My 12 tips on natural hair care for beginners

  1. Know your hair type
    The curl/coil pattern determines  the hair type.

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2.Know the porosity level of your hair. The simple method of testing  porosity to get a rough idea is by filling  a regular  glass with  water and then immersing  your hair strand for 10+minutes. If it floats,then it is  low porosity,which means your hair is not taking up enough water.If it sinks  to the middle  of the  glass,then the hair is of medium  porosity.

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If it settles at the bottom of the  glass, then it is high porosity,meaning that it takes up as much water as possible  and can easily  lose it at the same rate if dried and therefore moisture needs to be sealed in.

3.  You will determine the  financial  demands  of your own hair.

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You are the one to decide on what products  to use, people who DIY products and styling  normally spend  less compared to those who  will choose to buy lots of products or go to salons all the time.

4.Do your research  on the accessibility  of products  depending  on your location.

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5.Expect Societal  acceptance challenges
People will be fascinated  about  your  hair or find it different  and will ask  a lot of questions  and will touch it with or without  asking

image6. Your might have to  DIY (do it yourself ) if your location  has no natural  hair salons. You will  have to do your own twisting, braiding e.t.c to beat shrinkage  during washdays or even protective  styling

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7.Have a night routine  to maximize  moisture retention.

imageI prefer spritzing  my hair with a mixture of aloe vera juice, natural omega  oils or just virgin olive  oil and water at night  and then stretch in twists /banding,

imagecovering with a  satin bonnet / scarf. In the morning  I usually  unravel  the twists

imageand apply a mixture of raw Shea Butter and coconut oil.

imageI also boost my curls with this curl activator from Hask.

imageIt defines my curls very well and provides my hair with a perfect  defined seal.

 

8.Your hair is just as unique as you, What works for another person might not work for you! Study your hair everyday, it is a process to know what your hair wants and what really  works for your hair, you will Have to keep trying  products, methods etc Huh!? What if your  hair was to have allergies?Who will know? -only you! For example your hair could be protein  sensitive  and you have to know that.

 

9.Your lifestyle affects your hair health, remember  hair is just like any other body  organ. Be sure to eat healthy and keep fit,hair loves vitamins and minerals.

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  1. Being natural is not a fashion trend, it is a way of life.

 

11. Natural hair hates chemicals such as silicones,ammonia, sulphates etc. Those chemicals are present in our everyday  shampoos, conditioners,hair colouring dyes/treatments etc. Prolonged heat treatments such as blow drying  or flat ironing does not do our hair any good either but damages  it. Our hair hates tension brought by combing, weaving, braiding, tight buns etc if this tension  continues throughout  life  it may lead to traction  alopecia or permanent  hair  loss caused  by  constant  pulling out of new hair  from their follicles.

imageBraids are usually too tight and  heavy for the hairline.

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  1. Most importantly your basic tools are pickers wide-toothed comb (optional) , spray bottles, mixing bowls and bobby pins.

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imageI use a wide toothed comb on wet hair during my conditioning process to detangle my hair. For the picker,just gently pick my hair at the roots ONLY to blend in the hair for my twist outs.
imageThank you for reading the hair lover’s forum, please comment, like and share ,Let us know your basic care to your natural hair.

With bobby pins, I am able to style my hair as I wantIMG_20150923_204420_wm

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