1. Not detangling
Letting all your hair just clump up whether it’s after you shampooed or even after co-washing.
Tips: Comb from ends to root. It is important to comb from end to root. Otherwise, you may end up losing a lot of hair, as natural hair tends to mostly knot on the ends.
• Finger Detangle: If you would like to reduce breakage, try finger detangling with coconut oil.
• Detangle in sections: Detangling in sections will make the process easier and less daunting.
2. Sleeping without a satin scarf/pillow
If you tend to get lazy and fall asleep without a satin scarf or use a satin pillow case to lay your head on while sleeping, chances are your hair will feel really dry in the morning. Cotton pillowcases tend to soak up all your hairs natural oils and in addition to that, they contribute to fairy knots.
3. Using excessive heat
Too much of anything isn’t good for ya. And using excessive heat is not one of them. The use of excessive heat will leave your hair dry and brittle. It will also loosen your curl pattern.
Tip: Use a heat protectant and don’t go over 350 degrees.
4. Shampooing too often
Unless you have build up in your hair, you should not really shampoo your hair too frequently. Not only will you be stripping your hair of its natural oils, but your hair does not need it.
Tip: Co-wash instead of shampooing frequently, or if you would like to clarify the build up in your hair use apple cider vinegar.
5. Not being familiar with product ingredients
Before going natural, not once did I ever look at the ingredients on the bottle of the products I used. Sulfates? Parabens? Huh? Not a clue what these meant, but now that I do, these are really harmful ingredients that are in many hair products. Always look in the ingredient description box and try to stray away from harmful ingredients such as these.
6. Not Moisturizing
Natural hair tends to be dry naturally. And dry hair = breakage. Moisture is key.
Tips: Spray your hair with a water bottle throughout the day.
• After washing your hair, apply the L.C.O Method
• Seal your ends with an oil of your choice, or aloe vera