Obsessive Links: How To Keep Your Curls Looking Fresh!1:41 PM
TGIN.blogspot.com) Your natural hair is a gift. A beautiful gift that should be nurtured, cared for and tended to. That doesn’t mean the nurturing, tending to and caring for will be free from trial and error. Many a nights during my transitional stages I stared in my mirror, frustrated at the lack of progress I was making. I loved my hair, but it got on my nerves to no end.
But after close to nine years, in the natural hair game, I’ve learned a thing or two about hair care. One of the most important things you can do for your hair’s growth and strength is to develop a sure-fire hair regime. The challenging part is actually figuring out what works. (Go fig!) Take a gander at this list we’ve developed and see if some of our suggestions help make a difference.
Shampooing your hair is uber important. What shampoo does is it lifts the environmental dust, dirt, and the natural oil our hair produces on its own. The shampoo then breaks it up, allowing it to travel down the actual hair follicle. Now, when your hair is relaxed, it’s a lot easier for the shampoo to work. But when your hair is naturally curly, thick or has texture, it takes longer for the dirt to escape. So the next time you cleanse your hair, focus on the scalp. Scrub the shampoo into the scalp and the shampoo will begin to lather. The lather will be the taxi for the dirt to make its way to the hair follicle and potentially down your shower drain. Be mindful to not use shampoos that are harsh and contain sodium lauryl sulfates that dry out the hair. Again, you should be shampooing your hair at least 7-10 days a week, and we highly recommend using all natural shampoos or baby shampoos that don’t contain the harsh and dangerous ingredients found in most commercial shampoos available at your local beauty supply.
Conditioner is the peanut butter to shampoo’s jelly. They go hand in hand. After you’ve shampooed your scalp, apply your conditioner. What this does is close up the actual follicle and makes your hair easier to manage. It coats the hair strand. Remember conditioners can also be used to cleanse your hair from minimal dirt build up as well. If you workout everyday, you can use your conditioner as your cleanser if you’re feeling a little lazy or if you’re in a hurry.
Whether its summer, fall, winter or spring, you should be deep conditioning your hair on a regular basis. Period! If you can, try and deep condition your hair weekly. Your goal should be to add moisture to your tresses as often as possible. For added positive affects, apply a deep conditioner to damp hair and cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap just before bedtime. The deep conditioner will soak in over night and make your mane that more soft.
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