There are many rules about what you ‘Should’ and ‘Shouldn’t’ do in the Natural Hair galaxy. A lot of these are added extras and although they can further benefit your hair you won’t lose any of it if you do/don’t apply them.
These do have benefits such as cleansing, detoxifying, conditioning, adding softness and shine. In addition, they can really help with definition. However, it’s not for everyone. Some may not be fond of the cleanup afterwards as well as the time it takes to whip it together. Others may simply not like the way it feels on their hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses
Thanks to its acidity, ACV balances the pH of your hair and scalp. It exfoliates dry flakes and flattens the cuticles, which helps with detangling and adds shine. ACV is particularly effective for high porosity strands.
That being said, it can also cause irritation for some scalps. A potential way around this is to use a spray bottle instead of pouring it out. You could even use cool water as your final rinse. A final tip would be to keep your Leave-in Conditioner in the fridge.
This is where you simply wash your hair solely with a conditioner instead of shampoo. Although Co-washes are mild cleansers, they are not effective with removing heavy product build (eg butters, gels). If you find your hair particularly dry (through regular gym visits or having coloured hair) then this method could be great for you. The choice is always yours!
Who said you Have to wash your hair every week? The frequency of your washday depends on your lifestyle and also the way you rock your hair (eg protective style). The important thing is to that you stay consistent. A common regularity is 1-3 weeks. We advise to wash your hair when it is dirty and you’re experiencing build up.
How To Moisturise (LCO, LOC LC…etc)
The basic acronym for Liquid, Oil and Cream has cause many a debate as to what order you apply them. The reality is it depends on the porosity of your hair and the water content of the products you use. Whichever order your hair agrees with is completely unique to you. It would be very beneficial to make sure your hair is hydrated, has water based moisturising products and is sealed.
Heat isn’t the enemy to your Natural Hair….poor hair care is. Your hair can take temperatures up to 232 degrees Celsius (450 degrees Fahrenheit) before breaking. Hair breakage occurs when heat is higher use excessively. For the record, straightening your hair doesnt make it any less natural. It just means you’ve temporarily broken the hydrogen bonds.
Regarding having your edges laid flat or left alone…both are fine, both are beautiful and neither are by force. Do as you please!
This is when you treat your hair BEFORE shampooing. The goal is to prevent any loss of moisture during the cleansing phase. However, it isn’t necessarily the same thing if you simply detangle your hair before shampooing. The intention with detangling is to simply make the wash day process easier and to save you time.
Remember, no matter what you choose to do to your hair, be flexible and adjust your hair regimes/methods to suit your needs. For example, you can use your hands and a comb to detangle, or use heat occassionaly or even trying a product people say you shouldn’t. The important thing to remember is you should listen to your own hair and follow your own journey.
As long as you hair is Cleansed, Conditioned and Moisturised with the occasional trim, everything else is entirely up to you. Experiment as you see fit and discover what works for your hair.