Monday, December 17, 2012
Steps to Healthy Hair
While going natural is arguably a much healthier choice for Black hair than using harsh chemical relaxers, it is still important to take good care of your tresses to keep them looking and feeling good. Whether you’re a high maintenance gal who doesn’t mind taking the time to do complicated twist-outs and other creative styles, or a ‘wash and go’- type of sister, make sure that you adopt these important rituals for keeping natural hair on point.
Putting a dry comb in natural hair is almost as bad as running a knife through your tresses. Only comb your hair while wet, preferably with shampoo or conditioner (which will make the comb run through the hair much easier and protect you from unnecessary breakage). Also, fine combs are no good for natural hair; select a wide tooth comb to detangle without tearing your hair to pieces.
While you may have been looking forward to dropping the notorious ‘bed scarf’ when you decided to go natural, it’s actually wise for Black women with both natural AND permed hair to wrap their hair up at night. Cotton sheets absorb moisture and leave your hair dry and can cause breakage as well. Protect your hair with a satin scarf, bonnet or pillowcase. Also, sleep with your hair in braids or a bun to prevent tangling; braids are particularly helpful for those with curly hair and will leave your ‘do looking much neater and manageable in the morning. Apply a bit of your preferred moisturizer on your natural hair before heading to bed as well.
Wear Protective Styles
If you wear your natural hair in an Afro or in wild curls, give it a break a few times a week with protective styles, such as buns and braids. Protective styles prevent damage to the edges, while allowing the hair to rest; wearing natural hair out constantly puts you at the risk for breakage, which inhibits hair growth.