Basic Haircare Routine for Natural Afro Hair

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There are a million articles, videos, blogs, etc about natural afro hair.  How to take care of it, what not to do with it, how to style it, there are even glossaries explaining natural kinky/curly lingo.  It can be overwhelming for both newbies and aficionados.

We’ve tried to simplify the information and give you a basic haircare routine for natural afro hair

Regimens

A healthy hair regimen is the system and routine you use to care for your hair.  A regulated course, as of diet, exercise, or manner of living, intended to preserve or restore health or to attain some result. (dictionary.com)

It is a good idea to set up a regimen and stick to it, in order to see any kind of measurable result.  A regimen for natural afro hair consists of

  • How often you wash your hair and with what product
  • How you wash your hair
  • how your hair is styled
  • What products you use and how often

Daily Wash ‘n’ Go

Here is an example of a  daily Wash ‘n’ Go regimen:

  • Wash your hair daily, by letting warm water run through your hair for a good 5mins before applying any product.
  • Coat your hair thoroughly with conditioner, leave no strand uncovered.  (You can’t use too much of a good conditioner.  Good conditioners help relax your curls and provide slip for detangling your hair.)
  • Rinse the conditioner out before using a water-based gel or moisturiser to coat your hair, protect and define my curls
  • You can either air dry or use a hair dryer to finish off the look.

This is a daily routine, and is great for getting out of the door really quickly.  This works for ALL kinky/curly hair types.

 

Main Elements of a Natural Hair Regimen

Here are the main elements every regimen should possess.

Regular contact with water.

For some weird reason,  many naturalistas tend to subscribe to the co-wash once a week and shampoo once a month regimen.  Then they use spray bottles of water to wet the hair in between ‘wash days’.  According to our research, this is not gospel and you can actually co-wash your hair in the shower daily.  Many  hair stylists will warn you against this, as you are apparently stripping your hair of moisture, but water IS moisture.  The more often you do this, the less detangling you have to do and the less time it takes to deal with your hair as you eliminate so-called wash days.  We tried this and found hair wasn’t any dryer and noticed more defined curls.

Silicone, Pthalate, and Paraben-free Conditioners.

Conditioners provide necessary slip for detangling hair and also help in defining your curls.  It is important that these potentially harmful and unnecessary chemicals are not in your products for health reasons.  Style-wise, some of these chemicals build up on the hair shaft and affect styling.  So when your twist out doesn’t match Miss Youtube Naturalistas, it could be that you have a build up of product that is prohibiting your hair from behaving the way it should.

Styling Products.

These could be oils butters, or gels.  A lot of them act as leave in conditioners with style holding properties.  This is great because they help to seal in the moisture and hold your style, simultaneously.  So don’t be afraid to use these liberally.

Protective Styles

These are styles that protect your hair from the elements.  This is particularly important in the winter months, when you are exposing your hair to cold winter air and warm/hot dryness from heating systems.  Protective styles range from braids to high buns.  Their main feature is that your ends, which tend to be the weakest part of your hair, are protected and not exposed.  Protective styles have also been known to aid hair growth.

 

What products you use and what regimen you go for depends on your own hair.  So, get your coat on and visit your local stylist for a hair consultation.

What routine do you have for your hair?