Starting your natural hair journey can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’ve gone your whole life chemically treating your hair and don’t know how to deal with your new texture. It can be a big learning curve, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it — you just need a little schooling.
And that’s where we come in: We’re about to teach you the ABCs of natural hair. You might know some of them, you might not know a few, but either way, this will help you with your natural hair know-how. So, keep reading, from “ACV” to “zero tolerance!”
A – Apple cider vinegar rinse
This will help restore your hair’s pH balance and help clean your scalp from build-up. Mix about one part apple cider vinegar to three parts water and use it to rinse your hair after cleansing or a co-wash.
B – B vitamins
Taking B vitamins — or any multivitamin — is not only good for your immune system, but will help with hair growth and strength.
C – Clarifying shampoo or cleanser
Stop using shampoos that just say “for dry/colored/oily hair” and get yourself a clarifying shampoo or cleanser instead. When you have a natural texture, the focus should be on cleaning your scalp more than anything since using various products causes build up.
D – Detangling
Get yourself a handy wide toothed comb or a specially-made brush like the Tangle Teezer Thick & Curly, $12, and remember to detangle at least once a week to keep your curls poppin’.