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How Do I Care for my Kinky Hair? 5 Simple Kinky Hair Care Tips

Ankit Kumar Gaurav

Posted on June 11 2019

 

Big curly and kinky hair is beautiful. It’s the hair care part that makes your kinky hair special. The way you style and maintain your big hair is quite different as compared to any other hair types out there. So if you are planning to grow your big “fro” and to make it extra luxurious, this is how you do it:

  1. Co-Washing and Shampooing

Shampoos are good for cleaning your hair, but if you got the kinky hair type, you’ve got to be extra careful about what you put in there. Most drugstore-bought shampoos have harsh sulphate and other chemicals that strip your hair of its natural oils, making it dry and brittle after you wash. That’s the reason why a lot of girls swear by removing shampoo from their bathing routine. That’s how the term “cowashing” came into the picture. Cowashing means you use no shampoo, just conditioner. And not just about any conditioner, but sulphate-free conditioners that are formulated best for curly hair. Now cowashing doesn’t mean you will no longer need a bottle of shampoo, ever. It just means that you will still shampoo, but probably once every other week. You still need a sulphate-free shampoo to wash out a week’s worth of conditioner buildup on your hair and scalp. If you skip shampoo altogether for a month, these excess residue will weigh your hair down and make your scalp itchy. Next comes scratching and dandruff, which is not a good picture, you know what I mean.

  1. Stick to Just One or Two Curl-Enhancing Products

There a lots of curl-enhancing products out there for curly “fros”. One mistake I see most girls do is to buy at least half a dozen hair enhancing products. Let me tell you what: you don’t need that much. You think you need to pile product after product on top of each other just to keep your hair in place. Guess what: that’s not true. You only need one or two products to get you going. Also, don’t get swayed by the price tag. You might think that more expensive products are better than cheaper brands. Nope, that’s not the case. Drugstore-bought products can do just as good as designer hair care brands. The secret to manageable hair is to keep it healthy and moisturized. That way, you only need a little product because you hair is already good enough. That being said, you always need a curl-enhancing product to coat your hair. Don’t leave the house without it. You can experiment to find out the product that works for you. Use one product at a time to know how it works for your hair. Once you find out “the one” product, stick to it. That way, you can save your money, time and sanity.

  1. Protect your Hair from Heat

Dry heat is not your friend. It will make your hair brittle. Blow drying to the highest temperature level will make the job faster, but has its consequences. Too much heat can literally “cook” your hair. Add to that constant tugging and combing during hair drying and you got a recipe for disaster. Dry and brittle hair equals to more tangles, more tug-of-wars with your hair, and eventually, more hair fall and breakage. Eventually, too much dry heat can thin out your hair. The best way to style your hair is to use heat in moderation. Use a heat-protectant spray before you turn on your blow dryer or straightening iron. Be patient and devote some time for blow drying. Every now and then, take a break from styling for about a week or two. Keep your hair in braids, in a wrap or even in a weave. You can use a hair closure extensions and matching hair wefts to look your best while hiding your natural hair underneath.

  1. Moisturize Every Single Time

So they say conditioner is optional? Nope! When it comes to your hair, forget everything but your conditioner. You need to moisturize every single time. As you know, you can skip shampoo for a week or two, but you need to condition your hair every day. It doesn’t matter if you work indoors or under the sun, both dry air and UV rays can fry your hair unless it has ample moisture. Find a good deep conditioner to maintain your hair’s suppleness. Moisturize your hair at the end of the day before you sleep. Take extra care of your hair ends as they are the oldest and driest. Don’t untangle your hair dry, put on an ample amount of conditioner before you comb.


  1. Sleep on a satin scarf

A satin scarf should be at your bed stand every night. Moisturize your dry hair, put it in loose braids or ponytail then cover it. Your bedtime ritual must end in wrapping your satin scarf around your hair. You can also use a satin cap large enough to cover all your hair. Better yet, use satin pillowcases. Satin or silk cloth minimizes friction, keeping your hair smooth. Cotton also absorbs moisture, making your hair overly dry the next day. As you know, dry and tangled hair equals breakage. Your natural hair and extensions will look better and last longer by using some tender loving care.

Remember that when it comes to caring for your natural hair, what worked for somebody else might not work for you. Refrain from buying large bottles of hair care products unless you have already road-tested them. Additionally, what worked today might no longer work for you the next season. That’s because your hair changes as humidity and temperature drops or shoots up. When it comes to your big kinky hair, patience and gentleness is the key.

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