While ditching your relaxers or texturizers so you can return to keeping your natural hair is a good step, you need to know how to care for it so you don’t get frustrated with it in the long run. Natural hair can sometimes prove a bit difficult to manage. If you’re a natural who’s currently facing such difficulty, then you should continue to read this article to find out the best ways to care for your afro-textured hair.

  1. Moisturize Your Hair

The importance of moisture to your natural hair cannot be overemphasized. Natural hair tends to lose moisture quickly, leaving it in a dull and dry state. When it comes to moisturizing your natural hair, some of the methods you can adopt include the LCO (liquid, cream, and oil) method, a hair mask, and pre-pooing, among others.

The LCO method is a daily method that involves spraying your hair first with water or a leave-in mix followed by your moisturizing cream and hair oil to lock in moisture. The pre-poo method involves massaging your hair with oil first before shampooing to prevent the dryness that comes with shampooing your hair. These methods, among others, help to keep your hair soft and manageable.

2. Have a Wash Day Routine

To avoid dryness, dullness, dirtiness, and frizziness, you should have a wash day routine. One of the biggest advantages of keeping natural hair is that you do not have to wash it every other day. You can wash once a week or biweekly. To wash your hair, all you need is your shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in conditioner.

3. Avoid Tight Protective Styles

Tight protective styles like braids and cornrows can put much pressure on your hairline causing it to shed, break and leave little bumps on your scalp. So, do these styles less often. If you still want to rock braid looks regardless, you should try braided and crochet wigs. So you get to rock your favorite braided look while still protecting your hair. A win-win situation.

4. Invest in Wigs

Forget about earrings, wigs are a girl’s best friend and a lifesaver. Sometimes, the demand of your work life may not allow you to pay enough attention to your natural hair. Wigs will help you protect your natural hair from harsh weather exposure, constant styling, and dust and still keep you looking your best every day. You can get wigs in virgin human hair or synthetic hair texture.  

5. Use a Satin Bonnet

Caring for your hair at night is just as important as caring for it during the day. Despite how moisturized their hair was before sleeping, many naturals tend to wake up to dry tangled hair. This is because the cotton fabric of pillowcases tends to suck out the moisture from natural hair as you toss and turn in your sleep.

So, how do you avoid that? Wear a satin bonnet/scarf. The fabric of these is much gentler and will help your hair to retain moisture overnight. 

Natural hair can grow and flourish if only you care for it properly. Make sure to apply the tips given in this article and watch how your natural hair thrives.