When we talk about natural hair, we are referring to kinky or tightly curled hair that has never been touched by chemical relaxer. Before now, most African women were ashamed to carry their natural hair while others were too lazy to maintain it, so they used chemicals to make it straight and easy to handle. But now, women have started embracing their beautiful afro and that has made the demand for the knowledge on how to take care of natural hair increased.
To be honest, African natural hair can really be tough and difficult to maintain, but put aside the laziness, there are series of routine procedure that can be used to take care of natural hair in Nigeria. All that is needed is patience and consistency and that beautiful black, curly and shiny hair will be achieved. Read on to learn this simple tips and enjoy your hair.
Methods on How to Take Care of Natural Hair
These easy tips are all you need to take care of your beautiful natural hair so it can be glossy, shiny and healthy.
1). Using Hair Oil
There are so many natural oils that are particularly good for hair and they are listed below;
- Coconut oil: Apply this oil on your hair and leave it overnight so you can achieve that shine you desire.
- Olive oil: Massage this on your hair for 20 minutes.
- Avocado oil: Apply this on your hair for 10 minutes to moisturize it.
- Argan oil: Use this in place of a conditioner after washing your hair.
- Tea tree oil: Mix it with your shampoo and use it to regrow your hair.
- Almond oil: Apply this on your hair and leave it overnight.
- Pumpkin seed oil: Apply this on your hair for an hour or two to protect your hair cuticles against damage.
- Alma oil: Massage this on your scalp to reduce hair breakage.
- Jojoba oil: Apply this oil on your hair to fix split ends.
- Castor oil: This oil stimulates hair growth. Apply it once weekly to make your hair soft and grow.
- Mustard oil: mustard oil also stimulates growth. Massages it on your hair and leave it for 20 minutes. Do this three times in a week.
2). Using Vitamins that are Good for Hair
Vitamins are generally good for our body, they help us fight off infections and keep us healthy. Well, you will be pleased to know that vitamins are also very important in keeping healthy and beautiful hair. Below is the list of vitamins that help improve hair conditions, their various functions and their sources.
1). Vitamin A:
This improves the elastic nature of the hair and prevents dryness. It can be found in Apple.
2). Vitamin B1:
Vitamin B1 strengthens and improves the colour of the hair. It can be found in oranges, eggs, nuts, whole-grain etc.
3). Vitamin B2:
This vitamin protects the hair from dryness. It is present in beef, milk, fish, mushroom, spinach, almond etc.
4). Vitamin B3:
It is important for keeping the hair color radiant and for preventing dullness. You can get this vitamin from yeast, meat, cereal, legumes, green leafy vegetable etc.
5). Vitamin B6:
This vitamin is effective in stimulating hair growth and preventing hair loss. You can find it in banana, sweet potato, avocado, meat, fish etc.
6). Vitamin B7:
This vitamin helps to keep the hair healthy. It can be found in egg yolk, peanut, milk, walnut, liver, avocado etc.
7). Vitamin B9:
This is effective for restoring and strengthening of hair. It is present in dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, citrus fruits etc.
8). Vitamin B10:
It helps protect hair from early graying. Gets this vitamin from eating liver, kidney, rice, potato, dairy products, fish etc.
9). Vitamin B12:
Just like vitamin B6, this vitamin also promotes hair growth and prevent hair loss. It can be found in beef, liver, chicken, cheese etc.
10). Vitamin C:
Vitamin C improve the circulation of blood and promotes hair growth. It is present in guava, oranges, bell peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, papaya etc.
11). Vitamin D:
This vitamin also stimulate hair growth, it is also effective in nourishing hair follicles and scalp. You can get it from fatty fishes like; tuna, mackerel and salmon. It can also be found in dairy products, orange juice, cereal, beef liver etc.
12). Vitamin E:
Vitamin E makes the hair silky and shiny. It can be found in almond, spinach, avocado, shrimp, olive oil, broccoli etc.
