If you are serious about your hair journey, then I’m sure you already know how important it is to treat your hair like it’s your baby. So I’m sure these curly hair commandments are nothing new. But for those of you who are just starting out on your journey or a little stuck, then these tips will help you achieve healthy hair and embrace your natural curls. Starting with curly hair commandment number one.
Thou Shall Minimise Bad Ingredients
While on your hair journey, it is important to cut out and if not minimise the use of harmful ingredients in your hair products. Ingredients such as Sulphates, Silicones, Parabens, Mineral Oils and Petroleums are just a few of the harsh elements that can be found in plenty of main stream products, and over time can be harmful to your tresses. Reading my in-depth post Say NO To Harsh Ingredients will inform you on how these elements can affect your hair. Certain hair types are not affected by certain ingredients, but that is what makes us all unique. Our hair journeys are all about trial and error and seeing what products and ingredients work well for your hair.
Thou Shall Deep Condition Thy Hair
Adding a deep conditioner to your wash day routine will help bring back any moisture lost from shampooing or add strength to your hair if you are suffering from breakage. Making sure your hair cuticles are recovered and packed with moisture, you can condition with or without heat by using a heat cap, steamer or DIY with a regular plastic bag and a towel. This will help the hair cuticle open up (great for low porosity hair types) allowing the conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft and give your tresses some TLC, making your hair softer, shinier, stronger and improving the overall health of your hair.
Thou Shall Moisturise When Needed
Keeping your hair moisturised is super important as curly hair textures tend to be naturally drier than other hair types. Our scalp produces a natural oil called Sebum, and the curlier your hair is, the longer it will take for those natural oils to reach to the bottom of your hair. So deep conditioning and general moisturising of your hair strands are imperative. You want to keep your hair moisturised, hydrated and healthy. Listen to what your hair needs. Some naturals use the LOC (Leave-in, Oil, Cream) or LCO (Leave-in, Cream, Oil). While this is a good moisturising practice, some curly hair naturals tend to use just a leave – in, oil or both. It’s your hair, so you decide what’s best.
Thou Shall Get Regular Trims
If you want healthy long hair then you need to trim your ends, making sure you get rid of single strand knots and split ends. Regular trims are important, not only to retain length, but for the overall health and shape of your hair. Trimming regularly will help keep your hair and ends looking healthier and fuller. Remember, health first and the length will follow. If you want to grow long, healthy hair then trimming should never be avoided.
Thou Shall Not Handle Thy Hair While Thy Hair Is Dry
Your hair is most delicate while it’s dry, and doing something like detangling or styling while it is at its driest can cause breakage and more fizz. Make sure your hair is wet/damp to loosen up your hair strands, this goes for styling too. It is a lot easier to style your curls and apply products while your hair is wet.
Thou Shall Minimise The Use Of Heat
Many naturals tend to use heat for a milestone occasion like birthdays or celebrating their yearly natural hair anniversary which is an amazing thing. If you like to use heat a little too much throughout the year, then excessive heat can cause damage which may result in a change of your curl pattern over time or even cause heat damage. Minimising the use of direct heated styling tools such as curlers and straighteners and even turning down the temperature can make a huge difference. Air drying is a great curly girl option. In direct heat is fine while deep conditioning, but if you do use heat, make sure to use a good heat protectant or diffuser if using a hair dryer. After time, you will definitely start to see the difference and your hair will thank you for it. For more information, check out my post 5 ways to avoid heat damage to find out the common reason for heat damage and how to prevent them.
Thou Shall Only Use Silk & Satin
While sleeping we have no idea what we do, but one thing for sure is we never sleep still. This can be a red flag for our hair, especially if you tend to sleep on cotton pillowcases with your hair exposed. Sleeping on a soft satin pillowcase or covering your hair with a satin bonnet or head scarf will help protect your hair from creating friction and breakage. Curly girl companies such as O So Curly’ and The Happy Hair Co have some amazing satin hair accessories for all your curly hair needs.
Thou Shall Wear Protective Hairstyles
Protective styling is a great way to see how much growth and length you have retained. They are super simple and require little to no manipulation, allowing your natural hair to relax and grow. The pineapple, cornrows, wearing a head scarf or braids are just some of the many protective styles you can try. Whatever your choice of style, remember to keep your natural hair clean and moisturised.
Thou Shall Trust The Process And Embrace Your Own Curls
We’ve all scrolled through Instagram and YouTube envious of our curly girl crushes, but the truth is, every curl is different. It’s really important to love and embrace the hair given to you, the hair that’s on YOUR head, YOUR naturally curly hair. Your hair will go through so many changes and starting your hair journey is a life time change that will take time, so listen to what your hair needs and trust the process. Your curls are beautiful and unique to you, so embrace YOUR curls my lovelies.