Wearing your hair natural is a beautiful, low-fuss way to honor your roots. Unfortunately, it can also be a real pain. When your hair is super thick, curly, coarsely textured, or dry, it can sometimes seem like you spend all your time yanking it into line, only to see it fly right back out again.
You’re not alone. Luckily, caring for your hair naturally will keep it healthier in the long run, minimizing the damage that comes with the chemicals and heat required to mold it in a different image. Your natural hair wants to look good, and with a few tips, you can get it there.
Keep It Moisturized
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been blessed with heavy, straight hair or wavy kinks, whether you have thin locks or thick, whether they’re naturally smooth or tend toward the coarse. All hair needs moisture, or else it loses it’s natural shine and begins to crack and split.
Girls whose hair is naturally thick and curly often suffer from dryness more than those whose hair is thinner. There are a few solutions to that. For one thing, you should always condition before shampooing. You might use a pre-conditioning oil that protects hair from the sometimes-harsh ingredients in shampoo, or you might just slather in some coconut oil before washing.
Afterwards, it’s important to condition your hair once more. If conditioning and rinsing in the shower is enough, fabulous. If you find you need a little more after that, feel free to spritz in some leave-in conditioner.
African American, Pacific Island, and Latina hair tends to be more prone to breakage than thinner, straighter hair. That’s because its curl often results in tangles and knots, which snag in the brush or pick and result in split ends. No good!
The answer? Brush your hair when you have leave-in conditioner in it, or right after a wash, while it’s still silky from recent moisturizing. And keep in mind that hair detangler ain’t just for kids … if you have trouble getting a brush through your locks, get some!
Protect Against Heat
Breakage and dullness also result from using heat. If you’re truly wearing your hair natural, you don’t need any heat, because you can let tresses hair air-dry. However, some ladies (and even men!) opt not to treat their hair with chemicals or dye, but still enjoy blowing it out. If this is you, go for it, just keep in mind that hair is sensitive to heat and too much can cause damage. A good heat protectant goes a long way toward minimize that damage, even just from hot dry climates, so use one.
Being good to your natural hair is no easy trick, but once you find a workable routine, you’ll be golden. If you’re having trouble getting there, you might benefit from professional help. Our salon technicians specialize in the best of all things beauty, so give the Bellezza Spa a try.