Hair’s the deal… It’s all about how to have healthy hair. According to surveys, we as a society spend a lot of time and money to get and keep our tresses looking fantastic. Think about it… Our hair is an important accessory. It can make or break your entire look. It reflects our mood, personality, but most important our health.
How long does it take you to do your hair to go out??? Right, so you get my point. If your hair is unhealthy you know that it can be a project. A good understanding of your hair and a solid routine established is necessary to keep that time to a minimum. Unhealthy hair can be lifeless and dull or just an all out hairy mess.
So before we dig in let me just say that this post written was not written to address health issues. We’ll leave that to the health professionals. We will simply address some common and maybe some not so common approaches that can help to get and maintain the health of your hair. Let’s look at some natural hair care steps for all hair types, natural or processed.
First how much do you know about your hair?
Do you know your hair type? Straight, wavy, curly or kinky we have to embrace our hair and give it the proper treatment for it to flourish and make us look and feel our best. Straight hair reflects light well and as a result usually has a good sheen. Generally speaking if not chemically treated it tends to be oily, normal or slightly dry.
Wavy hair when healthy has nice sheen, and tends to be slightly dry. Moisture penetrates the shaft more easily for this hair type causing it to get frizzy when humidity is on the scene.
Kinky and Curly hair types share many characteristics. Both tend to be dry, brittle and porous. Because of the shape of the strands, natural oils from the scalp have difficulty getting to the ends of the strands. In some cases it may also may be protein sensitive. This may cause it to become brittle when overusing using products with protein. In most cases you will know in short time if this is an issue for you. There should be a balance between moisture and protein to avoid drying out the hair. Decoding hair types is a much more detailed process Curly Nikki does a nice job of breaking down Andre Walker’s Curl Typing System . It’s worth taking a look if you are not sure of your hair type. Knowledge is power after all.
Okay, so let me ask you this. It’s time to clean your hair and scalp. Do you reach for the bottle of dish detergent or laundry detergent to clean your hair? Well, if you use shampoos with sodium laurel sulfate that’s pretty much what you are doing. This can be especially problematic for curlies and kinkies. The hair needs the natural oils that those ingredients strip away. When you rinse the shampoo/detergent you rinse away moisture and amino acids and you end up with dry dull hair.
Healthy habits you may want to consider incorporating into your routine when caring for your tresses.
- Don’t over shampoo your tresses…Limit shampooing and use a chemical free shampoo. Dew It Natural
- Co-wash (use a rehydrating conditioner as a cleansing agent as you would a shampoo) is your friend. Dew It Conditioner
- Don’t over clean your hair.
- Your rinse should always be tepid to cool in temperature, this helps to close and protect hair cuticle and tighten pores to protect the follicles.
- After shampooing or co-washing, use Beau-Tea-Ful hair tea conditioning rinse to strengthen hair, cleanse scalp and aid in detangling and managing your hair plus the bonus of bounce and sheen.
- Keep a spray bottle handy with Beau-Tea-Ful hair conditioning tea to quench your thirsty hair. A light spritz before you go to bed will replace the hydration lost during your day.
- After a exercise routine, rinse your hair when possible to remove excess salts from sweat.
- Lock in the moisture with nourishing hair butter Tress Dress.
- Give your scalp some loving touches. Massage your scalp two to three minutes with a few drops of our nourishing oil blend, Temple Tonic or Loc Likor. Our Loc Likor also works as a deep conditioning warm oil treatment.
- A balanced healthy diet is essential to healthy hair, it makes a noticeable difference.
- During the cold winter months, indoor heaters can dry out your hair as well as your skin. Consider using a humidifier to keep moisture in the air.
- Get rid of the stress and worry or it will rob you of lustre and cause hair loss.
- Don’t fry your hair. Heat ruins the health of the cuticle, dry out hair and causes breakage. Use heat sparingly.
- Protect your hair especially the ends which tend to be most vulnerable.
- Trim split ends when necessary to avoid knots, tangles and breakage.
- Wear your hair in protective hair styles. Here are some protective hair styles and more protective styles .
- If wash and go or loose styling is your preference, give your tresses extra protection, body and bounce with Hold Tight style enhancing lotion. All hold and no crunch.
- Pay attention to how your hair responds to different products.
- Give your hair a break every now and then so products retain their effectiveness.
- Be consistent and patient.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, your relationship with your hair needs to be nurtured for it to meet success, be healthy and grow. Love your hair. Long or short maintain a healthy hair routine and remember, Patience is key.
Hair your way… What is your favorite protective hair styles?