More African women are beginning to wear their natural hair and this is fast becoming the trend. The natural hair has a great tendency to dry out due to its nature and and the African weather. Dry hair makes your hair look dull and will eventually break.
Shampooing your hair
In shampooing your hair, ensure you use a shampoo that is enriched in nourishing agents and moisture and will not leave your hair drier. And when shampooing your hair, ensure you gently massage into your scalp in order to avoid any rough friction that may cause damage to your hair.
Rinsing your Hair
Use lukewarm or completely cold water to rinse your hair as opposed to hot water. Cold will help close the scales on hair’s cuticle and seal in nutrition. It will also give your hair extra shine and smoothness.
Moisturizing your hair
A dry hair is lacking in moisture hence the great need to frequently and deeply moisturize to tame tangles and repair dry hair. When your hair is dehydrated, use a deep treatment at least twice in a week.
For optimal nutrition, leave the cholesterol on hair for a minimum of 5 minutes. You can also wrap your hair in a warm towel while the formula diffuses then rinse off gently. Also apply a leave-in conditioner.
Daily Maintenance of your hair
Use essential oils to daily maintain your. Tie your hair with a silk scarf at night. Also, remember to live a healthy life. Exercise regularly and feed well.
We will cut straight to the chase. If you are a Nigerian, you most likely have the 4C natural hair type and even though there is a general misconception about the ‘difficulties’ involved in managing the 4C natural hair type, it really is beautiful and easy to care for as long as you know how to properly clean, moisturize, and maintain it. What is not to love about the 4C natural hair!
Type 4c hair is composed of strands that will almost never clump without the use of styling techniques. It can range from fine, thin, soft to coarse with densely packed strands. Some say Type 4c coils look identical to 4b except that the curls are tightly kinked with less definition. Tighter coily hair can shrink more than 75%.
Although everyone’s hair is unique, getting care and maintenance tips from experts can reduce the stress of finding what works for you.
- Use a product range that is specifically made for the 4C type of hair i.e specially made for the Nigerian hair
- A curl defining custard for twist-outs and braid-outs
- Cover your hair at night with a silk or satin cap to protect your hair and prevent breakage
Celebrities with 4C hairtype
- Lupita Nyong’o
- Omoni Oboli
- Adesua Etomi
- Viola Davis
Stay glued to this page for more tips on how to care for your natural hair.
It is no knowledge that the African natural hair can sometimes be difficult to manage due to the curly nature and volume of this hair type. The good news is that there are simple tips that can help this natural hair journey enjoyable and hassle-free.
Get educated – It is a big wonder how so many women with lustrous natural curls don’t know how to maintain their hair on a daily basis. Rather than hiding behind your wigs, weaves and braids read up on how to treat your natural curls. Learning a tip or two on how to take care of your natural hair will go a long way in this style journey.
Product Knowledge -You need to know the basics, like the fact that conditioner is a very different product to oil and should not be used in the same way to achieve the same effect. Whereas oil will help to hydrate your scalp, it will do nothing to activate natural curl nor will it help your hair to be softer. You also need to understand the content of a particular product.
Ask the experts – Make the most of social media by asking experts in the field. Who is in a better position to ask than a brand that is specifically for Nigerian Women living in Nigeria. You can ask directly or run through their feed for tips.
Myths about Natural Hair- Several people make the mistake of thinking that all natural hair needs excessive amounts of oil in order to stay hydrated and moisturized. However, thinking that oil is going to solve your dryness problem is not an accurate way to go about treating your natural hair. Ask the experts in the field they will be able to point you in the direction of products that will be much more beneficial
Dandruff is characterized by flakes and annoying itching. It can be very embarrassing. Apart from the constant scratching of hair in public places, the flakes falling from your hair can make you appear very untidy and not presentable.
