So, y’all know natural hair is in vogue now….and I’m talking about the African Black hair that has not been relaxed – the relaxer or chemical free hair
It takes patience, commitment and time to keep a very healthy hair. Everyone wants that looooooooooooooooooooooong soft hair but are you ready to commit? Do you have that time? Are you patient enough to get the healthy hair?
My natural hair journey has not been a straight one but I’ve learnt to embrace and understand the complexities that come with having that long, healthy hair #goalsWhat are the rules to achieving a healthy hair?
1. Accept, Love and Embrace your hair – this is the first rule to your hair growth
2. Before anything else, know your hair type (either 3a, 3b, 3c or 4a, 4b, 4c) and its porosity level
_3a hair type has well defined curls and prone to dryness, so this needs daily moisturizing
_3b hair type also has well defined curls but with low porosity
_3c hair type is also well defined and low porosity, and often needs moisturizing
_4a hair type has defined curls and prone to dryness and its porosity is high. This hair type often needs moisturizing
_4b hair type has defined curls also (but not as defined as 4a), high porosity, tho prone to dryness and shrinks every now and then, and breaks too. Protective styles are advised and lots of moisturizing to avoid dryness and shrinkages
_4c hair type does not have defined curl patterns, high porosity and prone to shrinkages, does not easily break. Protective styles always and deep conditioning and moisturizing is advised.
Of course, it is possible to have more than one hair type and two or more different colours (I’ve got the 4b, 4c hair type and have a part of my hair gold; some areas, black, and the rest brown; you should see them all from the first picture ‘featured image’ above)
3. Hair porosity (i.e. its ability to absorb and retain water and moisture)
Talking about your hair porosity, is it the low porosity (difficulty in absorbing water and retaining moisture), medium porosity (absorbs water and retain moisture) or the high porosity (open cuticle or scales, absorbs water and moisture easily).
4. And now, when you know your hair type and porosity, you can decide whether the LOC or LCO method is required.
a) The LOC (Liquid/Leave in, Oil and Cream) – this involves using a liquid leave in, applying oil, and then sealing with cream….sealing with oil and cream helps the hair retain the liquid leave in.
b) The LCO (Liquid/Leave in, Cream and Oil)- this involves liquid leave in at first also, applying cream and sealing with oil..Now, you have to find the one that works best for you.
For me, the LOC method works perfectly
5. Pay attention to what your hair is telling you; now you may want to write down the things you use on your hair so as to understand what or not works best for your hair. When this is done; focus ONLY on what works well for your hair and stick to that regimen
6. Now, our hair is dead part, just like the nails are dead cells….you’ll need to be the one to take care of it.
7. Cut off split ends and damages, and avoid hot appliances (flat/curling iron, pressing combs, hot dryers, etc)
8. Washing your hair often with lukewarm water helps. I’m not saying wash it everyday; because washing everyday washes out the natural moisture thereby leading to dryness, but very often
9. Shampooing: Stick to a shampoo. I’d recommend the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor oil
10. Conditioning after shampooing. Here, I use the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner or the Aussie 3 min Miracle Moist Deep Conditioning Treatment.
11. Moisturize your hair often with Oil and cream
12. Make protective styles. I do apply oil and cream to my hair every week on the style
13. So, also make protective styles with your natural hair, don’t got for attachments, wigs or weavons or braids every now and then
14. Loose the style and let your hair breath for a day or two before making another style. Leave in Afro style!
Me, rocking my afro in handwoven african hat while I was in Kwara to volunteer….and (Becs, a lovely girl from the UK, who is open and loves wholeheartedly….she’s also an awesome artist- give her your pictures to make your portrait; no regrets I promise)
Now, back to my natural talk….while on break, if you don’t want afro or tired of afro, pack in a bun
15. Now, you don’t want to be too lazy to vacate your break and make a lovely style again….you want to make another beautiful style to avoid shrinkage (with 4c type).
Recommended for Natural Hair Use: Hair Mayonnaise, Spray Bottle, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Carrot Oil, Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Ginger Oil, Apple Vinegar (rinse), Black Soap (Dudu Osun), Egg, Beer, Lemon, Honey, etc
With time and patience, you’ll love the rapid outcome
Don’t forget to create your own regimen and stick to it….these are the only major ways to long and healthy hair.
What did I forget to mention? Comment, and share your regimen with us, please
Victoria Lola ❤