When I started out with this post I was like, this is such a cool post. I was just jotting stuff down off the top of my head until I got stuck by a few letters and went to Google to help a girl out. Ever got to place or event feeling so fly and someone else has your exact same outfit on?? Eeek…So I got to Google and there was a million other ABC’s of natural hair posts doing the rounds on the inter-webs. Really?? Yes, really! After that humbling moment I then pulled up my jaw from the floor and told myself…Self, you’re doing this post anyway! So here I am…doing this post! Yeah!!!
The ABC’s of Natural Hair
A – Apple Cider Vinegar rinse – use as cleanser to help get rid of product build-up or as a rinse after conditioning to add shine to your hair.
B – Bentonite clay treatment – makes hair more open to receive moisture.
C – Conditioner is good, deep conditioner is even better. Co-washing (using conditioner instead of shampoo) is also beneficial to your hair especially if your hair is a bit dry.
D – Detangle using your fingers first and then with a wide tooth comb.
E – Essential oils – add these to your conditioners or spritzes for extra nourishment.
F – Fro Friday – the ONE day set aside to flaunt your FRO
G – Growth – Every natural girl’s ultimate goal
H – Heat – can sometimes affect your curl pattern or cause damage. Stay away from it as much of possible
I – Ingredients – check your product labels. Ingredients such as laureth sulfate, petroleum and silicone can have a drying effect your curls.
J – Just be patient. The road to super healthy and gorgeously long hair will seem long, but don’t get discouraged, you’ll there.
K – Know your hair – Once you know what your hair likes or how to style your hair, you will start to see results.
L – Leave-in conditioner – Invest in a good water based leave-in conditioner. This will keep your hair soft and moisturized.
M – Moisturize regularly using different methods. Deep condition regularly. The more moisturized your hair is, the healthier is looks. Who doesn’t want healthy looking hair??
N – Never ever attempt to brush or comb your hair when it is dry. (unless it’s detangled properly) #1- it’s sore & #2 your hair will break
O – Olive & Coconut oils – use it as a sealant to lock in moisture after washing or use as a pre-poo to soften and moisturize before washing your hair.
P – Protective styling – sometimes tour hair will need a break from manipulation. Try doing a protective style to minimize touching your hair. Braids, cornrows or even wearing a doek will do that trick.
Q – Questions – Ask questions if you don’t understand something. There are many natural hair influencers that really know what they’re talking about. Someone will have an answer for your question.
R – Regimen – establish a regimen early on in your journey.
S – Satin/Silk – Invest in either a bonnet, scarf or pillowcase to protect your hair from damage.
T – Trims – Regular trims will keep split ends at bay. Trimmed hair = Healthy hair
U – Undo twists and bantu knots with oil covered finger tips to moisturize and keep it from frizzing up.
V – Vitamins – just as important vitamins is to your body, so it is to your hair.
W – Water – Your hair’s best friend!
X – Xtra care – take Xtra care of your ends. Apply oils and butters at your ends first.
Y- Yes to healthy natural hair.
Z – Zero tolerance for any harmful chemicals like relaxers, texturizers, etc.
There you go! I will say it again, everything you read here containing to natural hair care is my personal opinion. If something works for me it doesn’t mean that it will work for you too. I am unable to report on products and methods that I have not used before.
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