Natural Hair Care Basics

If you are looking for natural hair care tips or how to care for natural hair, it is safe to assume that maybe you are struggling with your hair. Perhaps you recently decided to go natural and you are not sure what to expect on this new hair care journey. Well, the good news is, it is easy to care for natural hair and to grow it out long and beautiful if you know what to do.

Natural Hair Care Basics
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Healthy Hair Checklist

Knowledge is power: Find out your hair type and seek out advice from others with a similar hair type.

Moisturize: Kinky/curly hair thrives on moisture. When you consistently provide it with hydration and care, it flourishes just like a robust, well-nourished plant.

Always deep condition: Going along with the point about moisturizing, regular deep conditioning penetrates into your hair shaft and strengthens hair from the inside out.

Nourish: Keep your hair and scalp healthy with this basic 3 step nourishment:

  • Water: Wet your hair as often as possible.
  • Moisture: Moisturize daily
  • Seal Moisture: Use essential oils to seal moisture.

Stimulate: Massage your scalp on a regular basis to stimulate and remove dry skin. You can do this daily with a gentle fingertip massage.
Protect: Do all you can to keep your hair from becoming dry or from breaking off.

  • Stay away from products with unnatural ingredients.
  • Avoid using heat such as flat ironing or blow drying.
  • Manipulate your hair as little as possible.
  • Wear “protective” hair styles then leave it alone.
  • Sleep with a satin hair scarf, hair bonnet or on satin pillow cases.
  • Avoid tightly braided or twisted hairstyles and avoid using elastic hair bands. Pipe cleaners can serve as a suitable alternative. When you need to comb or detangle your hair, be gentle. Always comb from the tips to the roots. Refrain from brushing and opt for a wide-toothed comb.

Maintain: Have your ends trimmed on a regular basis or trim them yourself.

Products: Believe it or not, you only need about 4 good products to keep your hair healthy. All you need are the following:

  • Deep conditioner
  • Leave in conditioner
  • Moisturizer
  • Sealant or hair oil

Note that shampoo is not on this list. One of the biggest natural hair care tips: Prevent dandruff, dry hair and scalp and sometimes even hair loss by avoiding shampoo on your hair. If you feel you really need to use shampoo, only use those that don’t any harmful ingredients such as sulfates and other harsh detergents. And if you do use shampoo make sure that you rinse it out extremely well.

Nutrition: What you put into your body will directly affect the health of your hair and hair growth.

  • Eat Green Leafy Veggies – Green leafies such as spinach, kale, all greens, cabbage and broccoli are packed with the vitamins and minerals which help to strengthen hair and nails from the inside of your body.
  • Drink Lots of Water
  • Take Supplements or drink vitamin packed juices.

There are tons of these products out there. Go to the health food store and browse or ask about which vitamins can help hair and nails.

Follow these guidelines and you should quickly begin to see your hair grow out healthy and beautiful.

About Split Ends

There are a few things that I want to make sure that we are all clear on regarding split ends and the ends of our hair in general:

Kinky/curly hair gets split ends.

This might seem obvious for me to say, but from experience I can say that when I first went natural I sort of felt like because my hair wasn’t straightened out and exposed, I didn’t need to worry so much about ends splitting. I was worried about them being dry, I was worried about knots, but I was never worried about splittage. But splitting happens to all of us, and it is important to address it. A lot of time you might not realize that the answer to the frizzies is a good hair cut.

You can NOT repair split ends

This is a myth perpetuated by many hair care product commercials. You know how they show a frayed ragged strand of hair and then their miracle product smoothes over it and the strand is magically restored to solid, smooth, beautiful and shiny? Its not possible by the rules of physics. I guess we feel like because our skin can heal from cuts, our hair might be able to heal. Nope. Once its split it has to be cut off. The same with those pesky knots that tie themselves into your hair.

Once your ends are split, the only way to “repair” them is to cut them off. This is just true. What is worse, the longer you allow them to remain split, the more damaged your hair will become. Think of your hair in the same way as you do your fingernails. Once you have a split or chip, the only thing to do is cut it off or file it. The longer you leave it hanging on, the worse it gets. Your hair does the same thing.

Read this: Strange but Effective Hair Beauty Tips to Treat Split Ends

Cutting off split ends will help your hair to look better. Same nail analogy here. There is nothing nicer than a clean polished short set of nails.. when they are all the same size with no chips and dents. I’m always amazed at how great my hair looks when I’ve gone too long without getting it trimmed and then I finally make the chop. It could be an optical illusion, but it seems like split ends just weigh the good hair down. This is even true if your hair is all natural and you get it trimmed up. After a good haircut/trimming its like every style has a new bounce and joy to it.

The only way to grow out your hair is to protect your ends. If you can’t hold on to the ends of your hair, it doesn’t matter how much it grows, you’ll never see any length progress.

You do NOT have to get your ends trimmed on a regular schedule. Most stylists will tell you that you should have your ends trimmed every 4 – 6 weeks. I could never understand this logic. If I’m taking great care of my hair, and my ends aren’t splitting, why do I need to cut them off just because? I don’t, that is why. Keep an eye on how your hair looks and feels, and only get it trimmed when it needs it.

The best way to prevent damaged ends is to condition regularly, avoid heat and protect them. Keeping your ends moisturized! Smooth them down with conditioner and oil can help to prevent splitting and damage. You want to create a protective barrier over your ends to protect them from friction and other damaging elements.

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