How To Take Care Of Natural Hair: The Complete Guide
03 April 2018
Over the last few years, the natural hair movement has taken over the beauty industry. While we love anything that encourages women to embrace their natural texture, it’s important that women should know exactly what they’re signing up for.
If you’re thinking about going natural or just recently transitioned and are unsure of how exactly to care for your hair, we’ve got you covered. Daryce Willis-Brown, Mizani brand ambassador and stylist, is breaking down everything you’ve ever wanted about the topic. She’ll teach you how to take care of natural hair.
What does the term "natural hair" mean?
In recent years, the textured hair community has employed the term “natural” hair' to describe people who don’t use chemical services to alter the look, feel, or texture of their hair. However, Willis-Brown says the actual definition of the term is quite simple.
Natural hair refers to how your hair naturally grows out of the follicle...Straight, wavy, curly, or coiled.
If you’ve never used chemical services to straighten or curl your hair, you were a naturalista before it was the cool thing to do.
How is taking care of natural hair different from taking care of hair that has been chemically processed?
While the needs of your hair aren’t much different if your hair is natural or chemically processed, Willis-Brown notices a big difference in how her clients care for their hair. Clients who opt for chemical services frequently head to the salon frequently to their styles, whereas her natural clients tend to rely on their stylist's recommendations to maintain their texture between appointments.
“A lot of the hair styling happens at home,” she says
While it is important to know how to care for and style your hair at home, the stylist says you should never underestimate the importance of an educated professional.
“You still need the professional to guide you through this journey,” she explains.”You still need maintenance appointments that include a haircut and treatment.”
What is does a natural hair care routine look like?
According to Willis-Brown, the key to successful natural hair care routine lies in finding the perfect balance between at-home and salon care. While your method may vary based on your lifestyle, hair type, texture, and needs, the stylist says there are basic guidelines everyone should follow.
“At the most basic level, I advise my clients to shampoo once a week, condition or deep condition, and thoroughly detangle their hair and style,” she says.
To complete this routine, stock your bathroom with a salon quality shampoo and rinse-out conditioner. From Mizani, we love the True Textures Moisture Replenish Shampoo and Conditioner. Once a week, swap your regular conditioner for a deep conditioning mask (we love True Textures Moroccan Clay Steam Mask). A leave-in conditioner like 25 Miracle Milk and a styling product will complete the routine.
Using the right products to style your hair is another important part of your routine, but the stylist says she can’t recommend a one-size-fits-all styling routine.
“Texture and hair type come into play when choosing stylers. For example, I may recommend a cream-based product to someone who has thicker or more dense hair,” she explains.
If you’re not sure which styling product is right for you, we recommend True Textures Curl Enhancing Lotion for type three to type five curls and True Textures Curl Defining Pudding for type six to type eight curls. In addition to your weekly routine, Willis-Brown recommends heading to the salon every eight to 12 weeks so your stylist can address your specific hair concerns and trim your ends.
While you’re at the salon for your 12 week appointment, your stylist may as you if you prefer a dry or wet cut. There has been a big debate over the last few years about whether curly-haired naturalistas should get their manes cut while wet or dry. Willis-Brown is a fan of both methods, noting that the cutting technique your stylist chooses should be based on your desired look. A dry cut will give you the most accurate overall shape, but wet cuts are perfect for anyone who wants a cut with very precise or blunt lines. Most stylists will use a combination of the two methods to achieve the best cut.
Now you know everything you need to make sure your natural hair looks and feels its best all of the time! Use the hashtag #HairDotCom to tag us in your natural hair selfies and let us know which Mizani products make your mane look its best.
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