Beautiful ladies! It’s about time we talk about our hair. I’ve been natural my entire life, but I went through an unhealthy phase where my hair was over manipulated and I had used way too much heat. With that said, I have a few tips for you to not only get your natural hair further along into your journey but also to look cute while doing it!
Jamaican Black Castor Oil!
Can you say “YASSSS.”
This stuff worked wonders for my hair! Because of my continued use of an abundance of heat, my curl pattern was lost, my length was dwindling, and my thickness was nowhere to be found. I started using Jamaican Black Castor Oil in my scalp and roots and saw a dramatic change. It strengthens your hair and promotes hair growth and moisture, amongst other things. You should definitely give this one a try.
Wet Hair! Wet Hair! Wet Hair!
I grew up with a lot of hair, but I was also tender-headed, so I felt everything! When I started doing my hair on my own I found out that the best way for me to work on my hair was to do so while it was wet. If I washed my hair and let it air-dry without detangling it first or blow-drying it out, I’d would be left with a knotted mess and a lot of pain in my future. So here is a recommendation: work on your hair while it’s wet.
Watch Your Manipulation!
I know it can be so fun experimenting with new products and hairstyles, but you need to watch your manipulation. Over-manipulating, or overstyling, your hair can lead to breakage which can lead to stunting your hair growth. Try hairstyles that are fun, cute, and you can wear for a few days without over-manipulating or damaging your hair. I would even recommend a good wig every now and then.
When I went on my natural hair journey I stopped using heat in my hair until I saw the health in my hair that I’d originally had. The issue I had, however, was that my roots were natural and curly but my ends were stringy and lifeless. I couldn’t do cute twist outs without noticing everything wrong with my hair so I sat down in front of youtube video after youtube video and finally found it. Bantu Knots! Bantu knots heatlessly curled my hair and gave me that cute, curly, healthy, and natural look I wanted!
Finally, we are at protective styles! I love these because they give you a long term cute hairstyle without over-manipulation. My go-to protective hairstyle has always been Marley twists. They’re cute and you can get them at whatever length you want. Wigs, braids, weaves, and even the simple twists or braids (with or without hair added) can help you achieve a cute style with a lot of protection!
Let us know if any of these tips have worked for you. Do you have any other tips that have worked for you? Let us know! To learn more about how to care for your natural hair, please follow Black Girl Health on Instagram and our blog. If you would like to be a vendor the Black Girl Health Kickstart Expo, visit our website. Tickets are now on sale for the Black Girl Health Kickstart Health & Wellness Expo, visit here to purchase.