Countless people hesitate to go natural because they are afraid their hair won’t look good. Well, how your hair looks is a direct reflection of how healthy your hair is. So, in order to have stunning natural hair, we have to make sure that our hair is healthy. If you ask “Will natural hair look good on me?”, my answer will be a strong YES. That is if you take steps to ensure that it is healthy. The following list will focus on actions that you can take to make sure that your hair is healthy (which, in turn, will give you gorgeous hair).
Let’s jump right into it.
Tip 1: Get Regular Trims As Needed
There is no trimming schedule that will fit everyone’s hair needs. You need a trim when your ends start to look frazzled or uneven.
If you find that your hair at the ends is more frizzy or unkempt than the hair closer to your roots, you’d benefit from a trim. It will give your hair a cleaner overall look due to increased evenness and decreased split ends.
I trim my hair a couple of times per year, as I don’t put my hair through chemical processing or heat styling. But when I used to keep my hair dyed red and I put heat on my hair regularly, I found that I had more split, raggedy ends and I trimmed twice as often.
Tip 2: Wash Your Hair Only When Necessary
For us curly girls and guys, it is crucial to wash our hair only when necessary. Naturally curly hair is inherently dry, and washing too often can compound the dryness issue.
I’ve found that my hair behaves best when I wash it once per week. I’ll wash it twice in a week if I have product buildup from using gel or edge control.
Your wash schedule may differ from others who have the same hair texture as you, and that is perfectly fine. Your wash schedule will depend on your workout schedule, the air quality where you live, the products you use, and how often you have time to wash your hair.
A general starting point when planning your natural hair wash day frequency is to start washing your hair once per week. If you find that this is not often enough, bump it up to twice or three times per week.
Tip 3: Detangle From the Ends to the Roots
I cringe when I think about curly hair being combed from roots to ends. You don’t want to do that. Instead, comb your hair from ends to roots. You’ll experience less breakage, thinning, and split ends using this technique.
To take this tip a step further, use your fingers to detangle your hair. This method is gentler on the hair since you can better feel how hard you are tugging on your hair with your fingers vs. a comb. Also, instead of ripping through your hair with a comb, you can take your time and pick stubborn knots apart using your fingers.
Tip 4: Cover Your Tresses Overnight
A simple satin scarf, satin bonnet, or satin pillowcase is all you need to protect your hair at night. Why do we need to protect our hair at night? I’m glad you asked.
When we sleep on cotton pillowcases or under the covers at night, our hair takes a real beating. Moisture is sucked from our hair and absorbed by the cotton pillowcases and other bedding that we use. Also, structural damage to the hair can occur from friction between our hair and our bedding.
Luckily, we can easily remedy this with night protection.
Tip 5: Do Some Product Auditions
As a new natural, you probably don’t know what works for your hair, and that’s okay. The best way to find out which products mesh well with your hair chemistry is to try them out.
Try not to worry if you become a product junkie, especially when you are new and simply figuring out what works. Try different gels, shampoos, cowashes, conditioners, and techniques.
Eventually, you will be left with (1) a select few products that become your hair arsenal and (2) some techniques that are guaranteed to get you the results you want.
Tip 6: Wet Your Hair Regularly
I cannot stress how important this tip is.
Dry hair never turned any heads!
Make sure that you are giving your hair some moisture every now and again. You can use a leave-in spray or some good ole’ H2O. Your hair thrives on moisture.
If you are wearing a style that does not allow you to spray your hair with water (a stretched or straightened style), then you may want to pass on this tip until you are done with the style. Spraying water or anything else on your hair when it’s in a stretched or straightened style can ruin it with quickness.
But if you are wearing your hair in its natural state, spray your hair with water as often as you need to (that is, whenever it looks thirsty). You’ll have a different set of problems if you over-moisturize your hair; it will be limp beyond all reason.
Tip 7: Avoid Heat Tools As Much As Possible
In order to give our hair the best chance to look great, we need to avoid heat tools (flat irons, curling irons, curling wands, blow dryers, and the like) as much as possible.
Burning your hair with heat tools is a no-no if you are trying to make sure that your hair looks great in its natural state.
Of course, there are ways to minimize damage from heat tools, like using heat tools sparingly or using a heat protectant beforehand. But the best way to avoid heat damage is to avoid applying heat to your hair altogether.
Tip 8: Build A Hair Regimen
Setting aside time on a schedule to do the various things your hair needs is critical. Set aside time to wash, deep condition, do protein treatments, get trims, and more. This can seem like a lot to consider, which is why I simplify things in this post on creating a no stress hair regimen.
Tip 9: Pay Attention to Your Hair
This tip is pretty straightforward. Paying attention to your hair requires you to observe your hair before and after you make any changes to it. This enables you to discover what your hair likes and what your hair doesn’t like.
If you aren’t paying attention to your hair, you won’t always be able to determine with certainty which product or technique worked best for your hair.
Tip 10: Cowashes are Best
Let me say that cowashes are amazing. If you are unfamiliar with them, a cowash is essentially a conditioner that cleanses your hair gently.
Why is using a cowash important for hair health?
Well, this goes back to moisture, which is hard to retain in curly natural hair. Regular shampoos that use sulfates, as well as some sulfate-free shampoos, are too harsh on hair, leaving your hair dry and prone to breakage.
Cowashes are often much more moisturizing than shampoos, leaving your hair looking nourished and healthy.
Tip 11: Deep Condition Regularly
A thorough deep-conditioning session is a quick way that you can boost your hair’s softness, shine, and moisture.
I can attest to the greatness that a deep conditioner can do. I have been on a once-a-week deep conditioning schedule for a few years. Whenever I miss a session or two, my hair shows it. It’ll start to look dull and dry. It’s not a good look.
So if you are looking for something that you can do once and see some results, deep condition your hair.
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There are several deep conditioners that are great for curly hair. A couple of these are the TGIN Hair Mask and the TruePure Natural Hair Mask. Give one of these a try to see a positive difference in your hair.
It’s important that you get into a routine with deep conditioning, as you’ll likely see better results over time as your hair is nourished on a regular basis. You can deep condition once a month, once a week, or whatever works for you. Sometimes your hair needs some extra love – in these cases, you can do some extra deep-conditioning sessions.
Quick Deep Conditioning Tip: To extract all of the goodness from each deep conditioning session, cover your hair with a shower cap after you apply the deep conditioner. This will trap heat from your scalp and this heat will help to open up your hair cuticles. This way the deep conditioner can penetrate as far as possible into your hair.
Tip 12: Try Protective Styles
Styling your natural hair constantly could be a huge contributing factor to hair that looks dull, dry, and otherwise unhealthy.
Your hair can only take so much combing, braiding, fluffing, and finger twirling. To ensure that you are not manipulating your hair to death, you can try protective styles.
Simple protective styles like low or high buns, high puffs, braids, or twists can give your hair a much-needed break. Sometimes, what your hair needs in order to look its best is to be left alone.
Let Me Know What You Think
I hope that these tips will be as helpful to you as they have been for me 🙂
If any of these tips work for you, come back and let me know!
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Thanks for reading and happy journey.