Dry hair is the dreaded enemy of every naturalista. If you’re newly natural, dry hair can be discouraging on your journey. My hair has been natural for years; however it was almost always flat-ironed. After I had my hair colored and highlighted, I chose to embrace my natural texture full-time. Avoiding thirsty strands and breakage is the missing link to maintaining the length and health of your hair.
Water is the first lifeline to the vitality of your hair. It provides the moisture that hair craves. Misting your hair with water the first few days after styling can wake up your curls and extend the life of your style. Using cool water before you pre-poo or shampoo prepares your hair to absorb any
Oils, curlfriends provide many benefits. Coconut, avocado, argan and grapeseed oil are lightweight and should be used as needed to seal in moisture. They can easily penetrate into the hair shaft and also provide the
sheen textured tresses can sometimes lack. Heavier oils such as EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and castor oil are great for more parched hair that needs to seal in extra moisture. My hair which is all types of 4
responds well to all, especially avocado and EVOO.
Essential oils, which are pure and very concentrated and fragrant, possess various properties that promote healthy scalp and stimulate hair growth. Look for peppermint and tea tree oil in your products if you have issues with dry, itchy scalp. Others such as lavender and jojoba help balance the hair and scalp. Choose your favorite essential oils and add a few drops to your shampoo to give hair a long-lasting fragrance. Become a mixtress in the kitchen and create your own blend simply by adding 3 or 4 drops to every tablespoon of any of the oils mentioned in the previous section in an applicator bottle. You can create blends that are custom made to meet the needs of your hair.
Butters are made of many oils and nuts and have a thick, heavy texture. Hair butters will transform dry, brittle hair into shiny, nourished and manageable strands. You will notice much more elasticity in your hair once you add hair butter to your regimen. Shea butter for example softens and nourishes the hair.
There are many commercial butters available such as Jane Carter Nourish & Shine and the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, which are favorites amongst many naturalistas. I use Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque as a styling butter. Oh the softness!
At home you can heat unrefined shea butter and mix it with your favorite oils and whip up butter quickly and easily. Try Jenell’s Shea Butter mix for a creamy mix that will get your hair excited.
Discovering what works best for your hair is a never ending part of natural hair journey. Choosing the right products, using water, oils and butter will have your hair looking gorgeous in no time. Defeat dryness and gain the confidence to rock your shiny curls, coils and kinks like never before!
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Curl_Please is a 20-something resident of Detroit, MI. She holds B.A. in English and loves writing and discussing feminism, hip-hop and style (not fashion). In addition to collecting hair porn (images of beautiful textured hair), she is preparing to launch her own lifestyle blog dedicated to the entertainment and empowerment of young and fabulous women.View all Curl_Please posts.