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Natural Hair Necessities

Written by  Curly NOLA

Last post, I talked about some of the things that we shouldn’t be doing with our natural hair. This time, let’s look at the things you SHOULD be doing to ensure healthy, curly, wavy, kinky hair.

1.) Deep condition, deep condition, deep condition! I cannot say this enough; you cannot condition natural hair too much! I try to deep condition at least once a week. Typically, I'll get up on a Sunday morning, and before I do anything, I get in the shower and either use a regular conditioner that I use all the time or an actual deep conditioner. I put a plastic cap on my head and go about my day: making breakfast, cleaning, grading papers, etc. I've actually sat with conditioner for the better part of three hours cuz I decided to take nap! I do sit under the hair dryer for at least 30 minutes though. The heat from the dryer helps the conditioner penetrate the hair shaft better moisturizing it.

Some of my favorite deep conditioners are: Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment, Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner, and Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner.

2.) Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize, and moisturize some more (y’all liking the repetition huh)! Natural hair tends to be dry out very fast making it brittle and prone to breakage. I have had to try a few different moisturizers cuz some of them were too heavy for my hair and made it very greasy.

Here are some that I use everyday or every other day: Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme, my own homemade product of shea butter, coconut oiI, jojoba oil, and tea tree oil, and The Love of People's Whip It.

3.) T-R-I-M (although nobody wants to hear this seemingly horrible, horrible word). Now most naturals HATE this word, but I love trim time. For me, it’s shedding all that old and unnecessary stuff, like cleaning out your closet of old clothes cuz you don’t need them anymore. Same thing with your ends…kinda lol!

We all want our hair to grow as much possible, but some of us believe that trimming somehow impedes the growing process. This could not be further from the truth. The ends of hair are the oldest parts of the hair and have had the most manipulation. Therefore, it’s important to trim them in order to keep hair fresh and healthy. Furthermore, split ends can be detrimental to retaining length. So it’s important to get those ends trimmed on a regular basis to keep hair from becoming weak and breaking off. Many people recommend that you trim every 6-8 weeks, but I usually do it every 8-12 weeks. I love the way my hair looks and feels afterwards…lots of body and just overall better-looking.

4.) Since we’re on this kick about breakage and growth, it’s important to try some low maintenance hairstyles. My hair looks best and grows the most when I don’t fool with it too much. I wash, condition, detangle, and style once a week and try to do as little as possible to it until the next week when it’s time to wash again. The styles that I wear the most are: Two Strand Twist-Out, Bantu Knots, and Wash-N-Go.

5.) Lastly, get some cute hair accessories. When my hair was relaxed, I rarely played with it; it was just straight. Nowadays, I have flowers, and head bands, and pins, and bows, and barrettes in all different colors and sizes. Between Macy’s, Sally’s, and Forever 21, I have enough accessories to start my own little store!

Alright, all my Curly NOLA girlies, try to stay cool in this damn sauna we living in!
Last modified on Sunday, 22 August 2010
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