So the other day I was thinking ‘OMG’ when I start school, I will need to budget for rent, feeding, clothes, entertainment; considering the fact that I am not so good with money, that will be challenging. Last but not the least is hair. Hair is so freaking expensive abroad. Ordinary braids can be up to 120 dollars (19500 naira) and that’s excluding extensions. Meanwhile back her at home, a lady can come to my house and do it for 3000naira. Yes!! 3k plus attachment ooo imagine. Then I thought to myself, why not go on a natural low cut. A lot of people are doing it now and it looks good on them. So I started looking up how to maintain short hair and styles which am gonna share with you.
- Do not apply oil/grease directly to your scalp without first applying a moisturizer; the oil may block the hair pores and lead to alopecia or hair loss.
- On no condition should you relax or retouch your hair more than four to two times a year depending on the hair length. I used to retouch my hair twice a month ignoring the advice on the relaxer, unfortunately my hair constantly breaks. If you want to get the best results from relaxer, make sure you follow the procedure on the products and always apply to the new hair growth instead of the hair ends.
- Avoid the excessive use of hair dryer or any other hair heating appliances: they damage the hair, if you have to use them, apply heat protector to keep your hair from breaking.
- Hair extensions and artificial hair are gorgeous when applied on woman hair, but excessive use of this products prevent your own hair from breathing, thereby retarding your hair growths. Sometimes, you can plait your natural hair and put on wig for a change.
1. Shampoo and condition your hair regularly at least twice a week to retain its moisture because black hair is usually very dry. The best way to wash your hair is by diluting 50% shampoo plus 50% warm water and pouring it over your hair to reduce its thickness. Gently massaging the hair without tangling the length, rub your scalp gently because this will reawaken the hair follicles. There are lots of shampoo in the market that are suitable for dry hair but check for the ones without alcohol because alcohol dries the hair easily.
2. Use protein re-constructor once a month or after each retouching because it makes a healthier hair. Aphogee reconstructor is a product for dry hair types.
3. Most black hair are usually dry so daily use of moisturizer is advisable; avoid any moisturizer that contains petroleum jelly, mineral oil or petrolatum. Apply little water on your hair before you apply any moisturizer, I will recommend dark and lovely moisture plus olive oil (oil moisturizer and ultra repairing cream), I use it and is been working for me, you can try others that are good for dry hair. When a water base moisturizer is used, apply little oil (olive, avocado) on the hair to seal the moisture into the hair shaft; this gives the hair a nice shine.
4. Do comb your hair with a wide toothed comb to prevent it from breaking. Combing hair from roots to end till it detangles breaks the hair, never comb hair from roots to the ends until the whole hair is tangle free.
5. Water is good to hair so consume at least two litre of water a day, go natural by consuming lots of fruits and vegetables; they are sources of vitamins to the skin and hair. You can also take multivitamin as a substitute to natural vitamins.
6. Invest in a good wig, as you can wear this on days you don’t feel like styling your hair. Reduce the excess use of glue on hair, so buy wigs with clip.( you can also do cornrow on your hair before you put on a wig.)As for short hairstyles I think people should be creative, be it adding colours, being bald etc. Trust me baby you don’t need a weave to stay gorgeous. It could be curly, bald, anything you want it to be. Just let your hair carry your creativity and personality.