The foundation

  • Do know that diet and exercise is a key element in growing healthy hair
  • Do drink plenty of water. This will boost the moisture in your hair and add luster.
  • Do take good care of your scalp; don’t clog it up, scratch it up or damage it chemically or with harsh shampoos and ingredients

Washing process

  • Do wash your hair weekly and after each time you go swimming in salt or chlorinated water
  • Do wash your hair in sections. This keeps your hair from tangling
  • Do pre-poo with olive oil or other penetrating oil for those with dry hair
  • Do use a moisturizing shampoo designed for dry, damaged or chemically treated hair (preferably sulfate-free). Sulfates strip your hair of its natural oils.  Natural hair can be dry enough and doesn’t need help from sulfates. 
  • Do co-wash between weekly shampoo dates as needed. Typically this is every 3-4 days.
  • Do clarify hair of buildup every 6-8 weeks with a clarifying shampoo. This isn’t really necessary if you are using all natural products (no “-cones”, parabens, sulfates etc.)
  • Do deep condition at least once a month. This is usually protein based. Try organic root stimulator replenishing conditioner or ion effective care treatment.
  • Do make sure you are not washing hair in “hard water”. Check your water. Get a showerhead filter if necessary.
  • Do detangle your hair only in the shower with conditioner in your hair. Use a denman brush or a smooth wide-tooth comb with rounded tips to detangle your hair. Start at the ends then work your way up to the roots.  You can also use fingers but do not detangle with a rat-tail. Leave that for parting hair.
  • Don’t towel dry your hair if you want you curls and coils to “pop”. Shake your head or squeeze the water out and air dry. See drying alternatives.

Products and moisture

  • Do apply a leave-in conditioner (or other water-based moisturizer) after washing and conditioning hair. Then apply an oil (like coconut, olive, avocado) and creamy product (like shea butter) to seal in moisturizer.
  • Do know that the first ingredient of a moisturizer product is water.
  • Do use a spray bottle (mixed with water and moisturizer) to mist hair throughout the day or week if necessary.
  • Do keep edges moisturized. Avoid gelling edges often as this can be drying and cause breakage.
  • Do keep a proper moisture/ protein balance. Do a protein treatment every 4-6 weeks or when experiencing shedding but not every week. Some products have protein in them, so be careful.
  • Do use products for your hair type. Some products used while relaxed will not work well your natural hair.
  • Do not load curl activators and gels in hair in hopes your hair will curl. You may not have a curly texture to begin with. You can’t define curls you don’t have. Try other styles like twist outs to make a curly look.
  • Do use light oil on ends (almond, coconut etc) and do big twist before bed. 
  • Do use a satin or silk pillowcase, bonnet and/or scarf when sleeping
  • Do know that high priced products do not mean they are good for you.
  • Do avoid products that contain ingredients ending with “–cone”  (i.e Silicone, Amodimethicone, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, etc. There are many more.) Theses ingredients makes natural hair feel great when it is wet, but once it dries it leaves the hair hard, stiff and crunchy. Cones are difficult to remove without harsh shampoo. They can cause build-up and lock moisture out of the hair.
  • Don’t use products that contain petroleum, mineral oil. It only coats your hair and does not moisturize. Please stay away from those products especially if its in the first 10 ingredients.
  • Don’t become a product junky.  The only products you need are a good shampoo, conditioner (deep conditioner and rinse out) and a few daily moisturizers (leave-in, natural oils, butters)
  • Do become knowledgeable about products, labels and ingredients. Don’t fall prey to products marketed toward colored people or naturals. Read first. If there is anything you don’t understand, write the name down and google that ingredient. Check out cosmeticsdatabase.com. Do not be deceived, do your research before trying new products.
  • Don’t clog the scalp with products. If you feel you must add more oil to the scalp besides the natural oil already being produced, use light penetrating oil like olive, coconut or avocado oil. Never use petroleum, mineral oil or hair grease. These just sit on your scalp. 
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