Tuesday, July 17, 2012

How to Maintain Short Natural Hair

For a woman of color, choosing to keep her hair natural is an extremely personal decision. Natural hair is a luxury, but not exactly effortless to maintain. Finding the proper hair care routine can be tricky, but some basic guidelines are adaptable to every natural black hair care routine.

Step 1

Wash hair once a week only. Too much washing will dry it out. Use alcohol-free shampoos to prevent hair from becoming brittle and prone to breakage.

Step 2

Apply conditioner on hair following each shampoo. Conditioners add moisture to hair and moisture is essential to maintaining healthy looking, natural hair.

Step 3

Comb your hair to remove tangles before rinsing out the conditioner. Conditioner gives hair more slippage, making it easier to remove tangles.

Step 4

Apply a leave-in conditioner after each wash, applying from roots to ends. Leave-in conditioners fortify the hair, making it stronger and less vulnerable to breakage.

Step 5

Apply a good moisturizer to the hair and scalp every day, preferably one with natural ingredients.

Step 6

Apply deep conditioner to your hair at least once a month. Deep conditioning allows essential ingredients penetrate through the hair shaft, contributing to the overall health of your hair.

Step 7

Experiment with different styles on your natural hair. Styles such braid-outs and twist-outs are obtainable without the use of heat appliances. Adapt to wearing styles that require as little manipulation of the hair as possible.

Step 8

Sleep on a satin pillowcase or wrap hair with a scarf at night to reduce potential breakage when tossing during sleep