Once you’ve went natural finding the right methods of having healthy strands and obtaining the maximum length can be a little daunting. If you’ve had relaxed hair your whole life, forget just about everything you’ve ever known because being natural is a new ball game. Unlike relaxed hair, water is your friend. Yes, that’s right! You don’t have to sit by the poolside anymore looking your cutest and praying that some idiot wont throw you in the pool. When you go to the beach you can finally dip your hair in the water for those sassy wet hair pics. There are three simple rules for kinky-coily hair textures to obtain healthy hair that will have the opportunity to grow its maximum length.
1. Low manipulation. The less you play in it the less tangles and fairy/single strand knots you will get and when it’s time to detangle use plenty of conditioner with a wide tooth comb. You can use the conditioner on sopping wet hair or slather it on dry hair, but NEVER detangle on dry hair alone. If you’re going to use heat then use a heat protectant…ALWAYS.
2. Frequent Moisture.This is the most important step in achieving healthy natural hair. Dry hair leads to breakage. Breakage leads to raggedy ends. Raggedy ends lead to raggedy hairstyles no matter how late you stay up twisting your hair for the fiercest twist-out known to man. Use sulphate and paraben free shampoos that wont strip the natural moisture away from your hair strands. If your hair isn’t to product heavy then limit the shampooing to every other week while co-wahing in between. ALWAYS do a deep conditioner of some sort after a shampoo and seal your ends with a butter or an oil when styling.
3. Maintain a Healthy Diet. Most people tend to forget about this step, but it’s works in correlation with having healthy natural hair. You are what you eat and you should be conscious of it. Eat foods that have high contents of Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and walnuts and blueberries and spinach for vitamin C. Drinking lots of water helps to flush out the toxins from the body. Although following these steps is easier said than done, once you’ve gotten yourself into a routine it will come as second nature.
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