Natural Hair Care Complete Guide

Natural Care Shortcodes

Natural hair care is quite a frequent topic in this day discussions, chats and hair treatment guides. People realized the importance of everything natural and chemical-free for their health in general, and for their hair beauty and strength particularly.

It became popular to use natural products and treatments because they have comparable effectiveness with artificial products. But at the same time, natural treatments either don’t have side effects at all, or don’t have them when used properly.

What’s more important, manufacturers also realized the demand for natural hair treatment alternatives. Some of them produce quality products that are genuinely natural and healthy. Others don’t bother with their consciousness, and make half-synthetically products and use tricks in product description to have their customers. It’s important that you know it, and use caution when choosing something that is new to you.

natural hairMoreover, there are many methods and recipes for DIY and homemade natural care for hair. You can find most of them on our website. We briefly describe them here in this article, and there is a lot of detailed information in other articles on this website.

Natural Hair

The other meaning of “natural hair care” phrase may be not about the natural essence of treatment options but a care for natural hair. That is also an important aspect of our daily life. Actually, you also need to think thoroughly and make sure that you’re using good products.

If you’re savvy, the days of harmful chemicals in your hair care products are gone, and it’s great news. Natural hair requires a good gentle and revitalizing care on a regular basis. In this article we’ll briefly let you know the contemporary state of things in this industry and are of beauty, so that you will be able to know and decide what’s best for you.

Main Tips

wavy hairThere are few simple assumptions that you need to know when it comes to caring natural hair in general. Since natural hair is a part of human body, it cannot be perfect at any moment of time. There are cycles with good and bad periods. You need to understand that, and not over-treat your hair when there is such a downside period. Otherwise you’re putting yourself at the risk of ruining your pH balance, physical and chemical integrity of hair, and cause even worse look and feel.

In such days, you need to know what amount and type of care suits you, and do only that, not more. Of course, there can be ranges, where you can choose if you’re treating them more and less. But, such ranges should also be reasonable and aimed to achieve moderate results without trying to make a miracle.

Average Cost

long hairYou need to understand that you get what you pay for. Good products with natural ingredients and the ones that are designed with quality, result and healthiness in mind – cost more. When you’re looking at cheapest just or cheap shampoo/conditioner/mask or whatever else, you need to suspect some cut-corners and tricks that manufacturer use to provide such a cheap product. Most probably, such tricks are harmful chemicals that are essentially cheap and provide the advertised effect. The problem is that they cause side effects. Those can ruin your hair, scalp or even other body’s organs.

So, go for natural and quality products in order not to feel sorry for yourself later on. If you’re on a budget, you can use natural kitchen supplies to create natural homemade hair treatment recipes. Thankfully, there is lot of them, and they provide comparable benefits. You only need to believe in those and have patience and persistence during treatment periods, and it will pay off.

Conventional Products Risk

hair combingSometimes people get used to their old choice of products that they’ve used for years to treat their natural hair. Those products may include harmful chemicals that can get into the scalp and lungs, traveling the blood system and poisoning other organs and tissues of the body.

People usually get used to consequences. They think that current state of their health his normal, and pertains more to the genetics rather than actual treatment result. Such state of things may remain intact for years, and it’s bad because people might reap more benefits, look more appealing and be healthier than they are.

To step out of this cursed ring, you need to critically analyze what you’re doing, how you’re doing it, and what you’re using. Re-read your hair care products’ labels. Look for chemicals in them that can be harmful to your health and beauty. An example of such may be one or several of the following:

  • Parabens
  • Sodium lauryl (SLS)
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • Ethoxylated substances (have PEG- and –ETH in their names)
  • Silicone
  • Imidazoldinyl
  • Triethalnolamine (TEA)
  • Propylene glycol
  • Petrolatum
  • Laureth sulfate (SLES)
  • Urea
  • Diazolidinyl urea

hair care with oilIf you find it on a label, discontinue the use of such product for your hair care routines. Choose another one with better quality and ingredients, or make one on your own. Your natural hair deserves better care than that.

Conventional Treatment Methods Risks and Mistakes

Sometimes people use improper techniques, methods and recipes to treat and care for their natural hair.

People often wash their hair for too long time, or do that in hot water, which causes damage to hair and leads to excessive evaporation and moisture loss.

Rubbing hair with a towel in order to dry them up is a disastrous habit. The best alternative is to wrap them in a dry towel and let the fabric to soak the excess water. After that, the towel can be removed, and hair dry naturally.

Hair combing and brushing. People often mistakenly think that thin or fine brush/comb is good because it allows more control over straight movement of pins through hair. Actually, it causes a lot of physical damage to hair, and therefore – premature hair loss and thinning. Use as wide-toothed comb as possible.

Wet hair combing.

curly hairAfter hair washing, women sometimes try to remove tangles as soon as possible. While that is not a bad idea, using a comb for that is a harmful technique. As any instrument, it hardly handles the hair strands. Doing that with dry hair is safer.

Excessive hair brushing.

When your hair has dried, you may require brushing your hair. That is ok. But you need to do as much movements as you need. When you’ve done the job – stop it. Because every further comb movement will cause additional physical damage to your hair.

Not removing of oily build-up.

Natural hair oil, and oily treatments may sometimes accumulate some residues and with time – build-up on the surface of scalp and especially – over hair roots. That means clogged pores and blockage of nutrients income into the scalp and hair follicles. Also, new natural hair oil is not being transferred to hair as a result. You can understand that it’s crucial for hair health and beauty to get build-up removed regularly. You can do that with commercial and homemade treatment (look other articles on our site for more info on that).

Skipping hair conditioning and hair masks.

blonde hairThese two types of treatment are aimed to soothe scalp, revitalize hair follicles, supply nutrients to hair, repair damaged hair, moisturize scalp and hair, close cuticle, create a protective acid film of the hair surface and prevent many hair-related problems. Use these natural techniques of hair care regularly for faster hair growth, stronger and shinier hair.

Not monitoring pH balance.

Regular pH balance of hair should be shifted a little towards acid (for 2 points on average). Some hair treatments and just daily activity may change the actual situation and make the pH balance of hair more alkaline. When it happens, hair’s cuticle opens and excessive evaporation of moisture takes place. In result people have problems with dry and itchy scalp, thinning, brittle, and weak and dull hair. Watch your pH hair balance; regularly rinse your hair with cool water with a little addition of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Other natural acids instead of those ore ok, too.

black curly hairNatural hair requires a good amount and quality of attention paid to them. You need to be gentle, regular and consecutive in your treatments. You need to think which products you use, and what methods you carry out. Natural hair doesn’t like harmful environment and negligent wearing. So, if you want strong and beautiful hair, take the precautions above and follow the recipes thoroughly described in other articles on our website and your hair will be gorgeous.

July 17, 2016  

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