Thinking of going natural? Here are 5 very essential natural hair tips you should have.
Stay hydrated/ moisturized:
Hydration is the most important thing for the natural hair journey. Never let your hair go dry, dry hair breaks. Always wet your hair either with water or water based products. Depending on your hair type, after wetting your hair with water, you may need to oil it and then seal it up with conditioners.
Think of your hair as raw noodles, you know how dry and easy it is for raw noodles to break? That’s how easy it is for your hair to break as opposed to when the noodles is put in water, the water gives it more elasticity so also hydrating your hair provides your hair elasticity and keeps it in a great condition.
You should also never detangle or comb your hair while it is dry, that is totally not good hair business. Always keep it moist.
Change your beddings:
As extreme as it sounds, this is a very essential part of the natural hair journey. Once you decide to go on this journey, say bye to your nice and shiny cotton and cloth beddings and get you some new silk/satin beddings. Why? Using cotton or any other cloth bedding absorbs the moisture from your hair leaving your hair dry and frizzy and remember, dry and frizzy is not good for us. Silk/ satin beddings on the other hand do not absorb moisture so they help you retain the moisture in your hair. Also use silk/satin bands or head scarves if you ever have to use any scarves.
You should totally keep your hands off your hair. Natural hair thrives more on low manipulation and protecting styling. Touching your hair often leads to breakage. It is not an easy thing to do, but you should train yourself if you want the best for your hair. (better be safe than sorry). Try not to comb your hair too often and take your time while detangling, detangling could take hours depending on your hair type.
Protective styles like braids, crotchet extensions, twist and buns can save you some of the stress and protect your hair at the same time.
Find what works for you:
Just as our faces are different so also we have different hair types, what works for the most popular natural hair girls on Instagram may not work for you. Keep experimenting till you find what works for you. The natural hair game is all a trial and error journey, do not insist on using products that others use. If you find that a particular product that works for someone else doesn’t work for you, drop it and try something else.
Just as the saying goes, ‘you are what you eat’ so also your hair is what you eat. Cultivate a good eating habit so your hair can grow right and healthy. Drink lots of water so you can stay hydrated in and out.
REMEMBER, THE FIRST STEP TO A HEALTHY HAIR IS HYDRATION AND MOISTURE! WITHOUT THIS, EVERYTHING ELSE YOU DO WILL YIELD LITTLE OR NO RESULTS.