First, I must admit that natural hair is not the easiest to maintain but the availability of a variety of products in the market has made it easier.

For me, doing a bun after washing is much easier especially because my hair has a huge volume. When it comes to cleaning my hair, I do it twice a week. I know this seems like it’s too often but then, I need to keep my scalp clean and healthy. Plus, with all the natural hair products I use, you can’t just keep on applying more on dirty hair.

Natural hair tips
Natural hair tips

Washing and treating my natural hair

While you can use your preferred products to clean your hair, I use Au Naturale Dark and Lovely shampoo since it acts as a shampoo and a conditioner as well. It smells good and leaves my hair smelling fresh and clean. Sheth Natural’s shampoo bar works equally well for my hair so I alternate between the two.

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When it comes to treating my hair, I prefer using the Miadi leave-in treatment or Mikalla’s total moisture boost leave-in treatment.

How to achieve a curly look on your natural hair

The curly look is always my go-to look when I want something different from a low bun. To achieve the curly look, I make twist outs or Bantu knots using Cantu curling cream or Shea Butter then undo them. I either stay with them overnight or a day if time allows.

Achieving the curly look
Achieving the curly look

Before styling, I apply coconut oil and Black castor oil as a moisturizer then style it according to the look I want to achieve.

Taking care of natural hair is not easy

It’s never easy and I only do it because I love the way I look in it. My hair is also very soft and even braids hardly last beyond a week. For instance, when I have a curly look, sometimes I wake up and find that the curls have detangled, something which is such a disappointment considering the amount of time and dedication I put on my hair.

Natural hair
Natural hair

It’s also time-consuming especially when you are preparing in the morning because natural hair takes a lot of time to style. All I can say is that being a naturalista needs a lot of patience and dedication.