Every girl wants long healthy hair. Whether your hair is natural, texlaxed or even relaxed, we all want the kind of hair that we can always be proud of. Healthy hair is a lot of work. And caring for african hair is even more work. So today, I’ve decided to help you guys with useful info on some of the things you’ll be needing to kick start your healthy hair journey.
1). Sulphate-free shampoo.
Sulphate-free shampoos are shampoos that do not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS). Sulphate shampoos have been said to strip hair of its essential natural oils as well as pigmentation from hair dyes. Invest in a good sulphate-free shampoo to help your hair retain its natural oils and moisture.
2). Moisturising Conditioner.
If there’s anything that black hair loves, it’s moisture! Moisture, moisture and more moisture. Moisture helps to make hair more flexible thus allowing it to be manipulated without breaking. Dry hair on the other hand, tends to snap easily even with gentle force, therefore moisture is important especially for length retention.
3). Leave-in Conditioner.
You’re probably wondering ‘Why do I still need a leave-in conditioner?’ The answer is simple! Leave-in conditioners serve as a great source of daily moisture and protein to help strengthen your hair and prevent breakage.
4). Coconut Oil.
Famous for its growth-stimulating and moisturising properties, coconut oil is a must-have for anyone desirous of healthy, long hair. A natural conditioner, coconut oil also works to soothe scalp problems such as dryness and itching.
5). Olive Oil.
A highly moisturising lightweight oil which contains a generous quantity of vitamin E and antioxidants, olive oil works to make hair soft, smooth and shiny. It also boasts of anti-inflammatory properties that helps to alleviate scalp conditions such as dandruff.
6). Carrier Oils.
A carrier oil, also known as base oil, is used to dilute essential oils such as tea tree oil, grape seed oil, eucalyptus oil etc before applying to the scalp or skin. And because they do not evaporate like essential oils, they help prolong the effect of the essential oils. Example of carrier oils include castor oil, avocado oil, argan oil etc.
7). Shea Butter.
Shea butter also known as mother nature’s conditioner is fantastic for African hair. It can be used as hair sealant, heat protectant or as a treatment for scalp irritation. It is also great for softening hard, dry and brittle hair.
8). Detangling Lotion.
Getting rid of knots and tangles from our hair can be very frustrating and more often than not, we end up yanking off the entire strand initiating split ends and eventually breakage. By using a good detangler, you save a lot of time and energy plus it also helps to preserve the overall strength of the hair.
9). Edge Control.
Even the cutest of hairstyles can be ruined by frizzy edges but a good edge control can prevent you from having another bad hair day. A better option than styling gels, it helps tame all your unruly edges, prevent flyaways and give you the ultra sleek look you desire.
Back to the issue of moisture, no better source of moisture than water! Treat your hair to a generous amount of daily moisture by using a water spray bottle. You could also mix it with coconut oil and maybe olive oil for added benefits. Your hair would definitely thank you for it.
So that’s it! Some of the basic products you need to start your quest for healthier hair. Did I miss out any? Feel free to add to the list in the comment section!