How To Have Healthy Natural Hair

Written by Sandi SchicGirl

Frizzy hair requires much more attention and care than other types of hair. They are difficult to handle and maintain. However, they are sublime when properly maintained. With healthy hair, it’s definitely no pain no gain. So thinking that our hair requires too much of us comes back to saying that we are not ready to be natural.

SO HOW TO HAVE HEALTHY HAIR?

It’s imperative that the maintenance of our hair becomes a pass time, a precious moment of intimacy and not a burden. I have always wondered how to have healthy hair?

Our hair grows every month but if not maintained, each growth will be accompanied with tremendous hair loss. Every day that passes, one loses hair and it’s normal. That said, too much hair loss is not normal because it shows a lack of care. Over a long period, it’s okay to have frazzled hair tips. They must be cut to prevent unhealthy hair losses. A tip of 3 cm (1.1 inches) can cause a break of 3 cm, sometimes more.

Frizzy hair is either S-shaped or Z-shaped. So frizzy hair must be pampered and hydrated to facilitate its growth. It is therefore wrong to think that not maintaining frizzy hair will allow you to grow it. I will say it, you get nothing effortlessly. Even those who have the strongest hair have a capillary routine.

Taking into account that we are all different, some hair require much more care and attention while others don’t. Strong hair rarely gets damages by hot iron straightening and coloring while weak hair doesn’t. So using cosmetic products without knowing your type and texture of hair can cause degraded and completely damaged hair.

In short, you will need to know the characteristics of your hair in order to determine a capillary routine that suits you. It should be noted that in determining the nature and structure of your hair you will be able to choose the hair products that suit you and eliminate others from your routine. You must understand that it is the process or the method used that will enable you to have good results.

 

HAIR ROUTINE

A capillary routine is the set of gestures, steps or even care methods used in order to take care of your hair. An hair routine is necessary because hair needs care and patience. Always remember that it is the process of hair maintenance routine which will effect the health of your hair and not the products used. The products used are just complimentary.

Frizzy hair is naturally dry so it is essential to hydrate it regularly and maintain this hydration so that your hair remain healthy. Moisturizing the hair involves bringing them water and nutrients.

You have to know that first the water moisturizes, then the oil keeps the water and nourishes, and finally the cream seals the hydration brought. These three actions make it possible to have healthy hair and easier to comb. It’s called the LOC method.

How to hydrate your hair and seal the hydration?

To give hair the hydration it needs, you can buy a vaporizer and make the mix yourself. In addition it will be necessary to buy moisturizing hair care, oils and creams.

The idea is not to completely wet the hair. The goal is to spray the product on the hair to moisten it.

This hydration would be preserved by applying a fatty substance, especially oil or vegetable butter to the hair. In addition to nourishing the hair, this fatty substance will form a kind of protective sheath around the hair fiber. Thus, the water will be trapped in the hair and will not evaporate too quickly to leave it dry.

You will need a vaporizer in which you mix ¾ of water and ¼ of oil. Choose an oil with nourishing and restorative properties such as olive, jojoba, argan, coconut or castor oil.

  • Vaporize this mixture daily on your hair.  
  • Then, apply a styling product or a hair care that will also moisturize and / or nourish your hair while facilitating their styling. Aloe Vera gel can be used as a moisturizer. Make sure the tips of your hair are well hydrated.
Eau = Water. Huile = Oil. Crème = Cream.
  • Finally, finish with the product that will seal the hydration (shea butter, cocoa butter or even mango butter for instance). Many commercially available capillary balms and ointments also play this role. Homemade recipes are also available to save money.
Shea butter and shea nuts

 

Hands alone may be sufficient to detangle and handle your hair. Use the comb is rarely; once in two weeks or so. It’s necessary to use a comb with wide teeth.
  • Make sure not to use too much products to avoid ending up with greasy hair

 

SHAMPOO

I wash my hair once a week when they are not braided and before each shampoo, I do an oil treatment. Too much shampooing can rob your hair from its nutrients. Therefore alternate between conditioning your hair and shampooing it. At times, it’s okay to co-wash; shampoo followed by conditioner. The day before I co-wash my hair, I give it some TLC by starting with an oil treatment followed by an hair mask (store bought or in-house). If your hair is very dry, add 1 spoonful of honey and 1 spoonful of olive oil to your hair mask mixture. 

  • Rinse your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar (after rinsing the deep care with water out of your hair). The vinegar is for the reconstitution of hair pH to 4.5 . Let the vinegar react for 4-5 minutes and rinse your hair with cold water. The cold water keeps the cuticles of the hair flat while the hot water raises them and all the moisture escapes. The last rinse is with ice cold water !! Yeah, it takes courage to do it.
  • Wrap your hair with a cotton t-shirt. Cotton t-shirts prevent mechanical damage caused by rubbing hair with a towel. You can also let your hair dry in the open air if you have the time.
  • Apply olive oil and coconut on the tips then castor oil on the scalp.
  •  Finished by applying shea butter or a moisturizing cream of your choice on the tips (do not put too much).
  • Make a protective hairstyle to avoid too many manipulations.
  • At night, wear a satin cap.

 

ACCESSORIES NEEDED

– A wide tooth comb to untangle hair

– A cotton knit or microfiber towel for drying

– Plastic bath cap and scarf for masks

– A satin hat or scarf to wear at bedtime to avoid knots

– A daily hydration spray

– An applicator for oil treatments

– Bowls, gloves and brushes for the application of masks

– Shea moisture

– Talia wadjid products, etc.

HAIR PRODUCTS to be used must be sulfate-free and paraben-free.

 

 

FINAL TIPS

  • Apply Henna as a fortifying treatment on your hair once a month
  • Perform capillary masks twice a month
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Have a balanced diet (reduce meals too fat and too sweet)
  • Do a regular capillary routine
  • Make daily cranial massages to stimulate blood circulation, which will activate the growth process
  • Incorporate oils and hair powders into its hair routine as they nourish the scalp and promote growth.

For more tips, consult my free book of tips and advice in French. I hope this article has helped you.

Originally published on SchicGirl.com in French.
Translated by Papatia Feauxzar in English.
Papatia Feauxzar

Papatia Feauxzar is the Love & Relationship Editor of Hayati Magazine. Feauxzar is also a Muslim Publisher and an American author of West African descent living in Dallas, Texas with her son and husband. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance. After working as an accountant for a corporate firm for almost five years, Feauxzar decided to pursue Accounting from home while homeschooling her son. You can visit her website at www.djarabikitabs.com.

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