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TIPS TO MAINTAINING HEALTHY NATURAL HAIR

TIPS TO MAINTAINING HEALTHY NATURAL HAIR

Chimamanda ADICHIE

Team natural hair has been the rave since it returned about three years ago. The movement started fully in 2016 and since then.

Natural hair is defined as relaxer-free hair whose texture hasn’t been altered by chemical straighteners, including relaxers and texturizers.But there are still tons of questions regarding natural hair maintenance such as, to condition or not to condition, to use natural hair products only or not, to oil or not to oil.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on natural hair styled by Onaturals1 Credit[ image:Kele Akaniro & Onyinkan Ige @snapfactory]

Not getting the right answers can make you apprehensive, but that’s why we are here for you, so keep calm, get your notepad and take these tips down.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

Believe it or not, you are what you eat! The first step in maintaining natural hair is a change in diet.The right hair cells suffer when you don’t eat right, so you might want to invest wads of cash on food rich in iron and protein before copping that new hair product.

ALWAYS TIE YOUR HAIR AT NIGHT

This will not only reduce the number of knots you get but also will prevent your hair from drying out. You could use a satin bonnet at night, regardless of the hairstyle you have.

GET YOUR OIL GAME ON

Unrefined Shea butter, popularly known as ‘Ori’ is rich in Vitamin A, E, and F. It repairs damaged hair and adds moisture to dry, brittle, dull, lifeless hair. Other oils that help to hydrate, soften, condition and beautify natural hair include castor oil, extra virgin oil, coconut oil and Ginseng oil.

TURN DOWN THE HEAT

It’s time to bid your hairdryer farewell! Some hair types lack moisture, and hairdryers burn away the little moisture that we have, cause breakage and burn scalp. Airdrying takes longer but it’s the healthiest for your hair. If you insist on using a hairdryer, use it on the lowest setting, ensure that you divide the hair into portions and wet each section of hair with a generous amount of water and heat-protectant.

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 READ LABELS

The labels on the back of our shampoos are mostly left unread. Lately, there has been a lot of focus on sulfate in shampoos. Sulfates are the reason your shampoo lathers the way it does. They clean your scalp and hair, but the recent studies suggest that they strip your hair of essential oils. They’re also the reason why your eyes sting when shampoo runs down the side of your face. If you feel any kind of irritation on the scalp or find your hair drying up over time then try and buy a shampoo that’s sulfate-free.

PROTECTIVE STYLING

It could be cornrows, plaits, twist outs, afro puffs, you name it! This list seems endless. There are so many different twist styles, cornrows can be done in different patterns, and the twist/plaits can be thick or skinny. The only limit to how you can style your hair is your imagination. If you run out of ideas, Google is your friend!

We hope you find the tips above helpful, remember, it is perfectly okay to be obsessed with your hair!

View Comments (3)
  • I have had my natural hair for a while now. I never remember to tie my hair to sleep but will start from tonight. thanks for the information

  • Thank you so much for these tips. I always practice this tips but my diet suffers. I will definitely work on that.

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