Tuesday, 15 May 2012

How to make your natural hair softer and more manageable.


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‘Wow, your hair is sooooo soft! No wonder you can carry your natural hair. I can’t carry natural hair o, my natural hair is so stubborn.’

I get this statement from some relaxed people all the time.

‘Wow, your hair is soooo soft. How did you get your hair to be this manageable? I find it hard managing my natural hair.’

I get this one from natural ladies.

I know that my hair feels soft, especially when it’s in twists. Well, the truth is that I wasn’t born with a soft and manageable natural hair. So I respond to these people…

‘The truth is that my hair is not naturally soft. In fact, it was very hard before. I have done some things to it over time that has made it to be soft and manageable.’

So what are the things I have done to my hair that has made it manageable? I know that this may not be new to the natural hair gurus, but from the comments and emails I receive, I realized that there are so many newbie naturals out there who have so many questions on their minds. And they are mainly the ones this post is targeted at. Follow the below directions and have a better life managing your hair

1. Dispel the myth. No matter how ‘stubborn’ your natural hair is, it can be tendered over time with adequate deep conditioning and moisture. Don’t believe otherwise. This single mindset will be one to liberate you and help you achieve your goal of managing you natural hair without hassles

2. Don’t joke with deep conditioning. If you had been playing with this before, it is time to stop. Deep conditioning is known to work on hair textures like magic. For more details about deep conditioning, click here.

3. Try the tea rinse after washing your hair. For more information about the tea rinse, click here. What I now do, as NaturalNigerian advised me is to pour the tea water on my hair, over and over again. Sometimes after doing the tea rinse, you might actually feel your hair softer.

4. Moisture is your best friend. In your natural hair journey, you will never hear enough of this. Don’t joke with moisture. Use daily spritz once or twice every day. A mixture of water, olive oil and glycerin will do. Glycerin attracts moisture from the environment to your hair. This guarantees to an extent that you hair is always moisturized. Please know that it doesn’t matter if you have extensions on. Still do the daily spritz. Lift your weaves or braid and moisturize your hairline.

5. Seal in your moisture. This is not as technical as it might sound. After adding moisture to your hair, you might have to make sure the harsh weather doesn’t evaporate it by sealing it in your hair with butter based cream or a good moisturizing cream.

Please note, these points do not come to you from an expert point of view. I am just sharing what has helped me and some other naturalistas soften our hair over time. I hope this post has been helpful.

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41 comments:

  1. Good post- now sending the link to my natural friends that have this issue.

    Thanks

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    1. Yes o. A lot of people face this issue. Thanks

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  2. Great post and important info. Thanks for the regular reminders.

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    1. Thanks o. We have no choice but to help one another

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  3. Thanks for sharing these tips. Had my hair in weaves for a month and that sort of regressed it. had to cut some of it, and now the texture is not so good either.

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    1. Really? Was it so irreparable that you had to cut some of it? Please, don't let your hair dry out anymore.

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  4. Soy butter/oil helps too, and yes, tea rinse is a hairsaver!

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    1. Neva used soya before. Would try it if I come across it. Thanks

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  5. thanks so much im a new natural and.im currently battling with dryness thanks fr the tips.

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    1. Wow, sorry. I hope this works for you.

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  6. thanks fr this im a new natural and currently battling with dryness.il try out the tips

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  7. Coconut cream - cheap - moisturizes and softens

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  8. I ve neva seen any human wiv my hair type. Its sooo full, so dark, so hard, very strong lookin even afta retourching. Smtyms i gt 4strated nd leave d hair wiv out weaving it nd i cnt even insert comb in it to comb it cos of d pain so i comb lyk twice a week. Pls wat cn i do abt dis. Coz even wen i want to go weave it, i ve to think of d pain i will feel 1st

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    1. Believe me ma'am, your hair can be worked on. My hair was so stubborn that it only feels relaxed for a week, after relaxing before it poofs up again.

      Just care for it and condition it constantly, you will see results. Just be consistent

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  9. i can never thank you enough for your wonderful tips, my hair is now softer and manageable. i deep condition it every week and apply shea butter everyday. Before seeing your post i was never able to comb my natural african hair without wetting it first. now i spritz it every morning and night and now i can comb it without wetting it first, it has stopped breaking. Please let me know how many days a week u recommend shampooing natural hair?? i only shampoo mine when washing off the egg and oil deep conditioner

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    1. Wow thank God. I am so happy that this blog has been able to help you. I hope others learn too.

      As for your question, please, try not to wash your hair too often. As for me, I wash once in 2 weeks, but I guess once a week is enough if you are too worried about build up.

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  10. Blessings....
    hmmmmmmm,enlightening, what are some of the moisturing creams that you have had success with?

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    1. Hi Rhapsody, I use our own moisturising butter cream, which we see in the product store here. http://www.africanaturalistas.com/p/sh.html

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    2. Blessings and thank you

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  11. I'm really happy to find this natural hair blog from Naija, cus most other sites about natural hair feature hair that's not typical African hair. I went natural November 2011 and BC, so i started with TWA people used to ask me if i were a model(they still do). I'm a Nigerian living in Nigeria. (Abuja, Lagos and Ogun)

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    1. Yes. That's why we started this blog. To help our own hair. I am glad you are finding it helpful.

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  12. What is the ratio u add for the glycerine water and oil?? I mean how much of eaxh ingredient do u add to make the daily spritz??

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    1. To be honest, in the days I used to add glycerine, I never measured. I just put a little as possible in the water.

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    2. Why have you stopped using the glycerine?
      How much water and olive oil though did you use?

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    3. Glycerine is a humectant, and it draws moisture from the atmosphere into your hair. I have the frizziest hair on earth, so I use as little glycerine as possible.

      If your hair is dry, and looking to up your moisture level, you will enjoy using glycerine.

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  13. Hello any advise on henna and whether it's safe to use on natural hair? Thanks!

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  14. Hello, this is such a helpful post. Though its a year old, i would really love to share it on my blog hope you dont mind. I'll link back.thank you

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    1. Hi Ginikachi. Glad to know you found the post helpful. If you want to copy, please copy only the first 7 paragraphs, just before number 1 starts, and then tell them to continue reading it on this blog, by clicking a link, directing them back to this blog.

      That way, we both share the traffic. Thanks for understanding.

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  15. This may sound like a silly question but the tea rinse do you shampoo again and rinse it with water after pouring in?

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  16. newlyNaturalle9 February 2014 15:37

    I just recently cut my gair to transition to natural and this post has helped me. Thank u.

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  17. newlyNaturalle9 February 2014 15:39

    Just recently cut my hair and transitioning to natural hair and my hair is hard. Thank u for all that :)

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  18. Hey, this is helpful. When you say olive oil, do you mean regular Olive oil that you but at the store out the hair olive oil, and where would you buy glycerin?

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    1. Olive oil is olive oil. There is no special olive oil for hair. You can get glycerine from our online store here. Just go to this address. africanaturalistas.com/ourstore

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