Tips for Maintaining Afro Hair

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

Whether you are just starting out on your natural afro hair journey or you have been on that road for a while without many desirable results, the following easy tips will totally transform your hair story and restore any dry or damaged hair. 

You might have heard that maintaining natural afro hair is one of the most difficult things since rocket science. Well! It is high time you threw that myth out the window because natural afro hairs are actually easy to care for; all that is required is discipline. 

We have brought you proven and working hair care tips that can help you achieve longer and healthier natural hair. So, whether you are just starting out on your natural afro hair journey or you have been on that road for a while without many desirable results, the following tips will totally transform your hair story. 

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Retain hair moisture always 

We cannot exhaust the importance of ensuring that your hair is kept moisturized, consistently. Natural afro hair is dry by default and this is a key factor for hair breakage which can stifle your chances of achieving lengthy hair in the long run. 

Keeping your hair moisturized will ensure that your hair does not break easily and that your hair can easily access the nutrients needed for healthy growth.  

To ensure that your natural hair retains adequate moisture levels: 

  • Wash your hair once or twice a week using organic shampoos and conditioners 
  • Deep condition your hair at last once or two times monthly 
  • Apply an organic leave-in conditioner after every wash 
  • Wrap hair in silk before sleeping

Embrace healthy lifestyle habits that promote hair growth 

The food you eat and your sleeping habits have a very strong influence on the health of your natural afro hair.  

Your hair is made of proteins called keratin and like every other part of your body, it grows and replenishes itself during long hours of rest at night.  

It is therefore important that you eat meals rich in proteins and minerals, and that you also get adequate sleep at night every day if you want to get the most out of your natural afro hair care routines. 

 

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Know your hair products 

Applying hair care products to your hair for the mere fact that they were made for hair is a very bad practice. Take extra care to analyze the ingredients of hair care products you intend to purchase for use. Use organic products and those which are free from wax. You should have essential oils handy as they are the best bet for your hair. 

 

Practice healthy hair  care routines 

  • Avoid direct indirect heat to your hair. 
  • Wear only hair-friendly hairstyles like Bantu knots and cornrows. 
  • Avoid colouring your hair especially in the first year. 
  • Trim your hair edges regularly. 
  • Massage your scalp regularly using essential oils to allow increased blood flow to the scalp. 

 

Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.