No matter your hair type or texture, there are some challenges that are experienced by everyone with a head of hair.
Challenge #1 – DRY/DULL/FRIZZY HAIR
These are the most common complaints amongst individuals when it comes to their hair. Dry hair is a problem that every one of us has experienced at one time or another. Causes of dry hair can range from a too little water intake to too much product buildup to harsh chemicals in hair products. The first question I ask of persons who complain about dry hair is “are you drinking enough water?” To which most people answer “I don’t really drink water”. If this is you and you are experiencing dry hair, this is where you need to start. According to Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D, the average adult human body is comprised of on average 50 – 65% water. The percent of water depends on your hydration level. Thirst is a key indicator that you have already lost 2 – 3% of your body’s water. If your body is dehydrated, so is your hair… as within, so without. Remember water = moisture.
If you know you are consuming adequate amounts of water and are still experiencing dry hair try the following:
- Be careful not to use too many alcohol based products.
- Deep condition regularly.
- Read your product ingredients and investigate if your hair might be having a negative reaction to one or more of them (for me personally Shea butter and my hair do not combine well)
- Add natural oils to your styling regimen. I always apply my oil to wet hair either before or after my leave in conditioner. The oils I have found work well for me are coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, avocado and grapeseed.
- Clarify when necessary to dissolve product build-up which can make the hair appear dull and dry.
- When using protein treatments, be sure to follow up with a deep conditioning treatment.
Challenge #2 – HAIR GROWTH
When it comes to hair growth, I believe that less is more… the less you do to your hair the more it will grow. Remember that hair normally grows ¼ to ½ an inch a month. These are the key practices that can aid in regular hair growth:
- Maintaining a clean scalp.
- A healthy diet and proper nutrition consumption
- Handling your hair gently
- Proper hydration (drink 8-10 glasses of water a day)
- Trim hair to avoid split ends
Challenge #3 – SPLIT ENDS
Scheduling a regular trim (every 3 – 4 months) with your stylist will help you to prevent split ends and also aid in maintaining the shape and style of your hair. In between trims it’s a good idea to protect your ends by sealing them daily and wearing protective styles when necessary.
Challenge #4 – DAMAGED HAIR
Your hair is your crowning glory, it is precious and so you must handle it carefully. When detangling your hair be gentle. I recommend using your fingers to detangle but if this seems like an impossibility for you, you want to remember to detangle gently using a wide tooth comb. Be sure to start at the ends of the hair and work your way up to the roots. Remember that hair is more fragile when it is wet so take care to be gentle with it.
Author: Denika Penn Carothers, Natural Hair & Hair Products available at Amazon or at http://www.gethealthyhairnow.com
Okay, so after more than 20 years of relaxing my hair I have decided to go au natural and wear my hair long. I went semi-natural for about 12 years (semi-natural meaning I didn’t do a full out perm I just texturized my hair) but I was wearing it very short during that time. I have never had the nerve to wear my hair natural and long before because my hair is so thick that it would just poof out whenever I didn’t relax it.
My mother (who is caucasian) started perming my hair when I was very young because she couldn’t manage it because of the thickness. When I was in high school I stopped perming if for a while but I was pressing it with a hot comb so I have always (except during the time that I wore it short) worn my hair straight. I was introduced to HerbalNature Alternative Hair Products about 2 years ago when I decided that I wanted to grow my hair back out. I was tired of the short look and wanted a new “do”. Using the hair oil on my scalp helped my hair to grow out very quickly. I grew about 7 inches in 1-1/2 years but chose to go back to relaxing my hair. At the time I was only using the hair oil but then of course as I’m sure we all do, you hear about another product and decide to try it and then another product and decide to try that. I did this for about 7 months. My problem with all of these other products was they would weigh my hair down and so after about 2 days of wearing my hair with a little bounce it would get heavy and not swing the way I like it to so I would end up washing my hair often. How many of you know dealing with thick hair is not easy, so imagine washing, conditioning, blow-drying and flat ironing every 2 – 3 days. It would take me literally 3 hours to get my hair the way I wanted it from start to finish every 2 days – that’s alot of time!!
The time invested in doing my hair was bad enough but then my hair started to break and shed alot. decided to put down all that other stuff and go back to what I was having success with HerbalNature Alternative Hair Products. The Hair Tea was the first product I started back with and then I decided that I needed to stay away from heat for a while and so I incorporated the hair pomade into my regimen. I absolutely loved the way my hair felt and looked. After the first tea application I felt a difference in the elasticity of my hair, and after using the tea for one month consecutively I decided to do a flat iron and the first thing I noticed was that my hair was not popping when I pulled it with the flat iron.
Needless to say I was soooo excited and decided that maybe I wanted my hair to grow a little longer. After just two months of incorporating the hair oil back into my hair regimen my hair has grown out 1-1/2 more inches. I’ve decided to see how long my hair will grow. I just love the look and feel of my hair again and I am able to wear it in so many natural styles that I never knew about before, but I am loving it and get so many comments on my hair. Oh let me mention that using HerbalNature Alternative Hair Products affords me the opportunity to transition from chemicals to natural without having to cut my hair off. I will explain that process in another blog. Follow me on my journey of Getting Healthy Hair Now!