So its no longer news that i did the big chop. Yayyyy! And ever since then, i’ve been on the lookout for tips and tricks to grow healthy natural hair. I’ve done a lot of research and i’ll be sharing some of my findings with you on Naturalistas Corner. Cool, right?
One major problem facing African ladies with natural unprocessed hair is dryness, due to the tight curl pattern. Our natural hair texture hinders natural oils from easily making their way down the shaft. Before i did the big chop, i always had a problem with dry hair but i never took steps to remedy it. Its even worse now that i’m trying to grow out my hair again naturally.
So here are some simple tips i’m noting down to get my moisture level back up.
1) Water equals moisture. Yes, it can cause frizz, but itâ€™s what your hair needs to maintain a good moisture level. If you donâ€™t want to use water by itself, buy a creamier moisturizer that has water listed as the first or second ingredient.
2) Use oils and butters after you apply your moisturizer to seal. A recommended oil is Jamaican castor oil. Most naturalistas swear by this product, so you could give it a try.
3) Using products that contain water and butter can moisturize and seal at the same time. Be sure to check the ingredients of hair products before you buy.
4) Experiment with products. No one can tell you what specific products will work best on your hair.
5) Kinkier hair often responds better to creamier/thicker moisturizers.
6) Your hair will be drier during the winter months. You may have to re-apply moisture more often. We are not yet in winter, so this is the best time to gather as much moisture as possible for your hair.
7) Moisturize your hair as often as you feel is needed. Everyoneâ€™s regimen will be different.
8) Protect your hair at night to avoid loosing moisture. Cotton pillow cases and scarves are hair monsters. Ditch them for satin caps and silk or satin pillowcases. They are much gentler on your hair.
9) Never ever ever fail to condition your hair. For excessively dry hair like mine, deep condition once or twice per week. You can do this at home. Who has that time to hit the salon twice weekly? Definitely not me. All you have to do is slather on a good deep conditioner, cover it with a plastic cap and relax around the house for a couple of hours. Wrap it in a towel for additional heat to soften it.
10) Final tip, please ditch the blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons and hot combs. I just wrapped mine and hid it far away from my reach. Its so tempting to have your hair look a bit processed even if for a day. If you have to give in, do not do this more than once in two months. If you stay off it completely, your hair will recover much quicker.