By Ekene Chuks-Okeke.
How healthy is your hair?
If you’ve never made any effort to care for your own hair, you need to start. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry, I’ve got you. I present to you 5 simple changes that could make a difference in your hair’s life.
Every salon visit does not require shampoo.
Did I just hear you say ‘Ah ah’? Yes. I know the lather makes you feel like your hair is truly being washed clean. It is. A little too much.
Most shampoos contain SLS (Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate), the same lathering agent present in detergent and washing liquid.. Except your hair is exposed all day at a construction site or something, you don’t need to shampoo every week. Maybe once a month?
Make washing with conditioner a.k.a. co-washing, a part of your lifestyle. It does not lather, but conditioner is good enough to give you a clean wash.
Sulfate free shampoos do exist but you don’t have to stress yourself to find one. Native African black soap (e.g. Dudu Osun) is a good substitute.
Any comb with teeth smaller than this does not like your hair.
For unpermed hair, this is just a struggle your hair does not deserve.
And even if you manage to get through your ‘undergrowth’ with this comb, it is inevitable that you have snagged and ripped your strand along the way. Embrace Wide Toothed combs and avoid the Blue tail comb or any small combs.
3. When your hair is dry,
DON’T grab that tub of Apple Hair Food.
DO fill an old Body Splash bottle with water and spray it on your hair. OR use a leave-in moisturiser with water as its first ingredient.
4. Turning on the heat
I know you’re very badass, but your hair is rather vulnerable. It cannot often stand the heat. Too much heat can easily leave it damaged. As much as possible, avoid using a lot of heat on your hair.
Try to air dry, and when you blow dry, stay within the low-medium heat settings.
NEVER straighten without using a heat protectant.
5. Time to rest your pretty head.
DON’T go to sleep with a hairnet (alone.)
DO wear a satin or silk bonnet/scarf instead, or at least wear it under your hairnet. If this is too unsexy for you, get a satin or silk pillowcase.
Why? Your head is on your pillow for 5, 6 hours or more, depending on how long you sleep. Cotton draws moisture out of your hair, drying it out, making it prone to breakage. Silk and Satin on the other hand, do not!
Ekene blogs regularly about hair at www.thekinkandi.wordpress.com.