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.
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.
Apply conditioner on hair following each shampoo. Conditioners add moisture to hair and moisture is essential to maintaining healthy looking, natural hair.
Comb your hair to remove tangles before rinsing out the conditioner. Conditioner gives hair more slippage, making it easier to remove tangles.
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.
Apply a good moisturizer to the hair and scalp every day, preferably one with natural ingredients.
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.
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.
Sleep on a satin pillowcase or wrap hair with a scarf at night to reduce potential breakage when tossing during sleep