This is the 5th and finally instalment in our blog series on growing natural hair for beginners, and although directed at children the information in this series is for mums and daughters alike!
If you haven’t read the previous 4 posts in this series then I recommend that you do that now!
In this blog we will look at the techniques that we use when caring for our own or our child’s natural hair.
Hair care techniques are essentially the cornerstone in any healthy hair care regime, they dictate HOW you do what you do.
It’s really important to get these techniques right because if for example when you are detangling the hair you are causing breakage….then you are causing breakage and nothing will change that until you change you technique. Got it!
Yea so it’s important!
Let me give you a real life example….I myself have extremely delicate hair, its thick BUT it has really find strands…and for the life of me for a looooong time I wasn’t able to grow past shoulder length.
I would get to shoulder length, then my hair would get thin and I would have to cut a few inches off, and on and on it went….for years.
It’s not until more recently that I’ve discovered that my hair does not like brushes in any way shape or form. No modified brush, no wide brush, no tangle teezer NOTHING. And what was literally happening as I was brushing my hair was that I was literally causing it to break and thin out.
Then I developed a technique for detangling that stopped the breakage in its tracks and I can now safely say I’m on my way to arm pit length hair (which is my next goal)
So the technique we are going to look at today is one of the 6 techniques that I present in my book ‘A Parent’s Guide to Natural Hair Care for Girls’ AND in my upcoming online course THE NATURAL HAIR SYSTEM™ (you can read more about our courser here)
In both I detail exactly how to do the following techniques: -
> The pre-shampoo treatment - The P.R.E.O method
> Detangling - The simple detangling method
> Washing - Tangle free hair washing method
> Product layering- The triple layer method and the moisture seal method
> Drying – Banding, blow-drying and the tension method blow dry
Today we are going to look a the first step. The pre-shampoo treatment.
The pre-shampoo treatment is the first step I recommend in a healthy hair care regime because it strengthens, conditions and prepares the hair for washing.
If you have complaints of dry hair, and you are not doing a pre-shampoo treatment then I recommend you to start doing it straight away, because it could be the case that your shampoo is stripping to much moisture and natural oil from your hair.
I recommend using either: -
And that also work very well combined or with a few drop of essential oil if you are experiencing any scalp problems.
THE PRE-SHAMPOO TREATMENT
TECHNIQUE 1: Before you wash natural hair, I recommend doing a pre-shampoo treatment.
It’s generally thought that hair washing is the starting point in the hair care cycle.
The perception is that it starts everything off and that conditioning and styling follow. This perception is built upon the idea that shampooing refreshes the hair and gets it ready for another action of styling.
The majority of women will jump straight in and wash hair after taking it out of its previous style.
But when creating a healthy hair care regime, there are a few additional steps we need to take before we wash for maximum health benefits.
Function of the pre-shampoo treatment
The functions of a pre-shampoo treatment are to: -
(a) Coat the hair before washing so the shampoo doesn’t strip the natural oils from the hair,
(b) Coat the hair to reduce hydral fatigue (which we read about in lesson 4) and
(c) Function as a conditioning treatment.
Before every wash!
It’s very easy to do, and there are two main ways to do it.
1) When taking hair out of its previous style, coat hands in oil to increase manageability and reduce friction and breakage.
Once all the hair is loose, apply a generous amount of oil to hair and scalp, twist into 6 sections and let the oil sit with a plastic cap for as long as you can before washing.
TAKE THE HAIR OUT OF ITS PREVIOUS STYLE
SMOOTH OIL INTO THE HAIR
TWIST HAIR INTO 6 BANTU KNOTS
2) You can also use the oil for a hot oil treatment prior to washing. To do this, loosen the hair with oil as described above, but before applying the oil directly to the hair warm it up on the stove or in the microwave to a tolerable temperature. Then proceed to apply it to the hair, twist into 6 sections and cover with a plastic cap (optional).
3) You can also enhance the oil with an essential oil for added benefits. To do this, get a mixing bowl and add 4 tablespoons of the oil of your choice along with 5 drops of rosemary, peppermint or tea tree oil. It can be applied either cold or warm to the scalp and hair and will cleanse for a healthy scalp while stimulating for healthy hair growth.
For a scalp treatment, add 3–5 drop of rosemary, tea tree or peppermint oil to the oil before applying to the scalp.
The oil you choose to use with this treatment will depend on your analysis of your daughters hair porosity and strand thickness, we haven't covered the analysis process in this book but we do in detail in our course THE NATURAL HAIR CARE SYSTEM.
The next step in a good hair care regime is proper DETANGLING!
This step will remove the tangles from the hair quickly and easily with minimal hair breakage. THAT IS KEY.
So much hair length is broken lost in the detangling phase it’s not a joke!
Improper detangling kept my own hair shorter than I wanted it for years, so it’s crucial that we do it right so hair length goals can be realised.
And that concludes our final lesson!!! Again I hope it has helped you! And do start doing a pre-shampoo treatment if you aren’t already!
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Please comment below and let me know if you pre-shampoo and what benefit it makes to you overall hair health!
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