I wish I knew about the do’s and don’ts when I first reverted my hair back to its natural state. After getting my first perm in 4th grade, it took me until my first semester in college to go back to my roots and grow out my natural hair. Let me tell ya’ll, the best decision I’ve ever made. Now the journey hasn’t been a straight and narrow one. I’ve had lots of trials and errors. Having no clue what I was doing, I was sometime tempted to go back to the creamy crack. Fast forward to now, almost 10 years later, I m still going strong and loving every part of this journey.
Usually your hair thrives in certain weather conditions , but we all can attest the during the fall/winter months things change and it can get challenging. I have compiled a list of do’s and don’ts you should consider during these next few months, to help your hair thrive in these harsh conditions. I wish I had a list of do’s and don’ts in the beginning of my journey. It took me years to figure this out so it is only right to provide a cheatsheet!
Do’s and Don’ts For Natural Hair
DO: TAKE SPECIAL CARE OF YOUR SCALP
We sometimes over look the cleansing portion of our hair regimen. But a clean healthy scalp is the baseline in making sure you grow healthy strong tresses. Make sure to avoid product build up, this can put a damper on your hair growth. Try to wash and cleanse your hair once a week ya’ll.
DO: TRIM YOUR ENDS REGULARLY
I’ve said this before, getting regular trims will save your life. healthy ends are happy ends. Remember your ends are the oldest part of your hair, which can lead to breakage, split ends, and more. Dusting those ends at least 3-4 times a year will make sure that damage doesn’t make its way up your hair shaft, resulting in damage and brittle hair. It not about the length ladies, its about the health of your hair. if you are in the Chicagoland area book your appointment with Carlisa now.
DO: WRAP YOUR HAIR UP AT NIGHT
I still struggle with this simple task. Satin scarves and bonnets should be your go-to. The standard pillowcase is made of cotton, which can cause dryness, breakage and split ends. So make sure to take that extra 5 minutes out your night and wrap your hair up to maintain that moisture you worked so hair to get. There’s even satin/silk pillowcases if you know you won’t do this to make things easier. Make sure to invest in one!
DO: MOISTURIZE YOUR HIAR
Usually in the fall and winter months, moisture is easily lost. Make sure to not only moisturize on your wash day but try to add moisture throughout the week. Your hair will thank you!
DON’T: WEAR COTTON HATS AND SCARVES
It is cold and you put on our cotton hat and scarves. A month later you notice breakage. We want to limit amount of friction during the winter months so find hats that are satin lined and scarves that aren’t cotton and/or rough material. We know its cold, but having the proper outerwear will save you this season.
DON’T: USE CONSTANT HEAT
Again, the colder months are already harsh on your hair, so adding heat may not be your best bet. Who doesn’t like a good blowout? It can be very tempting to pick up that blowdryer and flat iron and sizzle away, but lets keep it at an minimum. Heat damage does not look pretty and no you can not “revert” it back.
DON’T: NEGLECT YOUR HAIR
As I am and so many people are guilty of this. Neglecting your hair in the fall/winter months is probably the worst thing you can do. Your scalp is dry and your hair is screaming WHERE’S THE DANG MOISTURE. We do not want to go there. I would suggest a protective style to hold you for a good month until you get back to your regular schedule. Also, don’t keep them protective styles in too long, like please I am begging you, DON’T.
DON’T: WEAR TIGHT STYLE CONSECUTIVELY
We love our buns, ponies, updos, but wearing them too often can cause breakage around your precious edges. So we have to make sure to find balance between tight style and styles like braid outs and twist-outs. We want to keep our hairline intact, life won’t be the same without them!
I’ve learned so much on this hair journey. But one key take away that I’ve noticed over the years is that no one method will work for everyone. Just like there is multiple ways to get from point A to point B, it is the same with hair care. There will be a lot of trial and error in this game and that is ok. Once you find what works best for you stick to. Make sure to add these do’s and don’ts to your daily and weekly routine. This journey is about learning and loving your hair so don’t get discourage and revert back to the creamy crack, it is not worth it.