Natural hair care isn’t always intuitive. It can take some trial and error to come up with a reliable routine. Especially now with our busy lives, it’s a good idea to have a game plan when it comes to your hair. Here is your guide to natural hair care in eight easy steps.
1. Get to know your hair. Is it usually oily or dry? Is your hair damaged from previous treatment? Do your swim often or work out and need to take care of your hair accordingly? After you know the characteristics of your hair, you will have a better idea of what you will need for your regimen.
2. Choose a moisturizer. Choose one that has water as it’s first ingredient. Remember that oils, butter and the notorious grease do not provide moisture to your hair, only water can do that. Aloe Vera is another great ingredient to look for.
3. Choose a shampoo and conditioner. Use products that don’t contain harsh ingredients, such as sulfates, detergents or alcohols. They will be much gentler on your hair.
4. Choose a leave-in product that you can style with.
Find something that is nourishing and moisturizing. I like light leave-in conditioners but you might need something heavier, containing a butter. It depends on your hair type and condition.
5. Pick your style.
Get comfortable with a few styles that work for you and your lifestyle. There are so many styles to choose from, from braids and twists to updos and buns. You can try wash and gos or install a protective style and leave it for a few weeks.
6. Learn how to detangle.
Detangling is an important skill to learn. Once you get it down, you will find your detangling sessions flying by. Use a conditioner with good slip and a wide tooth comb to detangle. Some like to use fingers, but I personally prefer a comb. Do what works.
7. Deep condition once in a while.
A deep conditioner treatment or a hot oil treatment every six or eight weeks will revive your hair and give it new life. It will also help to reverse any damage you may have.
8. Rinse and repeat.
Try to commit to your regimen. Change it up as you need, but your hair will appreciate the consistency of a good routine. That’s all for your natural hair care in eight easy steps.