Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by your choice to go natural? We know that the care and keeping of natural curls can be a lot of pressure at first. There's a ton of information online to help you learn but everything is broken down into curl pattern, there are a million different products, and you're not sure what applies to you, your style, and your texture. There is so much to learn about your natural curls and how to care for them that it can definitely feel like information overload. So many of us have made mistakes early on in our transition to that natural life - take it from us and avoid these frustrating oops moments.
1. Don’t Overwear Your Protective Style
You really can have too much of a good thing. Protective styles are essential to supporting the quality and health of your hair and helping your hair grow. Over-manipulation of your hair can cause stress, breakage, shrinkage, impediment to growth, and an unhealthy look and feel to your hair and protective styles can help - but there's a limit. Never wear your protective style for longer than 8 weeks; 6 is plenty. A huge part of caring for any type of hair - especially curly and coily textures - is keeping your scalp healthy and giving your scalp and the roots of your hair room to breathe.
2. Don’t Brush Your Hair
The brushes and combs you used for your straightened, relaxed hair is not cut out to be used on curls. If brushed, your curls will blow out and expand, become frizzy, and could experience stress or breakage. The wrong choice of tools can have a massively negative - and long term - impact on your new, natural curls. Choose a wide toothed comb with stiff, separated bristles to separate and define your curls without frizz, snags and tangling, or damage.
3. TLC To Those Edges
The care and keeping of your edges isn't just about the way you look. Of course healthy, cared-for edges will look more polished and beautiful framing your face and supporting the roots of your hair - but there's more to it. To polish your appearance - especially if you're used to the look of chemically treated hair - your instinct may be to pull your edges tightly into protective styles and gel them into place. Resist! Constantly yanking your edges into formation will only cause them to break and strain. Instead, condition your edges, loosen the tension when you style them into place, and keep them nourished with KOIL’s moisturizing Hair Pomade
4. A DEEP Condition
How does your scalp feel? When transitioning to natural hair, many women feel dry and itchy or irritated. If you're experiencing a dry scalp, your curls won't have enough moisture to travel down your strands and keep them strong and smooth from root to tip. You would benefit from the KOIL Hair Mask. The quality and feel of your hair will improve, your scalp will be less itchy and more comfortable, and the overall health of your head and hair will improve drastically by conditioning deeply once per week.