There’s so many myths and divided opinions about black hair since the beginning of time, well for as long as I can ever remember. When I was younger, I was made to believe that my natural hair was always going to be difficult to handle. The many Sunday afternoons, my mum spent trying to plait my hair ready for the new week, was definitely a prelude to what my ideas about hair would become.
I knew that having my hair straightened was the perfect solution. Every special occasion my mum or the maid would heat up the straightening comb and I would flinch every time it touched my head for fear of being burnt to a crisp.
As I grew older in my early teens, I fell into the trap of wishing to have my hair relaxed and that was my ultimate goal.! Gone were the deadly and dangerous straightening combs and relaxers or perms were in. Sadly, my mum held back on the relaxer for me, something which of course brought me great pain as a teenager. If I had known what relaxers actually do to your hair, I would have thanked her for everyday she made me wait!
My personal hair journey has had highs and many lows! I have learnt to love my hair as it is, in its natural state and appreciate it. With that love, a renewed patience and a desire to understand what makes it happy and the things I should definitely stay away from. I have been a natural hair fanatic for about 2-3 years now, which still doesn’t make me experienced in any way, shape or form. 2-3 years doesn’t really make you an expert, but here are the top tips I have come across since becoming a naturalista.
Do not listen to everyone’s advice.
I can not begin to stress this any more! I fell prey to this and it had dire consequences!. Before this I switched relaxers because all the long-haired Youtubers were doing it, moving from Dark & Lovely’s Beautiful Beginnings to Olive Oil and over the course of a week… my hair broke significantly and since then… I am always skeptical. I went from beautiful beginnings to Excruciating Endings! Lesson definitely learnt, if you find something that works, stick to it and don’t always change products unncessarily for the sake of following trends!
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture!
Our hair texture is always starving for moisture! The key to keeping black hair is managing moisture and keeping this balance with help you retain your hair growth allowing you to build on that. If you get this wrong, you will hit breakage city quick and fast.
Treat your Hair!
Just like a mask for your skin, every now and then your hair needs to be given a deep treatment to help revive its look, feel and shine. Hair treatments help ensure that your hair remains strong and ensures growth is retained and the growth pattern you are currently on is also maintained.
Know your hair type:
Knowing your hair type is an essential tip! If you fail to understand your hair type you won’t know what it actually needs to remain healthy. Do you have really dry or oily hair? Does it need more moisture or less oils? All of these key decisions could be affecting the state of your hair. Here are the hair types and see which type you are:
I’ll touch on this particular subject in greater depth in an upcoming posts, so keep your eyes peeled.
Get a Regimen going:
The only way to ensure your hair is happy and healthy is to try to maintain a routine. Consistency is key in all things in life and especially your hair. If you want your hair to maintain its growth and health state it needs a routine. This ensures your hair is nourish at all times and doesn’t go for days on end without being moisturised or cared for.
No heat or minimal heat:
Heat is an actual impediment to all hair types. The strain and stress that your hair shaft goes through when you apply 200 degree heat is pretty intense and certainly something that shouldn’t be done on a day-to-day basis. The best way I have found is to avoid heat completely and this has worked wonders for me.
This is easier said that done especially when you have gotten used to applying heat to your hair, but it is not impossible either. #teamnoheat
So those are my top tips ensuring you are taking care of your natural hair. I will be doing a series of natural hair posts as I am on my natural hair journey. Come back on Wednesday, I’ll be sharing my favourite hair products for natural hair and how I have been getting along on my hair journey.
It would be good to hear from you on what you have found works for your hair and how you are all getting along on your hair care journey.
Please let me know in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you all.
Until my next post…