Whether relaxed, natural, texlaxed or transitioning, we all get to that point where it seems as though our hair is on a mission to break the vows and covenant we made with them. Do I have a witness?
In our relationships with people, what do we do when a friend begins to behave in an unusual manner….Ignore them or find out if we’ve hurt them unknowingly?
In many cases, the latter has proven to yield better results.
This is relatable to the way we treat our hair, eight out of ten times, it’s not our hair acting up rather, it is just the results of our long accumulated unhealthy routines that are coming through.
If you’re familiar with me, you’ld have noticed that I rarely visit salons….It’s important to get expert advice from your stylist but that’s not the case with me as I have a ‘hand in hair’ syndrome that has made me comfortable with tending to my hair all by myself.
Right before you condemn your hair, here are certain things you really should consider;
(1) Wash less, Co-wash more
Regular shampoos have been proven to contain ingredients similar to those in detergents…I almost passed out when I first found this out. They contain sulphates and have the tendency to give you dry hair and scalp which are prerequisites to breakage.
An alternative to this, is to co-wash (wash with only a conditioner) and if you have to shampoo to remove build ups and grease on your scalp, try doing a prepoo (apply leave-in conditioner 10 to 15minutes before shampooing), better still use a sulphate-free shampoo.
(2) Reduce manipulation
The worst time to comb out your hair is when it is either dripping wet or desert dry, combing is better done when hair is damp or about eighty percent dry.
How to comb: Comb ends or tips first and then work through to the roots, avoid fine tooth combs…Wide tooth combs are better options and a Denman detangling brush to smooth out any possible tangles or knots. Also opt for finger detangling before combing.
The amount of moisture you feed your hair will on the long run, determine how much hair you retain. Moisturising helps combat dryness and flakes that amount to breakage. Start by spraying water onto the hair using a spray bottle, if you’re natural, the spray bottle ensures the water goes all the down way to your roots, then seal in the moisture using oils like coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, castor oil, almond oil or grapeseed oil.
(4). Sleep satin, Sleep silk
How do you sleep?
Since we cannot control what goes on while we are asleep, it is necessary to keep our hair safe even in bed. A good number of us sleep in cotton beddings, these cotton fabrics can strip our hair of its moisture, leaving it feeling dry and difficult to manage. Instead of these, use satin/silk pillowcases or wear a satin hair bonnet or scarf before laying your head on any cotton fabric.
(5). Regimen and Products usage
Having a hair regimen or routine is very relevant in our hair’s overall health, it is however advisable to create a regimen that would fit properly with your activities. For me, I deep condition on Friday nights, co-wash Saturday mornings and then style (twist out, braid out, Bantu knots, perm rods…), if i have to go anywhere and my hair isn’t dry, a turban, beanie or scarf always does the trick.
Did I forget to add that the products you incorporate into your hair routine should also be looked into, don’t be a project junkie but at the same time, feel free to try any products which you think might work for you and be sure to discontinue usage if you notice anything unusual.
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