Soft hair is easier to style, looks great and will not break
Natural African hair can be hard to maintain, especially when it is dry, brittle and hard to style. Keeping your hair soft is about care as much as it is about genetics. We’ve listed several ways you can keep your hair soft but if you think you have a bigger issue, it is best to visit a trichologist.
Use a better shampoo
Shampoo is just as important to hair care as is a conditioner. However, choosing the correct shampoo for your hair is key in keeping your hair soft and frizz-free. A good shampoo should remove dirt, debris, smoke etc from your hair but it shouldn’t strip it of its natural oils. Your hair’s oil is important for keeping your hair moisturised and less likely to break.
If your current shampoo is drying out your hair, you might need to try a new product.
Use a conditioner
A conditioner is what comes after using your shampoo. It serves to restore hydration to your hair, especially your strands, keeping your hair shiny and healthy. This is an important step in the hair washing process. Skipping this step could be the reason you have dry hair.
Like almost any other body part, our scalp and follicles, which are responsible for our hair’s growth and shine, require a healthy diet to function properly. Eating food that is nutrient free can make your hair frizzy and dry. We’ve got a list of foods you can add to your diet.
Use a homemade conditioner
Ghee, Avocados and eggs are some of the more favoured ingredients for homemade hair conditioners. Ghee is especially great because it is packed with fatty acids and antioxidants that serve as an amazing hydrator for your hair. Additionally, because homemade conditioners lack the unnecessary chemicals that come with some conditioners, they are not a threat to your scalp.
Use glycerin as a sleep-in treatment
Glycerin is a natural humectant which means it draws in moisture and keeps it there. If your hair is especially dry, you might want to apply glycerin to it, making sure every part of your hair is covered in it, then cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it overnight. The next day you when you wash your hair as usual, your hair should feel less dry and look voluminous.
It is, however, important to note that natural African hair thrives when it is left alone. We’ve got some protective hairstyle suggestions you should consider to give your hair a ‘vacation’.