The natural hair movement inspires women of African descent to keep their natural hair in its rawest, untouched state. From all corners of the world, more and more women of color are embracing their God given hair.
Make no mistake, this isn’t to say that women who relax their hair or wear wigs are not proud of their natural hair, but rather, all women have options and rights to wear their hair however they deem appropriate.
For those who prefer to wear their hair natural, here are some tips that will assist you in successfully growing you natural hair:
Shampoo / Co- wash Regulary
Keeping a clean healthy scalp is very important for hair growth because it clears product buildup, dandruff and dead skin. Use gentle sulfate and paraben free shampoo that will add moisture into your hair while keeping your scalp dirt free. Personally, I use shampoo once a month and the other three weeks of the month l co-wash. (Co-wash means washing your hair with a conditioner only).
Too much of anything isn’t good and same applies to washing your hair. This is because most of the shampoos and conditioners in the market have parabens and sulfates as ingredients which dries the scalp and are believed to be harmful due to the chemicals used as ingredients, these chemicals are not used because of their benefits but simply because they prolong a product’s shelf life. https://clicks.co.za/palmers_coconut-oil-formula-repairing-conditioner/p/246415
Protein Rich Mask
Protein rich hair masks will strengthen and repair frail and damaged hair. With continuous use of protein hair masks, you will notice less shedding at first and eventually no shedding at all. My all time favorite home-made hair protein mask is very simple, I simply mix :
- One ripe avocado
- One ripe banana
- Two tablespoons of honey
- A quarter cup of coconut oil or any essential oils and shea butter mixed and melted together.
I mix these ingredients thoroughly and apply it on my hair. Because of how rich this mask is, I cover my hair with a shower cap and a cotton doek to avoid oil dripping down.
At times l leave this mask on overnight to ensure my hair absorbs all the oils and health benefits from this mask, while other times, especially when in a hurry l leave it on for an hour.
Ps: you can leave this mask on for the same amount of time you leave your other mask’s on for, for example 10-20 minutes is perfectly OK too.
Local beauty stores such as clicks also sell packs of protein hair masks which are convenient. https://clicks.co.za/palmers_coconut-oil-formula-deep-conditioning-protein-pack/p/225371
If you want strong healthy hair with minimum shedding, it is important that you avoid styling tools that use heat such as dryers, tongs and hair straighteners. For those that absolutely can’t manage their hair without using heat, then a heat protector is an absolute necessity because it will keep your hair protected while styling it.
Moisturise and Lock in Moisture
Natural hair is much drier than relaxed hair. Therefore you need to moisturise it regularly with a rich moisturiser and seal /lock in the moisture with either coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil or any one of your preferred essential oils. https://www.haircity.co.za/collections/mizani/products/mizanibuttercreamhairdress-240ml
Eating healthy foods high in protein such as eggs, nuts, broccoli, fish and meat will nourish you, especially from within. A healthy fed body reflects on the outside through skin, nails and hair.
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