How To Nurture Your Natural Curl Pattern
How To Improve Your Curls
By Lindsay C.
Let your hair reign! The fascination with natural hair has grown into a movement of celebrities showing their real hair and bloggers swapping inspirational stories about their BIG CHOP!
I too took a fascination with my natural hair when a vacation to Thailand left me with a frizzy Afro. To my surprise, compliments ensued and somehow I found my frizzy locks more appealing than sleek and straight. So, I decided to make the big chop (in small stages that is).
Fast-forward a year later and all that’s on my head are my natural God-given curls. Within that year, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks, learned from mistakes, and have gleaned a bit of knowledge I hope to share with other natural hair hopefuls, soon to make the big chop themselves.
Moisturize & Seal with Water:
Curly hair is naturally drier than straight hair. So, when you go natural you’ll need to give your hair a little more TLC. And, because of a little thing called science, it’s not enough just to slap creams onto your hair. You’ll have to moisturize and seal with the greatest moisturizer of them all for curly hair; water. Invest in a spray bottle to use for dampening your hair in the morning. You can even add something like Aloe Vera juice (an old Native American trick for growing longing hair). After hair is lightly damp, apply oil and then a shea butter cream to seal in the moisture. Do this on a regular basis to ensure that your curls stay hydrated and soft.
Don’t Forget About Protein:
Hair is primarily made of protein and moisture. So, it pays to learn the wonders of making a protein mask once per week. I blend together 1 egg, ½ cup of yogurt, ½ an avocado, olive oil, and 1/3 cup of honey (another ingredient to seal in moisture) to ensure that my hair remains soft and strong. Leave this mask in your hair for 30 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
Improve Your Diet Improve Your Hair:
Your hair is what you eat. You can slap on all the butters and masks you can get your hands on, but you won’t have the thick luscious strands you dream of without a balanced diet. Eat your vegetables, fruits, whole grains, small portions of meat, small amounts of diary, and drink 8 glasses of water per day to ensure you’re getting all the vitamins and nutrients that you need. And, just like a good diet for your waistline, you’ll want to avoid sugary, processed, and fried foods to ensure you’ll have luscious curls.
Braids and twists are well known for protecting natural curls. Yet, who really has time in the morning to braid all that hair? One stylish trick, I’ve learned is the scarf. Tie it around your hair in a 1940’s top-knot, wear it as a turban, or a head wrap a là Jackie O. Either way, a scarf is a quick 5 minute step to protecting your hair and creating a sleek style.