Working with natural hair is a puzzle. You want to be able to figure out how the natural texture of the hair behaves so you can address it using the right hair care methods. But sometimes, this feels like something easier said than done. Make sure you know how to handle basic natural hair issues to keep your locks looking healthy and beautiful at the same time.
Q: Is it better to wash natural hair with conditioner instead of shampoo?
A: It varies according to how you style your hair. If you prefer wearing it straight, you can wash it and then go a week without washing it. After that, you will need to wash it with shampoo. But if you like to wear it curly, then you must use a cleansing conditioner every other day so you can maintain the springy texture of the curls. The creamy formula in cleansing conditioners do not contain harsh detergents that make your hair feel dry. The creamy formula of conditioners revive the curl pattern in the hair without removing the natural oils.
Q: How do I keep my hair from pouffing while in the gym?
A: You might be tempted to use hair accessories to keep your hair under control as you work out. However, you need to avoid using ribbed headbands at all cost. The material absorbs the moisture from hair and make it prone to breaking or snagging. If you want to keep the hair off of your face, you can use an invisible net to keep the hair together. Post-workout hair care is also vital – you can use a cool air setting as you blow dry your hair as it might feel damp once you finish session at the gym.
Q: How do I keep my spirals stretched out once it dries?
A: This is a common concern with natural haired women. When their hair is wet, it stretches out and becomes longer. But once it dries, the curls shrink and your hair becomes shorter. Use a curl cream on your wet hair to have more control when styling it. Once you have added the product to your wear, blow dry it with a diffuser and scrunch your hair at the same time. Tugging your hair strands while it dries help to stretch them out and making them longer so it maintains that stretch even after it dries.
What other natural hair concerns do you have? Be sure to leave them in the comment as we might address them in a future post!