Over the years, African ladies have broken free from the from the ideology that to be truly beautiful, one must look like an European or Caucasian lady. This misconception led to many ladies turning to chemicals to straighten or perm their natural hair. Regardless, we acknowledge the fact that our Afro hair is tedious to manage and hence, other ladies out of sheer preference get perms instead. However, here are some ways our ‘Naturalistas’ can care for their natural hair.
1.Familiarize Yourself With a Wash Day Routine
Afro textured hair, unlike other hair textures across the globe is unique and does not require too much washing. So, you can wash your hair either weekly or every two weeks in order to prevent your hair getting frizzy or dry. A moisture-boosting and sulfate-free shampoo will keep your curls refreshed. Avoid using hot water to wash your hair as it strips it of some essential oils.
2. Use Protective Styles
With natural hair, the chances of over-styling, over-combing and heat damage are very high. Therefore, to prevent your hair from damage, breaking or shredding, you can make use of protective styles. Some of these include wearing wigs, weaves, twists or braids. Remember to be sure that your braids or twists are too tight in order to keep your scalp feeling relaxed.
3. Maintain a Healthy Diet.
We are what we eat. The health and lusciousness of your hair depends heavily on your diet. So, it is essential that you eat what your hair needs. Some foods which are good for you hair include vegetables, low-fat proteins, fruits, dairy products, poultry and eggs, foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids as well as vitamins A and C.