It’s 2022 and thought why not share 22 things I know about Natural hair care. I started embracing my hair back in 2016/2017 and cut most of my hair like twice. Catch up on my hair journey and a hair care routine.
Happy 2022 Tribe!🎉🎉🎊How excited are you about the new year? How was your 2021, smashed some hair goals?
Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for everything hair care. To my loyal ones & day ones welcome back.
Let’s dive into the 22 things I know about hair care.
Consistency is Key.
Whatever works for your hair, be consistent with that. Create a hair care routine that works for your hair and lifestyle & be consistent with it.
Hair doesn’t grow overnight.
Create that routine, be consistent, practice some patience and you’ll notice growth & health gradually. Your hair won’t grow faster than it can, ditch that how do I grow my hair faster thought.
Magic growth products don’t work.
I know magic growth products can be tempting especially if you wanna grow your hair long and thick but they don’t work sis. If they worked all of us would have waist length hair, but do we?
Healthy scalp, Healthy hair.
Should I add to that? Scalp provides an environment for your hair to thrive and it is also part of your skin, meaning it needs some TLC. Get rid of product & dirt build up by cleansing your scalp when necessary, don’t over cleanse.
Pay attention to your hair needs.
Your hair talks, listen. Pay attention to how it feels when dry, moisturized, how the products feel on your hair, what it likes and doesn’t like and so on. Know your hair curl pattern, which parts need more TLC, dries faster, is weaker, your porosity type and so on.
Protect your hair when sleeping.
Wear a satin/silk bonnet, scarf or use the same material pillowcase. The material is gentle on your hair unlike cotton. Loosely braid or twist before sleeping to keep your curls defined and popping.
Don’t rush off through the wash day.
Trim those ends.
Let those damaged & split ends go. Health over length any day, don’t hold on to damaged hair in the name of retaining length. Sis, that’s not how length retention works.
As long as you don’t focus on retaining length from your growth, you’ll always feel like your hair isn’t growing. Your hair is always growing so focus on retaining that length.
Hair care can feel exhausting sometimes.
It isn’t always easy peasy lemon squeezy, hair care can be exhausting & there are days when you don’t feel like touching your hair. Don’t give up on your hair, tuck your hair in a protective style & give yourself a break, you deserve it.
Protective styles / low manipulation styles.
Less manipulation means less breakage & more length retention. Wear styles that keep your ends tucked and styles you don’t have to comb, brush and style everyday. Note; protective styles don’t literally grow your hair & make sure your protective styles are actually protective styles.
Take breaks between protective styles.
Give your scalp a break from the protective styles pulls/ tension, enjoy wearing your crown and seeing your length & thickness.
Not all the hair on your brush or comb is breakage. Hair sheds at the end of hair growth cycle, wanna learn more about hair science? Well, the science of black hair book explains everything about hair in detail. Shed hair has a white bulb unlike breakage.Be gentle.
ALWAYS be gentle with your hair. Don’t pull or aggressively brush or comb your hair and NEVER manipulate /style your when dry, moisturize/ refresh your curls before styling.
Wide tooth comb is a gem.
Sectioning is the ultimate game changer.
Sectioning is one of the most underrated hair care tip. It makes it easier to detangle, pay attention to the sensitive parts of your scalp, and evenly distribute the product.
Excessive heat use, using heat at super high temperature, not using a heat protectant or using heat on unhealthy hair can cause heat damage. Watch how you use heat and the state of your hair before heat stretching or styling.
Protect your edges.
We all admire those cute, full and well laid edges and wish we had such. Those kinds of edges are achievable if you first know the causes of receding hairline then how to care & regrow them. Don’t pull or braid your edges, moisturize them and protect them when sleeping by wearing a satin bonnet that isn’t too tight.
Puffs and buns.
Buns & puffs are cute, easy to go to styles especially when you have no idea how to style your hair but can be a reason you’re losing your edges. Avoid holding them too tight and wearing them all the time.
Eat healthy & drink your water.
You know the saying, you’re what you eat. Well, that applies to your hair too. Care for your hair from the inside by eating right & staying hydrated or should I say moisturize from the inside.
You can be your own hair stylist.
There is a lot of hair care information & tutorials on the internet today which makes hair care easy and achievable. You don’t need a stylist to wash, condition, moisturize and style your hair & let’s face it some stylists might cost you that healthy hair.
What else do I know for sure;
- You’ll spend hours watching youtube tutorials but your style just won’t turn out right.
- Just because everyone’s hair seems to like a certain brand doesn’t mean your hair will.
- Comparison is the worst thing that can happen on your hair other than massive breakage. Just don’t compare your hair to someone else’s, every hair is different and unique.
I would love to know, what do you know for sure?