When you choose to finally go natural with your hair and only use natural hair products, there are certain things you may need to learn to do for the first time. Caring for your natural hair and scalp is essential to growing longer and stronger tresses that are easy to style and maintain. However, professional hair care can be expensive, inconvenient, and time-consuming. To help you out, here are our favorite DIY tips for natural textured hair that you can do at home for a fraction of the cost.
Self-Trimming Your Natural Hair
We know that trimming your own hair can seem intimidating, especially if you have never done it before. The reality is that it’s actually pretty simple and anyone can do it. First of all, you want to go to your local beauty supply store (or shop online) to get some sharp, good-quality hair shears. Avoid using regular household scissors, which can actually damage your hair. Next, make sure you have some clips and combs ready to go. You will need to separate your hair into sections before trimming and these items make that process much easier.
Here are the steps to follow for trimming your natural hair:
- Wash and moisturize your hair using a natural hair shampoo and natural hair conditioner of your choice.
- Separate your hair into sections, then clip them up on your head leaving the very bottom section out.
- Apply hydrating hair oil to your hair to avoid breakage while detangling your hair.
- Go from using a wide-tooth comb to a more fine-tooth comb to detangle your curls.
- Start at your tips then work your way to your roots as the tangles work themselves out.
- Feel your hair and visually inspect the strands to spot the damage – this is where you should trim your hair.
- Hold the section of hair between your pointer and middle fingers and pull down to the ends of your strands where you will be trimming.
- Using sharp shears, trim the ends off and make a mental note of how much was cut off (¼ inch, ½ inch, etc.) so that you cut about the same for each section.
- Clip the finished section and repeat the process on the rest of your hair.
Once you are done, you are ready to start styling! If this is your first time trimming your own hair, try doing smaller sections at a time and being conservative about how much you trim off. As you do it more, you will get more comfortable with it and know exactly what to expect. It’s an easy process that will help repair damage and keep your tresses healthy and hydrated.
At-Home Deep Conditioning Treatments
No need to head to a salon if it’s time for a deep conditioning treatment for your hair! All you need are a few hair products, moisturizing hair oils, a hair conditioner, and a plastic shower cap. Once you have these, you can work deep conditioning into a home routine for your natural textured hair. Here’s how to do it:
- First, have your favorite natural hair oil ready to go. We recommend anything with olive, argan, jojoba, avocado, or safflower oil. You can even mix your favorite oils together for a really moisturizing experience!
- Warm up the oil slightly so it’s easier to work with and mixes better with other products.
- Mix your warm hair oil(s) with your favorite natural hair conditioner to form a cream.
- Separate your hair into sections and start applying the cream to your hair, starting from the bottom sections.
- Focus on the dryer and more damaged areas of your hair with the conditioning treatment.
- Clip your hair up and cover with a plastic shower cap to allow the oils to really penetrate each strand with hydration.
- You can also choose to cover the plastic cap with a heated cap or heated towel to activate those moisturizing ingredients.
- Leave the conditioner in your hair for anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour.
- Rinse off the deep conditioning treatment and style your hair as usual.
By applying deep conditioners at home on a regular basis, you are strengthening and defining your curls without having to pay for expensive treatments. You will find that your hair is more manageable and is able to grow longer.
Perfecting Your Washing Routine
Washing your hair can have a major effect on the health of your natural textured hair. Washing too often can strip your hair of natural oils and moisture. Not washing enough can lead to an unhealthy scalp, dandruff, and weighed down hair. Here are some tips for perfecting your at-home washing routine for your natural textured hair:
- Make sure you prep and detangle your hair before you jump in the shower.
- Slather on natural hair oil or leave-in conditioner to prevent breakage.
- Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to detangle, starting at the ends first.
- Once your hair is detangled and the oil has saturated the strands, run warm water over your hair. Your hair should be completely wet before applying shampoo.
- Starting at the roots, gently massage the shampoo into your scalp and hair while being careful not to tangle up the strands.
- Rinse completely with warm water, then repeat the process to make sure your scalp, roots, and hair are clarified. This helps your strands to absorb more nutrients from your conditioner.
- Wring your hair out carefully before applying the conditioner.
- Apply your conditioner to your hair, paying special attention to the ends and damaged areas.
- Let your conditioner sit for several minutes before rinsing with cool water (to help seal in the moisture).
- Try using a microfiber towel to dry your hair to avoid damaging your tresses. Pat and squeeze dry rather than aggressively rubbing.
- You can also choose to not use a towel at all. Just squeeze out any excess water and apply your favorite leave-in conditioner or other natural hair products.
Depending on the texture of your curls, washing your hair could be done as often as every other day or as little as once a week or longer. All natural hair is uniquely beautiful, so you will need to find a balance that’s just right for you.
Choosing Your Natural Hair Products
The ingredients in your natural hair products are just as important as how you care for your hair on a daily basis. Natural textured hair needs moisturizing and nurturing ingredients that help fight damage and breakage. Always look for organic hair products that contain rich and hydrating oils and clarifying elements, such as rosemary, that will keep your hair and scalp healthy and strong.
To learn more about caring for your textured hair with organic natural hair products, check out more tips on our natural hair care blog!