To maintain healthy hair and beautiful curls, it’s vital that you know how to properly care for your natural hair. If you’re transitioning to natural hair from a previous style, we want to help you do it correctly so that you’re not frustrated with the journey. No matter your hair type, there are a few tips you need to keep in mind. You must drink plenty of water, reduce stress, wear protective styles, limit the amount of heat you put on your hair, wash your hair regularly, and live a healthy lifestyle. If you follow that advice, you’ll see beautiful results in your hair.
Prevent Breakage and Split Ends
There’s no cure for split ends except for regular trims, but you can care for your hair in order to prevent them. Breakage is the biggest cause for hair loss, so you want to do what you can to prevent it. Tight hairstyles like ponytails and braids can break off the hair and damage the hair follicle. If your hair constantly breaks, you’ll need to investigate why. What’s causing the breakage? The most common causes of breakage are heat, harsh chemicals, tight hairstyles and rough treatment.
Hot appliances, like flat irons, hair dryers, hair steamers, curling irons and pressing combs, are popular for styling but often lead to serious hair damage. Their high temperatures can result in brittle, dry hair that breaks easily – especially when they’re overused. Make sure that your hairstyles aren’t overly tight, stay away from chemical processes that change the structure of your hair, and handle your hair with care. Too-frequent manipulation (combing, brushing, tugging, pulling, etc.) can lead to increased breakage.
Get the Right Vitamins and Nutrition into Your System
Beautiful, luxurious hair starts from within. If you want your natural hair to be resilient, supple and managable, you need to eat the right foods. If you concentrate on eating low-fat proteins, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, you can help your hair reach its full potential without hair supplements!
Find the Right Shampoo and Conditioner for Your Hair
There are a lot of shampoos and conditioners out there. It can feel overwhelming trying to find the right one for you. Have a conversation with your hair stylist to learn more about what your exact hair needs. We recommend shampoo that is sulfate free. Sulfates strip the hair of its natural oils and end up leaving it dry, which deters growth. Conditioning is also highly important in your hair care routine. Conditioner can strengthen hair, restore moisture, and impart amazing shine without compromising your natural style.
There are many other ways to care for your natural hair. These are just a few, so chat with your hair dresser when you’re ready to transition to your natural hair.