natural, relaxed, texturised or under hair extensions- takes time to grow. The more you watch it, the slower it seems to take. Measure every few months and then focus on other things. By the time you measure again, you’ll be shocked by the results.
6. Avoid ‘natural’laxers! These are not natural or organic products, but relaxers and texturisers under a different name. These companies can see the increase in women wearing their natural hair, so they want to tap into that market. A clue that the product is not what it seems is the ingredients. If you see lots of chemicals then it is not what a natural is looking for. Compare the ingredients to those in a relaxer/texturiser’s box, and you will see how similar they are.
7. Use natural hair mask containing Shea butter, oils, and aloe vera in order to hydrate and nourish your hair. This helps to replenish any moisture lost from your hair, which is very important in maintaining hair length and avoiding hair breakage.
8. Trim Regularly. Be sure to never sacrifice your hair health just to keep your length. At the end of the day, your hair looks much healthier after a trim, which should be done regularly every three months. Skipping regular trims can causes split ends to split up the shaft, which will ultimately require that you trim off more hair.
9. Avoid High Tension Hairstyles. As much as we love our box braids, Senegalese twists, and faux locs, they don’t always keep black hair as protected as we think. Braided and twisted styles that are taut and tight can put too much strain on the hair and follicles and lead to shedding and traction alopecia. You don’t have to avoid these styles completely, but keep in mind that gentle braiding and loose twists are the way to go.
10. Don’t compare your hair to others. It’s too easy to pit your mane against hair you see in tutorials, on blogs, and floating around social media. Your hair may not perform like someone else’s, but that doesn’t make it any less special. In fact, it’s that very uniqueness that makes your hair stunning. A simple ‘don’t’ is to stop judging your hair because it doesn’t look like someone else’s on YouTube/ Instagram or other social media apps. Your hair has its own unique beauty. Learn how to love and celebrate it.
These are the major ten ways to maintain your natural hair. Always keep them in mind when you are pampering and buying products for your hair. Using these tips should help you grow fantastic natural hair. I hope y’all love these. Please do share and tell a friend to tell a friend to check my blog out. XoXo 💋💋💋
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