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Combing, brushing and styling and upkeep
- Don’t brush dry curls.
- Do limit combing, by incorporating protective and low manipulation styles such as: Rod sets, straw sets, twist outs, braid outs, buns and braids/extensions that are not too tight
- Do be patient and gentle. The average hair growth each year is six inches, and this applies to ALL races. Baby, caress and nurture hair to retain that growth.
- Do use the correct tools. Check out the natural hair tool box
- Do love your shrinkage! Know that tight curls can shrink to 75% of your actual length. Learn to stretch your hair. Work with hair/ curl pattern not against it
- Do dust, trim or cut hair as needed. This does not promote growth its merely for a neat appearance.
- Do styles according to season like protective for winter and no heat styles in summer. What’s the point, it will revert quickly.
- Don’t make assumptions about your hair texture too early. It will likely change as you continue to transition. You may be going through the “scab hair” period (new growth that feels dry, brittle and fuzzy) because the hair follicles are so damaged. Some believe this to be their hair’s texture, and it’s the reason many people stop transitioning. The good news is, most people stop growing scab hair 3-6 months after starting their transition. During this phase do not use heat on your hair and have alternating weekly deep conditions and hot oil treatment and use good moisturizing products. You should start seeing curl definition and your hair will begin retaining moisture better.
- Do massage your scalp often
Chemicals and heat damage
- Do know that relaxers and chemicals permanently destroy your curl pattern. Meaning your hair will no longer curl up when you wet it. You can’t wash out a perm or put a special product in it. There is no such thing. You will have to start transitioning again and cutting off the relaxed ends again.
- Do avoid permanent coloring. Coloring can be as damaging as a perm. Try a temporary coloring like color rinses or henna instead.
- Don’t use naturalaxers. These are NOT natural or organic products, but relaxers and texturizers under a different name. These companies can see the increase in women wearing their natural hair, so they want to tap into that market. Compare the ingredients to those in a relaxer/texturizer’s box, and you will see how similar they are.
- Do know that diet and exercise is a key element in growing healthy hair
- Do drink plenty of water. This will boost the moisture in your hair and add luster.
- Do take good care of your scalp; don’t clog it up, scratch it up or damage it chemically or with harsh shampoos and ingredients
- Do wash your hair weekly and after each time you go swimming in salt or chlorinated water
- Do wash your hair in sections. This keeps your hair from tangling
- Do pre-poo with olive oil or other penetrating oil for those with dry hair
- Do use a moisturizing shampoo designed for dry, damaged or chemically treated hair (preferably sulfate-free). Sulfates strip your hair of its natural oils. Natural hair can be dry enough and doesn’t need help from sulfates.
- Do co-wash between weekly shampoo dates as needed. Typically this is every 3-4 days.
- Do clarify hair of buildup every 6-8 weeks with a clarifying shampoo. This isn’t really necessary if you are using all natural products (no “-cones”, parabens, sulfates etc.)
- Do deep condition at least once a month. This is usually protein based. Try organic root stimulator replenishing conditioner or ion effective care treatment.
- Do make sure you are not washing hair in “hard water”. Check your water. Get a showerhead filter if necessary.
- Do detangle your hair only in the shower with conditioner in your hair. Use a denman brush or a smooth wide-tooth comb with rounded tips to detangle your hair. Start at the ends then work your way up to the roots. You can also use fingers but do not detangle with a rat-tail. Leave that for parting hair.
- Don’t towel dry your hair if you want you curls and coils to “pop”. Shake your head or squeeze the water out and air dry. See drying alternatives.
Products and moisture
- Do apply a leave-in conditioner (or other water-based moisturizer) after washing and conditioning hair. Then apply an oil (like coconut, olive, avocado) and creamy product (like shea butter) to seal in moisturizer.