Tips on How to Take Care of Natural Hair Like a Pro
Natural-hair is usually referred to as “Afro-textured” hair that has not been altered by any heat-styling tools or chemical-process like relaxing. In fact, natural-hair also has unique characteristics that make it hard to style and maintain this type-of-hair. However, taking care of your natural-hair can be very easy in case you understand its characteristics and how to work with them instead of working against them. So, below are some of the basic steps on how to take care of your natural-hair without getting any hardships:
SECTION-1: How to clean your natural-hair:
- Detangle your hair before washing it: natural-hair is actually very prone to tangling and knotting and this implies that washing it while it’s still tangled could cause severe damage to it. So, get a detangling-comb and moisturizers and then use them to remove any tangles, knots and shed-hairs. Create a moisturizer by mixing 1-part of coconut or olive oil with 3-parts of water and then spray this mixture over your natural-hair until it gets moist or damp. Afterwards, apply a moisturizing-conditioner evenly throughout damp-hair and then work your fingers through hair inorder to remove any knots and tangles. Separate hair into manageable-sections and then use a detangling-comb to remove any remaining tangles in every section.
- Avoid using harsh shampoos on your natural-hair: many shampoos contain harsh-chemical like sulfate, sodium, ammonium and a lot more but these can be dangerous for your natural-hair. In fact, these chemicals create luxurious-foam when used to wash hair but they will end-up causing hair dryness and breakage. So, consider getting and using a sulfate-free shampoo on your natural-hair for best hair-cleaning results. On the other hand, there are also several shampoo-free hair-cleansing products like cleansing-conditioners that can be used to clean-up your natural-hair and these cleansers are gentler on your hair than regular-shampoos.
- Try not to over-wash your hair: natural-hair is actually naturally-dry and it more frequently can remove moisture from it. So, consider washing your natural-hair for at least once a week inorder to keep it clean and healthy. On the other hand, you can also try using a dry-shampoo on your natural-hair incase it gets oily than expected. Dry-shampoos are sprayable powder-based cleansers that help to absorb excess-oils from hair without your hair-follicles. Lastly, dry-shampoos normally removed by brushing through hair but don’t apply too-much dry-shampoo into your hair for best results.
- Deep-condition natural-hair weekly: you will also need to deep-condition your natural-hair for at least once every week inorder to keep it looking moist and healthy. So, you can use a deep-conditioning mask on your natural-hair or even use natural-ingredients like olive-oil, avocado, honey, banana and mayonnaise to deep-condition your hair. This will actually help to replenish and strengthen your natural-hair without even spending a lot on buying chemical-based deep-conditioners.
- Pat or squeeze hair dry: always use a microfiber-towel or soft old T-shirt to squeeze-out any excess water and moisture from your natural-hair. In fact, never rub your natural-hair with a towel because rubbing will just roughen the hair-cuticles causing hair frizz and breakages.
SECTION-2: How to prepare your natural-hair for styling:
- Apply a leave-in moisturizer to your hair: natural-hair actually requires a lot of moisture than other types-of-hair inorder to keep it looking healthy and strong. So, consider buying a good-quality leave-in moisturizer or use natural hair-moisturizers like olive-oil, coconut-oil, Shea-butter, and cocoa-butter to keep your natural-hair moist after washing and conditioning it.
- Avoid using heat-styling tools on your hair if possible: you should avoid using heat-styling tools on your natural-hair if possible because these tools produce a lot of heat which can damage your hair easily. So, always let your natural-hair air-dry whenever possible inorder to keep your hair strong and healthy. All in all, avoid using heat-styling-tools like; hair-dryers, Curling-irons, hot-rollers and hair-straighteners over your natural-hair inorder to prevent hair frizz and breakage.
- Prevent hair-frizz with moisture: hair-frizz is actually caused by sucking moisture out of your natural-hair but hair that is already moisturized and hydrated is less likely to become frizzy. So, consider using natural-oils like olive-oil and coconut-oil on your natural-hair inorder to prevent hair-frizz. On the other hand, you can also buy hair-products that contain silicone because they are very good at smoothing hair and fighting hair-frizz.
- Always sleep on satin to prevent tangles within hair: sleeping on pillowcases with a satin-material or wrapping your natural-hair with a silk-scarf before going to bed will help to prevent hair from getting tangles or knots while sleeping.
SECTION-3: How to style your natural-hair:
- Apply styling-products into hair in layers: hair-products like serums and gels can be very good to use when styling your natural-hair but avoid using too-much of these products because they can make your hair look greasy and even weigh it down if used a large-amounts. In fact, it’s easier to add more hair-product and then taking-out excess hair-products.
- Try using rollers to straighten and set natural-hair: using rollers on your natural-hair can actually help to straighten and smoothen it without applying any heat like with curling-irons and hair-straighteners. However, try to use a heavy-conditioner and also detangle hair completely before using rollers. Additionally, magnetic-rollers and satin-covered foam rollers are gentler on your natural-hair than Velcro or mesh rollers. In fact, Velcro or mesh rollers make your natural-hair more prone to tangling and breakages during removal.
- Consider going for protective hairstyles: protective hairstyles like braids, twists and knots help to your natural-hair secured, cut-down the styling-time and even help to pressure-off of any fragile hair-ends. However, some protective hairstyles like braids take several hours to accomplish and that’s why it’s best to get them done by a professional hairstylist.
- Moisturize your hairstyle regularly: you will need to moisturize any hairstyle you have acquired daily inorder to keep it looking fresh and awesome. So, spray your hairstyle with a mixture of water, leave-in conditioner and moisturizing-oils on a daily basis for best results.
- Take-out any hairstyle after 3-months: you should take-out any hairstyle after 3-months inorder to keep your natural-hair strong and healthy. In fact, even protective-hairstyles like braids and twists should never be left in for longer than 12-weeks. After taking-out any hairstyle, always deep-condition and seal your natural-hair inorder to keep it healthy.