World Afro Day 2020: How to grow your natural afro hair and keep healthy
World Afro Day is a global day celebrated each year on September 15 to make a platform of change, education, and celebration of Afro hair, culture, and identity. It is an annual event, that will highlight Afro excellence, raise awareness, and make standardization and aspiration identifying with Afro hair.
The natural hair trend has dominated and one of the best things about the afro is it’s very adaptable, you can cleave and change from straight to curly, wavy, or braided at whatever point you feel like it.
Albeit caring for your afro may appear to be a complex mission, it need not be, it’s as straightforward as this step guide that will teach you how to get astonishing outcomes with fewer issues.
The “afro” hairstyle is worn by individuals of African descent and is known for its voluminous, ultra-curly texture. It’s a wonderful and natural approach to wear curly hair, however can undoubtedly get dry, harmed, and frizzy on the off chance that it isn’t dealt with appropriately. The way to keeping your curly afro hairstyle strong and healthy is to use the correct products and find a way to keep dehydration and breaking from happening. With the right protective measures, your afro can have the entirety of the thickness and skip with none of the breakages.
Manage your hair health and groom your afro with these simple steps you can attempt at home.
Start with a routine
Make a routine that works around your everyday and weekly schedule. Having a routine set to keep an eye on your afro causes you to distinguish what your problem zones are and how to fix these issues.
The most fundamental and believed way to deal with taking is the cleanse, moisturize, style, and repeat the method.
It is of most extreme significance to keep your clean and healthy, a similar way you would cleanse your face every day, you have to altogether cleanse your scalp regularly. A dirty scalp can cause issues, for example, fungal infections, dandruff, and stunted hair growth. It’s fundamental to have a clean scalp to help the growth cycle from the hair follicle, unblocking your pores, and considering new hair to grow.
Tip: Wash your scalp with a delicate sulfate-free shampoo. Massage the shampoo into your scalp in gentle circular movements to eliminate soil and urge the bloodstream to the scalp.
- Pre Shampooing
Pre shampooing is significant particularly on the off chance that you have extremely dry and delicate hair. It’s a treatment technique that gives your hair protection, moisture, and includes shine. Pre shampoo with coconut oil to evade hygral fatigue (when the hair cuticle is harmed because of unnecessary moisture entering and leaving the hair cuticle).
Apply the coconut oil onto your hair focusing on the closures, conceal with a shower cap, and leave for at least 30 minutes. Eliminate the shower cap and massage your shampoo using your fingertips working along the hair strands. Rinse and follow up with a conditioner using a wide toothcomb to help with detangling any knots you may have. You would now be able to wash off the conditioner and wrap your hair with a turban or a towel for drying. Try to stay away from blow-drying as an excess of warmth can harm your hair. Drying without heat leaves your hair a lot softer and stronger.
When your hair is clean and dry, it’s the ideal opportunity for the most significant part of the routine which is layering on your moisture products. Moisturizing your hair is one of the key factors you have to go to strictly.
Similarly, as you wouldn’t shower or bath and get dressed without putting moisturizer on your body, your hair too should be satisfactorily moisturized. Lock it in! Since afro hair is exceptionally inclined to breakage and dryness, prevent this by locking in moisture and ensuring your hair before any harm is finished.
Tip: To secure moisture, try the LOC method below.
L: Apply liquid
A water-based moisturizing product with mixes of aloe vera, grapeseed oil, and fundamental oils as a spray works best.
O: Seal in with oil
As water rapidly dissipates, a thick oil mix is expected to seal in the moisture. Try mixes of Olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, and Jojoba oil. These oil mixes enter the hair shaft and leave your strands hydrated and incredibly delicate.
C: Layer on cream
To finish the process pick a moisturizing cream or leave-in conditioner that contains coconut oil, olive extract, and organic Shea butter.
- Protective Styles
Protective styles are essentially hairstyles where the closures of your hair are tucked and sealed away. These styles are ideal for an afro, because should you want to change your look, protective styles are better decisions to keep up your afro’s health. Try styles, for example, buns, twists, weaves, and braids. They help to keep knots and tangles off and needless taking care of. Anyway, you ought not to save the style for longer than 6-8 weeks and make certain to wrap your hair around evening time and it will look extraordinary throughout the week.
Tip: If you want to try a straight hair look, have a go at extending and fixing without using heat and chemicals. Or maybe use traditional African threading methods, for example, Bantu knots, chunky twist plaits, and Fulani braids.
- Oiling Your Hair Frequently
Normally, unusual hair needs oil, lots of it. Oils ought to be important for your regular natural routine. Oils assume a key role in keeping up and guaranteeing that your natural hair remains healthy. Oils can be used to moisturize your hair or seal in previously existing moisture, this is exclusively reliant on the kind of oil.
For oils that retain into the hair shaft and hydrate the hair too, you ought to put resources into the use of coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil. These oils are best applied after the use of a leave-in conditioner and for more tight textures, to add important moisture to your hair.
