My name is Trixie-Belle. Thank you for visiting my site (The Natural Body). I am sure you will enjoy reading this blog and hopefully, you may even find out one out two things that you didn’t know about how to maintain your natural hair!
I am not an expert in natural hair care (other than looking after my own, natural hair for many years!) but I was inspired to write this blog because I regularly come across friends, with natural hair, (either because they choose to wear their hair ‘natural’ or because they are between hair extensions and weaves) who complain that they either have a dry or itchy scalp. Some complain about hair breakages and dull looking hair. When I ask how they maintain their natural hair I am often surprised that many do not use a conditioner or do not use good quality products. So in this blog, I am going to cover the basics – washing your hair, applying conditioner and rinsing:
Preparing your hair:
Undo your braids/plaits, remove hair coverings, clips, hair pins. Then using a wooden pick, slowly and gently comb out your hair. Now you are ready for the next step!
To start, make sure you have the following items:
- Two towels – one will do but if you have two – that is even better!
- A wooden comb.
- A good quality shampoo for your hair type.
- A good conditioner that suits your hair type.
- A shower cap.
- Time – maintaining your natural hair takes time.
STEP ONE: Washing your hair:
First, dampen your hair. This is important as when your apply your shampoo you will want to get a good lather across the hair. Once you have applied your shampoo you should work the lather from the scalp down to the ends of your hair. Use this time to gave yourself a head message:
Using the tips of your finger gently massage the lather into your scalp using small circular movements. This will stimulate the scalp, and will promote hair growth. You should aim to spend at least five minutes massaging your scalp.
STEP TWO: Rinsing your hair:
Using warm or tepid water, rinse the lather from your hair. If you are washing your hair over the sink, start at the back, use you fingers to make sure the clean water rinses all the shampoo from your hair. Work your way to the front on the head. If you are washing your hair in the shower, stand with our back to the shower and start at the front of the head (tip your head back slightly) and again use your fingers to allow the water to remove all traces of the shampoo. It is important to remove all trace of the shampoo. Shampoo left in natural hair tends to make your hair look ashen and dry. To avoid this happening to you, try this top tip: once you think you have removed all the shampoo rinse your hair one last time.
STEP THREE: Drying your hair:
Wrap your hair in a towel. Using gentle motions, begin the process of drying your hair. Do not be tempted to use a hair dryer as this will dry out your hair and you want your hair to remain damp for the next stage! You also want to protect your hair becoming damaged due to the application of heat.
STEP FOUR: Applying hair conditioner:
There are many good quality hair conditioners out there, find one suitable for your hair type. Apply the conditioner to your hands and rub your hands together. You can start at the front or back of your head. Apply your hands to your head so that your hair is covered with the hair conditioner. Apply more conditioner into the palm of your hands as necessary. The key here is to work the conditioner thoroughly into the full length of your hair. Keep adding conditioner until the hair is fully covered. Be generous with the conditioner you have chosen to use!
STEP FIVE: Using your shower cap:
Now that you have applied the conditioner, cover your hair using the shower cap. Make sure the shower cap completely covers the hair (not your face!) and that it is nice and tight around the hair line. Feel free to use a hair clip to secure your cap. You should aim to leave the conditioner in your hair for at least 15 minutes – 30 minutes will give you even better results. This allows the conditioner to penetrate the strands of hair.
Rinse the conditioner from your hair following the previous step above. Remember the top tip from the ‘rinsing your hair’ section above which is applicable here: once you think you have removed all the conditioner from your hair, give your hair one last rinse to make sure you have removed all the conditioner. When rinsing your hair, do use your fingers to allow the water to thoroughly rinse the conditioner from your hair.
Using the second, dry towel, follow the steps above to thoroughly dry your hair. Aim to get as much water from your hair as possible.
Combing your hair:
Firstly, apply a hair care product to your damp hair. This may be a hair oil and is something which will add moisture to your hair giving it a sheen. You hair will be protected from the elements. Work the product evenly through your hair. Then using a wooden comb begin the process of removing those tangles! Work slowly and gently. Do not tug, if you have problems removing knots, then use a wooden hair pick. You wet hair is vulnerable and prone to break if you comb too aggressively. Once your hair is tangle free you can then begin the process of styling your hair.
So there you have it. You have begun the process of maintaining your natural hair. Remember to try different products on your hair to find the one that leaves your hair tangle free and manageable. Maintaining your natural hair can be time-consuming but the results speak for themselves. Taking time to look after your hair is one way to feel yourself feel great.