We love that there’s a worldwide movement that’s celebrating natural, curly hair. We’re all about saying Goodbye Felicia to the pressure to go straight when the powers that be have blessed a sista with the power of the curl. So listen up, we’ve partnered with Clicks to bring you seven foolproof ways to grow and maintain your natural hair – no frizz, no fuss.
There’s are some totes ridics old wives’ tales about how to grow your curls. These include eating bread crust and carrots and washing hair in rainwater during the full moon to make it softer. Now we’re all for age-old wisdom but these tricks are more myth than anything else.
Let’s look at some real ways to level up your locks.
1 Keep your hair clean
Dirty hair or hair with excess product build-up can disrupt your scalp’s natural PH levels, which in turn affects the growth of your hair. Healthy scalp – healthy hair, right? So make sure you wash your hair regularly with a good, nourishing cleanser.
- Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo (R199.99 at Clicks)
- Tresemme Botanic Co-Wash (R79.99)
- Aunt Jackie’s Oh So Clean Moisturizing & Softening Shampoo (R67.99)
2 Condition your crown
Curly hair needs nourishment and a little bit of TLC, so do a deep condition once a week to help replace your hair’s natural moisture and protein and improve your hair’s elasticity and strength.
- Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Masque (R249.99)
- Aunt Jackie’s Flaxseed Fix My Hair Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque (R129.99)
- Dark and Lovely Au Naturale 3-in-1 Cleansing Condition (R84.99)
3 Massage your scalp
You may be surprised to know that massaging your scalp, stimulates hair growth. So get those fingers moving, guurrrl. Massaging your scalp with oil increases the blood circulation to the hair follicles, which revitalises and conditions the scalp, thus encouraging hair growth. Yes, please!
- Aunt Jackie’s Repair My Hair Argan Oil (R69.99)
- AfroBotanics Buntu Aloe Vera & Marula Oil Growth Oil (R47.00)
4 Protect your curls at night
Wearing a satin scarf at night protects your ends from breakage that occurs when you move around during the night. A scarf is a great way to lock in moisture while you sleep. Don’t worry, bae will get used to it.
- Donna Satin Cap (R94.95)
5 Eat healthily
Adding foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, chia seeds and walnuts will assist healthy hair growth.
- Smartbite Foods Chia Seeds (R32.99)
6 Create protective styles
Tuck your hair away with braids and twists to protect your hair from breakage. Don’t forget to keep your protective style clean and moisturised.
- Cantu Apple Cider Vinegar Root Rinse (R159.00)
- Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner (R249.00)
7 Be patient
Don’t look at us like that – you knew this was coming. We know you’re eager to grow your locks and flaunt your curls but patience is key. Hair grows about 1cm per month so be kind to your scalp and your body during the process and your body will reward you.
Ingredients promoting hair growth and products containing them:
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Cantu Apple Cider Vinegar Root Relief
- Aloe Vera – Carol’s Daughter Leave-In Conditioner Black Vanilla
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil – Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Masque
- Coconut Oil – TRESemme Botanical Co-wash
- Flaxseed – Aunt Jackie’s Flaxseed Soft All-Over Multi-Purpose Oil
#ClicksCurls Johannesburg Speakers
It’s going to be a day dedicated to celebrating your natural hair and getting expert tips on how to care for and rock your crown. Look out for Boitumelo Nxumalo who is a Shea Moisture guest speaker along with Mimi Duma who is a Natural Hairstylist and COSMO guest speaker – it’s going to be amazing.
All products listed are available at Clicks stores nationwide. Visit Clicks.co.za to shop online, and have your say about the natural hair movement on social media:
Feature Image Credit: Marnus Meyer
This post was sponsored by Clicks.
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