For Naturalisters, it’s no news that we have delicate hair, but the hair tips are most delicate and are unprotected from breakage because they are the oldest part of the hair.
We can shield our hair by having them in protective styles, e.g., box-braids, twists, threads, locs, etc. Scarves also can be used to protect our hair. It’s not limited to our bad hair days only.
So what Do We Need To Do To Protect Our Natural Hair?
A. Moisturizing: Water is a good source of moisturizer, but it tends to evaporate if not properly sealed in. A butter-based moisturizer with water (aqua) as the first ingredient on the list will keep your ends stay soft and well moisturized.
Apply the moisturizer on your hands and scrunch it in (best done before styling your hair). In the absence of a store-bought moisturizer, you can use aloe vera gel.
B. SEAL WITH HEAVY BASED OIL: You can also protect your ends by sealing with heavy oils, e.g. [Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO)]. You can make do with the regular castor oil. It’s also thick enough to seal your ends. This oil keeps your ends clumped together, hence preventing breakage.
C. TUCK THEM AWAY: You can tuck your ends in buns, rolls, doughnuts, pin-up, up-dos, or thread it.
Note: Our natural hair, on average, grows half an inch every month. We need to put proper care in place to retain that length.