As we grow into our mid 30s, women tend to become more real. Real about who we are. Real about what we want. Real about how we look. Real about what matters to us. We become even more confident. We stand up for what we believe in. We choose to take better care of ourselves; our physical and emotional selves. We drink more water, we make sure we get enough sleep, we take better care of our health, skin and natural hair.
Although we have makeup to camouflage our true skin and lace wigs to camouflage our natural hair, it becomes important to ensure that our skin and natural hair is in good condition.
5 tips to ensure healthy natural hair:
1. Avoid heat damage to your natural hair:
We love heated styling tools as they make our lives easier but they are also quick in damaging our natural hair. Ensure that you use a good heat protectant prior to blow drying or straightening your natural hair. Use the lowest possible heat setting to prevent long term damage.
2. Avoid over processing your hair:
Avoid colouring and relaxing your hair at the same time. The lye in relaxers and peroxide in hair dyes can cause severe damage to your natural hair and scalp. The best solution is to find yourself a good and honest stylist who will give you good advice when it comes to this matter. Relaxing and colouring your own hair at home may be a recipe for extreme hair breakage.
3. Ensure your natural hair is not pulled too tight:
If a hairstyle hurts and causes tiny bumps on your hairline, it’s definitely too tight. When these hairstyles are done regularly, they may, over time, cause traction alopecia. Let’s start making better choices about the styles that we do and put the health of our hair first. There are a lot of gorgeous protective hairstyles that we can opt for.
4. Like anything you love, be kind and gentle to your hair:
All hair gets tangled at some point, but it’s how you handle it that determines whether your hair stays or goes. Instead of pulling at tangles, work through them with your fingers first, and then with a wide-tooth comb. Detangle while conditioning your hair. When in a hurry, rather save your detangling for when you have the time as it’s when we’re in a rush that we often pull roughly and loose a lot of hair.
5. Using the right products:
Avoid using products with the following ingredients on your loved hair;
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
- Sodium Chloride
- Polyethylene Glycols
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Colours
Use products that do not have these harmful ingredients to ensure that you wash your hair once a week and adequately moisturise it. Our hair is our crown. Let’s bring it back to life and love it.