Natural Hair Dos And Dont's
- The products you use
- Your regimen
- How you style your hair
- Never, ever,ever comb natural hair in its dry state: For 4b hair like mine, you can't even get the comb through it. Yet, ladies will attempt combing the hair and worse off, with small tooth comb. This causes major breakage as well as split ends.
- Deep condition the hair: Do what hair dressers term "steaming" in order to add moisture to the hair. This prevents breakage.
- Wash in sections: It helps to prevent tangles. Secondly, during detangling, working in sections will ensure that the hair is well detangled.
- Use a wide tooth comb to detangle the hair so you can prevent breakage
- Use a satin cap/bonnet/pillow case: I know our ladies are fond of hair nets but these do not provide protection against the cotton pillow cases(this is what we grew up to use). The hair rubs on the pillow case as we sleep and this causes friction leading to breakage
- Avoid the sulfate based shampoo (read on it Selecting Shampoos Based On Ingredients) and don't shampoo too often. Instead, use a conditioner.
- Avoid pink oils: These contain mineral oil and petroleum. For me, these weigh my hair down and leaves it sticky.
- Trim the hair when you notice bad ends(I'll be trimming mine in December)
- Use a heat protection serum when using blow dryers, flat irons or curling irons
- Limit the use of heat to prevent dry, brittle hair
- Moisturize your ends with a light oil before bed
- Read product labels (I've learnt my lesson): This will guide you to know what each product contains and if these ingredients are damaging to your hair
- Don't make your puffs and ponytails too tight. You put pressure on your edges which might cause you to loose your edges.
- Rub some conditioner in your hair before swimming to protect the hair from the salt and chlorine in the water
- Don't rub your hair with the towel; blot instead. Rubbing can lead to knots
- Read about natural hair eg youtube, blogs, fotki
- Expensive products do not necessarily mean it will work for you.