Protective hair styles and hair care tips are a must know for anyone who takes pride in taking good care of their hair. Natural hair has become a hair type and trend that many people have turned to. However most people find it difficult to maintain their natural hair as it can be quite a struggle at times.
With there being a range of different hair textures such as 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b and 4c, it is vital to know that different hair textures will require hair care routines which are better suited for individual hair types.
The Lounge spoke to “Zoey” Zodidi Gaseb, natural hair guru and founder of African Naturals who was more than willing to give those with natural hair, a few hair care tips they can use during the cold season.
Zoey kicks off her story by highlighting that there was a much bigger need to take care of ones hair in winter. This is because not only do we live in a desert country, but our hair and skin get very dry during winter and loses a lot of nutrients and necessary moisture.
This is similar to an individual’s skin during winter, there is a need to make sure ones skin is adequately moisturised to prevent it from being dry.
Natural hair needs to stay hydrated because hydrated hair prevents unnecessary breakage as well as detangling.
How to keep your hair hydrated depends on an individual themselves notes Zoey because people have different hair porosities, hair diets and budgets too.
“I make my own products and I use a healthy amount of oils and butters on both my hair and skin”.
These oils and butters can also be found under African Naturals range from a combo of three butters namely cocoa, mango and shea butter with a delicious hint of vanilla.
Another flavour includes moringa powder that has coconut oil as a base with a mixture of decadent carrier oils that include all the nutrients that one’s hair would need.
For those who are not big fans of coconut oil, this can be substituted by avocado oil and olive oil as a base with essential oils which are great for scalp massages.
Protective hair styles are equally important as the oils and the butters. Making use of hair styles such as box braiding that tucks the ends of one’s hair away. This is important because hair tends to be more fragile during winter as a result of the climatic conditions.
A few additional protective hair styles that can be used are double twists, roll and tuck, faux locks, long double French braid, Bantu knots, twist and weaves.
“You’d want to protect your hair so it retains length and isn’t as susceptible to breakage”.
Do remember not to keep hair in protective styles for too long because hair may eventually dry out. It is important to make sure you change your protective hair styles often.
During the removal of protective hair styles, the need to use heat to dry natural hair after it has been washed will arise. It is advisable to stay away from excessive heat and not to make use of flat irons and keep your blow dryer on the cool setting for the season. These tools take moisture out of your hair, a process already accelerated by the wind and dry air outside.
“It really is in the practice of how you treat your hair. One can’t stop washing their hair because it’s colder, but they could do so on a warmer day; and if they wish to make use of a dryer on low heat, do so with a heat protectant.
I generally wash my hair less, say twice a month instead of every week and I air dry whilst my hair is in twists”.