It’s nice to have a professional stylist to work their magic on your hair, but there are also benefits from looking after your hair yourself at home....
Firstly think of all the money you can save if you started styling and treating your own hair, all of those monthly treatments and wig installations can mount up. It also helps to develop a relationship with your hair, I know this sounds strange but the more you become accustomed to styling your own hair this leads to loving your hair texture more.
Do you want to waste another Saturday spending all day in the hair salon? You could instead be enjoying life with your loved ones. So now is the time to develop a few skills of managing your own hair. If you are struggling at the moment to manage your natural hair, don’t’ worry you are not alone. Whatever your hair texture, keep reading for some useful tips that can make the at home styling experience a whole lot easier.
Make your own hair products
If you are on a natural hair journey you would have started to notice what products work best on your hair. Do your coils love shea butter? Whilst avocado oil does nothing for your kinks. A lot of the larger hair care brands have noticed the trend of using more natural ingredients in their products. Many of the products we use for our haircare can be replicated at home using a few simple ingredients. There are so many easy hair recipes available online from hair masks to hair creams. If you have run out of clarifying shampoo and you are desperate to remove all of the product build up, then have a look in your kitchen cupboard for some apple cider vinegar. Just add one part apple cider vinegar to three parts lukewarm water and you have your own at home clarifying shampoo. I have actually found that apple cider vinegar is the most effective way of removing product build up from my hair after removing a protective style.
Once your usual products start running low then just look in the kitchen. Honey adds moisture, herbal tea bags for a hair rinse, or mayonnaise to reduce dryness the list is endless.
If you are wanting to do a deep treatment I have a great recipe on my blog for a deep treatment mask. Click here
Protection of your edges and hair
If you are not going to the hair salon this does not mean you have to neglect your strands and edges. If you are really low low low maintenance and you cannot deal with your hair right now, just place it into a bun with the ends tucked away and every few days add an oil to your edges such as castor oil. If your hair cannot fit into a bun and you want to keep it protected then use a head wrap and make it a fashion statement. There are so many beautiful ways to wrap a head scarf, experiment to find what works for you.
Refreshing your hair
I love refreshing my fro in a steamy shower. I add a few drops of essential oils such as tea tree or rosemary. I use this technique when I have been wearing my hair in a puff for several days and I want to fluff it out again. The steam from the shower helps to re-moisturise my hair and allows me to easily pass the afro comb through my hair to achieve a beautiful full afro puff.
The most obvious way to refresh your hair is washing it. When washing your hair a deep treatment is always a good idea. Deep treatment masks are absorbed into the hair shaft easier if heat is applied. Wrapping your hair up in a plastic band and then with a towel can improve on the effectiveness of the hair mask. After thirty minutes you hair will be so soft and easy to style, you could even leave the mask in for longer while you are catching up on a Netflix series.
Protective styles can range from complex to simple, what style you choose depends on how much skill you have for doing your own hair. Don’t worry this doesn’t mean you are stuck just wearing your hair in a bun the whole time if you are lacking in skills for hairstyling. I used to be unable to plait canerows (cornrows), it was a struggle guys! I blame this on being the only girl in my family and my mum not showing me how to. Over the last year I have been practising canerows and they have started to come out pretty decent on myself. If you want to learn a new skill you just have to practice, unfortunately there is no other way. My next goal is to accomplish box braids.
If all else fails and you are not skilled at doing braids or canerows then twist your hair up and you can style the twists so many ways. Mini twists used to be a favourite style of mine when my hair was shorter and the style could last for a few weeks.
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