Here is your no fuss guide to natural hair care in five easy steps. Many of us naturals, especially newbies, have learned a lot about ourselves and our hair during transitioning but building a personal regimen is a whole new ball game.
Products can bankrupt any natural. It’s downright scary how addictive buying and trying products can be. This may be fun but it’s really unnecessary. The first step to building your regimen is finding a water based moisturizer, with an emphasis on the word ‘water.’ A moisturizer can have all of the oils and butters in the world but if water isn’t listed first or second on the ingredient list, it’s probably not actually doing any moisturizing.
Step two, you need to find your shampoo and conditioner. Avoid products with sulfates, which will dry out and damage your hair in no time. Find one that works for you that won’t break you wallet. There are some great ones out there for less than five bucks a bottle. You want to find a conditioner with good slip, that is, one that make your hair slippery enough to detangle easily.
Step three, find a reliable leave-in product. I prefer a leave-in product that contains water and aloe vera at the top of the list, both of which are moisturizing and nourishing. Even plain aloe vera has some magical ability to leave my hair looking styled and amazing. You don’t want a leave-in or styling product that will make your hair crunchy to the touch, and you also want something light enough so that you don’t have to wash the build up out of your hair every day.
Step four, figure out a styling regimen that works for you. Styles that work well for one person may not work for you, so keep experimenting until you find something that will make you look and feel fabulous while not taking too long to deal with every day or every week.
Step five, figure out your maintenance schedule. I think it’s a good idea to do a hot oil treatment several times a year and deep conditioning a couple of times a month. There are a few of these maintenance rites, like wrapping your hair in satin at night or protecting your hair from the weather.
This is natural hair care in five easy steps. I hope that your journey is a wonderful one!