While patience is key for dealing with natural hair textures, there’s certainly more to getting healthy natural hair than just being patient. There are many rules you need to keep in mind, and abide by during your quest for a healthy head of curls. And they are totally worth it, by the way! We’re sure you’re aware of some of these natural hair care rules, and you know it’s good for your hair but you just won’t do it, like deep conditioning, and moisturizing your hair. So let’s dive into these rules, and highlight some of the reasons you should obey them. And for the record, if you want to add heat to your hair, we won’t stop you!
The Road to Healthy Natural Hair
1. Keep your hands out of your hair
First and foremost, and also a tough one: Keep your hands out of your hair as much as possible. While its fun to twirl your curlicues around your fingers, it can also offset damaging effects to the ends of your hair. Limit hair touching for styling and wash day only!
2. Don’t skip deep conditioning
A must! These days there’s really no excuse not to deep condition, it takes at least five minutes, you can multi-task (insert #deepconditionandchill here), and if you’re all out of one of your favorites, you’ve got the right ingredients in your kitchen pantry. Dare I say coconut oil? See no excuse, and your curls will thank you for the drench of moisture.
3. Nail the night time routine
You’d be surprised at the amount of damage that can be done to your hair while you sleep. Along with building a natural hair care routine, develop a night time routine to preserve your hairstyles and the overall healthy look of your hair. We suggest sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase at night to keep the moisture in your hair.
4. Moisturize daily
Sorry to sound like a broken record, but we’re all about saving your hair! Curly hair is naturally dry. It’s vital to add moisture to your hair on a daily basis, or you can even get away with doing this process every other day.
5. Trim hair every 6-8 weeks
Besides moisture, the key to a happy curl is a good trim. Don’t be afraid of the scissor, curls tend to be on their best behavior when it’s free of damaged, split ends. If you get your hair trimmed routinely (once or twice a month), you’re saving yourself from a bigger chop down the road. You can’t just blame the hairdresser for being scissor happy; split ends travel upwards, the longer you wait, the more inches of hair you will need to trim.
6. Use heat wisely
You’ve probably heard many women with natural hair advise not to use heat on your hair at all. Let’s face it, sometimes you want to rock a straight hairstyle just like the next gal, and you should! Whenever you decide to style your hair into a style that involves the use of heat styling tools, keep your curls protected with a heat protectant first.
7. Alternate your hair care routine by season
Listen to your hair. What works in the summer, may not always work during the winter. Switch up your hair care routine as the seasons change. During the colder months, when your hair may tend to feel extra dry, insert oil treatments into your hair care routine. Be sure to use natural hair oils, like coconut oil, which penetrates the hair shaft, moisturizing from within, and those that coat the shaft like argan oil to lock in moisture.
Learn to love your hair, and obey the rules! Which of these tips are you implementing into your natural hair care routine?