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Hair Food: Natural ingredients for strong and healthy curls



The hair products you use can either make or break your entire hair routine and the best way to care for your natural hair is to use natural hair products. Natural hair products typically contain natural ingredients that are gentle on the scalp, known to reduce breakage, remove buildup, help with moisture retention, improve overall hair health and promote growth.


If you want to get the best natural product, be sure to check if they contain one or more of the following natural ingredients:


Aloe vera


Aloe Vera has more than 75 active components including amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins A, C, E and B12, essential amino acids, etc that are nutrients necessary to nourish and strengthen hair strands. Aloe vera also has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help to treat dandruff, with enzymes that rid your scalp of dead cells and aid in the regeneration of the skin around the hair follicles.


Argan oil


This is a non-greasy oil that is very rich in rich in Vitamin A, Omega 3 and 9 fatty acids. These fatty acids provide essential proteins and nutrients to your hair follicles. Consistent use of Natural products with Argan oil can help to treat split ends, increases hair strength, Improves hair thickness add luster and shine to hair, etc.


Honey


Honey is loaded with a lot of properties that make it a must-have ingredient in natural hair products. As an antioxidant, honey helps to keep the scalp healthy and prevent hair damage. Honey is also a humectant - that is it attracts moisture from the air into the hair. It also contains proteins, minerals and vitamins that help to strengthen the hair follicles and reduce hair breakage.


Here are some great ways to make the best use of natural hair products in your haircare routine and


1. Pre-Poo:


Fewer Knots, fewer Tangles, Easy conditioning & moisture retention are some of the reasons why you need to Pre-shampoo or pre-poo for short. Pre-poo is the process of applying oil treatment to your hair before you condition or shampoo. To pre-poo, scoop a sizeable amount of your favorite oil and use it to saturate your hair. Gently work it in and give yourself a scalp massage to promote hair growth. Put on a shower cap for about 15 to 20 minutes before you wash your hair.


2. Cleanse:


Proper cleansing is an important part of your hair care routine as it helps to rid your scalp of dandruff or dirt and allows for hair growth. However curly hair tends to be dry since the oil doesn't spread through the strands as easily. This means you have to be careful and not over wash your hair. Washing your hair too often strips your curls of the valuable moisture that it needs. This makes your hair strands coarse and difficult to style or manipulate. Experts advise that males with natural curly afro’s wash their hair once a week or every other week. Cleanse your hair gently to prevent over stripping natural oils and prevent tangles by applying co-wash shampoo to your scalp and then using your fingers to spread evenly or run it through your hair strands.



3. Deep Condition:


Believe me when I say that deep conditioning is good for your curls, especially after washing your hair with Shampoo. Curly hair tends to tangle a lot - especially when it grows to a certain length. Detangling helps to rid your hair of tangles that can result in knots, and eventually, breakage. Deep conditioners contain nutrients that help to hydrate your hair, which makes it easy to detangle and moisturize. As a curly-haired man or woman, natural butter and oils should be your best friends when it's time to detangle. Coconut butter Olive oil and Shea butter are incredible choices when the time comes for you to battle any knot or tangle that occurs.


Use these tools to help you make informed choices about how to strengthen your hair. Subscribe to AIRFRO for more.