Almost everyone gets dandruff at some point in their lives; Dandruff can also be described as the shedding of dead skin from the scalp, and is not to be confused with simply a dry scalp. Dandruff comes in two types – dry and waxy; many people are not aware and either over treat or under treat the condition. So before you self diagnose whether you have one of these types of dandruff and not just a dry scalp, we will share 3 signs that shows you that you are definitely suffering from dandruff.
- Flakes – If you have a whitish, oily-looking flakes of dead skin dotting your hair and shoulders on a constant basis, then you are most likely suffering from dandruff. These flakes of skin range from small and white to large, greasy, and yellow.
- Itchy Scalp – Itching is another red flag for dandruff. Flakes are preceded by itching. Usually, the first symptom of dandruff is itching. The itch sensation happens when receptors on the surface of your skin are triggered by some irritants. Your nerves send a signal to the brain via your spinal cord, which then causes you to scratch your hair. Itching is another red flag for dandruff.
- Dryness and Irritation – When you suffer from dandruff, you will have dryness of hair and scalp and many times, the irritation will occur from constant itching on an already dry scalp.
If you are experiencing all three or at least 2 of the above, it is time to treat your dandruff before it starts to embarrass you.
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It was a blast at the Natures Gentle Touch Hair Institute, Victoria Island, Lagos yesterday the 28th of April, 2017.
The Institute celebrated its hair stylists with a grand event in corroboration with the National Hair Stylist Appreciation Day that is celebrated around the world every 30th of April.
This event is the first of its kind in the Nigerian beauty industry with Natures Gentle Touch always leading the way with innovations and beauty solutions in Africa.
The event was graced with the presence of some of the members of management of the brand and other members of staff; with all the institute’s stylists present at the event. There were presentation of awards to distinguish the most committed stylists and members of the management also gave encouraging speeches to stylists and everyone present.
The event ended with photograph sessions, socializing and lots of eating, drinking and merrying.
See pictures below.
Natures Gentle Touch is Nigeria’s number one beauty brand in Nigeria providing beauty solutions for the African woman.
Its going to be a long weekend. Yayyyy!
Here is wishing you our readers a Happy Workers’ Day on Monday! A day to celebrate every working person out there trying to make a living for themselves and other people who may be depending on them.
Celebrate and be proud of yourself. You sure are doing a great job!
So whatever you do, always remember, there is absolutely dignity in labor.
Dry hands and feet can be inconvenient and unattractive and because our hands and feet are the busiest parts of our bodies, they tend to wear out faster compared to the rest of our bodies. It is therefore important that some level of attention be paid to the hands and feet.There are several helpful tips on how to care for dry hands and feet using natural ingredients.
Moisturize your hands and feet with essential Oils
After each and every wash, moisturize your hands. Carry moisturizer with you. Use coconut oil to moisturize your hands and feet. It will keep them moisturized and nourished all day.
Exfoliate your hands and feet
People often exfoliate their faces, but neglect their hands. Yet the skin on the hands is thin, fragile, and even more susceptible to damage than some areas of the face. If you’re severely dry and calloused, try a pumice stone after bathing. You can also put about 1-2 tablespoons of sugar in your hands, add in some olive oil, and rub both the front and back of your hands to loosen up that dry, dull skin. Use at least 3 times a week, depending on your skin’s needs, and always apply a moisturizing lotion immediately afterwards.
Wear gloves to bed
Damaged hands need constant moisturizing, so it’s time to deep-treat overnight. Apply olive oil or coconut oil and put on some cotton gloves or wool socks and go to bed. You can also try placing Ziploc bags around your hands with rubber bands around your wrists to lock in the moisture. Rinse off in the morning
Avoid hot-air dryers
These are becoming more and more popular because they save money and the environment, but they can easily dry-out your hands. Pat-dry with some toilet paper or simply shake dry, then put on your lotion!
Enjoy the weekend!
All work and no play, you know the rest of the story.
