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5 Habits That Could Be Damaging Your Natural Hair

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You’ve watched countless natural hair videos on YouTube, went out and bought every product recommended and followed a strict haircare regime—yet your hair still hasn’t flourished. The flaw isn’t with your natural hair, it’s with your habits. The things you do to your hair may be doing more damage than good. Here are some terrible habits that could be hurting your tresses and stunting its growth.

Improper Detangling

We’re all familiar with the ‘snap’ and ‘pop’ sounds that come with impatient and forceful detangling. While detangling is one of the most frustrating tasks when it comes to natural hair care, don’t take out this frustration on your delicate strands. Instead, work slowly and work in small sections.

Another common detangling mistake is not lubricating the hair. Curly and coily hairs tend to stick together and knot. In order to help remove these knots without causing damage, it is important to use an oil or product with enough slip, or a product that is slippery.

To add, using the proper detangling tool is crucial. Some prefer to finger detangle while others opt for a tangle teezer or wide tooth comb. Regardless of the tool or method you use, patience is key.

Prolonging Your Trim

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Cutting your hair sucks, especially if you are trying to grow it out. However, leaving dead and damaged ends uncut will only cause the entire hair strand to weaken. Therefore, it is important to stay on schedule with your trims even when your ends don’t look damaged. Additionally, when you notice that your hair tangles more particularly at the ends, it may be time for a trim. It is recommended that you get a trim every 3-4 months. Don’t run from the shears!

Using the Wrong Oil to Seal Your Ends

All oils are not created equal. When sealing your ends, it is important to use oils that don’t penetrate the hair shaft but sit on top of it. To explain the purpose of sealing oils are to hold in hydration. Some of our favorite sealing oils include castor, jojoba, and grapeseed oil. Oils like coconut, babassu, avocado, and olive oil are great for moisturizing and using along with your leave-in conditioner; however, they don’t do a good job at sealing in the moisture. Therefore, it is recommended that you use a sealing oil after you’ve applied a moisturizing oil or leave-in conditioner.

Using the Wrong Shampoo

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Most shampoos on the market contain sulfates which strip the hair of its natural oils and dries out the hair cuticle. If your hair is dry and extra frizzy, check the label on your shampoo. When choosing a shampoo, stick to those that are made for your hair type. Ours especially perfect for those with curly and coily strands and are made to moisturize and cleanse your hair without stripping it. Check out our Resilience Mango & Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo.

Not Deep Conditioning Enough

Deep conditioning is one of the most important steps in your wash routine. Why? It supplies your hair cuticle with the moisture it needs to thrive and grow. It is recommended that you deep condition your hair at least once a week. Our Moisture Treatment Masque with Argan Oil quenches parched strands and makes your hair easier to manage.

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5 Protective Styles Perfect for Any Occasion

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Protective styling is one of the main components for retaining length and maintaining the health of your hair. Not only do they lock in moisture but they cut down the time it takes to get ready–who doesn’t want that? From box braids to Bantu knots, there are so many protective styles to choose from. Check out some of our favorite protective styles perfect for any occasion.

Flat Twists

 

Tuck away your delicate ends with a classic flat twist ‘do. This low maintenance style can be twisted in any direction, dressed up or dressed down for a casual everyday look. What we also love about flat twists is that they can be unraveled, revealing a gorgeous and bouncy twist-out. Moisturize your flat twists with our Good 2 Gro Mango and Shea Butter Style Creme.

Bantu Knots

Bantu knots are always in style. This 90’s throwback protective style locks in the moisture while elongating your curl pattern. For the slickest bantu knots that last all week, it is recommended to use a gel with maximum hold. Try out our Good Naturally Curl and Style Gel with Argan Oil.

Box Braids

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Serve a serious 90’s look with box braids. Braiding synthetic hair onto your natural hair protects your tresses from the elements and from the stress that comes from over styling. Not to mention, box braids are one of the most low maintenance and last up to six weeks. Although this protective style doesn’t require a lot of upkeep, it is important to nourish your scalp, our Good 2 Gro Growth Elixir with Hemp Oil alleviates itch and stimulates new growth.

Crochet Curls

Similar to the sew-in weave, this style weaves synthetic hair onto cornrows for a voluminous look resembling natural hair. The only difference is that it doesn’t not require a weaving needle or harmful hair glue. Add a little luster to this style with our Good Naturally Hair and Scalp Serum with Argan Oil and Coconut Milk.

Faux Locs

Want the look of dreadlocks with out the commitment? Faux locks are for you. Similar to box braids, faux locs are achieved by crocheting Marley hair onto cornrows or by braiding synthetic hair in your natural hair and wrapping Marley hair around it. This protective style can be heavy and cause stress on the roots, so it is important to deep condition your hair and use a leave-in conditioner prior to your appointment–try out our salon quality Moisture Treatment Masque.