5 Mistakes You Could Be Making in Caring for Natural Hair

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012

3. Not constantly moisturizing

Natural hair needs to moisturized at all times. Dry hair is weak hair, and weak hair will break and be hard to manage. The best thing for your natural hair is water. Spritz your hair throughout the day with water to ensure that hair is hydrated. If you don’t have time for that use a water-based leave-in conditioner or daily moisturizer.

4. Avoiding trims

As black women, we tend to stray away from cutting our hair. It’s fine not to want to take 2 or 3 inches off at time, but in order maximize hair’s health and growth trimming every 6-8 weeks is necessary. A trim can be anywhere between ¼ to ½ inches, and if you don’t treat your hair to a trim at least once every 2 or 3 months you’re putting yourself at risk for thinning and breakage.

5. Overestimating natural hair’s strength

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people assume that thick, coarse hair means that natural hair is exceptionally durable. Yes, you can have healthy hair that’s strong, but the curly and wavy patterns of natural hair make it very fragile with a weak shaft, so you have to handle with care. That’s why you should use a wide-tooth comb or a Denman brush to detangle and you shouldn’t be afraid of finger styling when possible.

-Margaret Francois

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