Afro-textured and curly hair come in all different shapes and sizes. There's no one rule for all, or a one method fits all situation with Afro-textures or curly hair, especially when it's in its natural state. This is why finding the right techniques and tools for caring for your natural hair is a must, if you are to enjoy the wonders of your hair.
Caring for afro-textured or curly hair can be confusing when you're not sure where to start. To have healthy hair, it is essential to create a simple routine that works around your lifestyle. While the idea of developing and following a hair care routine can overwhelm some people, you need to understand that your hair care routine can be simple. Yes, I know there are so many techniques and hair gurus on YouTube with many useful tips, tricks and some really complicated hair regimens. There is nothing wrong with them. But is it for you? I believe you need to start with and keep to something relatively easy so you can keep to it in the long run.
It should be cleanse, moisturise, and style.
For these steps in the hair care routine (cleanse and moisturise), the best gift you can give yourself is to use more natural, organic products for your hair.
The advantages of using natural and organic products
High in antioxidants: There is an abundance of antioxidants in natural hair care products, and these can help your body to get rid of the free radicals that can have adverse effects on your hair and skin.
Fewer allergies: Perhaps you are one of those people who react to the chemicals found in some artificial hair products. There are those of us who suffer itches, rashes, and discolouration when we use synthetic products. Using natural hair care products are the cure for these. They minimise the damage done to your Afro hair in particular and health in general.
Anti-ageing effects: The organic components in natural hair products reduce the ageing of your hair, and this means that your hair lasts longer. This has been proven to strengthen and increase the thickness of the hair.
Better hair texture: When you use natural hair products, naturally curly hair tends to become better moisturised, more defined, and curlier. While healthy hair is something that we all desire, sometimes the chemicals that are in non-natural hair products can stand in the way of this, so organic products are the way to go.
A healthier scalp: Everyday shampoos containing phthalates, parabens and silicones can cause irritation to the scalp as they can be drying by stripping the natural oils from your hair and scalp. If you suffer from dry, itchy scalp, harsh cleansers that include sulphates will only exacerbate this. Alternatively, a shampoo or hair cleanser containing naturally derived ingredients will gently cleanse your scalp without stripping hair of its natural oils, and this is vital for a healthy scalp.
More moisture: Artificial products often contain ingredients such as silicones that seal the hair cuticle. This effectively stops moisture from getting into your hair and scalp. Quality natural hair products, on the other hand, properly moisturise and hydrate your scalp.
Milder on the hair: Artificial hair might products work faster or tend to have more slip, but are actually harsher on your hair. Over time, they cause real, consistent damage to the hair follicles and to the hair itself. Natural products, on the other hand, remain mild and effective no matter how long you use them.
Better health: Natural hair products offer as much benefit to your afro hair as they do to your overall health. Products you apply on your skin (body, scalp or otherwise) eventually gets absorbed by into your body and finds its way into your bloodstream. Phthalates, parabens, and some other ingredients in non-natural hair products can mimic hormones and have been linked to health concerns like breast cancer and fertility. Using organic products helps to prevent health problems related to such ingredients.
Now is the time to make the switch to organic and natural hair products, now that you understand what you stand to gain from making such a switch.
Your beautiful Afro hair/curly hair will thank you.