Having a healthy, smooth and glowy skin is great as it has a huge bearing on your overall appearance. Being in shape is amazing as it is not just good for your outer look but for your inside look (health) too. But while we often talk about skin & weight, we don’t talk enough about hair and yet it adds or takes a lot from your general appearance too. So, we are looking at how you can maintain healthy hair with a keen focus on natural hair.
Oil your hair frequently
Naturally, kinky hair needs lots of oil. It plays a key role in maintaining and ensuring that your natural hair stays healthy. Oils can be used to moisturize your hair or maintain the already existing
moisture therein but you ought to be mindful the type of oil! Go for coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil. Oils like Jamaican black castor oil, Grapeseed oil or Jojoba oil are great for sealing in moisture into the hair and keeping it hydrated for an extended period of time.
Water is life, for your hair too!
Drinking enough water (at least 8 glasses a day) is beneficial in maintaining healthy natural hair. Then you also have to apply water to your hair. It is very helpful for detangling since curly, kinky hair easily gets knotted & tangled which leads to breakage upon attempting to comb it while dry. Water is also a key element in moisturizing your hair leaving it softer & shinier. You also need to wash your hair weekly or every two weeks, to avoid dryness. You can do this by adopting a wash day routine.
Ditch sulfate shampoo
Avoid shampoos that contain ammonium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl sulfate because they cause dryness and breakage of natural hair. Sulfate-free shampoo (and conditioner) however adds more moisture and is kind to your scalp.
Make the wide tooth comb your friend
Natural hair can form into knots and tangles which make combing through it difficult. To reduce the risk of hair damage and breakage, it is recommended that you use combs that have wider, softer teeth, like the wide-tooth comb. Wide-tooth combs have enough space between the rows to allow movement through your hair without tearing up the ends. They make detangling hair less damaging and painful.
Catch up on your sleep!
Regular & ample hours of sleep are good for your natural hair. Your body tends to heal its tissues while you rest, so ensure that you get lots of sleep daily. People with sleep deprivation experience hair loss as the hair and follicles become weaker due to physical stress.
Eat for your hair
Good nutrition isn’t only for your body. It is also crucial for stronger, healthier natural hair. Eat up on low-fat proteins, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for healthy hair growth. Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, nuts and avocados are great for a healthy scalp. For great hydration, you should eat foods rich in vitamins A and C, such as green leafy vegetables like spinach and asparagus.
Trim the split ends regularly
Don’t allow your hair to grow with all its split ends. Part of the natural hair journey is having to trim your split ends regularly. Split ends indicate hair damage and if left unattended to, will continue splitting and damaging the healthiness of your hair. Every couple of weeks you should inspect your hair for split ends and trim them.
Give your hairdryer some rest!