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Natural Hair No-No's

Written by  Curly NOLA

(InthekNOwla) -- So I've been doing this transitioning thing for a while now and I'm starting to feel more and more comfortable with my natural hair. At first, I would only wear it in one or two styles and never really play with it. Nowadays, I enjoy trying new styles...cuz unlike relaxed hair, u can't really go wrong with styling natural hair. I mean, it's natural! Now I don't mean that EVERYTHING looks good, but when in all else fails, just take a flower, head band, pins, etc and call it a day. While on this journey, I have done TONS of research: what to use, what not to use, how to use, when to use, where to buy, and so on. So for this blog, I wanna share some no-nos for natural hair. Now, I don't claim to be any kind of expert on natural hair, just a transitioner who wants to be as informed as possible about her hair. So here goes:

1.) Find a shampoo that is sulfate-free. Now, this is easier said than done as many of the shampoos you find in stores, like Walmart and Target, contain sulfates.The problem with sulfates is that they dry out natural hair and we all know how important it is for natural hair to be moisturized. In turn, the hair becomes more prone to breakage.

Instead, try these brands: Miss Jessie's Creme de la Curl Cleansing Creme, Organix Energizing Passionfruit Guava Shampoo, Giovanni's Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo, and our very own Local Entrepreneur Spotlight, The Love of People's So Fresh-N-So Clean Shampoo.

2.) Don't ever comb out wet hair unless it's soaked in conditioner. Even though natural hair may feel very coarse, it's very fragile. Combing hair without conditioner again causes breakage which obviously hinders growth.

Some of my favorite conditioners to use are: Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Conditioner, Giovanni's Tea Tree Triple Treat Conditioner, and Suave's Tropical Coconut Conditioner.

3.) Do not apply heat directly to unprotected natural hair. I love to straighten my hair from time to time which includes using the flat iron. But, using a flat iron without some kind of heat protectant can damage hair irreparably. Instead, be sure to use your flat iron on a very low setting and a heat protectant so as not to cause dryness and breakage.

I like to use: Mizani's Thermastrength Style Serum and BioSilk's Thermal Shield.

4.) Do not go to sleep without covering your head first. Pillows and sheets dry hair out, which leads to what? Yep, you got, breakage. And breakage means what? Oh yeah, hair will not retain any length. I alternate between a satin scarf and a satin cap, just depending on what I feel like sleeping with.

 5.) Don't be afraid of being natural. In the beginning, I didn't embrace my natural hair. I just kept straightening it every time I got. Now, I love how free my natural hair make me feel.

If you got any other No-Nos, be sure to add them. Next up, Natural Hair Necessities!

Last modified on Monday, 28 June 2010
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