Personal Self Care Tips for You and Your Natural Hair
Making time for myself, especially since I am a full time student, can be a lot to handle or placed on the back burner. But as I have said before, self care is an important ritual that should be sacred and placed in our everyday schedules. For beginners, natural hair can be a tough obstacle to tackle if you do not have a personal relationship with it. Below are a few tips and tricks to taking care of your hair and yourself on the days that seem a little tougher than others:
- Your hair is a reflection of you. With that being said, make sure that you are using shampoos and conditioners that are supporting the growth of your hair and not taking away from that. Stray away from products that contains sulfate, or more pH balanced hair products.
- Diet is an important part of hair growth, so make sure that you are getting the proper amounts of nutrients. Our hair does not have vitamins so it is important that we feed it through a healthy and productive meal.
- Exercise. It releases a bunch of serotonin into your brain and into your body and has been known to fight stressors in the body.
- Do not over wash your hair. Washing your hair as often as possible can cause your hair to look dull in appearance.
- Keep a journal of your natural hair journey, recording your hair growth and the things that you learn about yourself along the way. Take pictures of yourself, if you want to.
- Keep music in the background in order to enjoy the process. I have noticed that when I have my favorite artist on, I tend to enjoy doing some of my hardest tasks more and it eases the strain.
- When washing your hair, steer away from using extremely hot water because it strips the nutrients from your hair, or the sebum which is a protective layer of oil over the hair.
- Stray away from comparing yourself to another woman or another man whose hair might be longer. Everyone’s natural hair journey is unique and varies among one another. We all fall short of this but, know that it is important to create your own lane and to stay within that.
I didn’t watch too many YouTube videos or stay in tune with many YouTube gurus, but it was more on the field of many friends that I learned how to take care of my hair. I remember coming in a few times out of the school year, and some of my friends would volunteer to cut a few of my permed ends off, without judgement. It was very personal and sacred.
Allowing yourself the proper time to be involved in this kind of way is emotionally healthy and will help you with being more in tune with yourself. Because when you are in tune with yourself, it is significantly easier to navigate this world. Taking care of yourself becomes less of a problem that you have to carry on your own but, instead something that radiates effortlessly from off of you.