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9 helpful natural hair care tips for your healthy hair regimen

Treat your natural afro hair right with our guide.   

There are plenty of natural hair care tips that you can use and implement into your routine. Taking care of natural hair is all about knowing your hair type and using the regimen and products the works best for your hair type and lifestyle.

Read on to learn more about taking care of your natural locks with our go-to natural hair care tips:


Natural afro hair care tips: 9 things you need to know

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Tip 1: Pre-shampoo your hair.

There are many stages of cleaning involved with natural hair. Many women with swear by a pre-shampoo process. During this process, you can use an oil (such as olive oil or coconut oil) to protect your strands before shampooing. This process helps to protect hair especially during the shampooing process, which can strip your locks of their natural oils.


Tip 2: Deep-condition your hair.

One of our top natural hair care tips is to incorporate a deep conditioner or mask into your weekly hair care regimen. Using a deep conditioning treatment will hydrate your natural hair and will help make it more manageable.

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Editor’s tip: No shelfie is complete without the Dove Intensive Repair Deep Treatment Mask.


Tip 3: Oil your strands.

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Looking for natural hair remedies to help nourish your strands? We suggest using a lightweight oil on your hair. Hair oil can help to repair hair’s lipid layer, improve resilience and smooth your strands.


Tip 4: Use leave-in conditioners.

Use extra moisture to replenish your strands. Try a leave-in conditioner that works to keep your hair soft, smooth and manageable.

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Editor’s tip: We recommend the TONI&GUY Leave-In Conditioner for protecting against humidity for all-day manageability and a smooth finish.


Tip 5: Stick with your key products.

No matter your hair texture, we can all fall victim to sometimes using too many products which can wreak havoc with our strands. Use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner that strengthens and nourishes your hair.


Tip 6:  Teasing hair may harm hair.

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It may be tempting to tease to get volume, especially when you’re adding volume to your wash and go styles, but this may cause tangles to your natural afro hair if you do it incorrectly. Here’s a guide to help you learn how to tease your hair at home.


Tip 7: Try not to use heat to style your hair.

If you’re on a healthy hair journey, stay away from heat styling as much as possible and air-dry your hair whenever you can.

If you have to use a blowdryer or flat iron, be sure to seal your strands with a heat protectant spray


Tip 8: Don’t pull or tug your hair when detangling.

Too much tugging or pulling at your hair will cause it to break. Be kind to your locks by wearing a protective (non-elastic) hair tie or a scarf. If you wear a wrap or scarf, be sure not to tug too hard at the root. When detangling your hair, use a detangling brush or a wide-tooth comb and detangle from the ends up.


Tip 9: Protect hair at night.

Even your strands need some rest. At night, use a silk scarf or sleep on a silk pillowcase. This helps protect your locks from breakage. Silk also helps you retain moisture in your hair while you sleep.

And there you have it. All the hair care tips you need to protect your 4a, 4b and 4c natural hair.



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