Black Hair and Quarantine Routines
So we’ve been in quarantine for a little over a month now and some of us may be wondering how to keep our hair healthy and thriving. You may be wearing a human hair wig or you’ve decided to take a break from the extensions and wigs and wear your natural hair. Both are totally fine. This time is a great opportunity to really focus on your natural hair and its health.
Establishing a quarantine hair routine is not only productive but very beneficial to ensuring that your hair stays healthy, even though we can’t make it to the salon.
Plan Your Natural Hair Wash Days
So now that our schedules are completely free, let’s book in those designated natural hair days where you’re doing a full treatment. You know the ones I'm talking about.Now some of you may be wondering, “What is the purpose of doing a treatment and what does it entail?” Don’t worry girl, I’ll fill you in.
Treatments are meant to penetrate the hair follicles to restore and maintain internal strength.
There are two types of treatments that you can do. There first is a reconstructor that is meant to strengthen the hair and is generally protein based.
The second type of treatment is a moisturizing treatment, Moisturizing treatments are the most common. They are made to balance the moisture content of your hair.
Most people do a full treatment roughly every ten days. Look at your calendar and plan for a day and time to do a full treatment on your hair, but most importantly, STICK TO IT!
What are your Natural Hair Goals?
The next step is to distinguish what your reason is for your routine. Are you working towards hair growth? Repair? Is it just a weekly cleanse? What is the purpose for that hair day?
Once you’ve done that, it’ll be easier to dedicate certain products to your routine that cater to your reasoning.
Black Hair Products for Growth
There are many different methods to growing your hair but one that many of us have adapted is wearing a human hair wig as a protective style to let your natural hair beneath grow healthy.
Just because you’re wearing a human hair wig, doesn't mean that your natural hair should be neglected. Your natural hair should be washed at least once a week.
As mentioned in our blog, Best Natural Hair Oils for a Dry, Itchy Scalp, we mentioned that Jamaican Castor oil is a great oil to use on your head because it’s properties promote hair growth!
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo and Conditioner is amazing for natural hair and promoting hair growth. Your scalp will feel moisturized, hydrated, reduce dryness and flakiness. Plus it is at a super affordable price which is always a nice touch. Check it out!
Black Hair Products for Repairing Damaged Hair
Many of us deal with damaged hair which is usually caused by colour, heat and lack of hydration. Repairing damaged natural hair requires great moisture and healing properties.
The Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Hydration Masque is a phenomenal product to add to your collection. It’s feature of Manuka honey offers natural healing properties for the hair and skin and intensive conditioning and moisture which is super beneficial for dry and damaged hair.
Black Hair Products for Cleansing
For weekly cleansing As I Am Coconut Cowash is a staple product. It’s a light-no-sud conditioning cream that helps to gently remove residue within your hair and cleanse the hair and scalp. A great plus to this amazing product is what it includes natural ingredients that promote healthy hair growth starting at the follicle. Check it out!
Protective Styles for Natural Hair
During this time, protective styles for natural hair may be the best option. They’re low maintenance and you can easily switch things up every one or two weeks to have a nice, fresh look.
Here are some examples of protective styles that you can do that are easy and beginner friendly.
Protective Style #1: Cornrows
Cornrows are a simple style that not only can be worn on it’s own, but also are a great base for when you want to wear that cute human hair wig that you love.
Protective Style #2: Flat Twists
Flat twists are another simple protective style. They are very similar to cornrows, but many find it to be a little bit easier because instead of working with three sections, this method only requires two. Check out this tutorial to find out how to do a flat twist!
Protective Style #3: Flat Twist Outs
Now you may be thinking, “what’s the difference between a flat twist and a flat twist out?” They are very similar but there is only one key difference. For the Flat twist out you follow the same steps as a flat twist, but then you allow the twist to sit for some time so that it can hold its shape. Once you’ve let the twist sit for a good amount of time, you unravel the twist which will result in a beautiful curly duo!
Protective Style #4: Bantu Knots
Bantu knots are a cute yet edgy protective style. The best thing about this style is that it is quick and simple to do. Somewhere this to sleep and others sport this look when they’re out and about, but it’s suited for both. They are small, coiled up buns that are placed against your head. Check out this video so see how easy this style is to do!
Protective Style #5: Box Braids
Box braids are a very popular hairstyle in the black hair community! It gets its name from the boxy like shape it produces when forming the braid. They are generally formed by using synthetic hair as well to apply thickness and length. Unlike cornrows they are only attached to the scalp at the base of the braid though they can be styled in a number of different ways. One great benefit to box braids is that they last for about 6-8 weeks and are very easy to maintain. For more info on how you can do your own box braids, check out the video below.
Protective Style #6: Ponytail Braids
Ponytail Braids are another great way to sport an edgy look and keep your hair protected. Sleek your hair back and intertwine your natural hair to a ponytail extension to create a beautifully pony braid. Checkout the video below for more details.
It’s time for you to try! Comment below which protective style you tried out and what does your quarantine hair routine look like?