Your hair is an important part of your appearance and is often used by people when evaluating your overall beauty.
A few months ago I made a decision to go natural after a very bad experience with hair chemicals. I must confess that it has been a tough journey the most difficult part being maintenance and getting suitable hairstyles. So I decided to embark on a research concerning natural black hair and I’m still in the process of learning and discovering new things. Today I will share with you some of the things I have learned.
Firstly, I learned that hair has its own natural conditioner known as the sebum; oil composed of waxes and fats and also contains a natural antiseptic that helps fight infections. The sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands present in the dermis. These glands are linked to the hair follicles and release sebum into them. Now to Black hair: this type of hair is almost always curly. Because of the insufficient sebum produced by the sebaceous glands, the hair is less moisturised and therefore it is brittle and has a tendency to split and break. Also, due to the fact that the hair is tightly curled, the sebum is unable to travel downwards to condition it naturally. This means therefore that black hair requires more attention and needs to be treated with much care in order for it to become manageable. Choosing a style that suits your looks and lifestyle is something that should be taken very seriously and also choosing a proper hairstyle that brings out the best features of your face can make the difference in how beautiful you look. Contrary to the persistent idea that natural hair offers no versatility in styling, i discovered that there are so many hairstyling options to choose from. To start with, you can look through different hairstyles with people who have faces that are shaped similar to yours and see which one would fit you and also the one that you find to be attractive. Another option would be asking your hairdresser for advice on what type of hairstyle you would look best in. He or she can help you develop the best look for you. Here are a few hairstyles to get you started.
Also known as Zulu knots, Bantu knots come in different varieties and can be worn on any hair type and any hair length. They are created when the hair is sectioned off and twisted into knots.
Twist out is a great hairstyle for natural African American hair. It adds volume and waves to your hair, depending on the size of your twists.
Nubian twists are type of hair extension used on African American hair. They are short usually above or on the neckline. These twists are a form of protective styling worn to protect the natural hair from the daily rigors of heat and chemical styling. They come in a variety of colours from which you can choose from.
Cornrows are a traditional African style of hair grooming where the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce a continuous, raised row. Cornrows are often formed, as the name implies, in simple, straight lines, but they can also be formed in complicated geometric or curvilinear designs.
Kinky twists and Gypsy twists
These twists flow freely and it’s possible to do them with your natural hair. However, if your hair is not long enough you can add synthetic hair for a natural look.
Wash and go
As the name suggests wash-and-go is simple, quick and economical. Most of all it looks great!!!
To sum it up, ensure to wash your hair regularly to keep it clean and well taken care of and use a shampoo that works well with your hair type, for example if you have oily hair, you should choose a shampoo that works to help control the oil. In addition, be sure to use conditione r every time you shampoo to keep your hair smooth and tangle free.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS