Taking care of black hair happens in steps. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps you need for AFRO HAIR CARE.
The initial step in black hair care is establishing an easy ritual that is best suited for your lifestyle. Once you have a regular routine, it becomes easier to know what works best for you and what doesn’t. Without a routine, it’ll be difficult to know what needs to be fixed if something goes wrong or if you try a new product out.
The concept of creating a hair care routine can seem like too much for several women. In some instances, YouTube has a lot of videos with hair gurus suggesting you need to take an entire day out each week to wash your hair and spend 8 hours and upwards styling during the week. You can do this, but it’s not crucial. The reality is that it’s so much easier to keep an easy, consistent routine that fits around your day to day life. If your routine works for you then you’re more likely to stick to it and see results in your hair health and growth.
Do you still find yourself unsure of where to start? If so, here’s an approach we recommend: Cleanse, Moisturize, Style, Repeat.
It’s important for everyone to have their scalp clean and healthy. It should just be routine- so just as you wash and moisturize your face each day, you need to routinely clean your scalp. This is because hair growth starts in the follicle and new hairs grow through these tiny pores in the scalp. If the pores are blocked it is hard for new hair to poke through and you can get painful bumps and ingrown hairs. A dirty scalp can invite fungal infections, dandruff, stunted hair growth and other problems so it’s essential to keep it clean.
We recommend washing your scalp every 7-10 days with a gentle sulphate free shampoo. Focus on massaging the shampoo into your scalp with a gentle circular movement to dislodge dirt and encourage blood flow to the scalp. A clean and stimulated scalp allows for optimum hair growth.
5 Tips for Washing:
- Pre-shampoo with coconut oil to avoid hygric fatigue: simply apply the coconut oil to your hair, focusing on the ends, then cover with a shower cap and leave for at least 30 minutes.
- Massage the shampoo into your scalp using your fingertips and work it along the hair strands. Don’t worry about getting shampoo on the bottom of your hair, it will get enough of a clean as the suds from your scalp run down.
- Follow up with a conditioner that has a lot of slip to make detangling simpler. When conditioning or using a deep conditioning treatment, don’t leave the product on for longer than specified in the instructions as leaving hair wet for too long will weaken it.
- Be sure to untangle with your fingers or a wide tooth comb to minimize manipulation.
- After you’ve gotten rid of your conditioner, be sure to squeeze out excess water. Next, wrap your hair with a microfiber turban or towel for swift drying. Avoid blow drying as it can damage afro hair, drying without heat is easier and leaves hair softer and stronger in the long run.
Once your hair is clean and almost dry, you’re going to make time for the most important part of your afro hair routine: moisturizing. You know you wouldn’t shower and dress without moisturizing your skin adequately, and the same is true for your hair.
The key point of an Afro hair routine is to be sure that you avoid bad practices while keeping your hair clean, moisturized and easy to style and maintain. Having a ritual for your hair will assist in helping you achieve healthy afro hair that is longer and stronger than you ever thought possible.
The primary reason afro hair is prone to breakage is a lack of moisture. Dryness is one of the hardest things about afro hair. Once you have dry hair, it breaks easily. This is because black hair is susceptible to dryness, it is also prone to breakage. Protecting your hair by locking in moisture is key.
It’s best to go for protective and low-manipulation styles to keep your black hair healthy.
Protective styles are when the ends of your hair are hidden away. Examples of this are braids, twists or weave can be protective styles. With these looks ensure that you keep the style in for no more than 6-8 weeks and keep hair clean and moisturized throughout. Our protective style set contains everything needed to keep your hair in top shape.
Low-change styles are looks requiring little maintenance and those that don’t invite your hands into your hair! Wearing a buns or a roll, twist and pin style throughout the week keeps knots and tangles at bay as you don’t have to handle your hair much. With these looks, wrapping your hair at night will keep it looking great throughout the week.
When styling, we recommend working with your hair’s natural curls. Those that say afro hair is unmanageable are often trying to get it to do something that goes against its very structure, that is straightening it.
If you want to go for the straight look, try stretching and straightening your hair without using heat and chemicals and simply trying traditional African threading techniques. This is a good way to change up your look and keeping your hair healthy.
Once your hair is clean and dry and styled, you can slightly alter your look throughout the week to reflect your changing mood. While keeping the basics of the routine consistent, you can still trade up different styles that you do each week, perhaps going from a low maintenance bun, to micro braids, to a twist out after each wash day. The essential thing is to keep your routine the same and make only minor changes at a time.
Once you have your routine perfected, you can start thinking about how to save time while taking care of your hair.