Fridays are fun and even though some of us work round the clock, it is a time to relax, evaluate what happened in the course of the week, retreat and gear up for the next week. There are several fun things you can engage in this weekend and you don’t have to break a bank to do so.
See a Movie
Who doesn’t love movies? Go out and see a movie by yourself or do it with friends after all, the more the merrier.
If you don’t give yourself a treat, who will? It could be going for a swim, a shopping spree or whatever you consider as your guilty pleasures and while you are at it, make sure you don’t go bankrupt.
Hang out with Friends
What would life be without friends? We think it will be an empty boring place. Go out with your friends this weekend and catch up on old times.
Get your Hair done
Look beautiful, be confident, be happy. Visit the salon and get some hair pampering.
Always reflect on life itself. Meditate on what makes you better and stronger.
Have a great weekend!
Coconut oil is a precious gift of nature made from coconuts. It has a million and one benefit for the body, skin, hair and pretty much anything you can think of. Using coconut for your hair can provide your hair with a lot more good than you can ever imagine.
Moisture retention – Coconut oil has a high moisture retaining capacity which helps the hair retain moisture and also seal in moisture thereby making hair soft and avoiding breakage.
Cooling Effect – Coconut Oil has a cooling effect on both the hair and scalp. It can soothe people with hot heads or those suffering from severe scalp sweating.
Styling – Coconut oil can be a good styling oil as well, as it melts on heating and condensing when cooled. So when you apply it on your hair, it thins and spreads evenly due to the heat on the scalp and as the hair comes in contact with air, the oil on the hair condenses, thus working as a styling gel or cream.
Lice Protection – Lice is a very common pest in the hair and can cause embarrassment for anyone. They also have a tendency to come back again and again. While there are several chemical products that can take care of lice from one’s hair, it can also damage the hair and scalp in the process. Wet hair and apply coconut oil and comb through the hair to get rid of lice. The coconut oil protects the hair from falling off while combing when wet.
Hair care for dry hair and scalp – Coconut oil is a great ingredient to combat dry hair and scalp as it keeps the hair soft and shiny especially dry hair. It can also serve as a great from of hair conditioner.
Hair is part of what makes you look beautiful. When it break at the ends, it makes your hair appear dull making it appear frayed and frizzy, thin or ragged. If your hair is breaking, it may be the result of frequent hair coloring or perming, heat styling tools like blow dryers and hair straighteners, or swimming in chlorinated water amongst many other things.
Hair Feels Gummy
When healthy hair is wet, it should feel smooth and glossy. When damaged hair that is prone to breakage is wet, it can feel gummy or sticky to the touch. Hair that feels gooey is damaged and may break off. Individuals with sticky-feeling hair should not dye or perm their hair, swim in chlorinated water, or use heated styling products. Sticky, gummy hair will break if much more damage is done.
Hair Gets Tangled Easily
Hair prone to breakage may feel frayed or like straw, and these coarse strands can get tangled more easily than hair that still contains sebum, the natural oil in hair. Although hair may become tangled, brush hair only when it is dry, because hair breaks more easily when it is wet. To avoid hair breakage while brushing or combing your hair, use a moisturizing conditioner after shampooing and spray with a detangler before brushing hair out when it is completely dry.
Hair breakage may occur in hair that’s brittle when dry and stretchy when wet. To determine whether overprocessing has compromised the strength of your hair, pull a piece of hair from your scalp and submerge it in water. After removing it from the water, pull gently on each end of the hair. It will either break, stretch or stay intact. If hair breaks or stretches, it is unhealthy. If the hair stays intact, it is strong and healthy.
Hair Dries Slowly
Hair prone to breakage may not dry as quickly as hair that is healthy, due to lack of protein and and moisture in the hair. Hair will try to retain moisture, making it stay wet longer. Even if your hair takes longer to dry than usual, avoiding blow drying or using heat to prevent it from becoming more damaged. The healthiest way to maintain damaged hair is to avoid styling products and hair color until hair grows out completely.