Short, long, dreds, twist, curls or plaits … If like many women of colour around the world you are discovering, or rediscovering your love for natural hair, blogger Minna Salami shares some valuable TLC tips for your crown.
Whet your appetite for the Curls Rock workshop coming up in September in Cologne with these golden tips on caring for your natural hair.
1. Moisturize more than seems sane.
What are the three words every woman with natural hair needs to hear? They aren’t ‘I love you’ (although that’s nice too), they are ‘leave-in conditioner’. It doesn’t necessarily matter which type you use, but how much you use. I suggest a very generous amount morning and night.
2. Make the investment
When it comes to the tools you use on your hair, invest in the best you can afford. Buy high quality straighteners, combs, rubber bands etc. or you might end up paying the price in restorative treatments.
3. Less is more.
In the unlikely case that your name is Rihanna, you really don’t need to surprise your co-workers with a new do every day. Find a hassle-free hairstyle that suits you and stick to it, at least for the most part. Your hair will thank you for it.
4. Wrap up.
Head wraps are not only a flattering accessory, they are also a great way to keep your hair protected from the big bad environment. Buy some gorgeous print scarves and wrap up your curls.
5. Treat your hair like silk.
You know that favourite dress of yours? The one you delicately wash by hand, iron at minimal heat and fold like it was a baby? Treat your hair like you treat that dress, it’s worth even more. Do not over pull or over heat your hair.
6. Salons are evil.
Don’t ever visit a salon that you don’t know, or that hasn’t been recommended to you by a trustworthy friend. A year’s worth of damage can happen in a few hours in the hands of an incompetent hairdresser.
7. Love your hair.
This is the most important tip. You must love your hair to keep it in good condition. If you think that your hair is unmanageable and/or unprofessional then you’re better off fixing a weave. If you’re ready to love that which is uniquely yours, it will love you back in return.
Minna Salami was born in Finland in 1978 to a Nigerian father and a Finnish mother. She spent her first twelve years in Nigeria and has since spent periods living in Sweden, Spain, New York and London, where she currently resides. Through her blog (for which she has won various awards), an online shop, her public profile and Gender research studies, she brings voices of women of African heritage to the forefront daily.