Whether you’re a deep believer in relaxed hair or natural hair, healthy hair is essential. Most people want and will do almost anything for long, full hair. News Flash: just because your hair is long and full doesn’t mean it is healthy. However, healthy hair is more likely to grow and retain length.
How do you know whether your hair is healthy or not? It’s easy. Healthy hair is strong and elastic. If you pull a strand of your hair softly, it shouldn’t break off. It should pull and go right back into position, just like a slack rubber band. Try it.
Contrary to popular belief, you can have healthy relaxed hair and unhealthy natural hair. It all depends on how you treat your hair. We have compiled a list of healthy hair habits which promote hair growth, strength, elasticity, and retention of moisture and length. Here it goes:
Know your hair
Think of your hair as a partner that you’re stuck with forever. In order to live in peace and harmony, you need to learn what makes it happy. Find out what your hair likes and does not like. If relaxing your hair keeps it moisturised and healthy, go for it. If you notice your relaxed hair is dry and limp, then try going natural. Does your hair feel soft and strong when you apply water? Does it grow more when you wait a while before washing it, or does it grow more when you wash it every week? You need to understand your hair.
Pay attention to what you feed your hair
You may have been guilty of settling for temporary beauty or satisfaction in different situations. With hair, it might be leaving the relaxer 10 minutes longer than the instructions tell you to, or drowning your hair in oil. Sometimes, in the bid to look good, we don’t pay attention to what we put in our hair. Follow product instructions, they are very important.
We also recommend natural and organic hair products. Use hair products containing organic items such as Shea butter, coconut oil, castor oil, aloe Vera, etc. That way, it is easy to know what exactly is going into your hair.
Develop a hair care routine, write it down and stick to it
Creating a hair ritual promotes hair growth. Whether it is applying leave-in conditioner every day or washing your hair twice a week. Start a reasonable and flexible routine and be consistent.
You might have to try different things before you finally find what fits your hair and lifestyle. Don’t worry, you will figure it out. Just be consistent. A hair care routine should include clean and care elements. “Clean” refers to whatever you do to your hair to get it clean. On the other hand, “care” is the hair treatment. Is your hair dry? Moisturizing will fall under care. If you need to condition your hair, that also falls under treatment.
It is also important to use the same products for a while. Consistency is very important. A hair care routine can be developed at home or with the help of your hairstylist.
Healthy body, healthy hair
Does that sound ridiculous? It really isn’t. You might use the best hair products, develop a routine, and still have dry hair, or your hair just starts breaking. What is going on inside your body reflects on the outside with your skin, nails and hair. Making smart food choices and drinking a lot of water makes a positive difference. Take food containing protein, iron, vitamin c and vitamin E. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
Leave it alone
How can we list several things to do to your hair, and then tell you to leave it alone? Yes, we said it. Your hair needs space.
Within your hair care routine, leave out time to let your hair rest. Rest in the sense that, you’re not combing and pulling it daily. Your hair can rest while it’s in braids or under that weave. Members of team natural call this protective styling. This time of rest is essential for your hair to maintain strength and grow.
Aim for healthy hair and not just healthy looking hair. You will be so much happier when you see how your love and attention is strengthening your strands.
If you might find it hard to keep up with all these tips, seek the assistance of a hairstylist. Find one close to you at http://www.vconnect.com/salons