How to Maintain, Grow & Care for Your Natural Hair
Taking care of natural hair is serious business. Here are some of the best tips for taking care of your natural hair.
Daily hair shampooing is a no-no. The recommended hair wash frequency is 2-3 times a week. This is supposed to help maintain a good balance of moisture, nutrients and pH concentration will all interplay to give you longer and healthy hair.
Ensure that your condition your hair after every wash. You can also use a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair moisturized.
Deep condition at least once every 1 – 2 months.
Conditioners are packed with protein and moisture which when deposited into your scalp and hair strands, can help restore your hair’s strength and fight against hair breakage. Their effects are temporary however, to maintain a conditioning routine.
Remember to use cold, lukewarm or warm water only. Hot water can strip your scalp of its natural sebum.
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Moisturizing your hair
Keeping your hair moisturized is very important for growing healthy hair. Shea butter and/or essential oils are great for moisturizing hair. They should only be used sparingly since the scalp’s sebaceous glands already produce sebum.
Water spritz is also a great way to quickly restore moisture if you notice that your scalp is dry, especially during harsh weather conditions.
Regular hair trimming
Growing long hair is very difficult without regular hair trims.
Regular hair trimming helps to prevent hair breakage and manages split ends so that they do not cause damage to your hair. Hair breakage can lead to baldness and hair loss and the major way to combat is by trimming hair at least once every 3 – 4 months (for normal hair) or 6- 8 months (for properly treated hair).
Go low on the chemicals and heat
Your scalp is the living part of your hair out from which your hair grows out. This is the part that requires natural hair products. Your hair strands will also do better if you feed them with natural organic products because they cannot repair themselves. More chemical and heat/high temperatures will further damage your hair and can irritate your scalp causing many hair problems for you. Limit the use of hair dyes, flat irons curling irons, blow dryers and pressing irons to the barest minimum.
Take a break from high-manipulation hairstyling
Tight hairstyles and hairdos that require a lot of processing or manipulation can cause your hair to tear, especially at your hairline and edges. This can break off the hair and damage the hair follicle.
Embrace protective styling instead and only do high-manipulation hairstyles when you really have to. Never wear your braids beyond 8 – 10 months if you do not want your hair falling out.
Proper nutrition and dieting
The kind of food you take regularly has a huge impact on the health of your hair. Incorporate lots of low-fat proteins, fruits, dairy products, vegetables and whole grains into your diets.
Even though there is no direct benefit of exercising on the health of your hair, stress reduction and promotion of good health which comes from exercising can impact your natural hair positively.
Switch to Silk
Sleeping in a silk hair wrap will protect your hair while you sleep, reducing breakage, and encouraging new growth.