Proper hair care may not be an immediate concern for you now that the world is partially opening up again, but knowledge is never a bad idea.
We recognize that you may be back in quarantine depending on where you live, and you will need these pointers.
Hair care is also part of the skin care regimen you should have, but some of us don’t take it seriously enough.
Or don’t think they relate.
Our last post tackled skin care with 5 Easy Ways To Boost Your Black Skin Care.
During #stayathome we were unable to get the necessary hair care we needed unless we did it ourselves. If you’re like me, then you know you had to apply that extra TLC to keep your hair nourished.
I developed a dry scalp very early on in March.
You get dry scalp when your skin has too little moisture. The skin on your scalp becomes irritated and flakes off. If your scalp is dry, the skin on other parts of your body, like your arms and legs, could be dry, too.
Dry scalp can also be triggered by factors like these:
- cold, dry air
- contact dermatitis caused by a reaction to products you apply to your scalp, like shampoo, styling gel, and hairspray
- older age
I found myself washing my hair more often and to treat it, I used a mix of ylang ylang oil and Jamaican castor oil after washing to moisturize. I’d walk for an hour outside just to feel the breeze blow through my locs. It was like therapy. I missed regular life as we knew it.
During our Let’s Talk Women’s Wellness online chat with April Lee back in June, we got some really great tips from her. April has worked in the cosmetology industry for over 8 years and graduated from the Empire School of Cosmetology in New York City.
During the chat, she shared several tips on how to succeed at hair care if you’re unable to get to a stylist and depending on the type of hair you have.
She even demonstrated how to trim your edges, although she did not recommend it unless you absolutely had no choice, which most of us didn’t at one point.
Read on below for tips she shared.
Wash and Condition with Deep Condition Treatments
Deep Conditioning can be done while sitting under a dryer, with a hot microwaved towel, and a plastic cap or small garbage bag.
To deep condition, wash hair first.
You can do household chores or even get a work out in with a plastic cap on to bring in body heat.
Style hair as you desire but remember when blow-drying to use a heat protectant.
For long thick hair, she recommends blow-drying in sections.
Conditioning Hair Care Treatment with Home Ingredients
- Avocado (yes the food)
- Argan, Jamaican castor, avocado oils (a little bit of each)
- Mayonnaise (a spoonful)
- Egg (one)
- Honey (a spoonful)
- Banana (optional, but half)
- Blend all ingredients in a food processor or beat them in a stand mixer until smooth and lightened in color.
- Spread the mask onto damp hair, focusing on the ends. Feel free to rub it in a bit. Use a clip to pull hair into a bun on top of your head, and put on a shower cap. Heat your hair by blow-drying for 15 minutes or sitting in the sun for 30 minutes. Rinse and wash hair as usual.
Any leftover mix, you can also freeze for next time.
Trimming Your Edges
Disclaimer: “I don’t recommend trims at home but if the hair is unbearable this would help.” – April Lee, Cosmetologist
Trims can be done as well to easily manage your hair care without assistance from a professional. It involves cutting off any strangling ends. To trim natural hair it must be blow-dried straight first.
If your hair is short you can do this by braiding the hair in sections and where you see the hair that looks dead at the ends, those are the pieces to cut off.
For long hair, you can pull the hair all the way up into a ponytail and the see-through parts are the ends that need to go. If you feel you can’t do this it ok to wait for your stylist.
Care For Braids or Twists With Extensions
Traditional box braids can be easy to maintain, protect natural strands that need a break from daily manipulation and can simply look stunning.
A couple thing to note – edges should not be braided.
Knotless braids are safer because it has less tension.
Your hair can stay braided or twisted for no more than 6 weeks, and there are ways you can take care of the scalp and keep it fresh during this time.
One easy way to do this is to wash your scalp with Seabreeze or apple cider vinegar to prevent any buildup.
This can be done once every two weeks or if you feel the scalp is too itchy.
Care For Wig Wearers
Hair should be washed every two weeks and deep condition 1 to 2 times a month depending on how dry the hair is.
For all styles, oil hair every two to three days to keep moisture.
Oils can be olive almond avocado jojoba for edges Jamaican black castor oil only a little.
Protect edges and hair by sleeping with silk or satin scarfs or bonnets or have a silk or satin pillowcase.
Last but not least, don’t use box color. Box color is hard to remove when coming back to your stylist for a color refresh. It will also cost you a lot of money to rework.
So, these are just some quick tips for caring for your hair when you have no other choice. Let us know your thoughts and feel free to reach out to April @sitn_pretty_by_aprill on Instagram if you have more questions.