Having natural hair by using home based ingredients instead of using toxic chemical based products that can actually be more damaging to your hair than nourishing. Natural and healthy hair is quite different to handle because it needs special effort and attention to make hair grow smooth, moist and can be easily detangled. It is not like taking care of straight hair where you can just easily wash your hair and let it dry without encountering problems by mid-day.
Yes salon treatments are expensive and it also destroys your hair in the long run. Doing natural hair care treatments are better than synthetic ones. After all, you should allow your hair to “breathe” and go away with harmful medicines and hair treatments.
1. Shampoo, Co-wash and Rinse as Needed
Although shampooing may dry your natural hair it is still an important routine because it removes the buildup such as dandruff, dirt and others that tries to penetrate into the shaft. If you need to shampoo though, always choose a sulfate-free product or choose a clarifying shampoo that is organic or truly natural ingredients. There are natural clarifying shampoos which work well to keep your hair natural.” You can even add apple cider or baking soda to the clarifying shampoo to clean the hair well.
2. Penetrating Hair
Using or natural oils are highly recommended to those with natural hair. Some of the popular oils that can be used are coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, or sometimes castor oil. These natural hair oils prevent damage and also avoid wear and tear as time passes. Another noticeable oil used these days is rosemary oil for hair. Rosemary oil contains Vitamin A and it increases blood circulation to the scalp delivering hair nutrients which is essential in hair follicle growth.
Deep conditioners are also essential in moisturizing and at the same time keep your hair naturally beautiful. Organic deep conditioner are available in your local health food store, on-line and many other store that carry health products.
For an inexpensive effective deep DIY hot oil treatment or conditioning put:
- heat 3-6 tablespoons of pure sweet almond, jojoba, coconut, avocado or olive oil (depending on the length of your hair)
- add 1-2 drops of lavender, rose or peppermint for a scent.
Wrap your hair with a towel or cap to penetrate the heat and oil into your hair. This is a wonderful home hot oil treatment that will give your hair a nourishing, healthy a natural glow without the price tag of a salon treatment.
4 .Use Water-Based Moisturizer
Water-based moisturizers help in revitalizing the hair and making it shiny and soft. Nutrients are also absorbed when using this kind of moisturizer. Natural hair types are actually dry because there are a lot of twists and bends making the natural oil difficult to penetrate to the follicles. There are different water-based moisturizers available so you won’t have a hard time looking for the best brand for you. Check the ingredient label and make sure the first or second ingredient is water for a truly good water based moisturizer that will help keep your hair healthy.
5. Protein Treatment
Protein helps hair become stronger so getting a protein treatment could easily avoid hair breakage. You can get protein treatments every now and depending on your hair type, whether your hair is thick or thin shaft, in a green salon. They would be able to guide you to the best treatment for your hair.
A great DIY protein treatment for your hair can be done with 1-2 eggs. Just beat with a whisk until frothy and apply to clean dry hair, massage into scalp and hair and let set for approximately 30 minutes, rinse and then shampoo. Eggs are packed with protein, sulfur and biotin, that will help you have beautiful shiny hair.
6. Pay Attention to Your Hair’s Moisture
Moisture in every natural hair type is essential. There are days when your hair is moist enough such as when you just had a hair treatment or you added coconut oil in your hair. Of course there might be days it is flat and dry so make sure you add moisturizer to it when necessary.
Trimming split ends may not help grow your hair faster but it avoid damaging your hair. So schedule a salon trip and just have your split ends trimmed.
8. Say No to Sulfate
Shampoos with sulfate damage your hair and removes the natural oil that is needed for your hair’s moisture. Always look for sulfate-free or organic shampoos to thoroughly clean your hair but leaving moisture behind. Or make your own DIY homemade shampoo with some recipes from the Wellness Mama!
Microfiber towels are very useful when you want to dry your hair and body quickly after shower. But continuing to use these types of towels when drying your hair damages and rips the hair out. If you want to dry your hair quickly, preferring using, a soft organic cotton towel, old shirt or just simply air-dry your hair.
These easy tips can be helpful to maintain or grow a smooth and moisturized natural hair. If your want to live a truly green lifestyles using truly natural products that are chemical free is essential for healthy hair and a healthy lifestyle that will be well worth the effort.