Going natural has seemed to be one of the new biggest trends among women. Most people go natural because their hair may have heat damage from either straightening it a lot or perm. When people start their natural hair journey, about 50% of them do the BIG CHOP which is cutting off your damaged hair/ends. You can tell your hair is damaged when your hair goes from curly to straight. Now there are many different types of natural hair 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b 4c. If you are a new natural and are wondering what you can do to make sure your hair is healthy, and growing then read these 5 tips below.
1. No MATTER what do not put heat on your hair as tempting as it may be.
Many times when going natural, you may get the urge to straighten your hair, but DON’T do it ! This will throw you off track to healthier hair. If you straighten your hair once a year to do a length check that might be okay but remember you want to break your hair out of the heat stage, and you want it to flourish so please try to prevent putting heat on your hair for as long as you can.
2. Get your hair regularly trimmed
If you are trying to grow your hair out of its damaged state, you have to make sure you’re getting your hair regularly trimmed by a professional. Now you can do whatever you want since it’s your hair, but its best to get your ends cut in a salon. You don’t want to cut your own ends and one side of your hair ends up longer than the other or it looks choppy. So make sure to always let a stylist trim your ends.
3. Deep Condition your hair every week.
Check out this video about some great deep conditioners
Deep conditioning is one of the best things you can do for your hair. When you deep condition, you actually let the conditioner get into the follicles of your hair and allow for your hair to absorb the conditioner. After deep conditioning, your hair will look and feel better. The longer you leave it in your hair, the more it does for your hair.
4. Protective Styles
As tempting as it is to do many styles on your hair, the tugging and pulling on your hair can cause your hair to shed. So if you put your hair in a protective style for (example box braids, Marley twist, faux locks, Havana twists) your hair will be protected and be growing underneath the style. A lot of people actually do box braids so that their hair can grow and you can literally see your hair growth while they are in the braids. And if you do the styles your self it’s not hard, and its cheaper.
Here’s an example of a protective style
5. Co-wash your hair or use Sulfate Free shampoo
When you wash your hair, make sure you are washing it with shampoo or with a sulfate free shampoo. When you wash your hair with products with sulfate it strips your hair of its natural oils and it makes it dry and brittle.
Let us know if these tips work for you, or if you have any tips of your own in the comment section below