Due to changes in weather, your afro hair strands can be exposed to dryness, frizz, breakage and dullness, over the years. So, it isn’t a surprise that keeping your kinky hair healthy requires some commitment all year round. But, with minor changes to your afro hair routine, you can make maintaining healthier, longer hair effortless. So, here are our top 10 healthy afro hair habits to have healthy hair days in this new year and beyond.
Make The Switch To A Sulphate-Free Shampoo
Most shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), a harmful ingredient that can dry out afro hair. To avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils, switch to a sulphate-free shampoo at least once a week. This will remove build-up from your hair without removing its natural moisture. If you are looking for a shampoo that hydrates and cleanses at the same time, try our new Hydration Shampoo with Manuka Honey. Then, seal this moisture in further with our Moisture Rich Conditioner with Manuka Honey & Avocado.
Use A Leave-In Conditioner
After washing and conditioning your afro hair, use a leave-in conditioner to continue the moisturising process. Your kinky hair will remain soft and healthy if you opt for our Leave-In Conditioner With Manuka Honey And Avocado Oil. Implementing this step in your daily afro hair regimen can reduce breakage and improve its shine.
Detangle With Your Fingers From Your Ends To Your Roots
You can prevent split ends and breakage of your strands by finger detangling. Rather than using a comb or brush, use your fingers to feel any tangles or knots. To help you detangle, why not try our Everyday Curl Refresh With Coconut & Jamaican Black Castor Oils? Simply spray from your ends to roots and then work this mixture through your hair.
Take Care When Using Heat To Style Your Afro Hair
If you want to keep a healthy scalp and prevent breakage throughout the year, it is essential to minimise your use of heat styling tools. When using these tools, make sure you use a heat protectant to create a protective barrier for your hair. If you want to stretch your curls without heat, go for our Curl Elongating Gel with Flaxseed Oil And Rose Water. As a bonus, flaxseed oil can also work to provide relief from dandruff.
Trim Your Natural Hair Regularly
To maintain the shape of your afro hair and keep your ends from splitting, trim it every 8 to 12 weeks. This process will help reduce the amount of time you spend detangling, which in turn will make your hair regime easier.
Eat The Right Foods For Your Natural Hair
Make sure your natural hair gets the nutrients it needs by eating a balanced diet of protein, fruits, and vegetables. For instance, poultry products like eggs and chicken contain biotin and protein which can strengthen your afro hair. Furthermore, nuts like walnuts, pecans and cashews can prevent shedding and breakage.
Don’t Forget To Drink More Water
As well as maintaining a balanced diet, you also need to ensure that you drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Water can hydrate your hair follicles. As a result of this habit, you could prevent unwanted breakage and reduce the occurrence of an itchy or dry scalp.
Opt For A Protective Style
Whether you wear weaves, wigs, twists, or braids, protective styles like these can help you grow healthier afro hair. This is because these styles ensure that your ends are protected as they are tucked away. But, to make protective styles work for you, ensure that you refresh a style every 4 to 8 weeks. It will also give you a chance to experiment with your natural hair!
Ensure Your Afro Hair Is Protected At Night
Swap your cotton pillowcase for a silk or satin equivalent. As cotton can be very absorbent, it can strip all the moisture from your natural hair as you sleep at night.
Minimise Any Forms Of Stress In Your Life
If you’ve noticed that you are shedding more strands than usual per day, stress could be the cause. Telogen Effluvium, the second most prevalent cause of hair loss, occurs due to an unbalanced diet and change in hormone levels. However, it can also occur due to stress, which can stop the production of new hair strands. Therefore, it is essential to eat nutritious foods, drink plenty of water and practice breathing/meditation exercises daily to reduce stress levels.
If you adopt a new year’s resolution for your afro hair this year, make sure that it is made up of our simple tips in this blog post. Start with one tip per week so that you can build up your perfect hair care routine for the year.