There’s nothing that brings me so much joy as healthy hair. When I touch my hair and feel life in them, – even though hair is basically dead cells but you get what I mean – I am ready to take on the world. My definition of healthy is fluffy and shiny hair. I absolutely love it when I feel like I can cuddle with my curls. It has taken years for me to get to a place where I can comfortably say that my hair is thriving. I have bad days here and there but most days, I am over the moon and excited. If you are wondering how you can get to a stage where you can be happy as well, worry not. I am sharing some tips that have greatly helped me in my journey.
I know at this point, moisture sounds like a cliché because everybody who talks about hair will mention it and guess what, it is absolutely important. Your hair needs to be watered, I mean literally, in order to thrive. Unless you want to have dry brittle sad hair, you should moisturize your tresses as needed. If you have kinky curly hair like me, you need to be on top of your moisturizing game. My best friend is water because it is the cheapest and most available ingredient. It’s great to have leave-in conditioners and creams to help with locking in moisture but always remember that water is your friend.
Understanding hair porosity
Fellow kinky curly haired friend, this is absolutely crucial. Hair porosity is the ultimate secret that made me understand my hair better but hold up! What is hair porosity? According to Ouidad, it is the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Getting to know my hair porosity made everything else somewhat easy because I was able to understand the relationship that my strands have with moisture.
In a few words, there are 3 types of hair porosity: Low porosity which means that hair strands take a long time to absorb moisture, normal porosity which means that hair strands absorb and retain moisture easily and high porosity which means that hair strands absorb moisture fast but do not retain them for long. You can read more on hair porosity here. My hair falls under the third porosity category which means that I have to moisturize my strands frequently because they become a frizzy mess quite fast.
Understanding the components of natural hair
Do you know what your hair is made of? You probably should because you will get more insights on how to handle your hair. From my science classes, I definitely remember that hair is made up of proteins mostly keratin which is also found in our nails. With this basic knowledge, we are able to understand that we need to feed proteins into our bodies so that they can ‘manufacture’ great hairs.
In addition, we need to learn that we need to consume mineral salts such as zinc and magnesium that do help in the making of proteins. Vitamins are also needed by our bodies for the ‘production’ of hair. Understanding the scientific processes is imperative because they compel us to be more intentional about our practices.
Moreover, the fundamental tip is knowing that proteins are broken down in high temperatures; 40 degrees. Therefore, while washing your hair, it is best to use warm water that will not stretch the compounds holding together hair strands because too much elasticity ultimately leads to breakage and we don’t want that.
What do you do when your hair starts breaking off every now and then even when they are moisturized? This can be an unwanted headache because no one is a fan of seeing their hair all over the floor. One of the reasons that happens is weak hair strands and this happens from time to time. One way of remedying the situation is using protein treatments which can be DIY or store bought depending on what you prefer. These treatments help to strengthen hair strands. However, if you have excessive breakage or shedding, consider visiting a medical professional because there might be more than meets the eye.
This is one of those tips you hear from everyone else and it is the basic truth. Keeping manipulative styles to a minimum helps with minimizing hair breakage. In addition, protective styles such as braids and twists, lock in moisture for much longer. I am not big on protective styling because I love wearing my hair out – who doesn’t love a big fro? – but I have always seen great differences in my hair when I do it. During this winter, I keep my hair in twists or buns because the wind sucks all the moisture from my curls and i’m not about to walk every where with a spray bottle.
In conclusion, these are some of the 5 tips that have stood out in the 5+ years that I have been intentional about my hair. I have had so many phases of love and hate and I am finally at a place where I am happy with my progress. I hope these few insights help you in one way or another. Feel free to share what works or what hair struggles you may have and let’s help each other thrive.