When you turn on the television, walk down the street, or flip through your favorite magazine, it’s apparent that hords of women are joining the natural hair revolution.
If you’re considering it, it’s a big step, but there is no need to be alarmed. You can do it!
Whether you’ve decided to take on “the big chop” or the more patient route of growing your relaxer out there are a few things that you need to know when it comes to maintaining natural hair.
Conditioning is Key
The best way to whip your mane into shape and to make sure that it stays that way is to invest in a good conditioner. Many natural hair ladies have begun co-washing, or washing their hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. Many are gravitating away from harsher cleansers because they are known to strip hair of its essential moisture.
Try, Try, & Try Again
Chances are when you first start using different products on your newly chemical-less tresses you’ll see some hits and even more misses. There are tons of products out there with phrases like; “organic”, “sulfate-free”, “no paraffins”, etc. The honest truth is that not everything is going to work the same way for everybody. A good friend of mine swore by a popular (expensive) brand, but when I gave it a test drive it was absolutely atrocious on my hair…instead of adding moisture, my hair felt drier than ever. From there I tried another product (half the price) and it’s great! Be patient with the process. When you find something that works well, you’ll be glad you did.
Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment
One of the best things about natural hair is its versatility. Check out magazines or pictures online for great style ideas. If you find yourself becoming frustrated with your locks head to the salon. There are numerous natural hair salons that can quickly give you a rest from doing your own hair. Braided styles are excellent because they protect your hair which encourages growth and renews its strength, and moisture.
Focus on Maintaining A Healthy Scalp
We often only focus on the ends of our hair, but a nourished scalp is just as important as the tip of your tresses. Cleanse your scalp of build-up from products and sweat. Once clean apply natural oils to keep the follicles healthy.
Hydrate From The Inside Out
Here’s one you probably didn’t think about. Drink more water. Increasing you water intake keeps your body hydrated which in turn hydrates your hair from the inside. Keep a bottle of water on you at all times, so you’ll remember to drink. This is also a great way to achieve glowing skin to go along with your new gorgeous tresses.
-Jennifer Hall, CBS Local