Whether you’re in the hairstylist’s hot seat or facing yourself in the mirror with that dreaded comb, untangling knots isn’t something you look forward to, but it must be done.
According to market intelligence agency, Mintel, fewer Africans are buying hair-relaxer than before. It seems that natural hair is here to stay!
A natural movement
Due to the coarse texture and tightly coiled or curly pattern, African hair can be fragile and prone to damage. But don’t be fooled into thinking that natural hair is messy! Your natural hair can be transformed into a lot of different hairstyles, whether long or short. It may not be easy but it’s certainly worth the effort.
Take care of your crown
African hair can grow just like any other hair type. It’s naturally drier so you must use the right products that feed and nourish your hair – and stimulate growth.
Good hair days
- Wash your hair once a week or every other week. This helps prevent hair product build-up which can dry your hair.
- Use conditioner each time you wash your hair. The ends are the most fragile part of your hair. Coat them well with a nourishing conditioner.
- Before styling your hair, use a heat protectant product. This will help minimise heat damage. Apply to wet hair.
- Go easy on the relaxers. And always go to a professional stylist to make sure the relaxer is applied correctly and safely.
- Use ceramic combs or flat irons. Flat irons are an inexpensive way to get the straight look. Use the lowest temperature setting as much as possible, and try not to flat-iron your hair every day.
- Make sure your protective hairstyles aren’t too tight. All that pulling can damage your hair. If it hurts while your hair is being styled, ask the stylist to stop, redo it or make it looser.
Twist, curl and braid
Look at trying a protective hairstyle for your natural or unprocessed hair:
- Cornrows: The hair is braided very close to the scalp, in a three-part strand pattern similar to a French braid.
- Twists or box braids: Individual plaits, braided in small divided sections of your hair.
- Faux locks: Your natural hair is wrapped with synthetic, human hair or yarn to create a dreadlocked look.
- Dreadlocks: A Rastafarian hairstyle that consists of matted or braided ropes of hair, and left to grow naturally.
- Afro: A common natural hairstyle; tightly curled hair that sticks out all over your head.
- Weave: Sewing in pieces of real or artificial hair into your existing hair. A weave can also be attached on the hair near the scalp using hair bonding glue.