Ever spend hours shampooing, conditioning, deep conditioning and finally styling your natural hair to only end up with an uncouth mess? Here are some common mistakes made in styling natural hair. These minor details can make the difference between a cute defined style and frizzy shrunken afro. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with a fro. I love my fro. But when you have put in the work to achieve a specific style, you want your hair to look as such. Here are some do’s and don’ts that can make all the difference in styling your natural hair.
- Flip hair over while washing and styling. Style your natural hair in the shower in the direction that it grows naturally. This will help minimize tangles. Read More: Tips on Detangling Natural Hair
- Use too many natural hair products. Using globs of product can not only starve your hair of the natural moisture that it needs to fight frizz but it can also cause nasty build-up. Your natural hair regimen should consist of a sulfate-free cleanser/shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, moisturizer and styling product. Some of your products may actually serve multiple functions.
- Use too little styling product or none at all. If you want your style to set and to last, use a good amount of a styling product with hold like Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Defining Créme. Apply from ends to roots to make sure hair is saturated. Keep in mind that with some products, less is more.
- Practice braiding or twisting while looking in the mirror. It sounds crazy but think about it. If you’re braiding or twisting your hair in the mirror, you’re watching a mirror reflection of your hands and this can be confusing!
- Use products as instructed. To get the most out of your hair products, read the product directions. This will ensure that you reap the benefits of the products.
- Use a detangling tool or technique to define your curls and smooth ruffled hair before styling. This makes a huge difference in the finished product of your styling session. Many stylists actually recommend detangling your hair every time you wash to minimize single strand knots. Detangle and define your natural curls with a Denman brush or wide tooth comb. Finger combing is okay too but are generally ideal for wash n gos styles.
- Use a styling product. Styling products are very important to help achieve hold and minimize frizz. If you’re looking for an all-natural styling product try, flaxseed gel or aloe vera gel. Even Shealoe works.