People are often confused on how to maintain natural hair. Natural hair is absolutely gorgeous, if properly taken care of. It also helps to enhance our self-esteem. However, a lot of people do not know how to properly maintain their hair, especially in Nigeria.
While I understand that natural hair can be very curly and dry which makes it difficult to preserve, there are some things you can do to ensure that it still remains attractive, shiny and presentable.
If you want to know how to maintain natural hair and you’re as excited as I am, let’s jump right in:
1. Wrap your natural hair before you go to sleep
If you don’t take any tip on how to maintain natural hair, please take this one. Most people take this for granted and they end up thick and tangled hair when they wake up. You wouldn’t want to go through this stress as the Nigerian scorching sun wouldn’t help your hair either.
You should wrap your hair with a silk scarf to protect it from tangles, dryness and other damages.
2. Moisturise consistently
The only way to go is to moisturize your hair as often as possible. A well moisturized and nourished hair shines, and doesn’t break easily. However, you have to choose a good moisturizer so that you can reap the full benefits.
Choose one that is of high-quality and doesn’t leave any form of greasy residue. It shouldn’t also contain drying alcohol, mineral oil, or paraben
3. Avoid heat on your natural hair at all cost
This is why a lot of people struggle with their natural hair. You want to get your natural hair straightened or dried quickly, so you use all sorts of things that ends up destroying your hair.
Avoid all forms of heat tools completely because it damages your hair. Your hair ends up super dry and the tips begin to break. If you must use a hairdryer, use a protective spray on it first and place the dryer on the lowest heat.
4.Trim, trim, trim
Yes, you want to get a long natural hair, but trimming it regularly makes it grow better and avoids split ends. Your hair won’t grow if you retain the dead ends.
5. Your pillowcase should be satin or silk
Why can’t it be wool, cotton, or any other material?
It’s because silk and satin materials decrease hair oil and moisture loss, and prevent splits at hair ends. Once you can sleep with these and use your silk scarf, your natural hair is good to go!
6. Comb correctly
Contrary to popular opinion, you shouldn’t use small-toothed combs because they can cause breakage and loose ends. Use wide-toothed combs to pick at your afro instead to retain volume and reduce end knots.
Hope this was very helpful. If you’re struggling with your natural hair, kindly share the tips below. Don’t forget to share to friends and family.
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