How to build natural hair care routine
When you are new or just starting out on your natural hair journey, you may not be sure about how to build your natural hair care routine. Perhaps you have been natural for a while but have come to a conclusion that its time to change how you care for your hair. The following are some basic things to do for building your hair care routine:
This varies from person to person some wash their hair weekly while some are so infrequent they wash once a month. There is no right or wrong way because it depends on how it works for your hair. Factors to consider will be the length of your hair,your lifestyle and your hair’s fragility. You will know if its working for your hair by checking how your hair feels when you touch it or by how it looks. Use a sulphate free shampoo to avoid drying the hair or co-wash(wash with conditioner) which is what many people do to avoid dryness.
This is the most important aspect of natural hair care routine. It helps to restore hair’s strength and sometimes store moisture. Even if you co-wash your hair, you definitely do not want to skip out on a deep conditioning session. This is especially important for those who colour-treat their natural hair or frequently use heat. Make a habit of deep conditioning at least once a month, and if you wash your hair more frequently fit in more room for deep conditioning.
Start with moisturizing your hair once a day and if you find this is too much you can always adjust this to suit your needs. When you moisturize you want to make sure that you cover all areas of your hair, but you will want to pay extra special attention to the ends of your hair. They are the oldest weakest portion of your hair and extra moisture will do it some good. On freshly washed hair try the LOC method for moisture, use a liquid based moisturizer, an oil, and then a cream to seal.
This is an area where you really need to be careful because if not you can end up losing a lot of hair. When you detangle you always want to have some sort of moisture in your hair, detangling on hair that is completely dry can be disastrous. Some naturals like to detangle only on wet hair, you don’t have to do this, but make sure you have a product in your hair that will give you some sort of slip. Always take your time to detangle and start from the ends of the hair and work your way up to the roots.
Protective and low manipulation styles
With protective styles such as twists, cornrows, or braids you don’t have to style your hair daily which helps to prevent breakage from manipulation of the hair and help in retention. If you want something different you can always do a twist out or braid out low manipulation style. Styles such as this keep your hair controlled, styling required is minimal, and it gives you a nice change from protective styles.