For many Black women, natural hair is a strong marker of their personal identity. From afros to locs to braids. Black women frequently use hair as a means of self-expression and to connect with their cultural roots.
Natural hair can be hard to maintain especially when it is dry and brittle and this makes it hard to style.
Though soft hair can be genetic, taking good care of your hair though hard by nature can add a little bit of softness to it. If you want it soft or want to prevent breakages, keep your natural hair hydrated and moisturize by considering these 5 steps.
1. Water your natural hair often.
When it comes to your afro hair, water is an absolute necessity. It should be your first best friend aside any other hair moisturizers. It is recommended that you drink more water and also consistently apply water to your hair. When you want to comb your natural hair, it’s advisable to wet the hair and comb it instantly. That way, it will keep the hair soft so that you can easily comb it.
2. Adopt a wash day routine
The biggest advantage of rocking an afro hair is that you don’t have to wash it so often like other hair types. However, you need to wash your hair weekly or every two weeks, to avoid dryness and frizziness. You can do this by adopting a wash day routine.
3. Hydrate Your Afro Hair Always
Another of your afro’s fave is moisture. Kinky hair tends to dry out quickly and lose its moisture, so to prevent that you have to consistently hydrate your hair. Before styling your hair, ensure that you always apply hydrating milk, cream, or oil to it. For times when you have on protective styles like braids or twists, use a highly conditioning product in order to keep your hair well moisturized for the whole duration.
4. Eat Healthy Meals For Your Hair Needs
As nutritious meals are essential for your body, they also contribute to stronger, healthier hair. A balanced healthy meal rich in low-fat proteins, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will aid your hair growth. For a healthy scalp, eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, walnuts, and avocados.
5. Sleep With A Satin Scarf Bonnet
Never go to bed without a satin scarf or bonnet on. It keeps your hair from tangling and breaking while you sleep. Also, invest in a smooth satin or silk pillowcase. Sleeping with loose hair on a cotton pillowcase will result in dry hair, hair breakage, and hair damage, because of the friction with cotton. A silk or satin pillowcase is much gentler on the hair and helps to maintain your hair’s moisture.