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39 Super-Duper Natural Hair Tips For Curly Divas Like You!
A great head of hair is something we all want, right? So, here is how to get it! Let’s start with some of these great natural hair tips to help you with your hair journey.
1. Hair Steaming like a Queen!
First in my natural hair tips mentions, Steaming! In order to maintain a clumped curl, lasting hairstyles, retain moisture, overall health, and manageability, you should be steaming your hair.
You can do your hair steaming by going under a hair steamer with a conditioner for 20 to 30 minutes.
Why not add steaming to your hair regimen by going under the hair steamer every two weeks (you can always change that depending on your hair needs).
2. What is a Hygral Fatigue anyway?
Well, many of us wet our hair every day or every other day to restyle or refresh our hair.
If you are someone that has a habit of spraying your hair often and you are noticing your hair is just different, this could be why (I’ve experienced that).
Hygral Fatigue is the constant expansion and contraction of the cuticle when it opens to take in water and closes to dry the water out.
Overworking your hair cuticle will cause your hair some damage and could make the hair feel rigid.
Your hair may not react to products like it used to and it also may seem like it is not retaining moisture.
What do you do about it? Correcting this problem takes weeks but can be done.
You would have to avoid wetting your hair many times in a week and get your water from water-based creams like moisturizers.
Another thing you could do is try achieving styles that will last you about five days to a week so that you do not have to wet your hair to restyle.
In that case, you would then use a creamy moisturizer to refresh.
3. Pre Detangle your way to less tangles!
Most ofus Naturals do not detangle our hair every day.
Hundreds of strands try to shed off freely but they are getting caught in our natural styles… yep, shedding is needed.
Go about it like this, On wash day, detangle your hair before you shampoo it to get rid of most of the tangles.
You can spray your hair with a leave-in conditioner or use a moisturizer to soften up your hair and protect your ends so that it does not break while detangling.
Don’t detangle your hair without applying a product to soften it up and give it elasticity.
4. Know the difference between Breakage vs. Shedding!
This is a super important section in this natural hair tips list! Breakage is the imbalance of moisture and protein ( which is the strength).
Without them, your hair will easily break. But again, too much of one will also make your hair break again.
Breakage comes from anywhere from the root of your strand to all the way to the ends.
What to do about that? Well, having a regimen will keep you on the right track of having a healthy balance of moisture and protein.
What about Shedding?
Shedding happens because of what is going on within the body. Diseases, disorders, hormone imbalances, stress, lack of nutrition, lack of water intake, and the actual natural shedding phase of hair (telogen) are all culprits.
Hair that is shedding will have a white bulb on the tip, indicating it came from the follicle within the scalp skin.
If your hair is shedding you would have to figure out what your body is going through and correct it if possible.
5. Discover A True Moisturizer
Know that a moisturizer will have water as the first ingredient (Had to add it into my natural hair tips go-to list!).
Water opens up the cuticle to allow the other ingredients to penetrate and work on a deeper level.
Using oils and butter as moisturizers are not going to work the same.
Oils will nourish, seal and even soften the hair temporarily and so will butter.
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Using oils and butter daily will repel the moisture your hair is calling for, which you can get from your hair steamer (remember tip #1?).
Using a moisturizer will give you long-lasting moisture, even after you cleanse your hair.
6. Learn when to Cut, Trim and Shape Your hair!
Keeping your hair shaped is important if you wear your hair out often.
Why? Split ends will appear which is why trimming your hair 4-6 times a year is recommended for healthy hair.
If you dont know how to trim, you should get your hair trimmed by a professional for two reasons.
- Their shears, and
- attention to detail.
If you trim your hair with scissors, you are already setting your hair up to split because scissors are not sharp enough for a clean-cut and if it isn’t a clean-cut it will split right after the cut.
7. Treat Before You Protect
If you are thinking about trying a protective style, doing the proper treatments will ensure your hair health coming out of the style.
A hair hydration treatment (use steamer) and a protein treatment are a great start to prepping your hair for a style that will last longer than two weeks.
You want to protect healthy hair not damaged hair.
8. Coloring Your Hair
Before you color your hair, you want to go to a Salon that uses a treatment called Olaplex in the color formula and as a step after the color is applied to ensure the integrity of your hair.
Olaplex is a professional treatment that is a service in most salons that offer color.
Using this treatment in your color and lighteners (bleach) has given Naturals confidence to try something different!
Olaplex is a 2 part system, with step one going into the actual chemical mixture, and step 2 is applied after the chemical is rinsed out. The second step of the treatment can be used alone as an express post-treatment as well.
9. Take A Break From Wash n Go’s
Say what? Oh, Yes, you read right!
The reason you should take a break from wash n go’s is because through this style your ends are always exposed, and it’s nearly impossible to moisturize every strand.
