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Tips to getting super soft natural hair (Part one)

I receive so many messages from Natural hair babes members asking for help on this topic so I thought I would start answering it as a post to get it well assimilated. So many naturals are concerned about the hardness of their hair. They want softer texture. The truth is, our hair can actually be soft but there are procedures…
1, Spritz spritz and spritz!

You can never go wrong with spritzing your hair. How I love the cool feeling down my scalp I mean this is what I look forward to doing always. I simply love it! To spritz your hair, get a spray bottle, add 80% water and 20% oil, shake and spray on your scalp at intervals. I see this as sowing a seed and watering it, we all know that without water, seeds won’t grow. Water moistens the soil and prepares the seed for growth. Same goes with our hair, spritzing does the same work by watering the scalp and activating the cells for growth.

2 Shampoo when due. So many naturalists choose their own routine as to when to sham wash and co wash. It’s really up to you to decide, for me I shampoo every 2 weeks but on rare occasion, I can go 3weeks without shampoo or soap. Soap helps wash away build ups from the hair so when buildups are gone, the strand is clean and soft. Conditioners alone won’t remove build ups from styling products and oils but soaps will. So get a mild shampoo to wash them off then your strands can get softer.
Heat up your conditioner (2mins) and cover up with steaming cap/towel for about 30mins. This is because heat helps products work faster.

Do not joke with your leave-in conditioner. Leave-in conditioners helps the hair maintain moisture and when your hair is well moisturized then it can’t be hard. There’s a lovely leave-in brand I discovered lately, will be doing the review soon. If you can’t get a good one, mix aloe vera juice and your conditioner; add little water and you have a leave-in conditioner.

Stretch your hair with thread immediately after wash, this helps retain softness than leaving the hair to dry out and become hard. How to do it? First, apply your leave in conditioner or oils to freshly washed hair and braid or twist to dry, you can cut hair into 2 fat strands, and twist or thread. In the second cycle, unravel the dry twists or braids, rewet lightly with water and reapply a small amount of leave in or oil once more. Retwist or rebraid and allow to dry once more then you’ll get a really good, well stretched and soft hair.

Do not over use protein in your hair routine. Protein is important; it helps reinforce your hair strands which keeps them strong and prevents breakage but using too much of it, however, will make your hair hard and brittle. On the other hand, if you have fine hair, your hair actually needs protein, and over moisturising hair can, ironically, leave it feeling hard and dry.

Some may ask – So how do I know if I have protein in my products? There are words you should look for such as-

protein
collagen
mayonnaise
keratin
amino acids &
cholesterol

In addition, common ingredients used by we naturals in our hair that are protein based are: coconut milk, eggs, yoghurt and mayonnaise. It’s equally important to know that these are not as effective as hydrolized proteins found in processed products because of the size of the molecules but they are still good when you need some protein boost.

In spite of all these, it is important to note that external factors such as weather, manipulation etc can affect the state of our hair even after observing these points. Understanding your hair is key and it comes with time and experience, but in the meantime, we should focus on moisturizing and conditioning, by doing a moisture treatment once a week and a protein treatment once a month.

In my next post ie part 2 of this topic, I will be exposing a key product maybe one in your kitchen or you can easily get from the grocery store that can be added to your concoction to give you that super soft touch on your natural hair so keep checking here for it.

Natural hair care rocks!



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