My hair type is prone to dryness because natural oils have to travel down curly and kinky strands. Water is the only thing that provides your hair with actual moisture. Find products where it’s the first ingredient on the list.
02 Seal it
Use an oil or butter to seal the water your hair has soaked up to prevent it from escaping. I use the LOC method (liquid, oil, cream) and it works for me.
Gently separate your hair into sections and detangle with lots of conditioner. Start with your fingers, then use a comb at the end as a final step in the process.
If you have hair that knots up and winds on itself like mine, keeping it stretched is key to having it knot-free.
05 Good products vs bad habits
Don’t just rely on products – you need to put in the work and practice good habits to get the best effects.
Wrap your hair at night with a silk or satin headscarf. Cotton soaks up moisture, so it will dry out your hair. Don’t want to rock a doek to bed? Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase.
Get rid of tools that damage and break your hair: fine-tooth combs, pins without bulbs and hair bands with metal clasps.
08 Minimise heat
Avoid any heat styling as much as you can – it dries your hair even more. And what happens to dry hair? Breakage. Heat can also damage your hair out of its natural curl pattern. Air dry as often as possible. Stretch out your ’Fro by twisting, braiding and banding, but avoid the straightening iron and blow dryer. If you do have to use tools, use it on a low heat with a heat protectant.
09 Change routine
Natural hair is not the same as relaxed hair. You need to do a 180-degree change. You now have a completely different texture, so learn how to care for it differently.
10 Listen to your Afro
If it’s dry, moisturise it. If it doesn’t feel good after a certain product, stop using it. No one else’s hair is the same as yours. Stick to what works, ditch what doesn’t. It’s really simple.
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