Natural hair requires a special kind of care and protection. You want to be able to choose the right products for daily hair care and ensure that you follow hair care methods that align with the needs of your natural hair. But since there are thousands of products in the market, and quite a few being introduced from time to time, it is easy to get confused and overwhelmed. It is also quite nerve-wracking how you could possibly cause damage or aggravate natural hair without you even knowing it.
Hence, it is important to shed light on the things that involve caring for natural hair. While it is important to know about the best methods and practices that promote healthier and more beautiful natural hair, it is also important to be aware of the opposite. Read on to find out the 5 things that natural hair hates and how you can avoid them.
When it comes to caring for natural hair and curls, less is more. Try to resist the urge to manipulate your hair too often as this is doing more harm than good. Once you have finished styling your hair, leave it be and refrain from touching up too often.
When you have natural hair, NEVER use brush. Instead, stick with comb for when you want to sort out your hair. Brushing natural hair tends to mess up with the natural texture and shape of the hair. Another reason why natural hair hates brushing is that it tends to cause unruly frizz.
Blow drying might be necessary when you need to dry your hair but you do not have enough time to air dry it. However, when you need to use a blow dryer, make sure to use diffused heat. But only when you need to. Also, stick with a low temperature. Using high temperature on your natural hair is a no-no. Natural curls can handle some gentle, diffused heat from time to time but even that should be kept to a minimum. You do not want to end up with hair that looks like you jumped off the plane.
Avoid attacking your hair with a towel like you are trying to put out fire. It is not recommended on any hair type, especially natural hair. Use a micro-fiber towel or old cotton t-shirt to maximize water absorption and reduce frizz. When you have sopping wet hair, use your towel to lightly squeeze water off the ends or you can ‘plop’ your hair to absorb even more moisture and reduce drying time. Do not rub the towel vigorously so as to make it extremely frizzy and harder to style or manage.
Technically, all harmful ingredients are a no-no for any hair type. But when it comes to caring for natural hair, there are a few ingredients that you need to steer clear of. These include the following:
- Mineral oil – This ingredient acts like plastic wrap for your hair wherein it prevents natural moisture from being absorbed by the strands. In addition, this also prevents oxygen from entering into the scalp and also making hair prone to growth stunt or overall lack of health.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – Avoid any shampoo that contains sulfates. These are the same ingredients added into detergent mixtures that harsh on hair by stripping about 90% of its natural oils. Hence, you end up with overly dry and brittle hair with regular use.
- Isopropyl Alcohol – This solvent is found in several shampoos and hair care products and must be avoided by natural haired women. It causes hair strands to get extremely dry and also prone to breakage.
- Propylene Glycol – This is harmful when gets in contact with natural hair as this solvent is known to break down protein structure in hair, which therefore makes it weak and brittle with continued use.
- Other harmful ingredients to watch out for in natural hair care products include chlorine, fragrances, diethanolamine, triethanolamine, momoethnanolamine, and imidazolidinyl urea.
Are you guilty of any of these things? What steps are you taking to protect your natural hair?
Guest Post for Love Your Curls – About the Author:
Abby is a writer and social media manager for My Hair Care. If you want to learn more about practical hair care and styling tips, as well as tutorials, make sure to visit their blog at http://www.myhaircare.com.au/blog.