We all have parts of our bodies that we aren’t happy with which we occasionally have to make huge efforts with just to look “normal” and for some its hair. It can start when you’re a toddler with thick, extremely curly, blonde curls that have to be brushed into submission by an overzealous mother every night and plaited; if she can get you to stand still for long enough. Eventually, she’ll say she’s had enough and have said curls lopped off into a haircut akin to Julie Andrews in Sound of Music including the too short fringe. Trouble is, those curls will still want to stick out. Growing up, we’ll go through various styles from a feather cut, a bob, a purdey cut, a lob and through it all will continue the battle with our unruly hair.
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.
Image Source: igbocurls.comOn 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.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.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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Sick of waking up to find your good night’s sleep also got you greasy hair? It’s certainly a common problem, one of which we have all experienced in the past! Not got time to jump in the shower? No problem! There are some ways you can get rid of all that greasy hair without washing.
Here are some awesome tips for getting rid of greasy hair
Use Dry Shampoo
The quickest way to get rid of your oily roots is to give them a quick spritz with some dry shampoo. You can buy various brands of this type of shampoo in your local supermarket or drugstore. The beauty of dry shampoo is that you don’t need to rinse it out with water. Simply spray onto your hair – remember to focus on the roots! – and then rub it in for a few minutes. Then you just need to brush it out with your regular hair brush. And there you have it; your hair will look a lot healthier and shinier without any traces of grease!
Straighten Your Hair
When you straighten your hair, you will be adding a lot of heat to it, which can effectively dry out your hair. You can discover the best kinds of straighteners for your hair on sites like http://www.hairstylinggirl.com/ghd-flat-iron/. Simply straighten your hair, and you will find that your hair will appear a lot dryer when you’ve finished. Remember that you should always use heat protection spray, though, to prevent any damage.
Use Products With Witch Hazel
When you are looking for new hair products, try and find ones that contain witch hazel. Witch hazel is a flower that has many different properties: 14 Uses for Witch Hazel. One of these great properties is that it acts as an astringent, which means it can help to close the pores on the skin. When you apply it to your hair, it will cause the pores of the scalp to close up, which prevents any grease or oil being secreted from the skin onto the hair.
One way to prevent greasy hair the first place is to better prep it while you are washing it. There is no better hair preparation than a good old hair mask. This is something you apply to the hair and leave it on for about half an hour before you wash it. It acts as a deep conditioner. Want to know what the best natural product is to use as a hair mask? Egg whites! Egg whites are very high in sulfur, which is great for getting rid of dandruff and excess oil from the hair. All you need to do is whisk up some egg whites and cover the hair with them. Then, after about 20-30 minutes, wash them out with your regular shampoo.
No one likes oily or greasy hair and, thankfully, it’s not something that you have to put up with for too long. These tips above can help you get perfect hair every day!