Let’s Natty Chat Blog…
Sooooo why did I decide to write a blog on Men with Natural Hair you say? Well…I have discovered that our Natural Counterparts are going Natural just FAST as We are. As I talked to a few Natural Guys, I found that a great majority of them rock Manly Curls, Sexy Locs, Breathtaking Fros, Twists & Cruddy Styles that they love. Nevertheless, what I found in having a conversation with the vast majority is that they really do not have a Natural Hair Care Regimen….Go Figure!!!! So as a Natural myself, It is my duty (as well as other naturalistas) to help a brother out. So here are a few tips, nothing heavy, nothing to challenge your manhood or imply “diva alert” but there is nothing like a Fly Dude with Swag who has a head full of Chunky Blissful Healthy Hair. This simple Regimen will ONLY take 4 Steps, So here’s the Deets…..
1st……SHAMPOO OR COWASH
Shampoo: You should cleanse your hair with a sulfate-free Shampoo at least twice a month, depending on the Style your wear and Styling Products you use to achieve your style. If you use heavy butters and/or oils (especially now that it is winter), you definitely have to use a shampoo to remove those butters & oils. Regular shampoo also removes heavy build-up from styling products, cleanses the scalp. Remember…Clean Scalp=Healthy Scalp=Hair Growth and in case you didn’t know?... Dandruffs, Hair Breakage & Split ends do not discriminate. Natural Hair is Natural Hair and it has to be Cleansed & Moisturized to stay healthy. Many of the Guys I talked to do not prowl the aisles like we do or get caught up in reading Labels and dissecting Ingredients. You DO want to make sure it is All Natural and Free of Chemicals.
Co-washing: is simply cleansing the hair with Conditioner and is highly preferred by the Naturally Curly Community as a primary method of Washing hair because it is gentler on curls/waves (both tend to be naturally dry) and won't strip your hair of its natural oils. They contain little-to-no sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate), and they generally DO NOT lather. Washing hair with conditioner removes enough dirt and oil without drying the hair, which leads to less Breakage.
Hopefully I won’t lose the Brothers here but this is Natural Hair101: Moisturize…Moisturize…Moisturize. Again, if you live where there is cooler temps with lower humidity, your hair will tend to be more dryer than usual. Deep Conditioning penetrates the hair to give it the much needed moisture, strength, elasticity and softness it needs. The key is to prevent your hair from drying out in order to prevent damage and breakage later on. Remember: The Key is Natural Healthy Hair! Deep Conditioning should be done with a moisture-infused, All Natural penetrating product. For maximum results, once product has been applied to damp hair, cover with a plastic cap; sit under a hooded dryer or steamer for at least 30 minutes, rinse well, apply a leave-in conditioner to add and retain moisture & softness. Deep conditioning should be done every time you cleanse your hair. If you don’t have a hooded dryer or just can’t stomach sitting under one, you can use a damp hot towel and wrap in around your hair for about 10 min to allow the conditioner to penetrate as well.
3rd……SEAL YOUR HAIR
After you have Cleansed and Deep Conditioned your hair, you have to RETAIN that moisture by Sealing in all that moisture with your preferred choice of an All Natural Oil or Butter. If you don’t seal your hair, all the work you’ve just put in to moisturize & soften will evaporate before you know it and your hair will become dry again. Also, make sure you seal the ends of your hair because they are oldest and are more successible to Breakage & Split Ends. Locking or Sealing moisture into the hair is a great way to retain moisture long-term, depending on what hairstyle you choose. Some great Natural Oils are Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (yup the kind you get in the grocery store), Grapeseed Oil, Almond Oil, Castor Oil, Sunflower Oil & Jojoba Oil are just a few. All you need is a little and apply to damp, all-ready-conditioned hair.
4TH…..STYLE: MANLY CURLS…LOCS…TWISTS…FROS
No matter what style you choose to wear, it will take “some” effort to achieve that perfect look and to maintain it. The more you consistently follow a simple Regimen like this and consistently wear a particular Style you choose…the better it will look each time. Locs (of course) are the simplest; they just need to be re-twisted at the root as they grow. Manly Curls, Twists and Fros are at a greater risk of Breakage because your hair is completely out but that’s ok….You just have to take EXTRA CARE in making sure your hair is moisturize and your ends are sealed daily….that goes for those Gorgeous Locs Too! So there you have it…Short and Simple!
PRODUCT SUGGESTIONS & FINAL THOUGHTS
If you need some Natural Hair Product suggestions, I do have my very own line of Natural Hair Care Collection that work great for Men & Women…These are Premium Ayurvedic (made with Indian herbs) that are Natural, Organic & Affordable to Stop hair breakage & grow your hair. You can visit the website at www.ayursbatchofnature.com . We offer a great Promo for the New Year & Free Shipping.
Another good Natural Hair Product is Shea Moisture; you can visit their website at www.sheamoisture.com. Another good Natural Product is As I am; you can visit their site at www.asiamnaturally.com.
I hope this has helped my BROS with FROS to better understand the all importance of Natural Healthy Hair. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you and hear about your own Natural Hair Journey.
Love you Guys!
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