Natural girls are not afraid to tell you that all hair types are not the same! These types differ in density, elasticity, length and texture. In the chart above you will see the most common hair types amongst women of color as advertised on Black Hair Information. However, as much as we try to protect our hair, unconsciously we often stress it out, which can cause different sections to become contrasting textures and/or curl patterns. Luckily in this day and age, the internet is filled with natural hair regimens to keep those lovely manes intact, but patience and researching is key!
We’re here to help make things easier with a compiled list of hair regimens for all natural hair types.
Controlling Dryness in 4a-4c Natural Hair
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Keeping 4a-4c hair moisturized may seem like a tedious task because this hair type is the most coarse and coily. Unfortunately, kinkier hair makes it harder for the natural oils in your scalp to travel down the hair strands, which is why we recommend sealing this hair type with heavy coating butters such as:
Natural African Shea Butter (HouseOfBeautyWorld.com $5)
T.G.I.N Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer (Amazon.com $15)
…And my all-time favorite! Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque (Sheamoisture.com $13)
By oiling hair once or twice a day, or using a wash treatment once every two weeks you can eliminate dryness, breakage and make your styling process a whole lot easier!
Detangling 3c Natural Hair
Detangling 3c hair may seem a little easier than coarser hair types but it still permits the same love and care. You can use two methods: finger detangling and detangling with a wide tooth comb.
Hercules Sägemann Magic Star Comb (hotcombs.com $20)
Similar combs like these can also be found in your local beauty supply store anywhere from $1-$5.
Prep hair by using a homemade spritz bottle filled with (1) virgin olive oil, (2)water, (3) coconut oil (first photo, Trader Joes $14) and (4) Jojoba Oil (second photo, Trader Joes $13).
Allow the dampness to sit in your strands for a few minutes to allow moisture to set in then start by parting your hair into 4-6 sections and separating each with clips or hair ties.
Detangle hair by taking each sections and comb starting from bottom to the top. Be gentle and try not your yank on hair to eliminate breakage.
Eliminating excessive dandruff in all types
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Dandruff can be caused by many things: an excessively dry scalp, irritated oily skin, yeast-like fungus or sensitivity to hair products. Some natural girls accumulate more dandruff than others causing itchiness, damage and scarring on the scalp and sometimes worse, medical concerns. These are two awesome ways to get rid of those pesky flakes.
100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil (Pipingrock.com $6):
Tea tree oil has been crowned as one of the best anti-dandruff/anti fungal treatments of all time. After shampooing, mix one tablespoon of tea tree oil with aloe vera juice, work into the scalp and let it set. After two minutes pat the excess moisture out. This oil can also be added to shampoos, conditioners and moisturizers. It is medically proven to be a great disinfectant.
Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Vitamin Shoppe $6):Apple Cider Vinegar can be used as a prewash regimen to cure dandruff. Massage into scalp and let it sit under a shower cap for 40 minutes. Rinse and dry. You can repeat this process based on severity of dandruff, preferably once or twice every two weeks.
Stretching Natural Hair Types without heat
The percentage of elasticity in your hair determines the amount of shrinkage you will face when it gets wet. So it is possible for natural hair that falls past the shoulders to shrink just above the ears when washed. This is the beauty of hair versatility when it comes to women of color. Most times, using heat to stretch hair can be risky leading to heat damage, destruction of curl pattern, fried strands and unwanted split ends. Here are two awesome videos highlighting easy hair-stretching techniques:
I hope these tips allow you guys to experiment and play with your hair. Whatever you do, remember to love and care for your mane, treat it like your baby!