How to Maintain Natural Hair in a Healthy Way

Hair Maintenance

If you’ve seen my Instagram (@beyou_lifestyle) or visited my blog, Be You., then you’ve probably witnessed my constant hair color transformation. However, even without adding color or dyes to your hair it’s important to understand how to properly take care of natural curly hair. I have kinky curly dark brown hair and in learning to take care of it there was a lot of trial and error. How often do I put oil in it? What types of oils? How often do I wash it? How often should I deep condition? In answering these questions it’s very important that you remember that curly hair, especially African American hair, produces less natural oils than a straighter or looser curl texture. For this reason, those with very curly hair types need to have external oils ready to apply regularly to both the hair and scalp. Now, I understand no one wants their hair to feel or look greasy and that’s why trial and error is such a big deal when choosing the proper hair products. Lucky for you guys I’ve done the bulk of the trial and error for you! So, let’s start with my pre-dye hair routine.

Before I dyed my hair I washed it once every week and a half to two weeks. As I said before, curly hair often does not make as much natural oil as straighter textures, so you don’t want to wash it too frequently and risk over-washing and drying your hair out. For those of you with dry scalp (like myself) you may be able to make it to the two-week mark, must most likely not. If you do choose to wash your hair once a week then it is that much more important for you have a good oil for your hair and scalp available for everyday use.

My Very Favorites:

  1. Cantu hair moisturizer (shea butter – Grow Strong – strengthening treatment)
    1. I recommend this for all hair types: relaxed, natural, color treated, and all hair textures
    2. For straight hair I would not put this directly onto the hair, unless using it as a style agent, but more on the scalp in a very small amount.
    3. For curly hair, start at your ends and work your way to the roots and scalp. Do thoroughly after washing and as a touch-up to dry spots each day as well as your ends.

For all hair textures it’s important to pay close attention to the health of your ends as they are the farthest away from the root and the least likely to receive all the natural oils, vitamins, and minerals your body provides.

For dry scalps that prefer to use a lathering shampoo like Head and Shoulders please try to follow with a non-lathering conditioner. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir and all of you have heard of the harmful effects of lathering shampoos and conditioners on hair, so for all hair types please shy away from the bubbles. I know you feel like it’s working when you get lots of suds, but what you’re really doing is removing the natural hair care products your body produces from your hair, roots, and scalp.

  1. DevaCurl Conditioning cleanser and Conditioner are great for washing curly hair.
    1. When you condition your hair, if you are not planning to use a deep conditioner afterwards, be sure to rinse your hair lightly to keep some of the conditioner in your hair to continue moisturizing throughout the week or two.
    2. DevaCurl Gel is great for styling
  1. Gel is recommended for all curly hair types to lock in the moisture and curl

Going natural is the sure way to the healthiest head of hair! Your natural hair is at it’s softest and most strong when you let it grow and treat it with care. Allowing this process to happen also clears a path for great results when dying your hair. Don’t worry, as the Queen of Color I’m here to help you natural males and females go safely through this transition!

 

 


*I am not a licensed beautician or professional. I am a fellow member of the natural hair community with useful advice. I am not liable for any advice I give that does not receive equal results or produces damage, injury, or otherwise.*

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