Natural Hair Tips for Girls with Curls
Everyone agrees that natural afro hair looks great, but there’s also a widespread impression that it can be a real hassle to care for. It’s true that a bit of effort is required to keep natural hair looking its best, but treat it well, and keep a few basic haircare principles in mind, and you’ll find that it’s perfectly manageable. Here’s a few tips to help keep your natural curls looking bouncy and beautiful.
Moisturising is a must
Hydration is fundamental to healthy afro hair, so keeping it thoroughly moisturised is all-important. It’s well worth sourcing some effective hydrating products, there are loads to pick from, but oil is particularly effective as it helps to seal in moisture that otherwise tends to evaporate. Look out for blends including coconut, olive, castor, avocado and jojoba oil.
Go easy on the hair drying and straightening
Because it’s naturally quite dry and brittle afro hair doesn’t do well when subjected to heat, so excessive blow drying and ironing is a bad idea if you want to avoid heat damage. If you’re going to heat-style your hair make sure it’s protected with a heat-protection product and consider roller setting, which won’t subject your hair to as much direct heat.
There’s no need to wash afro hair more than once a week. In fact, too much shampooing can have a damaging effect, causing a loss of natural moisture. If you think your hair needs a boost in-between washes, you could try a conditioner-only wash, but don’t cut out the shampoo completely – it’s important to keep your hair and scalp cleansed and healthy. Moderation is the key. When you do wash your hair use a moisture-boosting shampoo.
Regular trims – around once every six weeks – are a good idea, even if you’re growing your hair out. The ends of your hair are liable to become damaged in the course of everyday life and as ends start to split, damage can begin to spread up the length of each hair, leaving your tresses in a sub-optimal state that can be hard to style. Best to snip away damaged hair before it becomes a problem.
Cut out excessive chemicals
Chemical treatments like colouring and relaxing can have a damaging effect, especially if you subject your hair to frequent treatments or don’t have them done professionally. In-salon treatments are the way to go if you want to ensure damage is kept to a minimum. Our stylists will help you achieve the look you want without compromising the health of your hair – find your nearest Rush salon and book an appointment today.
Sleep with a silk scarf or satin pillowcase
Rough cotton pillowcases are bad news for afro hair. An overly abrasive texture can cause damage and absorbent fabrics will cause your hair to slowly dry out while you sleep. It’s therefore well-worth investing in a soft satin pillowcase that’s both gentle on your hair and non-absorbent. Even better, wrap your hair in a silk scarf before bed. This will help your hair to retain moisture, leaving it happily hydrated the next day.
Book in to your nearest salon and they can show you the best way to treat your natural hair!