Tips to take care of afro hair
Caring for your afro hair needs some dedication as it is the sacrifice you pay to maintain healthy and beautiful natural hair. Those with softer texture of hair tend to want to flaunt their afro while those with stronger texture may not buy the idea because of the pain they feel afterwards but not in this time where afro is trendy again; there are solutions to make your hair softer, silky and smooth using some natural hair moisturizer. Even in the case of applying relaxer or blowing out the hair, there is a way to do it to avoid breakage and losing the natural healthiness of the hair. You may decide to use some popular hair treatment routine but you should also do so with caution and seek professional help. Follow closely as we consider some health tips to care for your afro hair.
- The use and application of special hair moisturizing cleaners.
When you want to choose special moisturizers, ensure you don’t fall for products with harsh chemical contents for your hair, you should choose the one with nutritive value for your hair growth and health. Most shampoos contain harsh chemicals which are made to rid the hair of dirt and oil. Usually, these curly hairs tend to be dry and easily lose moisture. Using those harsh shampoos can worsen the situation because they make the hair break. So you need some botanical cleansers that will both clean and replenish the lost nutrients in the hair. There are natural moisturizers gotten from fruits like avocado, carrot, almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba, shea butter too. These can be paired up with a deep conditioner that serves as moisturizer too. Wash your hair with shampoo, lather it completely and wash mildly but thoroughly, then rinse it all out till the lather is out and the hair is clean. Then you rub in your conditioner and allow it for about 5-8 minutes for deep conditioning so that the moisture can reach the root of the hair. After this, rinse thoroughly or just leave in a small amount of the conditioner to coat and protect the hair.
- Apply after wash conditioning oils or creams.
The issue with afro hair is that it quickly loses its moisture so beyond washing with shampoo that actually rid the hair of oil and using hair conditioner, you need to also take your hair treatment routine further by using some conditioning oil or creams to restore lost moisture in the hair. These oils are not supposed to be washed out but they are meant to soak in down to the roots of your hair to restore nutrients, some also make styling easier. Jojoba, grapeseed, argan, coconut oils all have some biological compounds that can help strengthen your hair.
- Avoid excessive heat on hair.
One of the quickest ways to spoil and weaken afro hair is by using too much heat. Heat, in this case, means using hot water to wash the hair. In a bid to get oil or dirt out of your hair, many people believe you have to use very hot water to wash the hair. You actually don’t need that, what you need is warm or mild water to wash your hair. Using very hot water can weaken the hair texture. Beyond hot water, if you like to blow dry or sit under the hairdryer all the time, you may want to cut down on that too as air drying is the best for afro hair. Some use hot stretcher to straighten hair for different styling and coiling purposes too, you can space out the number of times you do this so as to avoid the hair drying out. This excessive heat takes out the natural nutrients from the hair and once the hair damages, there is not much to do to redeem aside doing several deep conditioning or to start from scratch. So, if you want and love your hair, reduce the amount of heat applied to your hair. Also, using hair relaxers often is not advisable; you can stretch it over time like relaxing your hair three or four times yearly if you can’t afford to do it twice. Taking all these measures will help reduce the hair from breaking out totally.
- Don’t wash your hair every day of the week.
You don’t want to lose all your hair moisture by shampooing every day, so you can make your wash routine work for you by washing about three or four times a week. You can just rinse your hair when you take your showers. Don’t always depend on special products so as not to lose your natural hair oil. You can also use some hair conditioner when you use your shampoo to replenish the moisture.
- Don’t expose hair under harsh weather conditions
It is advisable to cover your hair under harsh weather conditions using scarf or hats because extreme weather condition can cause some damage to the hair. Hot weather or very cold weathers or even rain displaces hair moisture and makes hair frizzle. Even if the weather seems friendly, it is advisable to have a scarf or bandana that can come in handy when you are out and if the weather changes, you can have a protective layer on your head.
- Braiding your afro before you sleep.
This is one way to keep moisture in. You lock in moisture when you braid your hair before going to sleep. Usually, the hair loses moisture during the night because the pillow soaks it in. This can be curbed if, before you sleep, you braid your hair scantily; not too tight but firm enough. The braids will be held closely together sharing their moisture and it will prevent the pillow from absorbing all the oil in the hair.
- Wrapping your hair in a silk scarf.
If you don’t wrap or cover your hair to sleep, the pillow will absorb most of the oil in your hair. But besides that, the material you use to cover or wrap your hair matters. If you use cotton, it has the ability to soak up the oil too and that defeats the purpose of wrapping the hair. This why it is advisable to use silky material to cover your hair before you go to bed, it absorbs less oil and is easy to wash and eradicate the oil for continuous use.
- Avoid blow-drying and ironing hair too frequently.
Instead of constant blow-drying and tonging of the hair, you can set it using rollers; doing this eradicates applying direct heat to the hair. If at all you want to get the smother to feel and you don’t want to use rollers, then, ensure you apply some sort of hair treatment that will protect the hair from breaking. It is still advisable that you don’t subject your hair to these harsh styling methods often; do it as sparsely as possible to retain your natural hair oil and to ensure a cooler head.
- Avoid split-ends by trimming.
It is advisable to trim the ends of your hair before it starts to split down to the middle. When the tip of your hair is old and damaged, though it is tempting to want to keep the length of the hair, if you don’t trim those ends by trimming occasionally, it causes greater loss and makes styling more stressful.
- Never braid wet hair
It is easier to lose more hair when you braid it wet and because it looks coiled, it may not be noticeable. Wait for the hair to dry out, add some oil or cream to serve as moisturizer before you braid. Then watch out for the kind of comb you use so it doesn’t pull off your hair strands; use good combs and brushes that will not be too harsh on your hair. You can use brushes with wider and softer teeth that will detangle your hair easily and brush it out smoothly
In conclusion, it is better to study the above and know what works for you; some people’s hair is tougher than others. Seek professional advice before you use any kind of hair product on your hair because there are several manufacturers out there who are more profit-oriented than quality-oriented. So that you will not have regrets you can’t afford, you should get a good product, preferably botanical products that are milder and natural to enhance your hair growth and also to help maintain your natural hair moisture. Furthermore, some have lost their edges because they do tight braids or styles that pull their hair back. If you want to keep your edges, you need to stop those hairstyles that stress the root of your hair and allow your hair to grow back so as to give you the youthful feel again.