As African American women, we embrace our natural curls. However, there is at least one drawback to caring for Afro Caribbean hair and that is shrinkage. I mean, the struggle is real for us sisters.
If you have natural locks, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Kinky hair performs differently from relaxed hair and it’s easy to handle, but tending to afro hair can be a breeze, too.
How to Take Care of Natural Hair Daily
Caring for Afro Caribbean hair is about finding the right tools and techniques. Getting a good hair care system will put you on the path to healthy, bouncy hair. Here are some tips to help you maintain an afro hair care routine.
Seal in the Moisture
Since afro Caribbean hair is naturally dry, we need to moisturize our springy coils and I mean routinely. Hair oil is essential to shine because it’s a sign of healthy hair. So, to maintain it, you must make sure the scalp is clean and free of build-up. Use avocado oil, olive oil, or coconut oil to keep those hairstyles looking kept and tamed.
Although you are applying the oil, still use the leave-in conditioner from Pantene’s hair care system. For more stubborn hair, we suggest using Jojoba oil or Jamaican black castor oil as a part of your natural hair morning routine.
Don’t Be Afraid to Get Afro Hair Wet
Just like your body needs water, so does your hair. It’s definitely one key to easy to manage locks. Because natural hair is easy to knot up, it’s best to comb through when it’s damp. Some women find it’s easier to comb through when they are still in the shower.
Others are okay with using a spray bottle when they get out. You want to add a leave-in conditioner for extra moisture. Stylists also suggest using a wide-tooth comb and a gentle touch to prevent breakage, especially if your hair is thinning.
What Are You Eating?
It may sound funny, but your hair eats what you do. If you’re not eating right, it could be why your hair is thinning, dull, and just not growing. Try eating more nutritional meals for a change. Target foods with vitamins C and A, plus Omega-3 fatty acids in them.
Perhaps you’d be happy to munch on fruits, nuts, boiled eggs, and avocados. Still, you need green leafy vegetables and meat for protein. All these foods contribute to stronger, healthier looking locks.
Rock Protective Natural Hairstyles
Although you’re proud to wear your natural hair, women want and need a change every now and again. Therefore, we wear weaves and wigs. These styles not only give us an alternative expression, they also protect the hair from damage.
You’ll know your hair is suffering from damage if you’ve been over-processing it. Maybe you’ll find a little more hair in the sink than usual. Although it may be nothing to worry about, now would be a good time to style the hair to take the stress off. If you have split ends, start with a trim and then take a look at some new afro hair styles.
If you like cute up-dos, messy buns could be your go-to hairstyle. For a more ethnic look, Bantu knots, ponytails, twists, puffs, and braids are both protective and stylish. Caring for afro Caribbean hair is not that complicated. Many of the protective hairstyles are wash and go, and they take the heat off our crowns.
What do You Sleep With?
One thing we should never do and that is go to bed without a protective covering and here I am talking about our hair. Stylists know a satin scarf or wrap keeps our strands from breaking. If you don’t want to sleep with a bonnet on, try a silk or satin pillowcase instead. Cotton cases only dry out the hair and harsh hair breaks easily. The key to healthy hair is what? Hydrated hair and a good afro hair care system.