Our natural African hair needs a unique form of tender loving care. It took me a minute to figure out how to give my hair the right sort of care and attention, but once I figured it all out through trial and error, I knew exactly how to handle my hair. The journey to care for African natural hair is life-changing and it never ends. I keep learning something new every time I play around with my hair. I love my hair so much that I cringe over time I recall the years of messing around with chemicals to keep my hair straight.
The whole idea of keeping your African natural relaxed and straight is mad. Our hair is not meant to be straight and it was a waste of time for me especially because my hair is so stubborn, fighting it was pointless.
3 African Natural Hair Tips
Here are 3 quick tips to have in mind when you are caring for your natural afro hair:
Wash every week or fortnightly
It is best to wash the natural hair every week or fortnightly to get rid of the build-up of hair care products which can lead to excessive itching and dryness. Our hair is fragile (even though it doesn’t look it) so it needs to be handled delicately and washed as infrequently as possible.
Use the right hair care products
As with everything else, it is important to pay attention to the ingredients on the label before buying hair care products because you want to make sure you get the right products for your hair type. I prefer using only natural products and so I make sure the hair care products I use are natural and also cruelty-free.
Make sure protective styles are not too tight
I do my own protective styles now so this is no longer an issue for me but if someone else makes your hair, make sure the protective styles are not too tight as that would lead to hair breakage. If it hurts, let your hairdresser while she/he is making your hair as that is usually a clear sign that it is too tight. The last thing you want is to suffer hair loss and a headache just to look pretty.
How do you care for your natural hair? Do share your tried and tested hair care tips. Thanks for reading, commenting, sharing, and liking. Have a great time wherever you are and stay safe.