Hair specialist Verona White says that people should spring clean their afro hair, and shares how they can do so effectively
Spring is a season of renewal and rejuvenation and, just like your home, your curly afro-textured hair deserves a thorough spring cleaning. Spring is the perfect time to revamp your hair care routine and give your curls the love and attention they need.
How to spring clean your hair
1. Detoxify Your Hair
Just as you would clean your home, the first step to spring cleaning your hair is to detoxify it. Over time, product build-up can clog your hair follicles, leading to dull, lifeless curls. Use a clarifying shampoo to remove the build-up and restore your hair’s natural shine. Look for products with natural ingredients, like apple cider vinegar or charcoal, which are known for their detoxifying properties.
2. Deep Condition
Winter can be harsh on curly afro-textured hair, leaving it dry and brittle. To restore moisture and elasticity to your curls, deep conditioning is essential. Choose a deep conditioner, rich in hydrating ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera. Apply the conditioner to your hair, cover with a shower cap, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes before rinsing.
3. Trim Your Ends
Spring is the perfect time to get rid of those split ends that may have accumulated over the winter months. Trimming your ends not only gives your hair a healthier appearance but also promotes growth by preventing further breakage. If you’re comfortable doing it yourself, trim your hair when it’s dry so you can see the natural shape of your curls. If not, seek a professional who understands curly afro-textured hair.
4. Hydrate and Seal
Hydration is key for curly afro-textured hair. After washing and conditioning, apply a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair moisturised. Follow this up with an oil to seal in the moisture. This method, known as the LOC (Leave-in, Oil, Cream) method, is a popular technique in the natural hair community for maintaining moisture.
5. Refresh Your Hair-Care Products
Spring cleaning is also about decluttering. Take a look at your hair-care products. If there’s anything that has expired, isn’t working for your hair, or simply not being used, it’s time to let it go. Replace these with products that are beneficial for your hair type. Look for products with natural ingredients and avoid those with sulphates, parabens and other harmful chemicals.
6. Protective Styling
Spring is a great time to experiment with protective styles. These styles, which include braids, twists and updos, protect your hair from environmental damage while giving yourself a new look. Remember to keep your hair moisturised while in a protective style to prevent dryness and breakage.
7. Healthy Diet
Finally, remember that healthy hair starts from the inside. A diet rich in vitamins and minerals will promote healthy hair growth. Incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and biotin, such as fish, avocados and nuts, into your diet.
In conclusion, spring cleaning your hair involves more than just a good wash; it’s about rejuvenating, restoring and renewing your curls. With these tips, your curly afro-textured hair will be ready to bloom this spring.
Verona White is a hairstylist, wig technician, and author of 21DIY Recipes for Curly Hair. Verona is also editor of online magazine Afro Hair Growth Challenge, and author of children’s book The Hair Celebration Party. For personal hair programmes on growth, hair loss and other hair challenges, please feel free to contact Verona at firstname.lastname@example.org