You can not visibly see when your hair is breaking.
Hair that is trying to shed off freely gets caught in the curls stealing moisture.
Try twists or other styles that are more controlled and that you can moisturize efficiently.
10. Inside Out (We talking food girl!)
Yes, keeping yourself healthy will show through your skin, scalp, and hair. If you don’t eat a healthy diet, your hair could suffer.
Your hair doesn’t contain vitamins since it’s not a living structure.
If you’re eating a balanced, nutritious diet there is very little benefit gained from taking hair vitamins and supplements.
If you focus on eating proteins, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains you can help your hair reach its full potential without the supplements.
On the other hand, if you aren’t eating a balanced, nutritious diet, or even have a medical condition, you might need vitamins and supplements to help your hair.
You could also consult with your doctor to determine if a multivitamin is right for you.
11. Product Junkie, Watch out!
It is so exciting to try all the latest products, but not all those products work for your hair.
Although it is best to use vegan and organic hair products, even those can pack some heavy components that are hard to shampoo out.
To get the most out of hair products, you try on wash day, your hair has to be cleansed and already healthy enough to react to the products the way it is supposed to.
Use a deep cleanser before switching products and try the other tips mentioned to make sure your hair is healthy.
I know that many styling products work best on healthy hair.
12. Using Bonnets and Shower Caps
Protecting your hair is as important as what you put on your hair.
You want to use a silk or satin head covering that is not too tight around the hairline. Silk and satin lock in moisture, whereas cotton or other fibers steal the moisture from your hair.
Also protecting your hair in the shower with a shower cap is essential if your bathroom gets steamy and you take hot showers.
The water particles from the steam your hair takes in from daily showers can be a form of hygral fatigue!
13. Straight Natural Queens
If you prefer your hair to be straight or blown out it’s all good!
Wearing your hair straight does not mean you aren’t Natural or that your hair is damaged.
You should use a heat protectant in the form of a leave-in or a blowout cream will help avoid damage but most of all it is the technique and the tool.
try to go over your hair once or twice with a flat iron.
Use a flat iron that is not only ceramic but also has tourmaline or titanium plates that will protect your cuticle (because most ceramic plates are just a coating, and that layer comes off over time exposing the metal plate).
14. Hair Typing Is good but…
You need to learn what your hair like and take care of it, don’t lose sleep over what curl type you have.
There are three hair types you need to remember:
- wavy, and
How curly or how wavy your hair is, is its own identity that does not need to be defined.
15. Curl Training (I’m no coach but we need it!)
This is when your hair goes through to gain its full curl potential.
With consistent wear of your natural hair with no heat from a blow dryer or flat iron your journey to natural curls begins.
Along with steaming your hair and using lighter products to make sure the cuticle will not clog, you can try wash n go’s.
It’s a process, at first, your curls may not last a day, but training is ongoing.
Stick with no heat, no chemicals, light products, and natural styles, and you will see your curls slowly start to form.
16. Hair Butters
Know that natural hair butter can help keep their hair naturally soft, silky and healthy.
Using natural butter will allow you to avoid the hard to pronounce and unknown chemicals in most popular hair-care products.
Here is what they can do:
- Keeping your hair stronger
- Preventing split ends
- Reducing damage from coloring your hair and help the color stay locked into your hair for longer
- Renewing damaged hair
and much more! So give them a try!
17. Proper Maintenance of Styles
Pineappling is a quick nighttime styling method to preserve your curls allowing them to still be great another day.
There are a few things to consider when doing this technique to properly maintain your style. Before doing so, it’s best to use a silk material to hold it in place.
If you don’t have time for that you can just bun it and use a satin scarf to protect your hair!
18. Are these Techniques Drying your hair out?
There are a few things you can do to help your hair stay far from dry days:
- Use less shampoo
- Detangle with wide tooth comb while in hair is wet
- Nourish your hair to avoid frizzy days
- Dry ends mean breakage, care for them with treatments and trims
- Deep condition faithfully!
19. Learn Hair Texture
You need to learn adn embrace your hair texture when coming to learn your hair texture.
Your hair texture is your curl pattern (for those who aren’t familiar).
Detangling the wrong way can either benefit or damage your hair texture.
It’s also important to remember that what may work for someone else’s hair texture may not work for yours.
20. Stretch Hair for Length is Key!
Stretching your natural hair allows for more retaining of length.
There are many ways to stretch your hair but go for the heatless way.
Stretching your hair before styling can end up giving you atotally different look.
Here are some ways to stretch your natural hair:
Heat-free Ways to Stretch Hair
- Banding Method
This is done by placing a hair tie or stretchable hairband along sections of your hair to extend your curls.
It’s best to do this while the hair is still wet since your hair is in a state where it can be easily manipulated.
