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You either currently have natural hair and seeking a change to your natural hair care regimen, or maybe you’re wondering how natural hair can be maintained on a day-to-day basis. We’ve heard it all: It’s hard to keep it up, none of the products work, or that natural hair isn’t for everyone. What if we told you these are all just natural hair opinions? Don’t let this deter you from what you want to achieve with your hair—it’s yours!
While building a natural hair care routine takes time, it’s not rocket science, either. It may take some trial and error, but once you know what products to use, how they work and when to use them, you’ll be amazed at how easy a natural hair care routine can be incorporated into your life. Read on to discover how easy this whole process can really be:
How to Care for Natural Hair: Tips for Building a Natural Hair Care Routine
When building a black hair care routine, the first thing you’ll need to realize is one simple rule: No curl is created equal. There are different natural hair curl patterns. Seriously, her curl isn’t loose like yours and your curl isn’t tight like hers. Your frizz factor, my frizz factor—all different. Please also understand that your texture may and will differ from your besties. We all have beautiful heads of curls. Let’s move on with some simple natural hair tips to help you build your regimen.
Step 1: Cleanse your hair weekly or monthly.
Many naturals are on the fence about shampooing and whether they should use a sulfate-free shampoo or not. What do you do in this case? The answer: Again, it’s your hair, do what you want. Shampoos work to cleanse and dissolve grease and oil from your hair and scalp. Try Dove Absolute Curls Ultra Nourishing Shampoo, which is formulated specifically for curly hair. Those who co-wash their natural hair should cleanse their hair at least once a week with shampoo in order remove grime as well as residue from hair products such as styling products.
Step 2: Condition weekly.
Curly hair craves moisture, and there’s nothing that adds hydration to your locks more than conditioner. As your hair product BFF, be sure to condition at least once a week to reap its all over hair benefits. Be sure to focus on any dry areas, especially the ends! Try Dove Absolute Curls Ultra Nourishing Conditioner.
Step 3: Detangle your hair.
A good conditioner will leave your curls feeling soft, quenched and, well prepared for the detangling process. You may opt to detangle while the conditioner is still in your hair as it helps to provide slip, making the detangling process that much easier. Detangle hair using with conditioner in it or while under running water using a wide-toothed comb. The water helps loosen up the strands. If you don’t have a wide-toothed comb, use your fingers and don’t substitute for a fine comb as it will create tension and may lead to pulling out some of your precious curls.
Step 4: Apply deep conditioner or hair mask.
For an added boost of conditioning, you’ll need to add natural hair treatments into your routine. You can simply apply a deep conditioner or hair mask after your conditioning process, or in lieu of it. Deep conditioners and hair masks help nourish and restore your curls. Sometimes your curlicues deserve a special treatment. Along with restoration and revival of your curls, many deep treatments help prevent frizz since they penetrate the hair cuticle, helping to define curls and hydrate the hair.
Attention, natural hair transitioners: You may want to do this step weekly, as your hair is super fragile during your transition. You want to make sure the hair, especially the demarcation line that separates your chemically treated hair from your natural texture, is always handled with care. This part of your hair is very weak. Weekly treatments will help to strengthen the hair, making your transition much easier.
Step 5: Use leave-in treatments on a weekly basis.
Optional, but beneficial: You might as well just do it! Weekly leave-in treatments come in right after steps 2 or 4 after rinsing. Many leave-in treatments and conditioners provide slip as they moisturize and make your hair more manageable. If you skipped the detangling step while conditioning, you can slide it right back in during this step. Apply your leave-in conditioner like Dove Absolute Curls Leave- In Detangler and detangle with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb. Detangled hair allows for a no-fuss styling routine.
Step 6: Style weekly or as needed.
Wash and go, twist out, braid out, high puff—whatever your heart desires, try it. Make sure to use an oil-based product or oils like coconut and almond during the take-down process of your braids or twists or while styling the hair to prevent any unwanted frizz.
Step 7: Moisturize and seal daily or as needed
Water is your friend when it comes to moisturizing dry natural hair. Some curly girls may not need to moisturize daily, while some may need to do it every other day. Whenever your hair feels dry, just add some moisture. You can simply do this by spritzing water onto your hair or using a daily moisturizer. Seal your moisture in with an oil, which helps trap in the moisture you’ve added to your hair. Try out Nexxus Oil Infinite Hair Oil.
Congratulations curl-friend, you made it! You now have a simple natural hair care routine down pat. That wasn’t so hard, right? Need more natural black hair care tips? Head over to our Natural Hair page for more.