The first step to having healthy, natural hair is to love and accept your hair for what it is. Your beautiful hair is straight, wavy, curly, coily, or kinky. That is how you were created. Your goal is to understand that and accept it. No matter your hair type, your hair is not inferior to that of anyone else. It is different. It is the way God made you. And you are perfect.
Touch your hair. Go ahead, touch it! This is your hair. Love it. Accept it for what it is. God made you beautiful.
Second, remember that you are unique. All people have different ethnic backgrounds, as made evident by our varying skin tones, body shapes, and hair textures. One person's hair regimen may not work for you. Your hair texture is as unique as your fingerprint. In addition, you may find different hair textures on different sections of your head. This is normal. Most people do. The trick is finding what works best for your hair.
Many women judge success with their hair regimen by hair length. Remember, however, that all hair does not grow at the same rate. Although anyone can attain great length, it may take longer for your hair to reach your goal length than for others. It is all in our genes and in what we put into our bodies (vitamins, nutrition, distress, eustress, and exercise). Hair is not a vital organ. In fact, what we see is not made of living cells at all, which is why your hair cannot be healthy, it can only look healthy. Only your hair follicles (the roots) are living tissue. For that reason, if your vital structures (heart, blood vessels, lungs, stomach, etc) are not getting the proper care, your body will sacrifice your hair before anything else. So, take care of your insides first!
Regardless of your race, ethnicity, or hair type, there is one major constant when it comes to caring for hair; your hair needs moisture and that moisture needs to be sealed in.
Moisture comes in many natural forms such as water, aloe vera juice, and aloe vera gel, to name a few. Any way in which you can get natural moisture, get it. But, once it is in, you have to keep it in.
This is where sealers come into play, normally in the form of butters or oils. These include shea butter, castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, and many others. However, stay away from petroleum and mineral oil. They both clog the pores on your scalp, making it difficult for new hair follicles to grow. Be sure to read the ingredients label of the products you purchase.
Raw, unrefined shea butter is a superior sealant when applied to moisturized hair. Some companies use bleaches and other chemicals to change the appearance of shea butter. These methods exhaust the product of its therapeutic properties, and also destroy the vitamins and minerals naturally present in shea butter. Unrefined shea butter is naturally stock full of Vitamins A, E, and F, in addition to several other minerals and vitamins. Vitamins A and E in shea butter help to soothe, hydrate, and balance the scalp and hair. Vitamin F is made of essential fatty acids, and helps protect and revitalize damaged hair. Shea butter is a wonderful product for revitalizing dry scalp. It promotes scalp renewal and increases circulation.
When shea butter is combined with other exceptional natural oils, such as extra virgin olive oil, castor oil, or vitamin e oil, the benefits for your hair multiply. Extra virgin olive oil, when used on hair, is a deep conditioner and a dandruff controller. It nourishes hair and prevents the scalp from drying by retaining moisture. The germicidal, insecticidal, and fungicidal properties of ricin and ricinoleic acids present in castor oil protect the scalp and hair from microbial and fungal infections, the two prime causes for hair loss. Vitamin E Oil protects the body from oxidation, a normal aging process by which oxygen breaks down the body’s tissues. Vitamin E also helps to increase the flow of blood which in turn helps stimulate the hair follicles, making them produce hair faster and hold on to your existing hair with a tighter grip. One of the best ways to use shea butter in conjunction with other oils is through a shea whip, much like the type found at www.NovemberBeauty.com.
The hair styles you choose to wear are completely up to you and subject to your personal preferences. There are several tutorials available on YouTube and countless weblogs. It is your hair. You know what works for it and what does not.
Embracing your natural beauty will not necessarily be easy. Keep at it. Do not forget that you may be unlearning everything you have been taught about hair and beauty. Relearning will take patience and self-acceptance. Do not worry. You will get it. Remember that God made you in His image. Harvest your natural beauty!