Every girl whose hair is au naturel knows how difficult it is to maintain that beautiful stunning look. From brittle, damaged hair to thick, stubborn curls, the challenges are endless. The good news is once you have it all under control, you can boast of strong, healthy, beautiful hair. Yes, it can be a bit tricky, but once that’s why you’ve got us to help you get your kinks and curls back on track.
Washing with conditioner, also known as “co-washing,” is a way to cleanse hair and replenish dry strands simultaneously. Co-washing keeps hair soft and hydrated, especially during the colder months. If your hair is fragile, co-washing can be done very frequently and even up to twice a day for intense hydration and conditioning.
Deep Condition Weekly
Get ready to make deep conditioners your new BFF. No, seriously. Use a deep conditioner weekly with a plastic cup in the shower, under a dryer, or even overnight to activate the heat.
Detangle with Care
Detangling on dry hair is a major no-no. It’s easier to detangle your hair in the shower when your hair is full of conditioner and wet. Section the hair off into two parts, then split that that into four. You have to take your time — be gentle and detangle from the bottom to the root. Making sure you have the right detangling tools is an absolute must.
Ditch Your Cotton Towel
A traditional cotton bath towel can pull and stretch the hair, stripping out moisture, which is not good at all. A much better option is to carefully squeeze and pat your hair dry with an old cotton T-shirt or, ideally, a microfiber towel.
Try to avoid heat drying and styling if you can until your hair is in better shape. If you are going to apply heat, use a heat protectant, keep temperatures low, and use a blow dryer with a comb attachment to prevent further damage.
Protect Your Edges
Damage usually happens at the hairline regardless of texture, and that’s why it’s called “baby hair.” It’s the finest, softest hair, but you can avoid breakage by keeping your baby hair soft and moisturized.
Get Regular Trims
Don’t be afraid to get haircuts. Tangles, single-strand knots, and split ends are characteristics of needing a trim and ends that are begging to be set free. Getting a trim every three and a half to four months will keep your kinks and curls popping and looking their best.
LOC. It Up
Adopt a routine of using leave-in conditioners, oils, and creams to keep your hair hydrated and protected at all costs. A big thing to remember is that healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp; think of it as your skin — you never want it to get dry.
Be Mindful of Protective Styles
Protective styles are great because they give your hair a break from constant manipulation, offer style versatility, and protect your ends. The key to wearing braids, twists, weaves, and wigs is to not wear them for too long or forget to take care of your natural hair underneath. If your hair is shedding and breaking after a style, then it wasn’t protective after all.
Sleep with a Satin Scarf or Pillowcase.
If you’re sleeping with a cotton pillowcase, toss it right now. The fibres rubbing against your already-stressed strands cause friction and even more breakage. Swap it for silk- or satin-lined scarf and pillowcase to protect your hair while you catch some sleep.