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If you're like most people, you probably have worked your whole life to achieve the perfect, all-natural hair. Figuring out the best naturally healthy hair care plan can seem confusing. Understanding which products and tools work best for your hair can be a challenge.
If you're tired of resorting to straightening and blow drying your hair into submission every day, there's a better way.
To grow healthy, long natural hair, we'll look at how to best take care of your hair. We'll also examine which products may work for you and how to establish a routine to promote natural hair growth.
It's time to kiss unruly, damaged hair goodbye!
How To Take Care of Your Natural Hair
Taking care of your natural hair can be a challenge. While hair texture and density vary from person to person, there are a few keys to maintaining healthy hair.
The first key to taking care of your natural hair is understanding how often you actually need to wash it. Chances are, if you're washing your hair every day, you're doing it more harm than good.
Try cutting down on how often you wash your hair. Instead of every day, try every three to four days.
For people with thinner and finer hair, you may feel like you start to get greasy after only a few days. If this is the case, try switching up your style. Instead of wearing your hair down, try a ponytail, braid, or sleek bun. You can also try using some dry shampoo to absorb some of the excess oil.
Another absolute necessity for healthy, natural hair is making sure you protect it. You should use a heat protectant product prior to blow drying or using hot tools. You should also use a UV protectant. This is critical especially in the summer months or when you plan on being outside for extended periods of time.
To preserve and take care of your natural hair, you should also become more efficient with your hair styling. Start improving your blow drying skills so that you can achieve blowouts at home. This will let you skip the hot iron. Let your hair mostly air dry before hitting it with the blow dryer.
As you become more efficient with your styling tools, it will take less time to style your hair. Less time exposing your natural hair to heat means less damage.
To take care of your natural hair, you should also be armed with the proper tools. Look for shampoos and conditioners containing rich, nourishing ingredients.
Remember that not all hair brushes are created equally. If you're trying to nourish and grow your natural hair, invest in the right tools for the job. Your hair will thank you. Use a detangling brush before shampooing, a wide toothed comb while hair is wet, and a paddle brush or round boar bristle brush while blow drying.
Regular conditioning is also a must for healthy, natural hair. Remember to deep condition your hair regularly. Find a product and a technique that works well for your hair type.
There are plenty of overnight hair masks that can revitalize your natural hair. Keeping your hair conditioned is essential to prevent excessive breakage and damage.
While we're on the subject of breakage and damage, remember to be gentle with your hair. You shouldn't be aggressively brushing your hair. Gently comb tangles and use a detangling spray if you have snarls. Ripping through your hair might get you out the door faster, but you'll pay for it with broken strands!
To properly take care of and nourish your natural hair, start brushing from the bottom up to the roots. This will gently remove any tangles and reduce the chance for breakage. Now you can run your brush from scalp to ends to distribute your natural oils.
What are the Best Products for Promoting Healthy, Natural Hair?
Most people struggle with damaged hair that breaks easily. We heat our hair into submission on a daily basis and it can be a challenge to combat this damage.
However, there are some products that can help promote and enhance the healthy, natural hair that you were born with.
You should start by finding a high-quality hair repair system. These systems usually come with multi-stage products that work together to restore your natural hair and promote new, healthy growth.
Using a deep conditioning treatment is a must for promoting healthy, natural hair. A deep conditioning treatment should be used once or twice a week. You can leave it on during your shower or try wearing it to bed as a hair mask.
Investing in a good shampoo can also help promote healthy, natural hair. Pay attention to the labels on the shampoo bottles. Ideally, shampoos without sulfates and with descriptions like “strengthening” or “restorative” are best for promoting healthy hair.
Tips on How to Grow Out Your Hair
The number one rule of growing out healthy hair is proper hair care and damage prevention.
Whenever possible, you should avoid damaging your hair. This means cutting down on how often you blow dry and style your hair with heat.
If you must style your hair, find products that you can use to style your hair while it is wet. Try leave-in conditioners and texturizing sprays that allow you to “wash and go”.
After you wash your hair, use a specialized microfiber towel to wrap your hair. This will wick away any excess moisture and allow your hair to dry naturally. If you let your hair air-dry, using a microfiber towel wrap can also dramatically reduce frizz.
You should also get your hair trimmed regularly. Get your hair trimmed every four to six weeks.
As the hair grows, it develops split ends due to damage. If these split ends are not trimmed regularly, they can continue to split up the entire shaft of the hair. Split ends can make your hair look rough and frizzy.
Even though it may sound counter-intuitive, regularly trimming your hair will help you grow more healthy, natural hair.
Should You Wash Your Hair Everyday?
While shampoo companies may encourage you to wash your hair daily, it just isn't a good idea.
Hair simply isn't made to be washed daily. Washing your hair every day strips it of its natural oils and protectants. When you wash your hair daily, the scalp will start to overproduce oil (a.k.a. sebum) to compensate for what you are constantly stripping away.
How often you should wash your hair varies from person to person. This frequency is affected by three different factors.
You should consider your skin type when deciding how often to wash your hair.
If you tend to have drier skin, you may only need to wash your hair once or twice a week. However, if your skin tends to be more on the oily side, you will probably need to wash your hair more often. It is important not to wash away all of the oils on your scalp. Doing this can result in the overproduction of oil which will only make matters worse.
Another factor that affects how often you should wash your hair is your hair texture.
Coarse or textured and curly hair slows down the spread of the oil from the roots to the ends. Those with naturally curly, coarse hair may only need to wash one or two times a week. If you have fine hair, you may find that the oil spreads quickly and you need to wash your hair more often.
Finally, you should consider your styling habits when deciding how often to wash your hair. If you are constantly coloring or styling your hair, it is usually more damaged. The more damage your hair receives, the less you should wash it.
When Should You Moisturize Natural Hair?
Moisturizing your hair can be done at a few different points.
The most popular time to moisturize hair is after shampooing while in the shower. Before you apply the conditioner, make sure all of the shampoo has been completely rinsed. Then apply the conditioner and let it soak in for a few minutes. For extra shine, rinse the conditioner out with cool water.
You can also moisturize your hair after you get out of the shower. Using a good leave-in conditioner can help quench your dry tresses. It can also help prevent damage from heat styling. You can also find styling oils to use on the ends of your hair. These types of oils can be used on wet or dry hair and work to seal in moisture
Finally, you can also moisturize your hair overnight. Using an overnight mask can do wonders for dry, damaged hair. You can apply some masks directly to dry hair. Others will suggest that you apply them to wet hair. Apply these masks and cover with a shower cap. You will wake up to beautiful, sleek, moisturized tresses in the morning.
Achieving the silky smooth tresses of your dreams is definitely possible. Taking care of your natural hair can be simple. You only need to find the products and tools that work best for your hair type. Remember to be patient. This is not a situation where one solution will work for everyone. Maintaining all natural, healthy hair is simply a matter of moisturizing and protecting your hair from harmful heat, styling, and sun damage.
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