Basic Tips For Maintenance Of Natural Hair

I have always seen ladies take their hair for granted so much, that they stop caring for it. I have been guilty of it myself sometimes. A healthy mane of natural hair is the ultimate beauty statement you can make. But for that, it has to be maintained well. Over the years, I have done a number of trial and errors with my hair and that has helped me understand some of the most basic rules of maintaining such hair to its health and beauty. These tips must be followed so that the hair remains in its natural good state.

Clean the scalp thoroughly

With the amount of dust and pollution increasing all around us, it is imperative that the hair must be cleaned regularly. Most of the hair problems arise due to an unclean scalp. An unclean scalp blocks the hair follicles which inhibits the hair growth. Such scalp also attracts infection, which makes the scalp itchy and increases hair fall. One can avoid such predicaments simply by cleaning the scalp properly. I wash my hair properly at least twice to thrice a week. This helps to clean away the sebum and hair product residues at the hair roots and essentially saves me from prospective hair loss treatment expenses. I use a mild and natural shampoo for my daily usage. Staying away from harsh chemical shampoos is important too.

Take a break from hot driers

I had the bad habit of using hot blow dries on my hair every day, before going out. It used to be quick and my hair would instantly dry. Besides everyone does that. But soon enough, I realised the bad effects of putting so much heat on my hair every day. My hair had become extremely rough and dull. So, the easy solution to this is air drying your hair as often as possible. I make it a point to wash my hair well in advance, the day I have to go out. That way, I will not be time pressed and my hair can air dry completely. Air drying the hair keeps it soft and healthy.

Oil your hair often

I have never had the habit of oiling my hair, until I started experiencing hair loss. In order to maintain natural hair, it is very important to keep it nourished with oil. Hair that lacks nourishment is usually extremely prone to breakage. It also thins out and becomes very dull to look at. The best solution for this is an oil massage. Massaging warm oil on the scalp also increases the blood circulation in the scalp. This revitalizes the hair follicles are enhanced remarkably. I prefer warm coconut oil for my hair, as it is highly nourishing and has been excellent in combating my hair loss problem. You can also use other oils like jojoba oil, almond oil or mustard oil. They are equally good for the hair.

Do not use too many hair products

Experimenting with hair is fun, especially when you try around various styles. But one downside of it is that, we often end up using too many styling products. I have done my fair share of experimenting with my natural hair and hence I can tell that using too much of styling product takes its toll on the hair. It has a host of chemicals in it, which makes the hair rough. Too much usage makes the hair highly greasy. And using such products everyday means shampooing the hair everyday, which again dries out the hair. Hence, if you want to avoid potential hair loss treatment, then limit the usage of hair styling products.  Coco AMO arguably has the best leave in conditioner we know of, with a powerful, natural coconut oil ingredient profile for your hair.

My Steps To Natural Hair Transition

In our present age of style obsession, almost everyone has hair that has been teased, curled, straightened or colored. In other words, the hair is completely different from the hair the person is born with. I have always had natural curls but I have been straightening and styling my hair for a long time. But this year, I decided to go back to my natural hair. I thought it would be extremely easy to go back to the natural curled hair that I previously had – but it was not so. After being subjected to lots of styling treatment, the hair loses its natural state by some extent, and it is usually quite a wait until the hair grows back to its natural state. I have recounted here all the steps that I followed while letting my hair go back to natural state.

The basic trim

Years of styling had left my hair both rough and wiry. I was especially vexed by the rough, split ends that seemed to make my hair even more brittle. One of my main reasons for going back to my natural hair was the damaged quality of my present hair. Years of heat, styling products and constant teasing and straining had made it damaged beyond repair. So as a first step, I decided to trim off a good part of my damaged hair end. This was necessary as my split ends would have made the new hair growing out brittle too.

Get air dried

I had started blow drying my hair in my teenage years, and I continued with it, until recently. In our fast paced culture, it is often quite normal to get used to these short cuts. But the constant exposure to heat was doing more damage to my hair than I could imagine. So, now that I had decided to go back to the natural state, I completely stopped using these artificial heating methods to dry my hair. Whenever I have to gout, I wash my hair a little early and air dry it naturally. I have also stopped straightening my hair with the heating iron. There is no point frying the hair when you are trying to revive it. I have gone completely off the heat and letting my hair repair on the damages.

Deep conditioning the hair

By the time my hair started growing the natural way, there was a division. Part my hair was the strong natural kind, but part was the erstwhile damaged kind. So I had to take extra care of the other part, as it was quite weak and could tangle and break easily. The best way out I could find here was deep conditioning my hair. I was already using a mild shampoo and cleaning my hair gently, in sections, so that I do not damage the weak hair further. The deep conditioning helped to nourish my weak hair and made the new natural hair stronger. And most importantly, it made the task of detangling the hair easier, thereby preventing breakage.

Taking care of the hair

While transitioning, I have found that taking care of the hair is the top priority. My hair was not to long so I could keep it free. If your hair is long then make sure you use headbands or thick rubber bands that would not tangle in your hair. This would keep them in control. And the most important part is keeping the hair as moisturized as possible. Moisturising keeps the hair supple and strong and in good health. This makes the transition process easier and your hair returns to good state.

Why Transitioning To Natural Hair Is Often Difficult

After years of neglect and utter abuse with heat and styling products, my hair was damaged and brittle. That is when I decided to give my hair a break and transition back to my natural hair. As easy as that may sound in theory, while going through the process I realised that it is not that simple and the potential to fail is plenty too. Embracing the natural state of hair takes a lot of practice as well as resolve on the part of the person doing the transitioning. Given below are some common reasons why such transitioning becomes difficult.

Not having enough patience

Transitioning to natural hair takes a long time. You have to keep trimming your rough hair ends regularly, and take care of the new hair growing. If most of your hair is damaged, then it will take even more time, because the hair growth will be stunted then. For me, it was a long wait before I could see good results. But ultimately, for me, it was worth the wait. Many tend to give up before time, thereby making it difficult to complete the process.

Taking care of the hair

When new hair grows for the first time, if you have damaged hair follicles the hair will seem dry too. It is important to keep deep conditioning the hair and being gentle to it, instead of giving up thinking the transitioning will not help.

Not getting enough support

Changing one’s hair is akin to changing one’s appearance in a major way. Many a times people do not go ahead with such transitions because their peer groups or family do not support it. one needs to be extremely resolved about going ahead with the process, regardless of what anyone else says. Otherwise, it may never happen.