Newly Natural | Let's grow some hair....lol! Regimen!
Simply put, keep it simple! lol!
Here we go.
1) Start with washing your hair.
I do this once a week. You can do this twice a week. More seems a bit much, especially if you are using shampoo each time. Your choice though. If it works for you, it works!
2) Always condition your hair whenever you wash it.
This will make your hair more manageable and combat the inherent dryness of our hair (natural or relaxed, this is true!) O_o
Deep condition you hair either once every 1-2 weeks. This is a moisture or protein boost your hair really craves!
3) Moisturize your hair daily.
Like I mentioned above, our hair gets very dry as the day wears on. The elements leave it a dry, tangled mess! Save your hair with a moisturizer. You can buy one or make one.
Leave-in conditioners that promise to moisturize are good. S-curl and other curl activators are actually quite moisturizing too. In the ingredients, look for aqua (water), glycerin and honey (natural humectants - draw moisture into your hair).
To make your own, use a silicone free rinse-out conditioner (moisturizing in the name). You can use it straight from the bottle (use small amounts) or dilute one squirt in a cup of water. Put in a spray bottle and apply that way.
4) Be gentle when styling or detangling your hair.
Always work in smaller sections. The longer your hair gets, the smaller the sections you will need. Use a wide-toothed comb when detangling. Divide up the sectinos (4-8 as you choose) with your fingers and use crocodile clips or scrunchies to keep apart. Once each section is done, twist or braid it up.
Before a comb touches your hair, always apply some moisturizer.
5) Choose your protective style!
You thought you were slick and would avoid that, hunh? Well, you have to save your ends somehow!
The elements - and our winter coats, hats and scarves - really dry out out hair ends. If they break off, your growth will not be obvious. You can use braids, twists, cornrows, flat twists, wigs and weaves to hide your hair. Choose how long you will have your hair out in between these styles: I suggest 2 weeks minimum if using extensions or weaves. With wigs, braids or twists, you can leave your hair out at the weekends.
As your hair grows longer, you can do buns and other updos using bobby pins and hair elastics (ouchless).
This was a whistle-stop tour! Hope it was useful!
Comment below if any furthe questions. :)
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