Listen up, ladies! It’s time to drop the chemicals and unhealthy heat and let your hair flourish. It’s time to go natural! It’s a process, trust me, I know, but it’ll be worth it letting your hair be in its natural state. So, here are 10 natural hair care tips and tricks according to this article I found that you need in your life.
1. Don’t Have The Highest Expectations
If you’re like me you want long, flowy hair like Rapunzel. However, healthy hair growth takes time: it typically grows at a rate of 1/4 to 1/2 an inch per month.
Patience is key. Look, I know it’s hard to wait, but trust me, if you have a little patience and push through, your hair will be so long you won’t know what to do with it!
2. Hair Texture Affects The Appearance Of Growth
I have the kinkiest coils known to man, so shrinkage is a real thing. To be quite honest, shrinkage is the devil. It takes everything in me not to reach for my hair straightener and get instant length.
3. Protective Styles Are Key
Protective hairstyles are here to do just that, protect your hair. My go-to protective style is cornrows. Make sure whatever style you choose, you don’t do it too tight. Repetitive, tight styles can have the opposite effect and actually cause you to lose your hair. Traction alopecia is a real thing and you don’t want it!
4. Silk And Satin Are The Fabrics Of Our Lives
Say goodbye to cotton pillowcases! Fabrics like silk and satin protect your hair from breakage. They also protect your hair when it’s humid because humidity can make your scalp sweat and sweat and build-up cause breakage as well.
5. Over-Washing Doesn’t Help
Everybody who goes natural always thinks that the more you wash your hair the more it will grow. This isn’t the case whatsoever. Over-washing your hair strips it of its natural oils necessary for it to grow.
6. Over-Conditioning Doesn’t Help
Now conditioner is a gift from the gods! However, we tend to slather it onto our heads like it’s a magic hair growth cream. What we fail to realize is, if not rinsed out proper, conditioner can block the hair follicles and cause breakage.
7. Lock In That Moisture After Every Wash, Your Hair Will Thank You
It’s a good idea to apply oils to your natural hair when it’s wet to seal in the moisture. Hair is like skin, it hates being dry and craves moisture. The more moisture your hair retains, the longer it will grow. After using the oil-based product of your choice, let your hair air dry, no heat!
8. Your Maintenance Products Should Be All-Natural
Many hair products contain “petroleum, mineral oil, fragrance, and alcohol.” The ingredients are detrimental to your hair. When buying products for your hair, organic products are best for natural hair care. They are a bit more costly, but your hair will thank you later!
9. Trim Your Split Ends
I’m guilty of not doing this and then wondering why my hair rips when I run a brush through it. “Cutting split ends prevents damage from advancing up the hair shaft and ultimately causing breakage.”
10. Your Diet Matters
So, according to this article, the foods that are vital for natural hair care are salmon, red meat, eggs, sweet potatoes, carrots, raw, unsalted walnuts and almonds, blueberries, avocado, mangoes, oatmeal, and tomatoes.