Natural hair care is a big thing today. Many women of color have discovered that their natural hair is not only cute, but also less expensive to maintain. I know everyone knows the best natural hair care routine involves proper cleansing and proper conditioning, most people tend to forget about good nutrition.
So here are some important maintenance tips to keep in mind while rocking your natural hair.
Most big-name shampoos contain phosphates that cause excessive dryness and change the hair’s pH level. It is because of the harsh shampoos that extra-thick, lotion-type conditioners are needed. There are excellent shampoos on the market made from natural, gentle ingredients.
Are you one of those people who co-wash? If you do, listen up!
Some people suggest that the no-shampoo method is the way to go. It may be a good idea to skip shampooing for a short period of time if your hair is dry, damaged or frizzy. But over time, the no-shampoo approach causes dirt to build up and the result is a dull look, not the shiny healthy soft look you want.
Instead of using commercial cream conditioners, you may want to try natural oil that you leave on. Shea nut oil is an example of a good one to try. It is less greasy and more completely absorbed.
The Shea nut tree is native to Africa. The nuts have been used historically for many purposes. Natural Shea butter can actually be eaten. Of course, what you find on the market in this country has a lot of chemical additives and fragrances that make it inedible.
Another natural oil that's is good for natural hair care is candlenut oil, also called Indian walnut and Kukui oil.
The oil comes from Hawaii and smells wonderful. Like Shea nut oil, it is rich in vitamin E and also provides vitamin A. The antioxidants help to protect your hair and your scalp from damaging sunlight.
Anyone who cares about their hair’s appearance should be sure to get the necessary nutritional support. This is not just a subject that applies to natural hair care. It applies to everyone.
Your hairs are replaced on a regular basis. They naturally fall out on a near daily basis. The hair-producing follicles go through productive and resting stages. Sometimes the resting stage lasts for an extended period of time. One of the things that can cause the resting stage to last longer is poor nutrition.
Nutrients that are particularly important for the hair’s health include amino acids from protein, iodine to support thyroid function and MSM to help maintain normal protein levels within the hair.
With good nutrition and just a few good natural hair care products, you can grow beautiful locks!
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