Those guilty stretches past wash day you might have enjoyed on the creamy crack are gonna have to be a thing of the past now that you're natural.
Natural hair does not take kindly to droughts. Be prepared to see your hair stiffen up to the point of unmanageability and literally break off in pieces if you don't hydrate it deeply or regularly enough.
Don't compromise on your products
Take preemptive action against tangles
Sectioning will save you the most grief: wash your hair, condition it and allow it to dry in secure sections, to avoid tangling. And use a slippery conditioner and a super slippery moisturising leave in to remove knots and prevent retangling.
Good slip is a must on naturally curly hair: it makes tangles less likely to form and easier to take out when they do appear. This not only saves you styling time, it prevents breakage, allowing your hair to grow to longer lengths.
Keeping your hair in protective styles (as long as you keep it well moisturised) will also reduce detangling time, but you don't always have to put away your tresses.
Twistouts, rod sets, or simply sectioning and actively smoothing your curls into supercurls, rather than letting them lay where they fall, are all examples of these more structured styles. If your hair is seriously tangle prone you may well have to leave your fro for special occasions only; the separation of strands in this style makes it much easier for tangles to form.
Only comb when your hair is full of conditioner
Forget about that fine-toothed comb
For most naturals, it'll just get lost in the fullness and its too-close-together teeth can roughen up your hair's cuticle, making your tresses tangle more.
To avoid broken combs and broken hair, it's best to relinquish the fine-toothed comb now that your natural curls are back. Go for a seamless wide-toothed comb or a brush with flexible bristles, the tips of which do not scrape your hair.
Schedule your haircare
Understand curl definition
Don't let a quest for curl definition dominate or otherwise overshadow your natural experience.
There is so much more going on in the natural hair realm than this tiny corner of styling options. Whatever you do, definitely avoid the trapdoor that says defined hair is better than undefined hair. It's not.
stay patient, stay focused & stay in love with your hair
By following these tried-and-tested tips, you can balance your haircare duties with living the rest of your life. Understand that it might take some time to truly understand your newly natural hair – after all, you've grown accustomed to dealing with a completely different hair type.
Realise that your hair is not going to be quite like anybody else's and revel in that! Each strand comes with a combination of vulnerabilities and possibilities that is not repeated on any other head of hair in the world. Embrace this cool element of yourself and you'll have conquered one small but significant front in fully embracing and enjoying the true you!
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