3 Tips For Coarse Natural Hair in Fall
I have super coarse natural hair which comes with its own set of joys and challenges. Below are my top 3 tips for caring for coarse natural hair that are sure to decrease breakage, retain length and improve the health of your hair during the fall.
Keep scalp clean but don’t strip your hair
A clean scalp is critical for health and for growing hair. Product usage tends to go up as the months get cooler so buildup on your scalp can happen quickly. While you want to keep your scalp clean, the last thing you want to do is strip and dry out your ends when the weather is cold and the air is dry. I recommend the following routine to clean your scalp but prevent stripping your ends which are the most fragile part of your hair:
- Exclusively rub shampoo through scalp
- Do not drag shampoo through hair instead focus on massaging your scalp with the pads of your fingers
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water and let the shampoo run through your hair
Moisturize with water-based products
A moisturizer is characterized by having WATER as the first ingredient. Nothing moisturizes your hair like water not even coconut oil which can penetrate your hair strand but isn’t a replacement for water. So be sure to find a leave-in with that key ingredient listed first. My favorites tend to be very creamy like OBIA Naturals Curl Moisture Cream.
Seal in moisture with butters and oils
Coarse hair can dry out quickly so seal in moisture with butters and oils; I like to mix the two together! Shea butter is a staple and is known to have humectant properties that draw water to your hair. When it comes to oils, coconut oil is one of the few oils that can penetrate the hair strands. Simply wet or dampen hair and then add your butters an doils. To find a product that would make a great sealer, simply look for butters and oils as the first few ingredients. For instance, Soultanicals Knot Butta lists Mango Butter, Shea Butter and Castor Oil and Meadowfoam Seed Oil as it’s top ingredients. It’s one of my favorites as it is very spreadable and also great for detangling.
What do you do for your hair during the fall?