WILD FROS

Black women rock­ing their nat­u­ral hair has grown from a trend into a full-on move­ment. Isn’t it time you joined in?

True Love Hair - - TRENDS - By LER­ATO SEUOE

The com­mon mes­sage we black women are send­ing out is that we love our hair and it’s beau­ti­ful just the way it is. In­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers used to tell black mod­els whose hair was nat­u­ral, wild and care­free to ei­ther cover it with a wig or straighten it to achieve the same look as all the other mod­els. For­tu­nately, times have changed. We’re see­ing more afros grac­ing the run­way. De­signer brands such as Prada, Louis Vuit­ton, Ce­line and many more em­brace the au na­turel look. Here’s how to look af­ter your nat­u­ral mane so that it stays as glo­ri­ous as na­ture in­tended.

CLEANS­ING

Cleans­ing-con­di­tion­ing, also known as co-wash, should al­ways be your best. Wash your hair with a cleans­ing con­di­tioner once a week to keep your hair mois­turised and to im­prove its man­age­abil­ity. We rec­om­mend a prod­uct that will also de­tan­gle the hair so it can have the slip you want. Your rou­tine will change from sea­son to sea­son, but hair needs mois­ture through­out the year. How­ever, in win­ter sham­poo your hair only when it’s dull and needs clar­i­fi­ca­tion. Make sure that the sham­poo and con­di­tion­ers don’t con­tain min­eral oil, parabens, and petro­la­tum.

MOIS­TUR­IS­ING

Mois­tur­is­ing is key to healthy, bouncy and lus­cious curls. Nat­u­ral hair is prone to dy­ing out when it’s washed, which could lead to frizz. Many nat­u­ral heads swear by mix­ing it up and us­ing more than one mois­tur­is­ing prod­uct at a time! Com­bine a rich hair cream with a hy­drat­ing nat­u­ral oil. This should be re­peated ev­ery sec­ond day by spray­ing your hair with water first, al­low­ing the prod­ucts to get into your hair. Don’t touch your hair too much as it makes it prone to frizz. Use a deep con­di­tioner or hair mask af­ter you con­di­tion ev­ery week. We rec­om­mend you sleep with a treat­ment mask in your hair overnight. It can also make a huge dif­fer­ence to curls as it makes them soft. Rinse out in the morn­ing and con­tinue with your mois­ture rou­tine.

TRIM­MING

Your ends are the old­est and most frag­ile parts of your hair, and ex­ces­sive heat styling and chem­i­cal treat­ments like re­lax­ers and hair colour can split or fray your ends. If left unchecked the dam­age will con­tinue down the hair shaft, and even­tu­ally break off. Trim your ends as soon as you no­tice any split ends. Wear pro­tec­tive styles be­cause they keep your hair tips out of sight and neatly tucked in, which al­lows them to re­tain mois­ture.

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