How to Bring Your Unhealthy Natural Hair Back to Life
Unhealthy natural hair is bound to rear its ugly head at some point during your natural hair journey. Whether due to neglect or poor natural hair care decisions, such as choosing the wrong products, it is highly likely that your natural hair will send out cries for help by giving off signs of dryness, being brittle, losing its vibrancy or feeling coarse to the touch. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you know that it cannot go on for too long without leaving lasting effects behind for your tresses.
There is hope in that you can rejuvenate your natural hair by adopting a few practices that focus on a more natural approach for your natural hair care regimen.
Here are four tips to help you revitalize your natural hair.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are fantastic for more than just aromatherapy. Essential oils possess numerous, natural healing properties that allow it also to heal your hair. Today, any natural hair brand claiming to be a natural product has at least one essential oil in its list of ingredients. The oils are like magical serums that when used independently as a component of your daily hair care ritual or as an ingredient for Your pre-poo regimen, can deliver a bevy of positive results including but not limited to:
Reverse some forms of hair loss or breakage
Hair hydration (by way of sealing in moisture)
Stop or slow the appears of gray hair
Hundreds of essential oils can improve the state of your natural hair, but here are a few top picks:
Amla Oil (Top Pick Dabur Amla Oil)
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Choose Paraben and Sulfate Free Products
The next action you can take to revitalize your natural tresses is to take inventory of the products in your hair care arsenal to ensure they do not contain parabens or sulfates. Paraben and sulfate-free products are still best for natural hair because they do not strip your hair. No, they don’t lather a whole lot, but who says you need suds for results?
Shampoos and conditioners that contain parabens and sulfates are notorious for robbing our hair of their natural oils and degrading the overall structure of our strands. Paraben and sulfate-free products are effective enough to clean our hair but gentle enough to do the job without leaving us with crunchy hair that smells good.
Deep Condition Your Hair
Establish a deep conditioner regimen. Deep conditioning natural hair helps to ensure that your kinks and coils enjoy a concentrated focus of moisture infusion. It’s more than just putting that plastic bag on your head and sitting under a dryer or walking about the house for a couple of hours. In addition to hydrating your hair, deep conditioning natural hair can help to improve texture, improve hair strength and flexibility, and bring back shine.
You can purchase deep conditioner products or make your own deep conditioner treatment mix using everyday products. Naturalhairrules.com features the following mayonnaise recipe for dull/lifeless hair:
1 cup regular Mayonnaise
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup olive oil (or coconut oil)
2 tablespoons honey
plastic conditioning cap
Instructions: Whip all ingredients together and stir until evenly smooth in a glass or ceramic bowl. Apply the conditioner to wet or damp hair, cover with a plastic conditioning cap, and leave on for one hour before rinsing.
For best results, initially, deep condition your hair once a week. Once your hair returns to a healthy state, you can adjust your deep conditioning practices to every other week or more often as needed.
Eat Better and Drink More Water
Our bodies have a strange way of putting out what it is we put into it. Therefore, if your eating habits are not so great, you may want to begin making a conscious effort to change your diet. Boost your intake of green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, healthy fats, and oh yes, drink more water.
Vegetables and fruits will help to improve your intake of antioxidants which can help to protect you from free radicals which we know can break down the structure of your hair, leaving it to be more susceptible to hair damage. Additionally, they are vital to repairing hair damage.
Supplemental vitamins such as Solgar Vitamins can help to improve your hair quality and rate of growth.
Healthy fats, commonly found in fish and nuts, can also help to improve the strength of your hair, enabling it to withstand the daily manipulations of hair care.
Finally, protein is essential for hair structure. Even if you are a vegan, be purposeful about your intake of protein with your meals.
These are four simple tips you can execute to improve the current state of your hair. Don’t worry if nothing happens in the first week. It’s highly likely that you may need two or three weeks to reverse existing damage.
Essential Oils for Hair Care. WebMD.
Natural Beauty Oils. WebMD.
5 DIY Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair. Natural Hair Rules
The impact of oxidation stress on hair. NCBI