Editor’s note: This is a repost from 2011
Around college campuses the United States, a new trend has been slowly and steadily arising. The “natural hair movement” has taken America by storm and has many asking, “What is natural hair?”
Well, being natural has several different meaning it just depends on the person that you’re talking to. Some would say that being natural is chopping off all of your chemically processed hair and struttin’ the tresses that you were born with. For some being natural is a step further…meaning no weaves, braids or products that contain sulfates or silicones.
However you choose to define natural, it is imperative that you take care of your precious curls and locks. Some think that maintaining and caring for natural hair is just as expensive as taking care of relaxed hair. However, this happens to be a myth, it is very easy to keep your hair healthy without going all out on expensive products. Here are some tips on caring for natural hair on a budget.
Pre-pooing is basically a pre-shampoo treatment, which is applied to your hair/scalp, left on for a period of time and shampooed out. Pre-pooing helps protect your hair from the harsh shampooing process. Many people don’t like their hair to feel ‘squeaky clean’ once they’ve washed it, so they choose to pre-poo so that their hair doesn’t feel dry after shampooing.
Pre-pooing is a pre-shampoo treatment, which is applied to your hair/scalp, left on for a period of time and shampooed out. Pre-pooing helps protect your hair from the harsh shampooing process. Many people don’t like their hair to feel ‘squeaky clean’ once they’ve washed it, so they choose to pre-poo so that their hair doesn’t feel dry after shampooing.
Try: Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment $9
Rich. Buttery. And born to be a beauty. Use Avocado Oil in your pre-wash hair treatment to deliver essential moisture while Olive and Almond Oil, Rosemary and Nettle Extracts help give your hair a beautifully glossy shine.
(Conditioner washing) is a way of cleaning your hair without shampooing. Co-wash by simply rinsing your hair with warm water then apply conditioner to your scalp and hair. Act as if you were shampooing and gently massage your scalp. Once you have completed that step, rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. You can co-wash your hair as often as you like, but I’d recommend no more than 3x a week. It’s better to use a cheap conditioner when doing this, just because you may use it often.
Try: Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish + Moisturize Conditioner $6.99
Infused with Nourishing Wheat Complex and Hydrating Oat Protein, this conditioner quenches the driest hair with a fusion of gentle conditioners and moisturizers, giving hair silky new life.
Try: Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Balancing Moisturizing Conditioner $3
Enriched with organic botanicals, this cruelty free conditioner helps balance hair by adding moisture and manageability to dry, brittle hair
3. Moisturize, Moisture, MOISTURIZE.
It’s always important keep your hair moisturized, especially during winter months it is essential that you keep your hair moisturized. The cold, brittle air can and will cause your hair to dry out a lot quicker. Although water is a great moisturizer, it should not be used as the sole moisturizer. If you simply spritz your hair with water and love it up with moisturizer you should be just fine.
Try: Shea Moisture Organic Curl Enhancing Smoothie $10
Use a small dime-sized amount of this nutrient rich smoothie and it instantly adds shine and bounce to your curls
Twisted Sista 30 Second Curl Spray $4.49
30 second non-greasy spray that rehydrates curls and adds volume. Pop this curly spray in your bag to revitalize your hair throughout the day
4. Trimmy trim trim trim.
Even though trimming doesn’t necessarily make your hair grow, it will improve the overall health of your hair by removing split ends. Whether you choose to go to a professional to get it done or you decide to make it a DIY, make sure you get it done.
The most important thing with natural hair is finding what’s best for YOU. What may work for your best friend or cousin, may not work for you. Everyone’s hair is unique and has its flaws, that is why it’s important for you to explore what your hair really needs and what makes it healthy. There are so many sites, blogs, youtube videos that are catered to women who are natural are considering so while you’re checking out some of these products, google everything you can about being natural.