We go natural for many reasons, some of us because we want to embrace who we really are and others because of challenges with relaxers.
I went natural because relaxers never really worked for me. My scalp burned easily and eventually I got tired of dealing with them. Eventually I became a hair dresser and now I don’t do my hair (lol I love my protective styles for this reason). I care for the hair of many women and am noticing a few trends worth mentioning.
I love the fact that we are naturals embracing our beautiful hair in it’s natural state but as a stylist I see not everyone is doing it right. So I am here to share with you four key and common areas that will help.
We have any where from 1 type of split ends up to 15 different types of split ends. Some of them you can see with the natural eye and others you can only see microscopically. For healthy hair it is imperative that you trim your ends seasonally. I offer my clients a service where I graze their ends to preserve their ends.
Are protective styles always protective? In some cases we only protect our hair and not our scalps. With wearing protective styles you want to make sure that you are watching the tension, cleansing, and hydration of the scalp. Once you have damaged the follicles of the scalp it is very hard, next to impossible, to regenerate the follicles on the scalp.
Conditioners should not be used to co-wash hair. They are created to condition the hair. When you use a conditioner to co-wash the hair it will attract dirt and build up; not only on the hair but also on the scalp. This will cause the scalp follicles to have build up, and produce hair growth at a slower rate.
COLOR TREATED HAIR
When I say color I think commitment. Coloring your hair is really a marriage, to hydration and moisture balancing the hair. Hydration not only comes from dousing your hair with oil, but also making sure that you have treated your hair with protein to lock in moisture. These are some of the steps to making the marriage to hair color work.
I hope this shines a light on some of the best practices for your natural hair.