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Woman Touching her Natural Hair
Afro hair has never ever been considered the easiest hair type to maintain, however the rise in the natural hair trend of recent years has resulted in more and more black women ditching hair relaxers and texturisers in favour of natural hair products that embrace their natural curly, kinky, coily hair types.

So for those of you looking to do the same and become naturalista's, we’ve compiled a list of brilliant hair care tips to start your natural hair journey with along some of the best afro hair products to get you going.

 

Once a Week Rule

 

One of the benefits of having natural hair is that it only requires washing about once a week, contrary to the everyday hair wash myth some of you may have heard as this can cause dry out. Therefore we recommend using moisture-enhancing shampoo’s and conditioners on wash days although depending on one’s hair texture it may be ideal to incorporate co-washing(washing with conditioner only) in order to rejuvenate curls and have a lower level cleanse later on in the week. However beware to not co-wash all the time as it’s important to ensure that the hair and scalp is properly cleansed using shampoo.

 

 

 

Ditch The Heat

Avoid using heated tools like hair dryers and instead opt for air drying your hair so as to minimize heat damage and tangling as much as possible. In circumstances when hair drying is needed make sure to always use lowest heat and prep hair with a heat protecting like Alikay Naturals Silky Straight Heat Protectant Spray beforehand.

 

Avoid Breakage

Afro textured hair can be very fragile and brittle hence it can be susceptible to breakage so make sure not to manipulate the natural movement of your hair and place it in styles that create too much tension. Furthermore we advise following the natural curl pattern of the hair when combing whilst hair is wet.

We recommend using a detangling product post wash like Oh My Glide! to protect hair from breakage while improving manageability. There are also special brushes that are ideal for use on tangled wet hair to avoid breakage such as Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush.

 

Moisture is key!

When it comes to maintaining afro hair moisture is your best friend. Just as it’s important to keep black skin moisturized the same goes for black hair. Keeping your afro hair hydrated and moisturized enhances its natural shine and elasticity while curbing brittleness and breakage. We recommended using moisturizing creams or essential oils prior to styling like As I Am - Moisture Milk. It’s also vital that you treat your hair regularly using hydrating hair mask to help keep your curls and coils more manageable.

 

Chop ,Chop!

Remember to regularly trim your hair in order to prevent split ends and enhance hair growth. A fresh trim will also make styling your hair easier as the split ends would’ve been cut off.

 

Cover It Up!

Always cover hair with a silk scarf/head-wrap to protect your hair from friction and prevent tangles while preserving your hairstyles. You can even go a step further and use satin or silk pillowcases only. That’s Right! Using organic silk pillowcases reduces loss of natural hair oils and moisture prevents frizzing, minimizes damage to thinning and prevent split ends.

 

 

 

Woman Touching her Natural Hair
Afro hair has never ever been considered the easiest hair type to maintain, however the rise in the natural hair trend of recent years has resulted in more and more black women ditching hair relaxers and texturisers in favour of natural hair products that embrace their natural curly, kinky, coily hair types.

So for those of you looking to do the same and become naturalista's, we’ve compiled a list of brilliant hair care tips to start your natural hair journey with along some of the best afro hair products to get you going.

 

Once a Week Rule

 

One of the benefits of having natural hair is that it only requires washing about once a week, contrary to the everyday hair wash myth some of you may have heard as this can cause dry out. Therefore we recommend using moisture-enhancing shampoo’s and conditioners on wash days although depending on one’s hair texture it may be ideal to incorporate co-washing(washing with conditioner only) in order to rejuvenate curls and have a lower level cleanse later on in the week. However beware to not co-wash all the time as it’s important to ensure that the hair and scalp is properly cleansed using shampoo.

 

 

 

Ditch The Heat

Avoid using heated tools like hair dryers and instead opt for air drying your hair so as to minimize heat damage and tangling as much as possible. In circumstances when hair drying is needed make sure to always use lowest heat and prep hair with a heat protecting like Alikay Naturals Silky Straight Heat Protectant Spray beforehand.

 

Avoid Breakage

Afro textured hair can be very fragile and brittle hence it can be susceptible to breakage so make sure not to manipulate the natural movement of your hair and place it in styles that create too much tension. Furthermore we advise following the natural curl pattern of the hair when combing whilst hair is wet.

We recommend using a detangling product post wash like Oh My Glide! to protect hair from breakage while improving manageability. There are also special brushes that are ideal for use on tangled wet hair to avoid breakage such as Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush.

 

Moisture is key!

When it comes to maintaining afro hair moisture is your best friend. Just as it’s important to keep black skin moisturized the same goes for black hair. Keeping your afro hair hydrated and moisturized enhances its natural shine and elasticity while curbing brittleness and breakage. We recommended using moisturizing creams or essential oils prior to styling like As I Am - Moisture Milk. It’s also vital that you treat your hair regularly using hydrating hair mask to help keep your curls and coils more manageable.

 

Chop ,Chop!

Remember to regularly trim your hair in order to prevent split ends and enhance hair growth. A fresh trim will also make styling your hair easier as the split ends would’ve been cut off.

 

Cover It Up!

Always cover hair with a silk scarf/head-wrap to protect your hair from friction and prevent tangles while preserving your hairstyles. You can even go a step further and use satin or silk pillowcases only. That’s Right! Using organic silk pillowcases reduces loss of natural hair oils and moisture prevents frizzing, minimizes damage to thinning and prevent split ends.

 

 

 

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