Lately, a good number of Kenyan women have decided to do the natural hair, a trend that was not there some years back.
Women preferred their hair treated. Some preferred wearing weaves and wigs but currently, natural hair is the trend. Companies have decided to make use of the opportunity by coming up with different types of products for maintaining natural hair.
The natural hair movement is great. It stands for being comfortable in your own skin and appreciating the uniqueness of our hair textures. The movement falls short of being inclusive though since we rarely get to see kinkier and tighter curls being celebrated the way looser curls and softer hair is.
Any black woman who is in their natural hair looks beautiful. They are defined by their black and kinky hair that is full on their head. When well taken care of, it grows into very long and strong stands.
Here are tips on how to maintain healthy natural hair:
Stick to hair products formulated with the essential oils that help to hydrate and infuse your hair with natural brilliance and sheen. Try tea tree oil shampoo to purify the scalp, diffuse unsightly dandruff flakes, stimulate the scalp and unblock clogged hair follicles. Or, try an invigorating peppermint shampoo to gently cleanse hair and eliminate that itchy scalp.
Remember, shampooing too often strips the hair of its natural oils so be sure not to overdo it! Every other week is usually enough.
It’s imperative to use a good protectant on your hair daily. Coconut oil is great for rejuvenating the scalp and enhancing shine without adding weight. For weak hair, there’s nothing like castor oil to help nourish weak, fragile strands while fortifying hair with the strength it needs to grow.
Why? It helps to defend against damage and maximize shine. Don’t be afraid to veer away from store-bought brands and keep your hair care 100% natural by mixing your own deep penetrating hair conditioner. Use one part olive oil and one part honey. For deeper penetration, apply warm (microwave for 10-15 seconds) and pop on a plastic cap for 45 minutes. Be sure to shampoo out all of the mixtures and use a regular conditioner afterward.
Wool hats, baseball caps, excessive sun and even those seemingly innocent pillowcases are all enemies of your hair’s natural sheen. So, remember to always sleep in a satin cap or use a silk scarf underneath that hat in order to maintain moisture and prolong your hair’s healthy shine.
African hair is indeed a beauty to be marveled at. Here are tips on how to maintain your natural hair.
Comb your hair carefully. Extremely curly African hair tends to tangle easily and if you comb your hair incorrectly you could damage the ends. Use a wide-toothed comb and work from the ends to the roots to work out any tangles. This will help you maintain healthy hair. Avoid dry-combing which can disrupt the curl pattern. Instead, comb your hair when it is wet, or damp, and use a detangling agent.
African hair loves nothing more than pure water. With natural hair, water is its best friend. Natural hair can be washed about twice a week to hold more moisture.
African hair tends to be drier than Caucasian hair because the natural oils don’t always make it to the ends of the hair. Africans need to wash their hair at least once every seven days to keep the scalp and hair healthy.
Deep condition your hair once per month. Finish with a leave-in conditioner to seal in moisture. Let the hair air dry. Before the hair is dry, twist or braids the hair to help with tangling.
Avoid heavy gels and hairsprays. Try natural oils, like olive, coconut, jojoba, and avocado. If you have dry hair you can try heavier oils like castor oil. Use vegetable or animal-based oils. Avoid using mineral oils and petroleum jelly which can clog the pores in your scalp and do not absorb well into your hair. Vegetable oils, such as olive, jojoba, and coconut all absorb well into your hair as well as lanolin, which is close to your natural hair oil.
It can be Shea butter, Indian Hemp, Tea tree; any product that is low in Petrolatum and not greasy but watery. Watery moisturizers don’t block pores and damage hair but gently moisturize and soften the scalp. That’s what you want.
Really tight braids break hair off and really tight ponytails do as well. Loosen up and be aware that the scalp is sensitive.