IN the past few years there’s been a major shift towards natural hair. As we begin to slowly move away from relaxers and weaves, we’re seeing an abundance of gorgeous natural hair. But, as anyone who has gone natural will tell you, the transition is not always an easy one. Natural hair requires special care and attention, and the maintenance aspect puts a lot of women off. Despite the extra effort required, natural is back in a big way. Not only is natural hair healthier (the chemicals used in the relaxing process can cause serious damage!), but it’s versatile and on-trend.
When transitioning from chemically-treated to natural hair, the hair may at first be brittle and prone to breakage. It’s best to cut off as much of the chemically-treated hair as possible and to start fresh.
Here are some tips on how to maintain your natural hair:
Sulfates may make your shampoo nice and foamy, but it can wreak havoc on your hair. Sulfates are extremely drying and can strip the hair of its natural oils. Because natural hair needs all the moisture it can get, a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner is the way to go. We love Pure Royal’s Sulfate Free Shampoo (R74.95) and Sulfate Free Conditioner (R74.99). This powerful combo strengthens, renews, hydrates and improves elasticity and suppleness.
Moisture, moisture, moisture
Natural hair needs a lot of hydration, particularly at the beginning stages of the transition. To maintain moisture and nourish the hair, we recommend using a deep conditioning treatment at least once per week.
Beat scalp problems
High-tension hairstyles like braids look great, but are known to cause hairloss and damage to the hair follicles. Using a scalp treatment regularly helps nourish the scalp and stimulate hair growth.
Pure Royal Scalp Stimulant Moisture Mint Therapy Treatment (R54.95) is a root stimulating treatment that helps to promote hair growth and strength. It also relieves itchiness and dryness, curing scalp flakiness and soothing skin irritation.
Sleeping is pretty harmless, right? Wrong! The friction between brittle hair and a pillowcase could be more damaging than you’d expect. We recommend sleeping on a silk pillowcase (this minimizes friction, big time), or wearing a sleeping cap at night. In addition to minimizing friction, sleeping caps also help prevent dryness, which is worsened by the cold night air.