Natural hair care is something that is very complex, especially for someone just beginning their natural hair journey. When I first became natural two years ago, I was overly excited about trying different products. I grabbed as many moisturizers, shampoos, and gels I could buy! I know that we all get very excited about our journey and want to see exactly which products work best for us. Unfortunately, the many products that we use over time can potentially stunt hair growth. I’ve learned that simplicity works wonders for your hair. After one year, of course, I had hair growth despite me using tons of products. Although my hair grew, I knew that there could have been better growth overall. So I decided to change my hair care routine to a more minimalist one. I used one conditioner, one oil, and one shampoo. Knowing my staple products I always used and stuck to them. The same three products for the next year of my journey. The results were amazing! I was able to retain much more length than before. I am going to give you my tips on how I retain length and keep healthy hair, simply.
Choosing the best shampoo for hair and scalp
On this new simplistic journey, you will need to choose the best shampoo for your scalp and hair. Women with natural hair have to choose wisely when making a decision on a shampoo. I suggest choosing a shampoo with natural ingredients and no sulfates or parabens. Sulfates are very drying and stripping to our curls. Sulfate shampoos will leave your hair feeling like dry hay ready to set on fire. Natural ingredients are also a must because they will give you the best results for softness and health as well. Some of the best natural ingredients you should look for in a shampoo are coconut oil. Coconut oil aids in preventing hair damage, and also it helps to keep moisture locked into your hair follicles.
Find your holy grail conditioner
Holy grail deep conditioner, your go-to for conditioning. Deep conditioning your natural hair often, will keep your hair soft. The softness makes your hair less likely to break off. I like to deep condition my hair once a week, but you can do it every two weeks also. Once again, natural ingredients are your friend when choosing the best deep conditioner. Just like you choose the healthy options to eat, choose the most healthy options for your hair. Preferably choose a conditioner with a slight protein treatment also. I prefer to use the ORS Hair Mayo Deep Conditioner.
Moisturizers are your best friend. You will need to have a good moisturizer to help reduce the amount of breakage you have. Dry hair is the top reason for breakage, that is why moisturizers play an important role in your routine. The best moisturizer will be one that is moisturizing. It’s that simple.
Use oil to seal in moisture
Last but not least, you need to seal in your moisture with a great oil. A common misconception women have is that oil helps to moisturize your hair. This is very false, oils only seal in the moisture you already have. When choosing an oil for your hair why not add in an extra benefit of growth. There are many oils that help to seal in moisture and aid in growth as well. One of my top favorite oils that I attribute to my growth, is Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Jbco is very anti-fungal and keeps your scalp clean which is an important factor in hair growth.
So what have you learned naturalistas? Choose the best shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and oil. You do not need a thousand different products for your hair. The simpler the routine, the better your hair’s health will be.
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