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Dianne Austin

Dianne is the co-founder of Natural Haircare News and Coils To Locs.com. She's been blogging about natural hair ever since she made the decision to break free of the creamy crack in 2012.
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No doubt about it – our kinky, curly wavy hair is beautiful, and we want to keep it that way!  Check out these five natural hair care tips that will help you to treat your hair the way it deserves to be treated!

Give Your Hair What It Deserves: 5 Natural Hair Care Tips

Brothers can use these tips too!

1. Gentle is Always Better

How you manipulate your hair as well as the products that you use can cause a lot of breakage, especially for our fragile hair.  Take your time when styling your hair – always.

2. Combing/Brushing

Never tug or pull at your hair.  Avoid combing and brushing your natural hair when dry, only when wet, and then use a wide-tooth comb with smooth edges.  Start from the ends and work your way up to the roots of wet, conditioned hair. Remember, our hair is fragile when wet, so you still need to be gentle when handling your hair.

3. Washing & Conditioning

Never pile your natural hair on top of your head and scrub; you’ll just create a tangled mess, which leads to breakage.  Gently run the shampoo and conditioner through your hair in a downward motion from roots to ends; being careful not to manipulate your hair too much.   Water that is too hot can damage your hair, so use as cool of a temperature as you can stand., the colder the better to protect the hair and stimulate your scalp.

Daily shampooing can dry out our hair, which leads to breakage.  Do what’s best for your hair type, but try not to shampoo every day.

Be sure to deep condition your hair with a protein-based conditioner once or twice a month.  In between deep conditioning treatments, use a high quality protein based leave in conditioner to hydrate your hair.

4. Stick with natural and organic shampoos and conditioners

Natural hair care products that are organically made don’t contain alcohol, sulfates, and other chemicals that is drying to our hair, and drying = breakage.  Chemical laden products may also cause scalp irritation that can lead to dandruff and other problems for some users.

5. Protect Your Hair at Night:  Natural hair can easily mat and knot so use satin or silk pillowcases when sleeping.  You can also use a satin/silk sleeping cap.  Guys:  don’t want to use a cap?  Definitely invest in a satin pillowcase!

Do you have your own natural hair care tips? Leave your comments below.

Author:  Dianne Shaddock

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2 Responses to Give Your Hair What It Deserves: 5 Natural Hair Care Tips

  1. Tasha says:

    Please I want tips on making my hair grow faster nd long

    • Dianne says:

      I recommend massaging your scalp with your fingertips to get the blood circulating and eating foods that support hair growth such as yogurt and other foods. Lastly, taking Biotin tablets are helpful. Many people, (including myself) experience faster hair growth. You also really need to be careful with how you handle your hair to avoid breakage.

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