Natural Hair Maintenance and Routines

By Ashley Northover, BuzzersBlog

There are a multitude of natural hair products on the market for your hair, and they all into the different categories of shampoos, conditioners, deep conditioners, moisturizers, and even stylers. Each product category serves a different purpose for your pre, during and post-wash day routines. In addition, each product is manufactured differently to allow you to achieve serve a different purpose along your healthy hair journey. Let’s dive into a couple hair product categories that are beneficial for your natural hair.

Shampoos should only be applied to the scalp and massaged into it. Your scalp is the powerhouse of the health of your hair and if it is not functioning correctly, neither is the rest of your hair. The remainder of your tresses will be cleansed when you rinse, and the shampoo runs along the hair strand into the drain. The massaging technique aids in promoting growth and breaking up dirt, excess oil or product that is preventing your hair from performing at its best.

Conditioners are applied to replenish your hair strands with the moisture removed from shampooing. It should be applied into smaller sections so that the conditioner can coat each strand thoroughly. In addition, the smaller sections make it easier to de-tangle using your wide tooth comb, Denman brush, or fingers. Your hair needs to be tangled free to be successful when you’re styling.

Deep conditioners should be likened to a hair treatment as that’s what it is. For 5 to 60 minutes with indirect heat (using a plastic cap, steam cap or deep conditioning cap), the hair cuticles will open so that the deep conditioner can penetrate the hair strands and impart itself there. Deep conditioners are made with fortifying botanical ingredients that will penetrate the hair shaft with moisture, strength, and enhance the natural luster and definition of your hair.

The natural sebum from our scalp is rich in minerals needed to moisturize and strengthen our hair. It can’t travel to the ends of our hair shaft due to the curly nature of our strands. It usually gets stuck in crevices/corners of our hair. Hence, we moisturize it manually using the LOC/LCO method. For this method, L stands for Liquid, O for Oil and C for Cream. The liquid that should be used is water as it is the best hydrator for our hair. Then, the hydration stays in our hair for an extended period because it is sealed in using an oil/cream.

There are a lot of stylers to choose form within the market but there are two top categories which as cream and gel stylers. Cream stylers are more for your textured looks. If you want a fluffy twist/braid out, or flexi/perm rod set, then cream styles are your best option. They give you less definition than a gel. However, it will not leave your hair too crunchy to hold. As well as, you can use gel stylers. Gel stylers will give you the maximum definition. It usually highlights and enhances your natural curl pattern as the curls clump together for wash and go’s. For other styles such as (braid/twist out), it will take the pattern of the style that you are trying to achieve. And more importantly, it will give you long-lasting hold.

Check out a quick video of one of my favorite hair related content Youtube vloggers as she give you a breakdown on her wash day routine for her natural hair.

As a side note, if you notice that your product isn’t working like it used to, then it’s time to switch it out. Your hair may have become used to the ingredients and need a break. I have provided links to the products above, but they may also be found at your local beauty supply store or local drug store. Whichever medium you choose, it is easily accessible to you.

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