As an African, hair styling is an important part of our culture and personal expression. From braids to weaves, wigs, and natural hair, we have a plethora of options when it comes to styling our hair. However, it's important to space out these styles and take proper care of our hair in between to avoid damage and breakage.
Why is it good to space out hair styling?
Frequent styling can put a lot of strain on our hair, leading to breakage and damage. Spacing out styles gives our hair time to recover and get stronger resulting to longer, healthier hair.
How to maintain your hair in between styles:
Moisturize: One of the most important things you can do for your hair is to keep it moisturized. African hair can get dry easily and it needs regular moisture to stay healthy. Use the Loc/Lco methods or a leave-in conditioner and hair oil to keep your hair moisturized in between styles or use the natural hair moisturizer as a simpler alternative.
Protect your hair at night: When you go to bed, be sure to protect your hair by wearing a satin or silk scarf or using a satin or silk pillowcase. This will help to prevent breakage and keep your hair looking great.
Avoid heat styling: Heat styling can be damaging to African hair, so it's best to avoid it as much as possible. If you do use heat styling tools, be sure to use a heat protectant and keep the heat setting low.
Use a wide-tooth comb or finger detangle: Wide-tooth combs or finger detangling allow you to work through tangles gently and efficiently, without pulling or snagging on knots. This helps to minimize breakage and preserve the health and length of your hair.
Don't overdo it with products: While it's important to keep your hair moisturized, you don't want to overdo it with products. Too much product can lead to buildup, which can be damaging to your hair.
Wash your hair regularly: It's important to wash your hair regularly to remove dirt, oil, and product buildup. Use a sulfate-free shampoo to keep your hair clean and healthy. We recommend washing your hair with a shampoo every 2-3 weeks.
In conclusion, spacing out hair styling is important for maintaining healthy hair. By taking care of our hair in between styles, we can promote healthy hair growth and avoid damage and breakage. So, embrace your natural hair, and take care of it by spacing out your styles and following the tips above.