So you decided to start transitioning, or you just had the big chop, or maybe you’ve been growing out your natural hair for a while but you still don’t like how it looks and feels or it just doesn’t seem to be growing. Truth is so many blogs and websites on natural hair (including mine) would give you what works best for them, and all their secrets to healthy long hair; but all these are meant to be used as a guide to building a regimen for yourself.
Many girls give up on a healthy regimen, due to their budget or because they feel its too stressful. Well, when you first begin, it might seem too much but its something you can get used to, to fit your budget and schedule.
Don’t get too carried away with the hype of natural hair, rather focus on these simple rules to achieve healthy manageable hair.
Apart from the fact that a dirty scalp is a smelly itchy scalp, a dirty scalp also gives dull dry hair which is prone to some serious breakage. A dirty scalp is due to build-up which results from products usage, your environment and simply dead skin which is normal for anybody. Part of building a regimen involves maintaining a clean scalp, because a clean scalp helps maintain good moisture in the hair.
However, ‘over-cleansing’ could occur at some point. This is because your body naturally produces oils to help moisturize your hair, and if while cleansing you strip your hair of these natural oils, then this could eventually result in dry hair all over again.
As mentioned in my previous post, our hair type does not allow for proper moisture on its own, and so we have to infuse moisture into it on a regular basis. Moisturizing your hair involves hydrating hair with water or a water-based product and sealing with a heavy butter to keep the moisture from evaporating and also soften the hair some more. I use the AfroPelo Whipped Butter(Check the Shop for more details), which is my special formula for sealing.
This makes your hair a lot more manageable and less susceptible to damage. As the name implies, it simply involves having a deep treatment for a certain length of time to infuse moisture and strength into the strands. There are two types of deep conditioning; moisture-based and protein-based. Whichever you do and how often you do them, depends on your hair and your schedule as well. Note that a deep conditioning treatment does not necessarily involve the use of a store bought deep conditioner, there are home-made deep conditioners and other stuff you can use for this purpose.
Tangles are constant, tangles are what make our hair, our hair. Never style your hair with these tangles, it eventually gives this clumpy dull look; and be gentle with it. Detangle with a WIDE-TOOTHED COMB OR DETANGLING BRUSH; don’t use small combs to detangle, this will cause a lot of pain and breakage. Keep in mind, that you don’t detangle with a comb too often, because too much could also cause breakage; instead, make use of your fingers to gently detangle, and unravel clumps.
Yes, I know this might sound weird since you’re trying to grow it out. Let me explain it like this; one bad egg spoils the bunch; ok not like a bunch of hair! The thing is, your ends are prone to dryness and eventually split ends occur which lead to breakage. If you leave your hair like this, it will continue to affect the length of hair and breakage continues. This is normal, although the frequency would reduce with proper deep conditioning to strengthen strands; so the few times this occurs, you have to trim.
You could deep condition properly, moisturize so well…and with just one lazy night, loose all that moisture! A proper night routine for your hair involves stretching your hair and keeping your pillow or bedsheets from drying out your hair while you sleep. This is done by sleeping with a satin/silk scarf like The Afropelo Satin Scarf or pillow case.
Finally, nothing helps your hair retain length than low manipulation. When you keep touching that hair often, or making styles that pull and stress your hair and scalp, you will most likely encounter problems such as unnecessary pain and breakage. Protective styling should be adopted, as it keeps you from manipulating your hair often, and even saves you time, in that you don’t have to style everyday.