Natural black hair is not that difficult to take care of if that’s what you think or what people are telling you. Though it is tougher and more fragile than relaxed hair, there are some easy, inexpensive steps that you can use to take care of it to prevent breakage and have a peaceful natural hair life.

Black hair grows. This is to correct a misconception around natural hair that it does not grow. It grows and can grow as much as you want it to. This depends on how well you can take care of it. Here are a few steps that will help you in your natural hair care journey

– Use conditioners: Conditioners are better to use on natural hair than shampoos. Shampoos are made with a drying product which can make your hair dryer. If you must wash your hair with shampoo, dilute your shampoo with 50% water and 50% shampoo.

– Natural hair needs extra moisture, so stay away from products with petroleum: Petroleum makes hair stiff, dry and greasy. Instead of grease, try natural oils like coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil. They also make your hair lustrous. Seal your ends with either coconut oil or castor oil so you do not have split ends.

– Use egg on your hair before washing it all out: Protein will make your hair less prone to breakage and over -moisturizing. Your hair will be a lot shinier too.

– Use a wide tooth comb to comb your hair: stop buying bristle brushes or thin combs which will get caught in your hair and snap it off. Go for low maintenance. Also, do not comb you hair every day. Your hair does not need to be combed every day, just detangle with your fingers. Excessive combing will break your hair off. Make sure your hair is slightly damp before you tangle.

Your hair will be healthier if you follow these rules and you will notice a difference in the strength and length.

Author: Ope Adedeji