Glad to have you on here! Today I would be sharing with you my thoughts on shrinkage and why you shouldn’t be frustrated anymore about it. Let’s go!!!💃🏽
In the natural hair community, it is no news that hair shrinkage is a major feature of the afro hair. As naturalistas, we sometimes find it disturbing that our hair shrinks all the time, hiding the real length of our hair and not let us be great. This shouldn’t be. Shrinkage has our interest at heart. Shrinkage is literally our best friend. Here’s why!
- Curly/coily/kinky hair is the opposite of straight/stretched hair. Curly hair is just like a spring, it can stretch to a reasonable length but when left, it returns to its springy elastic state. This is because it is made that way and there’s beauty in that. Your hair is made to be curly in nature, Having to stretch your curly hair can only be temporary, it will always return to its default state because that’s how it’s made and that’s where it’s beauty lies.
- Our hair shrinks because it’s a natural way to protect itself from breaking. Stretching constantly exposes our hair to more and more weakness. Our hair is at its weakest when stretched.
- Shrinkage only shows how healthy our natural hair is. When you get your hair stretched all too often, it can literally lose its elasticity,become straight, and starts shedding. This indicates poor health and of course, serious crisis.
So the next time your hair shrinks, just thank it😄 because it loves you and you should reciprocate that love. Let’s stop complaining about our shrinkage and start accepting,embracing and loving it even more. It’s God’s gift to us. Shrinkage is our friend!💕
Today is all about how you should wash your hair if you have a thick type 4c hair like mine.
There are some must have items that you should have in order to wash your hair clean and not have any challenge in between. Below are these items;
- Big toothed comb
- Warm water
- Cold water
So after making these items available, you are all set to have your hair washed well and clean. The following steps are what I actually take when washing my hair and I would be sharing them here for you to take notes and hopefully, apply them.
STEP 1: DE-TANGLE YOUR HAIR
I usually detangle my hair with a moisturizing detangler or a conditioner before actually washing it. This is done so that my hair can be tangle free and so I could comb through my hair to make the whole washing process easier.
STEP 2: PART YOUR HAIR INTO SECTIONS
I typically part my hair into 4 sections simply because its easier to wash my hair that way and gives better results since my hair is so thick and quite long. parting your hair into sections makes the washing process a lot easier and makes your hair a lot cleaner than washing it without parting into sections.
STEP 3: SHAMPOO/SOAP WASH YOUR HAIR:
I normally use a sulphate free shampoo or better still, original unrefined black soap. Lather every section of your hair starting from the first section, scrubbing the scalp and rubbing the hair to bring out the dirt and build-up, then rinse out and braid it up. Do this to other parted section of your hair until you’re done washing all parted sections. Then loosen all the sections and give a general wash to your whole hair and rinse out with hot water.
STEP 4: CONDITION YOUR HAIR
After washing and rinsing out the lather from your hair, apply conditioner to your hair, then use a big toothed comb and comb through your hair from the tip and gradually comb down to the roots, then vice-versa until your hair feels soft, smooth and conditioned.
STEP 5: RINSE OUT WITH COLD WATER
Next, rinse out the conditioner with cold water. Use cold water for a final rinse because it tightens back the scalp and pores and retains shine and moisture in your hair.
Choosing a product from the range of many can be very confusing. One could end up spending the whole day at the hair store only trying to choose the perfect product for one’s hair. To save you from all that confusion, I will be sharing some tips on how you can choose good products for your hair without any hitches and delays.
- KNOW YOUR HAIR TYPE: Some products work better on some hair types and texture. Knowing your hair type and texture will help you know the exact product that you should choose for your hair.
- IDENTIFY YOUR HAIR CONDITION: The condition of your hair will determine the particular product to use as a cure to the hair condition, so you would know what exact products you should choose.
- CHECK PRODUCT INGREDIENT: A good hair product should indicate what ingredients were used to manufacture it. Checking the products against harsh and harmful ingredients will help you know what products have suitable ingredients that is appropriate for your hair , thereby helping you choose best products.
- CHECK THE EXPIRY DATE: Checking and knowing the expiry date of a product will surely help you choose rightly. Products with closer expiry dates may not be best when it comes to savings as compared to products with a much more further expiry date. On the other hand, products with closer expiry dates from production dates may have no chemical ingredients and preservative which is a good thing, while products with further expiry dates from production dates may contain chemical ingredients and preservative which is not good in most cases. This knowledge will help you in choosing the right products for your hair.
Has this post helped you in any way?…let me know in the comment section.