Eating foods, fruits and vegetables rich in these vitamins will give us the supplements we need for our hair and overall health.
3). Always keep your Hair Moisturized.
This is one of the most important tips on how to grow and maintain a thick, long and healthy hair. This can be done in the following ways;
- Always ensured to use a conditioner every time you wash your hair. Apply the conditional to the tip of the hair and leave it for 3 minutes before properly rinsing it off. This will help keep a damaged, dry and brittle hair moisturized.
- Make sure to use a deep-acting conditioner every two to three weeks to help keep the hair soft and moisturized. Follow the instructions written on the package of the products on how to apply it.
- You can also use a leave-in hair conditioner. This type of conditional does not need to be washed off. You can apply it to the tip of your hair after washing or taking a shower. It stays in the hair and protects it from sunrays and pollution as well as keeping it soft and moisturized.
4). Regular Hair Trimming
Trimming the dry edges of the hair every 3 to 4 months will improve the growth of the hair. Yes, it is difficult to trim your hair especially when you need the hair to grow but doing that will greatly keep the hair in good condition.
5). Using Hair Wraps of Shawl
Wrapping your hair will protect it from damaging sunrays or dirts during the day. It can also prevent the hair from losing oil and minerals in the night while you sleep. Use silk shawl or scarf to wrap your hair because unlike cotton and synthetic tissue, silk does not absorb oil. Please only do this when it is necessary.
6). Protect the tip of your Hair
The tip of the hair gets the least natural oils and as such they are quite fragile and breaks off easily. Leaving the hair loosed all the time can contribute to this damage, so always try to pick up your hair to prevent this. You can do this using a hair pin.
7). Eating Healthy Foods
We cannot overemphasize the importance of eating healthy foods. As earlier stated with examples, there are vitamins that increase the growth and health of our hair. Try your best to eat the listed foods that are rich in those necessary vitamins for a completely healthy, silky, shiny and beautiful hair.
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Regular Practices for the Care of Natural Hair
1). Do not use hair dryer often:
High temperature makes the hair dry and brittle, so avoid over using hair dryer on your hair. If you must use it, it should not be more than once in a week.
2). Avoid using hair dye:
The chemicals used in making hair dyes and not so good for the hair, they cause damages to the hair, so try to avoid using them or at least give a break of 4 to 6 months before using them again.
3). Avoid stress:
Stress as we know, is not good for our health, skin and hair. It affects the growth of the hair and makes it thin. Ensure to avoid stressful situations at all times, do what makes you happy and avoid things that makes you nervous.
4). Limit the use of hair straighteners:
Like I stated earlier, high temperatures make the hair dry and brittle. Hair straighteners can heat up to 230 degrees Celsius and that value is far above boiling point of water. So in plain English, you are cooking your hair and this is extremely damaging to the hair. But if you insist on using it, do it once every 6 months.
5). Brush or comb hair gently:
A lot of people do not have patience when brushing their hair. They just want to get it over and done with so they force the brush or comb through it and end up damaging their hair as well as causing a lot of pain to their scalp. When brushing your hair, do it gently, start from the end and slowly move upwards. Do not brush your hair when it is wet, dry it up a little and apply hair oil to it, brush it using big to medium toothed comb or brush.
6). Avoid over washing your hair:
Wash your hair only when it is necessary because washing remove some natural oils from the hair. You do not need to wash your hair every time you take a shower, you can indulge in washing your hair once or twice in a week.
7). Braid your hair:
Instead of using hot hair straighteners to make your hair straight, you can braid it. When braids are loosened, they stretch up the hair and this will go a long way in protecting your hair.
Taking care of your hair naturally is easy and fun. All you have to do is avoid the don’ts, use pure natural hair oils, eat meals rich in vitamins and carry out a general healthy hair care routine. All these will guarantee you that curly, silky, shiny and beautiful natural hair you desire.