How great is it to know that armed with a good technique and understanding, your own hair can be glamorously styled without adding harsh chemicals and enabled to grow to its optimum length. Hair is organic and our fragile locks are under attack every day. From the way treat our hair, to the environmental effects of pollutants and the weather. Listed below is a brief guide to hair care tips for keeping natural hair in great condition and creating natural healthier hair over time.
Natural hair that is fully moisturised is less likely to break prematurely as moisture renders the hair more pliable. In effect the strands are more elastic and able to glide more smoothly on each other. Therefore less tangles, less tugging and less breakage. Water is the ultimate moisturiser. After all, every cell in the body is comprised mostly of water so why would the hair be any different?
Oils have different properties and choosing the right oil for you is sometimes a matter of trial and error. There are many hair loving oils such as avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba oil but research suggests very few actually fully penetrate the hair shaft. Coconut oil however has been shown not only penetrate the cortex, but help condition, moisturise and strengthen hair as well.
Change the Way You Treat Your Hair Shampooing, combing, and drying are three of the most common reasons for cuticle (outer surface if the hair) damage. Controlling these factors is by far the most critical in maintaining afro hair and getting it right, hence the numerous techniques developed all aimed at limiting the damage.
Healthy hair will not grow from a dirty scalp, so keep your scalp squeaky clean. An inexpensive aid to scalp health is to massage. By stimulating your scalp you encourage the blood circulation and allow your scalp’s natural oils, sebum, to be distributed. Use your fingertips only.
Nothing to date is guaranteed to make your hair grow faster. On every head, hair is growing at different rates, sometimes growing faster in the summer than in the winter. Overall hair length and rate is genetically programmed, so despite the promises, you may never grow hair longer than an inch.
What you eat impacts on many aspects of your appearance. Eat a balanced diet, make sure you get adequate protein and vitamins; and exercise regular. Your hair, like your body, needs many different nutrients and there are several supplements on the market for stronger hair. However, while they can help they don’t always provide the full range of nutrients your hair needs and can sometimes have side effects.
Hair loss occurs in all ethnic populations, but in black women, many forms of alopecia (baldness) are associated directly to our hair care practices. Constant pulling on the follicles can lead to permanent hair loss.
There is an abundance of information on products seducing us with promises, yet we still know very little about the growing number of hair conditions which are rife in our community. Know that great hair ultimately begins with you, with what you think, what choose to put in your body and what you choose to put on it.
So armed with a list of things you can try, why not give it a go?