You don’t have to break the bank before having a nice hair, what matters is how you can utilise what you have. A change in your hair can change the whole game on how you look, so today we will be talking about proper hair care, especially natural hair. Note: I’m not a professional, all I’m writing here is from personal experience and learning from others. We all know what general hair care entails, but the question is… Do we do them? (Lol, I’m also guilty sometimes). Anyway, I’m not going to assume everyone reading this knows about general hair care, so I’ll start from there. In Africa, most of the time, we don’t wear our natural hair out, we’re either in braids or weaves, weave-ons or wigs, so there are some hair care tips peculiar to different hair types, but some tips are general which include: creaming your hair and scalp (to avoid dandruff), using hair net before sleeping, combing your hair, don’t use too much products to avoid build up in your scalp, washing both your hair and wigs from time to time e.t.c. For natural hair, so many people think it’s so hard and expensive to care for, but it’s not as hard and expensive as people perceive it to be, it’s just because of lack of adequate information which you will learn today. If you are keeping your hair natural, the basic things you need to know is that your hair should not be dry, it should always be moisturised, it’s as a result of dry hair that people dance “makosa” and suddenly their voices change to the sorprano pitch when combing their hair. Now, have you ever tried combing your hair when it’s soaking wet? I mean maybe when washing it or when having your bath under the shower, have you observed how easy it is to comb? That’s because there’s absolutely nothing that can moisture your hair like water, there’s no product, no “shea-coco-moisture-max hydration-whatever” that can moisture your hair like water, are you shocked(lol)? Water is life, it’s not just a quote, it’s very true. Is water expensive? No, is it scarce? No. Moving on, the fact that water is a basic moisturiser doesn’t displace the place of other ingredients you need, you need a leave in conditioner (for additional moisture), a leave in conditioner is a type of conditioner that you don’t wash out and you can also use during the week when you’re about to style your hair, you need your hair cream (I go with just shea butter) and oil (to seal in the moisture), one mistake I see some people make is they apply shea butter or oil on dry hair, girl… You’re just making your hair drier and harder to comb. Other things you also need to get are your spray bottle and wide tooth comb. To moisturise your hair, there are two basic ways, known as the LOC and LCO method. L is for liquid or leave in conditioner, O is for oil and C is for cream, so you start with water, (never forget it’s always water first), with a spray bottle, spray your hair with water, you can divide your hair into two parts and try the LOC on a part and the LCO on the other part and see which one works best for your hair. I use the LCO method, so after spraying my hair with water, I apply my Leave in conditioner, then my Cream and then Oil which will seal in the moisture (oil is a sealant, it seals in whatever it meets, if it meets moisture, it seals in moisture, if it meets dryness, it seals in dryness) although, there are some moisturising oils that just moisturise your hair and not seal, but we will go into that later, for a beginner, the above information is enough for you to start rocking your natural hair. After moisturising, you can now gently comb through (with a wide tooth comb-very important) starting from the tip to the root, it’s also very advisable for you to comb your hair in sections, just divide your hair into 4, 6 or 8 depending on how full your hair is. What’s next is for you to just style your hair in your preferred way, you can check google or youtube for that, you can also check out the fine styles people around you make and also ask the Holy Spirit for inspiration. Thank you so much for reading, you’re a rare gem. See you at the top Cheers.
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