For a long time, black women have had a love/hate relationship with their natural hair. We relax it or put weaves, do anything to tame it or make it more manageable. A lot of women are beginning to accept their natural kinky hair as nappy and difficult as it can be. There is a huge natural hair movement that is going on at the moment, thanks in part to celebrities like Janelle Monae, Solange Knowles, Lupita Nyong’o, Corrine Bailey Rae, Lineisy Montero and many other slay queens who prove that natural hair can be beautiful and stylish and trendy. Having said that natural hair can be high maintenance. It requires commitment and a lot of TLC.
If you would like to know the best tricks for keeping your natural hair, healthy looking and manageable, there are some key steps that you need to take:
#1. Keep your hair clean
Wash your hair at least once a week. Natural hair produces a lot of sebum which could leave your roots tangled in grease. You want to choose a sulphate-free shampoo that won’t strip your hair’s natural oils. When it comes to natural hair products, be careful to choose products that are designed for your hair type. Choose products that have natural oils in them like Moroccan oil, Aryan, jojoba oil or shea butter to keep your hair adequately moisturized.
#2. Keep it moist
Natural hair might have sebum but it takes a while for that natural oil to make its way through the hair. You need to get it moist, especially when you are about to do things to it like combing and styling. Tub your choice of moisturizer into your hair for about 3 minutes before running a comb through it. Make sure to apply more moisture to your ends to keep them from splitting.
#3. Comb it right
Getting a comb through the mass of tangled kinky curled can be a challenge. Nappy hair is given to knots and tangles and if not combed the right way, these can cause hair breakage. Run your fingers through the hair, they may not glide through like they normally do in straightened hair, but this is the only way you can feel the knots in your own hair. Separate your hair and comb sections of it with a wide-toothed comb. Avoid combing from the roots, especially when you haven’t worked out the knots yet. Comb your hair from the middle and work your way to the end.
#4. Protect it
Protect your hair when you sleep by wrapping it in a satin wrap or head scarf when you go to bed to prevent it from breaking.
Styling your hair
Unfortunately, styling natural hair can be a challenge. To a certain degree it depends on how long it is and how curly it can get. Not many hair stylists know what natural hair styles work well in keeping your hair looking good without putting it under undue stress. You need to educate yourself, research what is out there, what is possible and to understand your hair better. You can have plenty of fun with your natural hair, you need to give yourself time to learn and get into the groove of things.