Natural hair they say is tough to manage. Some say they don’t know the appropriate products to use. Others believe it is time-consuming and their busy schedule will not allow them carry out proper care for their hair. The truth is, caring for your hair is not as difficult as it seems. First, you need to know the product to use, how each of them work, and the right way to use them. Then diligently follow the outlined hair care routine for natural hair that will be discussed in this article.
Hair care routine for natural hair
The procedures listed below are highly effective and it is important to follow them consistently in order to achieve great results.
1). Washing your hair
This is very important in order to keep a neat and healthy hair but be careful not to overdo it. It is advisable to do it once in a week or two. Washing strips the hair and scalp off natural oils, thereby making it dry. The hair needs those oils to stay nourished and moisturized so try to limit washing of hair.
When faced with the decision on the type of shampoo to buy, some people get confused about whether to buy a sulfate-free shampoo or not. The truth is, it is your hair and you can buy any product you want so far it gives you the results you desire. There are different types of shampoo depending on their composition and effect. Kindly ask your hair stylist to recommend the exact shampoo you need at each particular time. Some people prefer to make their own shampoo depending on the needs of their hair, either ways, it is fine.
2). Conditioning your hair
Natural hair requires a lot of moisture and one way of supplying moisture to the hair is through conditioning. Carry out normal conditioning on your hair weekly to make sure the hair stays hydrated and avoid moisture loss. Ensure to focus on the tip of the hair because it is usually the driest part of the hair. You can condition your hair further in two ways;
- Deep conditioning
- Leave in conditioner
a). Applying deep conditioner
Deep conditioning your hair is an added boost to normal conditioning. It helps nourish the hair, restore curls and prevents frizz through it’s ability to penetrate hair cuticle. It adds more moisture to the hair and it can be done before or after normal conditioning. Deep conditioning is also very necessary for those that are transitioning their hair from chemically relaxed hair to natural virgin hair. The point between your natural hair and relaxed hair is usually very weak. Deep conditioning the hair weekly so it can strengthen the hair and make the process seamless.
b). Using leave in conditioner
Leave-in conditioners are the types of conditioners that do not require rinsing after being applied on the hair. They remain in the hair, keeping it moisturized and soft. It protects the hair from sunrays and pollutants, as well as enhancing detangling of the hair. It should be applied on the hair after washing or after taking a shower. Then use your hand or big toothed comb to detangle your hair gently.
3). Using natural oils
We all know the benefits of natural oils to our skin and hair. It is important to know the different organic oils, their functions and how and when to use them. These will be listed below and you will decide on the ones you need depending on what your hair is lacking or how you want it to look.
1). Coconut oil:
This moisturizes and adds shine to the hair. It prevents hair breaking and split ends. Coconut oil fights against dandruff and promote the scalp health. It should be applied on the hair overnight
2). Olive oil:
It reduces scalp irritation, moisturises the hair and reduce dandruff. Heat up a small amount of it and apply on your hair, leave it for 20 minutes and rinse off with a mild shampoo
3). Avocado oil:
Avocado oil has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft and deeply moisturizes it. It strengthens the hair and prevent breaking. It can also be used to detangle hair. Apply as much as you need to your hair
4). Argan oil:
Argan oil moisturizes the hair, fights against dandruff, protects against damage and add shine to the hair. It can be used as a conditional after washing the hair.
5). Amla oil:
This reduces hair loss and promotes growth. It prevents premature greying of hair and strengthens the scalp. Massage enough quantity on your hair.
6). Jojoba oil:
Jojoba oil strengthens the hair, prevent hair loss and promotes hair thickness. Apply enough quantity on your hair.
7). Castor oil:
Castor oil is effective for treating dandruff and improving hair growth. Use it once in a week
8). Mustard oil:
It stimulates hair growth by increasing blood circulation in the scalp. It also prevents dandruff and hair loss. Massages it on your hair for 20 minutes and rinse off with a mild shampoo.
9). Morrocan oil:
This oil adds shine and restores damaged hair. It also helps to balance pH level.
10). Moringa oil:
It nourishes the hair and scalp, improves hair growth and treat split ends.
All the listed oils are important and very effective for hair care. You can choose some from the list and mix it up with your hair cream and apply it as much as you want for your healthy hair.
4). Styling your hair
As common as this may sound, it is very important for the maintenance of a healthy hair. You can style your hair as much as you want and ensure to use oils when doing it, this will help keep the oil in the hair for as long as it takes. Simple styles like a twist or braid is enough to maintain your hair. Styling also helps straighten the hair so you don’t have to use hot hair straighteners regularly because excess heat can damage the hair.
5). Locking in moisture
We cannot overemphasize the importance of moisture to the hair. Whenever you feel your hair is too dry and you want to hydrate it, sprays small amount of water on it and apply hair oil to help you lock the water in the hair. This will give the hair all the moisture it needs.
6). Limit the use of hair dryers and straighteners
Exposing the hair to too much heat can greatly damage the hair. Limit the use of heat on your hair and allow the hair dry naturally with wind after washing. Braid your hair instead of using hot hair straighteners because when you loosen the braids it will stretch the hair out a bit and make it easy to comb.
7). Comb or brush your hair with care
Develop the habits of combing your hair gently. Do not use force because that can make your hair break. Apply leave-in conditioner and use your hands to detangle your hair gently. Then comb or brush it using a big toothed comb. Do it with extreme caution.
Natural hair is actually very easy to care for. We just need to have a little bit of patience, know the appropriate products to buy and use them rightly and consistently. The above listed natural hair care routine can be incorporated into our everyday lives. Do them and enjoy your natural beautiful hair.