Keeping your hair natural has a ton of benefits. For starters, it’s the most direct way to keep your hair healthy. You cut out the most damaging style procedures done on your hair, like dying, heat treatments, perms and buildup from hair products. It also is an easy and classic look that pairs with a huge range of clothing styles. As such, it’s no wonder that 65.5% of All Things Hair survey respondents stated that their ideal hair look is natural hair all day.
But your hair does need to be in a good shape to get that “brush and go” ease. So below we’ll go into how to keep your hair healthy enough to look good naturally.
Keep Up on Those Trims
The number one way to make sure you are keeping up on your hair’s health is to get regular trims. The general rule of thumb is to get a trim about once every three months.
However, mileage may vary on when to get your hair cut. If you have a short hairstyle that tends to grow out quickly, you may need a haircut more often. Long hair may need extra vigilance, as it is older hair and can break more easily. Keep an eye on it to see when it tends to show split ends and schedule a hair trimming schedule around it.
Use Nourishing, High-Quality Shampoo and Conditioner
A bad shampoo and conditioner will dry your hair out in no time. Trying to go purely for budget brands may also leave your scalp feeling itchy, leading to scratching and possibly even hair loss.
Try to opt for shampoos and conditioners with natural, nourishing ingredients. Look for herbs like aloe vera, natural moisturizers like jojoba oil and added nutrients like vitamin E.
Protect Hair Against Dryness
Dryness is the ultimate enemy if you are looking to keep your style as natural as possible. The minute your hair becomes too dry, it becomes much harder to manage. Static becomes common, your hair has a straw-like appearance and your natural colour may even look faded. Now you need all kinds of products and style techniques to undo all that physical damage on an appearance level, defeating the whole point of enjoying your low-effort natural hair.
To halt the madness of dry hair, make sure to include some type of deep conditioning treatment in your routine. Natural hairstyles tend not to need heat tools, but if you find yourself having to use them in certain situations, use a heat protectant product on your hair first.
You may also want to keep hair protected from the elements to avoid drying. You can find hair mists that can help protect your hair from the elements, with sunscreen for your scalp and moisturizers for your hair.
Following these tips can help you get that no-fuss natural hair that takes no effort to style by making use of your hair’s natural beauty.