How To Care For Your Natural Hair
Posted on September 22 2017
Black hair is beautiful, whether it is natural, relaxed, or braided. The key to healthy, beautiful hair is moisture and gentle treatment. Without these, black hair can become dry and brittle. Caring for black hair takes a little bit of extra effort, but the soft, silky, and healthy results are worth it.
Wash your hair once every 1 to 2 weeks. The more often you wash your hair, the more you strip it of its moisture. This causes dry, brittle hair, you should wash your hair every 7 to 10 days, but you can get away with washing it once every 14 days, this will help prevent dryness and product buildup.
If you can't find a shampoo and conditioner meant for ethnic hair, try to use a moisturizing shampoo meant for dry hair. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner. If you must wash your hair more often, dilute your shampoo with 50% water and 50% shampoo.
Consider washing your hair with just conditioner every 3 to 5 days. This is also known as "co-washing." It will help moisturize your hair, and keep it manageable. You can help further seal the moisture in with a natural oil of your choice.
Step things up a bit by using a deep conditioning mask once a week to twice a month.
Focus the conditioner on the ends of your hair; avoid applying it to your scalp. Applying conditioner to your scalp will cause your hair to appear greasy.
Use a moisturizing conditioner with lightweight, essential oils. Oils like grape seed oil, are more easily absorbed by hair than products like lanolin, which will only clog and weigh hair down. Lightweight oils will moisturize your hair and make it shiny, but they won't weight it down.
Don't use products that contain silicones and sulfates. Silicones are great for making hair nice and smooth, but they can only be removed with sulfates, a harsh cleaning agent that leads to dry hair. If you don't remove the silicones from your hair properly, your hair will get too much build-up, and end up looking dull, greasy, and lanky.
Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make your hair nice and silky without using silicones, including nourishing masks and coconut oil. These products are easily washed out of your hair, without any dryness or brittleness.
Consider using products with "organic" ingredients over products with "natural" ingredients. Organic products are strictly regulated from farming to harvesting. This means that ingredients such as avocado, coconut, and shea were grown without the use of toxic chemicals, antibiotics, and pesticides that are harmful to humans and animals. These toxic chemicals can potentially harm your hair.
The term "natural" is used very loosely by corporations. An orange soda can be natural because it has an orange flavoring that once shared a compound of a fruit. High fructose corn syrup is considered "natural" just like "petrolatum."
Comb carefully using a wide tooth comb. Always start from the ends of your hair first; never comb straight down from the roots. Avoid using brushes, as they will only make your hair frizzy. Lastly, avoid combing your hair everyday; de-tangle it when necessary with your fingers. Excessive combing will break your hair off.
Make sure your hair is slightly damp before you de-tangle. Hair is very vulnerable when wet, so if you just washed it, let it dry a little first.