Going Natural: Moisture is key
Transitioning to a healthy, natural hair care routine
Sometimes, life catches up to us, and we may not have the time to focus on our look. But a “new do” can often make a woman feel confident and beautiful again. There’s nothing more beautiful than a woman embracing her natural look. For a natural style, try a moisturizing shampoo, one that doesn’t have ammonium or sodium lauryl sulfates, so your hair isn’t left tangled, or stripped. Try using a moisturizing shampoo once or twice a week.
Along with a great moisturizing shampoo, moisturizing deep conditioner should be included as well. It usually follows the moisturizing shampoo after every wash. Deep condition your hair once a week for up to 20 minutes with a hooded dryer, if you have one. Once you’ve built your hair care routine, try using protein-based treatments and conditioners that will help rebuild hair strands. If you notice your hair is dry and breaking, hold off on using protein conditioning.
A leave-in-conditioner is also beneficial to a healthy hair regimen; it helps with hair detangling after shampooing and conditioning. Other tips for healthy hair include using a deep moisturizing conditioners. The best water-based moisturizers contain emollients and humectant that moisturizes and softens the hair. Natural oils such as Black Castor and Coconut Oil can be used to enhance shine to the hair. Black women should also consider protective styles that reduce combing and cut back on the use of heat.
Protective styles such as wig, weaves and braids can also be an option during your natural hair journey. They not only allow you to give overtreated tresses a much needed rest, but also offer flexibility and versatility.
No matter which style you choose, remember healthy hair is happy hair!