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6 WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR NATURAL HAIR

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African hair can seem really difficult to manage. Its kinky na­ture plus our weather makes it increasingly frustrating. Hence that’s the reason we never allow our hair breath. Whether we decide to perm or go natural, you need to learn the easy tricks of taking care of your natural hair. Remember this is not mag­ic; it’s knowing how to transform these tricks into a consistent habit. In order to help you do that, I have made a collection of some of the helpful rules of ethnic hair care.

 

1. BRUSH FROM TIPS TO ROOTS

The first trick is to brush with care. African hair needs a gentle touch to stay youthful and grow longer. The honest truth is that our hair knots up easily and is therefore more susceptible to breakage, which means you absolutely must take good care of how you brush. We recommend a Wide Toothed Comb. This will bring ease to the hair while disentangling to avoid break­age and unnecessary pain. Always start from the tips and work your way to the roots. If you do the reverse you will add heavy pressure to the hair, strain the scalp, and break the hair in your attempt to forcefully comb out the knots.

 

2. MOISTURIZE &CONDITION

For very stubborn hair, add a little bit of conditioner to soften the hair while combing. The essence of this is to prepare the hair during washing to avoid further tangling.

 

3. MASSAGE

Here is one interesting trick you may want to master. Massag­ing the head helps increase the circulation of blood inside the scalp. This makes the hair healthier, grow faster and longer.

 

4. DON’T SHAMPOO TOO OFTEN

African hair loses moisture very fast and over-shampooing the hair might do more harm than good. Try to use a sulfate-free shampoo, as this is less harsh on the hair. Some people go without washing for months. This will only attract more breakage. We advise you shampoo once a week or maximum 10days. If washing your hair everyday is a necessity, do your best to use very little shampoo or if possible, substitute the shampoo for conditioner.

 

5. SLEEP WITH A SATIN NIGHTCAP

This is a MUST MUST MUST! I can’t stress this enough. The silk or satin nightcap preserves the hair moisture, thereby preventing the hair from getting dry and frizzy. Secondly, it reduces breakage and tangles, because the hair is contained in a protective base. Thirdly, it will help protect your hair while you toss and tumble in your sleep. Lastly, it secures your styles in place making it easily manageable and healthier upon wak­ing up. The best way to do this is to comb your hair around your head (not exceeding your hairline) and secure with bob pins or with a sleek silk or satin scarf. Turn the scarf around until it follows the direction of your hair, and then tie. Cover with a silk or satin sleep cap or bonnet.

 

6. USE PRODUCTS FOR BLACK HAIR

Not to say products made for Caucasians will not specifically work for black hair but there must be specific reasons why the two lines of products are manufactured. The same way you can’t use the same medication for malaria to cure typhoid, is the same way you should think twice in using products for curly Caucasian hair on your black kinky natural hair. Stick to the products made for your hair type or texture or problem-solution.

 

Get the next copy of WOW magazine for more Tips on how to take care of your natural hair and secrets you need to know.

Till then, xoxoxooxo Lola Lavita




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