- Braidout Method
This is my favorite method!
It gives more curl definition compared to a twist-out and has the potential to last longer. This method is also a style most women can do without seeming too complicated.
- CWK Stretch Plates
The plates from CWK Girls offers multiple ways to stretch your hair and curls without heat.
- Bantu Knots
This method for stretching your hair is great for full, voluminous hair. You can rock this method as a style for as long as you want.
21. Learn Your hair Growing Phases
Learning the stages of natural hair growth can allow you to weigh in on the determining rate of how it grows and how fast it grows.
It’s important to know however that hair will grow according to its natural process, regardless of the supplements you take or foods you eat.
It goes according to what your hair may respond to best.
There are some people whose hair happens to naturally grow faster or slower than others. We can thank genetics!
But remeber that your hair is always in the growing process on a 24-hour basis.
here are the stages your hair grows in:
- Anagen Stage
This is considered to be the growth stage.
- Catagen Stage
This is considered the regression stage.
- Telogen Stage
This is the resting stage.
- Exogen Stage
This occurs throughout the hair growth cycle and is known as the shedding stage.
22. Create Your Personal Hair Regimen
There are many great benefits to creating a detailed hair care regimen.
One of the largest benefits is tailoring proper hair care according to what your natural hair needs.
It’s important to know that your hair care regimen can and will evolve over time just as does your hair.
Your regimen will change depending on the qualities of your own hair.
It’s all about going with the flow according to your hair needs, and not what others are doing.
Here are few things to remember when it comes to building a effective hair regimen that works:
1. Cleansing your hair
Shampoo will help to lift your hair cuticles, break up oil and dirt, and loosen it to be rinsed away.
Your goal is to remove debris, buildup from products, and production of oil.
When you use shampoo, your focus should be on our scalps considering that’s where the dirt is.
Apply the shampoo to your roots and scalp, scrub thoroughly with your fingertips, and the lather will automatically make its way down your hair.
2. Conditioning is key
Conditioning after shampooing is super important if you want to have healthy, shiny hair. Because it smoothes the hair cuticle and adds body.
Avoiding conditioning your hair makes it more prone to breakage, which can lead to the appearance of thin hair.
Conditioning helps restore your hair and keep it protected from damage.
No matter your hair type, know that conditioning on a regular basis can improve the look and feel of your hair.
3. Detangling is a keeper
Detangling your hair prevents disasters like the thinning of your hair and limiting hair breakage. here are few this to remember when you are going to detangle:
- Using your fingers to detangle
- Using a big, wide-tooth comb (helps remove major tangles in the hair)
- Use conditioner that allows a good slip to get through your hair with ease
- Always start from the ends of your hair and work your way up
4. Moisturizing after all said
Add a moisturizer into your hair regimen is as simple as applying a water spray bottle to your hair. You can never go wrong with water!
When searching for any moisturizing product, you should look for water to be the number one thing you see pretty high up in the ingredients list.
Many moisturizers also contain vitamins and oils that your hair and scalp can soak up.
5. Sealing after moisture
Sealing keeps the moisture in!
In order to seal, you have to have that proper moisture. It ensures that the moisture actually stays put and is locked into your hair keeping it soft and hydrated.
Great products for sealing include hair butters and oils.
23. Avoid Becoming a Product Junkie
Being a product junkie means you overhaul in hair care products even allowing them to collect dust over time.
Keep it simple when it comes to the products you incorporate into your hair care regimen.
Product junkie alert needed to be added in this natural hair tips combo!
24. Invest in Safe Coloring
One thing you should take care aside heat damage is the damage you can cause by coloring your hair.
Rest assured that such damage can be avoided when you decide to switch up your hair color. This is as long as you follow the proper steps to safe coloring.
Safe coloring includes taking proper precautions and learning about your hair to tailor it to the right coloring products.
Tips for Coloring
- Visit a professional for lightening of hair
- Don’t shampoo before coloring your hair
- Deep condition!
- Use color-preserving shampoos and conditioners for protection
- Don’t be afraid to use at-home boxes of color for one-dimensional hues
25. Learn the Truth about Your Hair Shedding (in-depth!)
You must know that hair shedding is completely normal and required for the hair growth cycle.
It’s also important to know that certain factors can contribute to excessive sheddings such as stress, heavy manipulation of your hair, and health.
If you try to limit the number of times you brush or comb your hair because this is a part of the hair growth cycle, you may notice a higher number of shed hairs.
This is why it’s important to detangle and thoroughly comb and brush hair, but not too much.
26. Determine Your Hair Density
Your hair has various characteristics, from a visible curl pattern and hair length to porosity and density.
This is what makes our natural hair diverse.
Hair density is how much hair you have on your head, or how densely packed your hair follicles are on your scalp.
