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5 Natural Hair Care Tips

I have been growing my natural hair for years now, and it has been a rollercoaster. Maintaining natural hair is hard, but it is worth the struggle. My hair is strong, healthy and growing like weed. It looks and feels a lot better than when I used chemicals on it, many years ago. Back then, I was kind of ashamed to show off my natural hair because it didn’t look good at all. I am happy to see those years behind me now.

 

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So how do I care for my natural hair? Here are some natural hair care tips from me to you.

 

Protective Styles

I have my hair in protective styles for about 4/5 weeks. That way the tips are protected and I don’t have to deal with the whole tedious hair management process everyday. I usually have my hair in cornrows, so I can rock different types of wigs. I sometimes go for crotchet braids too.

 

Mositurise the Natural Hair

Natural hair needs air, water and oil to grow. So I make sure my hair is moisturised everyday, even when in protective styles. I have a spray bottle with contains 70% water and 30% almond oil. I apply a few sprays to my hair everyday. When I am not rocking a protective style, I apply a leave in conditioner on a daily basis for extra moisture.

 

Comb Less

One of the good things about rocking a protective style is not having to comb so often. Once my protective style is off, I comb my hair about once a week. I prefer to comb my hair whilst it is damp, so I comb after moisturising generously, starting from the tips, with a wide tooth comb.

 

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Use the Right Hair Care Products

Using the right hair care products is essential. I am so in love with SheaMoisture hair products. The love affair started as soon as I decided to grow my hair natural. I have used a couple of SheaMoisture products, and I am completely sold on most of them. The latest addition to my SheaMoisture collection is the new 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner. Both products are great for natural hair. I have used them on mine and my daughter’s hair, and the results were amazing.

 

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I wash my hair with SheaMoisture every 2 weeks and it works great for me. Have you tried any SheaMoisture Hair Product? You can shop this new range in Superdrug for £10.99 each.

 

Easy on the Hair Line

I make sure I apply my oil and water to my hair generously. As well as my leave in conditioner. The hair-line is one of the most delicate parts of our hair and it is so easy to lose it. I avoid any hairstyle that would put pressure on my hair-line. I am also very picky on who gets to touch my hair. Some hands are a little too firm on my hair, which causes hair breakage and hair-line loss. I like my hairdresser to handle my hair with care.

 

How do you care for your natural hair? What do you think of thee tips?

 

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The Truth About Nappy Hair

The truth about nappy hair is that it is A LOT of hardwork maintaining it, but so worth it in the end. Growing up, my hair was natural and I hated it! It was hard coarse, thick, long and annoying. I didn’t know what to do with it, so I just ignored it. There were no blogs to read or vlogs to watch, to educate us on what to with our kinky hair. And there was hardly anyone around me with a natural hair too.

I cut my hair very short a number of times whilst growing up. It was easier to manage the nappy hair once it was short.

 

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Some of the lucky ones are blessed with soft manageable hair, like my daughter. Her hair is so beautiful. It is soft and curly, and a lot more easier to manage than mine. People like me with the very coarse hair have to struggle to manage our natural hair, and when we can struggle no more, we texturise the damn thing! Back in the day, texturizing/relaxing the hair was the only way to manage it. If only I knew then what I know now, I would have kept my hair free of chemicals.

My hair has been chemical free for over 2 years now; the struggle has been real, but I won’t have it any other way. The reason I decided to stop using relaxers/texturisers on my hair was because my hair became extremely unhealthy and I needed to bring it back to life.

I like the way my hair is looking now, there is no more hair breakage and my hair is the healthiest I have seen in ages, but it comes with a lot of work.

The hair products I use can be expensive and my hair routine can be exhausting sometimes but I try to keep it simple. I have reviewed most of the hair products I use, so have a look at the review posts if you missed any of them.

If you are contemplating going your hair natural, I would advise you to go for. It is the best thing I ever did for my hair, and I am 99% certain you won’t regret it as long as you are happy and ready to put in the work. If you are not ready to dedicate the time and money, wait until you can.

Another thing I have noticed about the natural afro hair community is that it seems to be the norm to have a big chop. I didn’t have a big chop because I didn’t want the crop hair look and my nappy hair grew out just fine. It did take a while to fully transition but I got there in the end, so please don’t think you must have the big chop.

Are you rocking the nappy hair? How are you finding it? Please share your tips or secrets  in the comments section.

 

 

How to Manage Natural Afro Hair

I have been keeping my natural hair for almost 2 years now, and the journey has been like a roller coaster ride. Some days, I get so sick and tired of the high maintenance nature of my natural afro hair, I feel like relaxing it. But then, I stop and remember why I decided to keep my hair natural, and that keeps me going.

 

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If you have been following my natural hair journey, you would know all about how unhealthy my hair was, which was the reason why I decided to keep my hair natural, free from chemicals.

My hair is now very healthy, and it is growing like weed, but it is so difficult to manage. Which is why I wear it in protective styles most times, and pop a wig on, which helps it grow.

 

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I have learnt many tricks and tips when it comes to managing my natural hair. I have a very coarse hair texture, so it is extremely difficult to manage my hair, but what works and what doesn’t.

Here are a few tips that work for my hair and may work for yours –

 

Moisturise everyday

I moisturise my hair everyday with water and Almond Oil in a spray bottle. I have a very dry scalp, and my hair tends to lose moisture very quickly, so using just water does not help. The Almond Oil helps soften my hair and retain moisture, which is great for my scalp and growth of my hair.

 

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Use a Deep Conditioner once a month

I use a deep conditioner once a month. This helps strengthen my hair, and leaves it shinning.

Use a Leave-in Conditioner

I use a Leave-in Conditioner everyday I have my afro out and twice a week when I have it in a protective style. It softens my hair, making it easy to manage, and it also helps in the growth.

 

 

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Wash every week

I wash my hair every week with Shea Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. I make sure I leave the conditioner in for about 15 minutes before washing it out, which helps to soften my hair.

 

Wear my hair in protective styles to sleep

I never go to bed without putting my hair in a protective style, making sure to tuck in the tips.

 

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These tips have helped me in the pursuit of the Solange fro.

Do you have any tips or tricks that have worked for you to share? Please sound off in the comments section.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.

 

 

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