One of the major misconceptions a lot of people have about natural hair is that it is stressful and expensive to maintain. Hence it is not particularly favorable for the average Nigerian.
Now, I believe stress and affordability are relative. Just because you don’t want to commit to learning how to take care of your natural hair doesn’t make it a stressful endeavor. Also, just because you’re not willing to find what hair products
Now that that’s out of the way, if you don’t know anything about natural hair, let the following five principles of natural hair care be at the back of your mind;
- Wash your natural hair regularly.
- Moisturize and seal daily.
- Protect your natural hair at night.
- Deep condition regularly.
- Keep your natural hair in a protective style at all times.
Now, let’s get into it.
Wash your natural hair regularly.
I don’t know about you but I don’t fancy going around with dirty and smelly hair. Apart from that dirty scalp breeds dirt and bacteria that clogs your hair follicles and generally stunts your hair growth. So, if you think your natural hair is not growing as it should, check your wash day routine first. Is your scalp clean? When was the last time you washed your natural hair? In subsequent posts, we’ll be diving deep into shampooing natural hair so stay tuned. Ideally you should wash your natural hair weekly, but you and I know that sometimes things don’t go as well as planned. As a beginner just starting out, it is recommended that you wash your natural hair weekly or bi-weekly at most.
Moisturize and seal daily.
The nature of our black afro hair is dryness. Take it or leave it. This is why everything you should be doing to your natural hair should restore moisture. That includes your weekly washing and your daily moisturizing. If you have been pouring water into your natural hair daily when you’re having your bath, you should stop. Instead, get a moisturizer that has water as it’s first ingredient and a natural oil like Castor oil to moisturize and seal every day. In the absence of a moisturizer, you can put some water in a spray bottle and spritz your hair until it’s damp. After which you should seal all that moisture with some Castor Oil or Shea Butter.
Protect your natural hair at night.
Remember what I said about our natural hair being naturally dry and that you need to do everything possible to ensure that your natural hair is moisturized at all times? This also affects your night care. Every day, before you sleep, you should be protecting your natural hair by wearing a satin bonnet or sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase. This is because most of our beddings are made with cotton and cotton has a way of absorbing all the moisture from your natural hair while you’re sleeping leaving your hair dry and brittle when you wake up in the morning. So, ensure that you protect your natural hair at night. You can place your satin bonnet by your bedside so that you don’t forget.
Deep Condition regularly.
It’s one thing for you to shampoo and condition your natural hair, it’s another thing entirely to deep condition. Deep conditioners are different from the rinse out conditioners you use after shampooing your natural hair. Deep conditioners are important because they’re packed with a lot of nutrients that can treat various hair problems you might be having. From dry hair to breakage to dullness, you name it. While it is advisable to deep condition after every shampoo, it might not be sustainable for some people. This is also why you should try as much as possible to deep condition bi-monthly at least. Your hair needs all that nutrients on a regular basis.
Keep your natural hair in a protective style at all times.
During our relaxed days, we could easily just wear out our hair daily and we would be fine. Now, with natural hair, you cannot afford to leave your hair or else you would end up with a tangled mess. This is why it is imperative to keep your natural hair protected at all times. The word, ‘protective style’ shouldn’t scare you because it can be as simple as putting your natural in six or eight braids or twists until you’re ready to style it. You shouldn’t leave your unstyled natural hair out. Learning how to keep your natural hair in a protective style will keep your hair moisturized for a longer period and help you retain length.