what’s your type?
All hair types can have locs, howeverthe level of care and maintenance may vary depending on hair type.
Straight (Type 1)
Typically straight hair with no curl patteren, this hair type has the tendency to become greasy and shiny, it also typically grows the fastest.
Curly (Type 2 – 4)
Hair with a curl pattern ranging from 2 (a,b,c) – 4 (a,b,c) with the sub-categories defining the ‘tighness’ of the curl pattern.
Contrary to what you may think, our hair is a very important part of the body! Your hair suffers from daily influences from the environment and can become brittle and dull. A natural, organic haircare routine is essential to restore health and vitality.
Many people don’t often consider the scalp as skin, however the scalp can be extremely sensitive and should be given the same care, respect and attention as your regular skincare routine. Daily styling, dyeing, treating etc. result in the scalp absorbing many harmful chemicals. In order for your hair to be healthy, it is important for your scalp to be healthy – it is essential that the follicle and the scalp, at point of exit, are clean, clear, healthy and maintained. blocked or obstructed follicles may even eventually result in the hair thinning as they hair will stop growing through the follicle.
Hair should be washed every other day as a minimum, but may be able to be stretched out to once a week depending on your hair type. If you work out regularly or use a lot of products on the hair, then it should be washed more regularly but if not then you will probably get away without washing for longer. Apple Cider vinegar is great for rinsing the hair after washing to remove any residue and build up from the scalp. Mix with water and rinse the hair after shampooing. The scalp should not be oiled, the scalp generally produces its own moisture and you do not want to block the hair follicles. Allow the scalp to breath and leave it alone!
Products that work for one person may not work for another. It really is a personal journey and experience so take the time out to love yourself and get to know your hair and what works for you. Fortunately there are a host of natural organic ingredients available on the market today, or why not try making your own!
Luckily there are natural alternatives to coloring your hair – using henna to dye the hair is a great natural alternative and also has other benefits like conditioning the hair, curing dandruff and lice!
Protective styling is a great way to protect the hair! It helps to reduce ongoing manipulation of your hair, encourages growth retention, protects from pollution and protects the ends of your hair strands, reducing knots and tangles.
Join us at The Natural Living Show to learn more about natural hair care, product making, locs maintenance, protective styling and much more!
The Natural Living Show 2020