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10 Oct 2012

4 Tips for natural/ Afro hair care

Ok, so roughly 1 and a half years ago, I embarked on a natural hair journey. I was through with chemical relaxers and the damage it was doing to my edges, so I decided to take it old skool and go back to my kinks.

For as long as I can remember, my hair has been relaxed so I kinda forgot how hard caring for natural hair can be. In all honesty I didn't really have a plan for what I was going to do with my hair. I just knew I was done with all the relaxing/ perming. I needed a break.

There are some great sites and vloggers out there offering invaluable advice and tips on caring for and looking after afro hair which really helped me. One of my favourites is BGLH
I have devised a list of 4 tips that will hopefully help anyone else on this natural hair journey:

1. Wash your hair in sections
This is one thing I wish I had known to do from the start. I probably would have ended up with a lot less hair stuck in the plug hole. Dividing the hair into manageable sections, for example two or four individual plaits/ hair bands and washing each section individually takes a lot of the stress out of washing natural hair. It does take slightly longer to wash you hair in sections, so be prepared for that but it's deffo worth it.
Why does this work so well?
Curly/ afro hair is excellent at knotting and getting tangled.Washing hair in sections makes the hair less likely to knot simply because it does not have to be constantly handled and separated from the other strands.

2. Invest in a good quality leave in conditioner
Knots and tangles are inevitable when washing natural hair and I found that investing in a good leave in conditioner not only helped with adding moisture to my hair but also made it a lot easier to manage and lessened breakage. I randomly picked out Taliah Waajid's Detangler from my local hair shop in Brixton and though it was a little pricey (£5 for a 8oz bottle), it's deffo worth it.

3. Let you hair dry naturally
This one is quite hard to adjust to and in all honesty, I still get tempted to reach for the hairdryer when I want to dry my hair at times. However, allowing your hair to air dry is a lot better and healthier for your hair. Hair dryers take a lot of the moisture out of your hair and can leave it dry and brittle, even with heat protection products.

4. Use a wide tooth comb or your fingers for detangling natural hair
When it comes to detangling, I generally use my fingers and/or a wide-tooth comb. I also always ensure my hair is soaked in conditioner/ natural oils so it is well lubricated and less likely to break. Get rid of brushes and thin tooth combs, they are no good for natural hair as they can pull your hair out. I had to tell my hairdresser off very recently for using a really fine tooth comb in my afro hair. I would literally sit there and cringe as I heard my hair ripping from my scalp. She wasn't too happy being told what to do, but it's MY hair *shrugs*.

One thing is for sure... Natural hair care takes time, dedication and love! If you have anymore tips on caring for natural hair? Please share by commenting below.xx

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the 4 Tips.

    I'm currently on a mission to take more care of my hair, which involves actually combing it everyday! LOL. I came across a few suggestions on the internet which have really helped.

    Jamaican Black Castor oil, is really good for hair growth so I've been mixing it with Coconut Oil(smells great) and massaging into my scalp every other night, and making sure it wrap my hair every night.

    I have found that my hair is much more healthy and conditioned throughout the month, and makes wash day so much more bearable.

    I also picked up African Pride's 'Shea Butter' which is part of their new range created for Natural hair. Not only does it smell lovely it also gives my hair that much needed moisture in the mornings.

    Gonna try out your tips this month :-)


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    1. I am deffo going to try the shea butter and Jamaican black castor oil. I have heard great things! Thanks Flo. Let me know how you get on if you do try any of my tips. xx

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