So, when you get on this Asilia Revolution you inadvertently want to convert everyone around you! I live near my sister and my cousin who for the purposes of this blog shall be Sookie and Lulu (cheers to Kip for the names!). Sookie has teenie weenie braids on right now and relaxed resilient 4b (4G in her opinion!) hair somewhere underneath them. Lulu has usually lush 3c natural hair currently suffering from a “braid hangover”.
Kipepeo and I have preached the Asilia way and they are
kicking & screaming to get away believers! Woop woop! We shall post progress pics in time but I thought this would be the perfect post to introduce some staples/tips for newbies.
5 tips for happy healthy hair
Lay off the heat. Lay off the heat. LAY OFF THE HEAT. Heat is one of the major obstacles to healthy hair, the worst being blow dryers, tongs, flat irons i.e. direct heat. Learn how to air dry, and if heat must be used, make sure the settings are low, and heat protectants are essential. (Air drying can give you hell at the beginning but it gets better, I promise. A post on this will follow in the near future.)
Smart styling is also a key factor in protecting. Use protective styles which:
- Protect your ends
- Keep your hair off your collar (abrasion with our collars causes frizz and breakage)
Protective styles include buns, up-dos, roller sets, braids and so on. (A post on these too shall one day follow.)
Hair loves moisture. Think co-washes, leave in’s and moisture DCs. As always, I must proclaim : Water is the best moisturizer. After moisturizing always remember to seal in the moisture with an oil such as olive oil, castor oil, jojoba oil and so on.
3. Deep Condition (DC aka Treatments)
This helps maintain your protein-moisture balance. DC at least twice a month, and switch it up between the two.
4. Cut back on the chemicals
Relaxers, and hair color/dye all weaken the hair. If you relax and intend to continue, stretch the time between your relaxers and DO NOT overlap the old relaxed hair. I mean NEVER EVER EVER “re-relax” already relaxed hair. This is a recipe for disaster. Chemical users, should amp up their moisture and deep conditioners to keep the hair happy after the chemical torture!
5. Find a Regimen and stick to it!
Healthy hair care is a continuous affair; you have to commit. The K.I.S.S theory works best for this. Find your staples: shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioners, moisturizers and oils. (Know the ingredients in your products. Find out if your “moisturizing shampoo” is really moisturizing or simply a marketing gimmick. Know the ingredients to avoid and those to embrace.) Once you’ve done this, decide how often you will wash, co-wash, deep condition and so on. Stick to your regimen, and your hair will love you for this. Here ‘s a great detailed article on regimen building.
Good luck newbies! Heres to Sookie and Lulu!