Natural African hair is not cheap to maintain, it’s not as ‘all-weather’ as the other types of hair so more attention is needed to make the crown glorious. Yes, we have been told to eat well, do a lot of treatments, wear protective hairstyles and the list goes on and on…
However, with all that done there is still some practises that cannot be ignored and could be the reason why your hair doesn’t have that ….ummphh!! or (my favourite word) je ne sais quoi!! especially when you’re are transitioning from relaxed to natural hair.
This is how to go about it
Choose products without Sulphates
Sulfates are extremely drying and can strip the hair of its natural oils. Because natural hair needs all the moisture it can get, a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner is the way to go.
You can never have an excess of moisturizing products
At the beginning stages of transition, your hair is most likely to need a lot of hydration. To maintain moisture and nourish the hair, a deep conditioning treatment at least once per week is recommended.
Treat Your Scalp and hair regularly
High-tension hairstyles like braids look great but can cause hair loss and damage to the hair follicles, especially if they’re too tight. Using a scalp treatment regularly helps nourish the scalp and stimulate hair growth.
Sleep like a princess
Everyone needs a beauty sleep. However, the friction between brittle hair and a pillowcase could be more damaging than you’d expect. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is highly recommended (this minimizes friction, big time), or wearing a sleeping cap at night. In addition to minimizing friction, sleeping caps also help prevent dryness, which is worsened by the cold night air.