Natural Styling Tips for African American Hair

When styling hair, be careful to avoid using too much product, as this can cause a buildup on your hair, and make it less manageable. Use natural treatments to bring a shiny and healthy look to African American hair.

Styling Hair

Styling hair is a different process for each different hair type. If your hair is naturally curly, you can take thin sections of your hair, while damp, and roll them up, securing them with pins. After your hair is dry, you can remove the pins and piece out the curls with your fingers. If you go to a salon, make sure the stylist has experience cutting curly hair. It should be cut while it’s wet, so that the natural shape of the curls is evident.

Every beauty consultant has a different way of styling hair, so find one that works the best with your particular African American cut. To get the ringlets just right, apply a small amount of gel and serum to damp hair, and work it through from the middle of each strand, to the end. Take thin sections from the top of the head, and twist them, all the way to the ends, then let them fall. Use a diffuser to dry each section, from the ends to the roots. After your hair is almost dry, shake the curls so that they hang loosely. Softly massage your hair at the crown to add body to it. Then just flip your hair back and use your fingers to finish the styling, rather than using a brush.

Herbal Ingredients

Using herbal ingredients can be very beneficial for dry and damaged African American hair. It will help bring out the natural color of your hair, and will make your hair shiny as well. Herbal shampoos will give you beautiful hair that is easier to style.

You can use home grown herbal ingredients to make your own conditioner, free from harsh chemicals. The herbs are also available in supermarkets, if you aren’t into gardening. Select the proper herbs for your individual hair type and color. If you use fresh herbs, the conditioner will have more potency, but dried herbs work reasonably well, too. Add some essential oils to your conditioner to give your hair a lovely smell.

Shampoo your hair first, using a mild organic shampoo, and then rinse it well. Pour your conditioner with its herbal ingredients through your hair, and use the extra to re-treat your hair. Then you can blot your hair using a towel, and untangle your hair with your fingers. Use a comb to finish de-tangling, and let your hair dry by itself, before you style it.

Natural Hair Treatment

If you are overwhelmed by the various treatments for African American hair, you are not alone. In order to make an informed choice, you should learn about some of the various forms of natural hair treatment.

There are some treatments that you can use to effectively help damaged hair, and they may utilize products that can be found in your kitchen. Olive Oil is popular in natural hair treatments, and vinegar has long been used to treat frizzy and dry hair. Vinegar is helpful in treating dandruff, as well. A common natural hair treatment is an ACV Rinse, and it utilizes the properties of vinegar. Check out this recipe on the “DIY: Relieve Dry Scalp w/ Apple Cider Vinegar” [HERE] for a step-by-step guide.

Do you have any other styling tips of African-American hair?

This article was written by Nyesha Samuel of HealthyLocsBlog [HERE].

Nyesha wanted to share this article with the NuGrowth Community to help educate African American women on natural alternatives for styling their hair.

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Jocelyn Reneé

Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.

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