Monday, September 27, 2010 1:39 PM
Posted by GG Renee | Filed under Healthy Natural Hair
Be easy on the juice.
I can't tell you how many times I've spent all day washing, conditioning and styling my hair - only to take it down the following day to find a greasy, overmoisturized mess. I have thirsty hair, see. So thirsty that I've been known take it too far and get it sloppy drunk on the juice. When the hair is wet, it's hard to tell when we're putting in too much product. I find my hair to be particularly tricky because it gets dry easily AND it gets greasy easily. I have thin strands, so if I put too much stuff in it, it will look and feel stringy. I've learned that the only product it's OK for me to be heavy handed with is my cowash and my deep conditioners. Other than that - less is more. Don't use too much of anything that is not being rinsed out.
Let it dry.
If you are setting your hair, whether it be twists, braids or rollers; do yourself a favor and leave yourself enough time for it to dry. I know I can't set my sopping wet hair at midnight and expect it to air dry completely by 6 am when I'm ready to take it out for work. Be realistic. If you have limited time, you can sit under a dryer for awhile before you go to sleep. You can go to sleep with a bonnet dryer on your head. It also helps to sleep under a fan. I've been known to put a floor fan next to the bed and sleep with it right on me all night. It's not ideal but it gets the job done when I need to resort to that. Occasionally, it turns out somewhat okay when it doesn't dry all the way. I suppose it depends on what look you are going for. If you want a defined set that will last a few days, you have to let it dry.
Seal your ends.
What are your ends doing? Not only can they make or break your hairstyle, it's also super important that you pay attention to them because their health is the key to length retention and overall healthy hair. If they are not curled/tucked/sealed etc., your style is likely to come out looking unfinished and probably frizzy/tangly at the ends. However you are styling your hair, you have to plan for what you want your ends to do. This requires some trial and error. For example, some people can braid their hair and not doing anything to the ends and their hair won't unravel and their braid out will come out lovely. I'm not one of those people. For braid outs, I have to use a roller at the end. Conversely, for twist outs all I have to do is twirl my ends around my finger. You might have to experiment to figure out what works for you.
Style for the weather.
One of the things I love about natural hair is that I usually don't have to worry about rain and humidity like I used to. Notice I said usually. Depending on how I'm wearing my hair and how long I want it to last, I still consider what the weather is doing. I know how my hair responds to different kinds of weather, so I try to work with it, not against it. I typically expect my hair to swell and get bigger throughout the day, so I plan for that. If I want my twist out to retain some definition for several days, I try to avoid rainy and windy weather. Sometimes there's nothing you can do about it, so I like to always keep a back up plan i.e. ponytail holders, hats, scarves, clips and pins.
Can you add anything to this list???