Trial and Error

The beauty about those with natural hair, is that our hair is always different from our fellow Naturalistas. Hair typing is a good stepping stone to get a general idea of our curl patterns but, it is trial and error that will assist us when establishing new hairstyles and hair regimes.

Natural hair in the mirror

I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of times I’ve seen a video of a hairstyle that I would love to try, to find that when I have followed the method word-for-word, my hair just wants to be ‘stubborn’. It’s one thing having a bad hair day with chemically treated hair but, a natural bad hair day can be absolutely tragic, which is why we always need a few go-to hairstyles for emergencies.

Natural hair is so unique, that your bantu knot/twist out/braid out/everything out (lol) results will never look the same, no matter how many times we repeat it and it’s with this notion in mind that we use our own initiative to make it work for us. I know many women who have reverted back to hair straightening because they have had enough of their thicker hair texture but with patience, everything falls into place nicely.

Here’s a few tips to consider with your hair styling:-

1. Opt for hairstyles that do not pull or tighten your edges (that ponytail will still look cute if it is worn a little looser!).

2. There is something out there for all face shapes, hair types and personalities! If there is a hairstyle that suits your face, look for new ways of creating a new look.

3. Keep it interesting – watch videos of new ways of adapting your look.

And finally, a few tips in regard to adopting a regime of your own:-

1. Natural hair needs moisture as it tends to dry out very easily. Spritz a little water (mixed with an oil of choice – carrot, olive, castor etc) on to the hair alone before styling.

2. Protect your ends as much as possible. Moisturise your ends if they are being left out during the day and make sure they are tucked away before bedtime to avoid unnecessary breakage.

3. Don’t grease your scalp as this could block the hair follicles and slow down potential hair growth, instead opt for occasionally moisturising the hair.

4. Avoid leaving your hair uncovered when going to sleep and seek alternatives to protect the hair. Even if you braid the hair in two, it will form an element of protection.

5. Space your hair washing periods to about one and a half to two week periods and use chemical-free shampoos. Co-washing (washing the hair with conditioner) is also a good way to clean the hair without it losing too much moisture in the process.

Remember, never judge your results on those of your peers as our hair can be affected from a wide range of external factors 😉

Maria Kerr

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