Not detangling natural & processed hair properly
This process is very important before styling your natural or processed hair period, all tangles must be removed. I am a firm believer of this step because if not done properly once your hair touches the water it can become matted or fused together. Depending on your texture it may be best to coat the hair with a conditioning agent rather than combing out the hair while its dry. Coating the hair with a conditioner first will prevent breakage and be gentler on the hair. Another method that I love to use is mixing the 9 parts water and 1 part conditioner in a spray bottle and sometimes I drop a little extra virgin olive oil just for a little extra moisture.
Sleeping without satin cap/ scarf
Ladies and gents “cotton” is not our friend for our natural tresses. Cotton fabrics will dry you out, so please try your best to retain moisture in your natural curls by sleeping on a satin pillowcase, wearing a satin cap or scarf. Remember dryness causes breakage.
Using excessive heat
HEAT! HEAT! HEAT! I usually get a lot of eyebrows going up when I touch this subject…WE DO NOT FLAT IRON. I have so many reasons why I teach my young and matured clients the importance of embracing your curls and your natural textured hair. There is so much history behind our curls (we will chat about that later). To go a little further on why we opt out to flat ironing in our salon is because after so many phone calls and visits of ladies crying to me because they have lost their curls permanently it just hurts my heart. But we will service you a nice blow out used with all natural based products. ; )
Shampooing too frequently
Being natural does not mean you have to shampoo your hair every day; once every two weeks to three weeks is fine. Shampooing textured hair does not require scrubbing. The object of a shampoo is to effectively remove dirt and oil residue from the scalp. A scrubbing motion can be agitating and harsh. This process should be soothing and relaxing. Remember to moisturize and condition after every shampoo. A great moisturizing shampoo and conditioner can be found at www.unclefunkysdaughter.com and we also carry the products in the salon.
Not knowing product ingredients
I know this day and age the #1 thing we do when we pick up products off the shelf we look at all the natural ingredients found on the back or side of the label. To be honest with you when I began my career all I payed attention to was the words ALCOHOL FREE!!!! Now we need to be PARABEN FREE, SULFATE FREE, AND ALCOHOL FREE. lol
Not adding or sealing moisturizer
A lot of us at first think natural hair is just that natural do not add anything to it. WRONG, you not only need just your natural oils, but also a serum. I like applying Jojoba oil its the perfect standalone oil that can double up as a finishing serum. It is incredibly light and a little goes a long way. The molecular composition of jojoba is incredibly similar to the sebum our scalp naturally produces, making it an oil that responds well to virtually all hair types.
The key to growth, strength, and retention is moisture. Please I know we feel just because our hair is natural we do not have to apply anything in it if we do not feel like it. That is false moisturizing your hair daily is a promising way to keep them natural tresses happy.