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wE ALL WANT GLORIOUS, HEALTHY NATURAL HAIR BUT YOU MAY BE CAUSING DAMAGE TO YOUR BELOVED STRANDS AND NOT EVEN REALIZE IT. CHECK OUT THE TIPS BELOW TO SEE IF YOU ARE UNKNOWINGLY HARMING YOUR CROWN AND GLORY.

1.) MAKE SURE YOUR HAIR ISN’T GETTING CAUGHT ON THE CLASPS OF NECKLACES, RINGS OR CHAIN PURSES. I CAN’T WEAR PURSES WITH CHAIN STRAPS ANYMORE BECAUSE MY HAIR ALWAYS GETS TANGLED WITHIN THE LINKS AND BREAKS. THIS REALLY HURT MY HEART Y’ALL. THERE ARE SO MANY FAB CHAIN PURSES OUT THERE BUT I KNOW MY HAIR AND THE LINKS WILL BRAWL AND THE LINKS ALWAYS WIN.

2.) WHEN YOU WEAR KNIT HATS, PLACE A SATIN BONNET UNDERNEATH YOUR HAIR. YOU STILL NEED TO PROTECT YOUR HAIR FROM LOSING MOISTURE EVEN IF ITS ONLY FOR A FEW HOURS DURING THE DAY. ALSO, I FEEL LIKE I DON’T HAVE TO SAY THIS BECAUSE MOST NATURALS ARE ALREADY AWARE BUT IF YOU’RE NOT WEARING A SATIN BONNET TO BED AND IF YOU DON’T HAVE SATIN PILLOW CASES, YOU ARE LOSING MOISTURE UNNECESSARILY AT NIGHT. CHANGING THIS ONE THING COULD BE AN END TO YOUR DRY HAIR WOES.

3.) DON’T OVERUSE HAIR COLOR. IF YOU COLOR YOUR HAIR IT’S BEST TO WAIT UNTIL THAT COLOR COMPLETELY GROWS OUT BEFORE YOU APPLY MORE COLOR OR ONLY COLOR THE NEW GROWTH AT THE ROOTS IF YOU NEED A TOUCH UP. NEVER APPLY PERMANENT HAIR COLOR TO HAIR THAT IS ALREADY COLOR TREATED. IF YOU DO, YOU’LL START LOSING HAIR FASTER THAN SOMEONE BLINKING MORSE CODE. IT IS BEST TO USE HENNA OR HAIR RINSES. IF YOU USE PERMANENT HAIR COLOR KEEP A CAREFUL WATCH ON YOUR HAIR. IT IS A GOOD IDEAD TO MOISTURIZE YOUR HAIR TWICE A DAY (DAY AND NIGHT) TO PREVENT BREAKAGE.

4.) WHEN YOU DETANGLE YOUR HAIR ARE YOU HANDLING YOUR HAIR GENTLY? EVEN WHEN IT IS A TANGLED MESS TAKE YOUR TIME AND COMB SLOWLY. DON’T RAKE THE COMB THROUGH YOUR HAIR LIKE CEELY DID WHEN SHE COMBED MISTA’S BABY GIRL’S HAIR. YOU MUST BE GENTLE. HANDLE YOUR HAIR AS IF IT WERE A FINE SILK SO YOU’LL ONLY LOSE SHED HAIR.

5.) IF YOU ENGAGE IN ANY ACTIVITY THAT ADDS STRESS TO YOUR HAIR (MORE SO THAN THE AVERAGE NATURAL) YOUR STRANDS NEED ADDITIONAL CARE. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU ARE AN AVID SWIMMER YOU MUST BE MINDFUL THAT THE CHLORINE CAN BE EXTREMELY DRYING AND HARMFUL TO YOUR HAIR. YOU MUST STEP YOUR MOISTURE AND CONDITIONING GAME UP TO COMBAT THE HARMFUL EFFECTS. IF YOU MOVE TO OR VACATION IN DUMB HOT WEATHER, IT IS BEST TO DOUBLE UP THE MOISTURE AND DEEP CONDITIONING APPLICATIONS DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME. THE SUN CAN BE JUST AS HARMFUL AS A FLAT IRON OR BLOW DRYER. SUN-KISSED SKIN IS BEAUTIFUL, SUN-BAKED HAIR IS BOOO.

6.) I KNOW EVERYONE LOVES BUNS. IT’S AN EASY GO TO HAIRSTYLE PARTICULARLY ON “BAD HAIR DAYS”. JUST MAKE SURE YOU’RE NOT STRAINING THE EDGES OF YOUR HAIR TOO MUCH. DON’T PULL YOUR HAIR TOO TIGHTLY BECAUSE YOUR EDGES MAY BEGIN TO THIN. NO ONE LIKES BALD EDGES HOMIES.

7.) ARE YOU MOISTURIZING YOUR HAIR DAILY? MOST NATURALS NEED TO REPLENISH THE MOISTURE TO THEIR STRANDS ERRY DAY. I USUALLY APPLY SOME TYPE OF MOISTURE AND OIL TO MY HAIR AT NIGHT AND REAPPLY IT IN THE MORNING IF I FEEL THE NEED. THERE ARE SOME EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE BUT MOST OF US NATURALS MUST GIVE OUR HAIR MOISTURE DAILY. IF YOU DON’T, THIS COULD BE THE REASON WHY YOUR HAIR IS FEELING DRY AND BREAKING OFF.

8.) YOU MAY BE USING A PRODUCT THAT IS HARMFUL TO YOUR HAIR. CERTAIN PRODUCTS MAY MAKE YOUR HAIR LOOK FAB BUT DOES YOUR HAIR FEEL FAB AS WELL? THERE MAY BE INGREDIENTS THAT ARE NOT MESHING WELL WITH YOUR TRESSES. BE CAREFUL WITH GELS AND OTHER PRODUCTS THAT GIVE YOUR HAIR HOLD BECAUSE THEY ARE USUALLY VERY DRYING. AND Y’ALL KNOW DRYNESS = DESERT HAIR

9.) STYLING TOOLS INCLUDING PONYTAIL HOLDERS, HEAD BANDS, RUBBER BANDS, BRUSHES AND COMBS CAN BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HAIR IF USED INCORRECTLY. TAKE YOUR TIME WHEN REMOVING HAIR TIES AND RUBBER BANDS. THEY ARE EASILY CAUGHT ON STRANDS AND CAUSE THEM TO BREAK; SOMETIMES WITHOUT YOU BEING AWARE. ALSO, BE SURE TO USE COMBS THAT HAVE TEETH THAT ARE WIDE ENOUGH (BASED UPON THE THICKNESS OF YOUR HAIR) AND BRUSHES WITH BRISTLES THAT ARE NOT TOO HARD FOR YOUR HAIR AND SCALP.

10.) TRIM YOUR HAIR AS SOON AS YOU REALIZE IT NEEDS TO BE DONE. DON’T KEEP PUTTING IT OFF BECAUSE THIS COULD FURTHER DAMAGE YOUR HAIR. DON’T HOLD ON TO HAIR FOR THE LENGTH. IF YOUR ENDS ARE SPLITTING, THOSE STRANDS ARE DAMAGED. LET ‘EM GO BABES! SOMETIMES IT IS DIFFICULT TO LOSE LENGTH BUT IT’S LIKE PULLING OFF A BANDAID. YOU MAY DREAD EVERY MOMENT LEADING UP TO THE HAIRCUT BUT ONCE YOU DO IT YOU THINK, “MAN, THAT WASN’T SO BAD”.

HAVE ANY OF Y’ALL BEEN UNKNOWINGLY CAUSING HARM TO YOUR HAIR?

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