Oils like Jamaican black castor oil, Grapeseed oil, or Jojoba oil are incredible for sealing in moisture into the hair and keeping it hydrated for an all-encompassing timeframe.
- Eat Healthy Meals For Your Hair Needs
As nutritious meals are basic for your body, they additionally add to more grounded, more beneficial hair. A balanced healthy meal wealthy in low-fat proteins, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and entire grains will help your hair growth. For a healthy scalp, eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, for example, salmon, walnuts, and avocados.
To get more grounded hair, increment your intake of protein in your eating regimen by eating foods, for example, poultry, and eggs. To keep your hair hydrated you ought to eat foods rich in vitamins A and C, for example, green leafy vegetables like spinach and asparagus.
- Sleep With A Satin Scarf Or Bonnet
Never hit the bed without a satin scarf or bonnet on. It shields your hair from tangling and breaking while you sleep. Likewise, put resources into a smooth glossy silk or silk pillowcase. Laying down with free hair on a cotton pillowcase will bring about dry hair, hair breakage, and hair harm, due to the contact with cotton. A silk or silk pillowcase is a lot gentler on the hair and assists with keeping up your hair’s moisture.
- Use Your Hairdryer Less Often
Dissimilar to other hair types, afro-textured hair can appear to be truly delicate. There’s a higher danger of hair harm contingent upon how regularly you apply heat to your afro. Next time you have to dry your natural curls, put down your hairdryer, don’t use it. Using a hairdryer on wet natural hair includes using high heat and a great deal of pulling with a styling brush. You evade however much contact and warmth as could reasonably be expected to your hair to diminish harm and tangling.
Tip: Air drying your hair is a superior choice and it shields your hair from over the top hair breakage. Remember to never dry your hair with a towel! Using a towel roughens the hair cuticle and causes frizz and breakage. Press your hair dry with a delicate old t-shirt.
- Deep Conditioning
Deep conditioning is critical to supplant any lost supplements from our hair. Numerous individuals use homemade products for this and base them around a primary protein ingredient. Hair is spongy and after a wash with no product applied at this point is the ideal time for a deep condition because there isn’t anything sealing/blocking the retention of supplements.
- Careful Combing
Ensure your hair has lots of moisture when you come. It is far simpler to detangle moisturized hair and limit self-caused breakage. At the point when your hair is dry, you could be accustomed to combing as quickly as conceivable while seizing the roots to limit torment. Truly, hair doesn’t need to be agonizing to come. Some of the time being wet is everything necessary except on the off chance that you have extra close twists attempt a detangler. Try a major tooth comb as well.
- Trim Your Hair Regularly
One of your bad habits would presumably be, permitting your hair to grow with all its split closures. Part of the natural hair journey is having to trim your split finishes regularly. Split ends demonstrate hair harm and whenever left unattended to will keep parting and harm the healthiness of your hair. Each couple of weeks you ought to assess your hair for split ends and trim them without anyone else or get a hairstylist to carry out the responsibility for you.
To check for splitting, you can run your fingers along the length of a few strands of your hair. This can let you know whether any breakfast has happened along that strand. Guarantee that your trim split ends past the purpose of the split, or probably it will simply keep breaking. Regardless of whether you don’t think you’ve split ends, if your hair feels unpleasant at whatever point you skim your fingers over, at that point, it is an indication of hair harm.
- Co-washing Your Hair
Co-washing includes washing your hair with conditioner or a cleansing conditioner rather than shampoo to cleanse your hair. Co-washing serves to delicately eliminate dirt and better hydrate the hair. Co-washing is particularly useful for individuals with very dry hair which gets stripped of moisture when using regular shampoo. With co-washing, you can keep up your natural oils, and your hair is more sensible.
- Repeat The Process
Your hair is currently breezy clean, dry, and styled. You can change your hairstyles during the time to suit your inclination. You can switch up your styles after each wash day, however, the key thing to recall is to keep and adhere to your daily schedule and just roll out minor improvements one after another.
How to Tackle Common Afro Problems
Dandruff can be effectively evaded by disposing of the causes and taking additional consideration of your scalp. Ensure you wash your hair routinely with a fragrance-free shampoo. Likewise, moisturize your scalp with natural lightweight oil.
- Hair Loss
Avoid tight braids and extensions as these sorts of hairstyles can harm your hair from the root causing hair loss. Do whatever it takes not to use hair relaxers at all as the harsh chemicals can likewise cause breakage and long term harm. If you choose to have braids done, ensure your braids are no littler than the size of a regular pencil or in a perfect world bigger than that.
- Hair Wrap
Get yourself a satin or silk bonnet, and wrap your hair by it every night. Directly sleeping on a cotton pillowcase makes your hair break effectively because the cotton ingests the moisture from your hair, leaving it extremely dry and prone to breakage.