It impacts the volume and shape of your hair, so it can affect what products you should use and how best to style your hair.
Hair density is a measurement of how much hair you have on your head, or how densely packed your hair follicles are on your scalp.
Density impacts the volume and shape of your natural hair as a whole, so it affects what products you should use and how best to style your hair.
27. Limit Chemicals
Women are constantly exposed to thousands of chemicals considering the products we use for hair care.
A lot of these chemicals interfere with our body’s hormones such as estrogen.
These tips below can help promote great health for your hair:
- Tip #1
Carefully read product labels
- Tip #2
Choose plant products versus petroleum
- Tip #3
Limit the use of chemical straighteners
- Tip #4
Invest in organic or natural shampoos and conditioners
- Tip #5
Choose eco-friendly hair salons
28. Invest in Hair Treatments
Hair treatments do a lot for natural far beyond what one basic deep conditioner product can do.
One major benefit when it comes to hair treatments is that you can actually make your own by using the products you have at home.
Various types of hair treatments can provide the benefits of moisturizing, hair growth, restoration, hydration and so much more!
Certain treatments can be used for any hair issues you may be facing even during certain seasons.
Check out a few staple ingredients for creating endless types of hair treatments:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Olive oil
- Baking soda
…and so much more!
29. Use Protein
Protein is very necessary for hair growth. Keratin, a protein your hair is made out of, provides structure to your hair.
This gives it shape and strength. Without it, your hair would be weak, limp and fragile. Protein balances the moisture in your hair to keep it healthy and strong.
If you have enough protein but not enough moisture, your hair will be dry, brittle, and lifeless. Moisture and protein are both needed simultaneously.
You need both moisture and protein to maintain healthy hair. A great way to maintain a moisture and protein balance is by investing in certain treatments according to your hair type and texture.
30. Visit a Professional
Making the time to visit a professional for the care of your natural hair is a great thing.
Building a relationship with a stylist who can learn your natural hair and is better equipped with the knowledge of what your hair may need can do a lot of good for your hair health.
When going to a professional, you limit the possibility of hair damage that may not be reversible.
Look into natural hair salons that cater to the needs you may have and one that can also educate you for your own hair.
31. Try Different Styles
You should different styles from your favorite celebrities in magazines or in a hairstyle magazine.
When you find a style that you like, consult with a hairstylist to see if that style is possible for your hair.
You can be amazed at how skilled hair stylists are in helping you keep up with the latest hairstyles. Or If you are skilled, go ahead and try the hairstyle!
32. Your Dry Skin is telling you something
Pay attention to dry skin, especially on or near the scalp. If you have very dry skin, you may also have very dry hair.
In order to combat this problem, try washing your hair only a few times a week, or using a moisturizing hair product.
Avoid using heat or harsh chemicals on dry hair.
33. Those labels can be tricky!
Check the labels on your hair products before buying them.
Make sure the products are right for your hair type. Almost all hair care products are labeled specifically for dry, medium or oily hair.
Using the wrong product can dry out your hair or leave it looking most of the times greasy.
34. Who took my shampoo?!
You should choose shampoo, conditioner, and other products, based on your hair type and needs.
Colored hair benefits from UV protection and extra moisturizers, for instance.
If you have oily hair your hair requires a lightweight, no-buildup conditioner.
If you are unsure of your hair type, ask a cosmetologist for advice on choosing the best products for caring for your locks.
35. Is Styling keeping you back from your goal?
Don’t do the same style over and over, example keeping your hair in a ponytail.
Keeping your hair pulled back with a hair tie can lead to hair loss and damage.
Be sure to change up the way you style your hair.
36. Alcohol maybe doing something tricky to your hair
Avoid alcohol-based styling products (natural hair tips gang, this is important!) so they don’t end up drying out your curly hair.
The best method of applying your styling products is to separate the hair into multiple sections and apply your styling creams or gels while the hair is still damp.
Having a spray bottle by your side (filled with water) is a great way to keep the hair damp during!
37. Did I mention Leave-in is super important?
To get the best looking hair possible, try using a leave-in conditioner.
Leave-in conditioners give you the amazing effects that you typically associate with normal conditioner, and the effects last all day long!
38. So, What’s your hair regimen?
No matter what products you use you have to know your hair, have a plan (regimen), and have basic hair knowledge.
You should understand the phases your hair goes through, what your hair is made up of, ingredients to avoid, what treatments your hair needs, and how to layer products will triumph depending solely on a product.
39. Last in my natural hair tips: Important note to you sis…
No matter all these natural hair tips, remember you are alive and well, have fun and enjoy every stage of your hair! One day you will reach your hair goal!
There you have it, 39 Super Duper natural hair tips For Curly Divas Like You!
What is your favorite natural hair tips for your natural hair care?
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