There’s been a major shift towards natural hair as many women begin to slowly move away from relaxers. However, the transition is not always easy as natural hair requires special care and extra attention.
When transitioning from chemically-treated to natural hair, the hair may at first be brittle and prone to breakage. It’s best to cut off as much of the chemically-treated hair as possible and to start fresh.
Here are some tips on how to maintain your natural hair:
Sulfates are extremely drying and can strip the hair of its natural oils. Because natural hair needs all the moisture it can get, a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner is the way to go.
Pure Royal new sulfate free shampoo. Picture: supplied.
Moisture, moisture, moisture
At the beginning stages of transition, your hair is most likely to need a lot of hydration.
To maintain moisture and nourish the hair, a deep conditioning treatment at least once per week is recommended.
Beat scalp problems
High-tension hairstyles like braids look great but can cause hair loss and damage to the hair follicles, especially if they’re too tight. Using a scalp treatment regularly helps nourish the scalp and stimulate hair growth.
Everyone needs a beauty sleep. However, the friction between brittle hair and a pillowcase could be more damaging than you’d expect. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is highly recommended (this minimizes friction, big time), or wearing a sleeping cap at night. In addition to minimizing friction, sleeping caps also help prevent dryness, which is worsened by the cold night air.