Use natural oils. Almond, coconut oil and jojoba oils are much better to maintain
a healthy shine. You can even use grape seed and olive oils. You might already have these oils in your kitchen! Petroleum-based oils make hair stiff, dry and greasy.
Here are our Ten Top Tips to Keep Your Natural Hair at its Best!
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Stay away from products with petroleum and mineral oils. Petro oil will dry your hair out and make it stiff and even greasy. Petroleum-based products also stop moisture from penetrating the hair shaft.By reducing the use your hair will stay shiny longer.
Moisturize your hair ends regularly. This way you will avoid split ends and breakage. Try natural oils such as coconut oil or even castor oil.
Comb Carefully. Purchase a wide tooth plastic comb with no seams on the sides. Seams can tangle, snarl and make your hair break. Avoid bristle brushes or thin combs, too. They can catch your hair and make it snap off. Use your fingers to detangle on a daily basis. Excessive combing will break your hair off. And always make sure that your hair is slightly damp whenever you use a comb.
Discover the benefits of Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera has the same PH as your hair (4.0). It makes hair shiny, smooth and closes the cuticles that are most at risk for breakage. Try to opt for the pure plant as much as possible – versus products that claim Aloe Vera as an ingredient. Again – ALWAYS read the ingredients contained in the product.
Create a “Co-Wash” Blend to replenish moisture. Conditioners contain emollients that natural hair styles need. So instead of just shampoo – make a “Co-Wash” blend of conditioner, shampoo and water. Combine a mixture of 40% conditioner, 20% shampoo, and 40% water. Your hair will thank you.
Natural hair styles are clearly in vogue. They reduce the stress and damage that chemicals impart. And the styles are clearly “us.”
Understand the special chemistry of our hair. Our hair has nicks in the cuticle layer that make it harder for natural sebum oils to travel to the ends to keep our hair moisturized. As a result, natural hair styles can tend to dry out and suffer breakage. It is essential to keep natural hair styles moisturized.
Use more organic ingredients. Look for claims on bottles and containers that use the word “organic” – NOT natural. Organic products must comply with USDA criteria to not include toxic chemicals, antibiotics and pesticides. Read the ingredients, and avoid products that contain sulfates, sodium and preservatives.
Reduce the use of common shampoo. Ever since the 1940s, most shampoos have been made with ingredients that tend to dry the hair, such as alcohol and yes – even common ingredients found in laundry detergents. This can be damaging to natural hairstyles.
Set a weekly and monthly regimen. Do a “co-wash” every 3-5 days to seal in moisture. Deep condition every week. Then, give your hair a monthly protein treatment. Purchase products that are protein-based. OR – go to your refrigerator and take out and egg. Put it on your hair before you wash it. But be careful to do this only once each month. Too much protein can also overload the hair shaft and cause it to snap off.