Natural Hair Meet Up Lagos
The first Natural Hair Meet-up held on the 19Th of November at the LifeHouse in Victoria Island.
The meetup was mostly for Natural haired ladies who were coming together to learn tips and discuss methods of managing and caring for their natural tresses. It was a very helpful session and kudos to NaturalNigerian, ScrewyHair and Natural Mane for sharing their Natural Hair care tips. Whether you are someone with Natural Hair or you are caring for your kids with natural hair there were quite alot of take aways and some new terms to introduce into your hair care regime.
- Don’t wash your hair too often – once a week is enough. Lay off the oil, oil on the scalp is unecessary and clogs your scalp. On the other hand infrequent washing of hair clogs the pores and doesn’t allow hair to grow (so don’t put protective styles in and leave it in without a wash for 3 weeks)
- Co-Washing – Co-washing is the method of simply using conditioner to cleanse the hair instead of shampoo. You just cut out the shampoo step and go straight to conditioning more information can be found here.
- Use oils to deep condition – using natural oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter are great for deep conditioning your hair, some of the best stuff for your hair is natural! think all oils!
- Use the right PH products for the hair because these protect the hair, relaxers increase the porosity of your hair and therefore damaging for your hair. The stronger the relaxer the more damaging to your hair.
- If you do use Shampoo, use milder shampoos. Chelating shampoos are so strong that they should only be used once in a while. Chelatin shampoo which takes out mineral build-up from your hair, and helps to reduce the effect of hard water on your hair (most tap water in Lagos is hard water and not ideal for your hair, if you can it is recommended to use purewater to wash your hair). Readmore about this here
- Dry hair with a tee shirt – apparently drying with towel is very abrasive and damages the hair
- Sleep with a satin bonnet
- Do not use rubber bands or the bands with the metal part to hold your hair! it is damaging and breaks your hair, more preferable are the ouchless bands.
- Be creative and use your kitchen to come up with natural recipes for your hair, various combinations work wonders as conditioners so be creative think honey, coconut oil, olive oil, eggs, avocado, jojoba oil, shea butter, aloe vera, mayonnaise. See ScrewyHair for some tips and stay posted for additional recipes.
From a diet point nutritionist, Sherese Ijewere shared valuable tips on being healthy and stressing the point that our hair is as healthy as what we eat and a mirror of what is going on in our lives. Our hair is affected by stress, unhappiness, unbalanced diet and toxins. The effects on your hair are hair breakage, split ends, hair thinning, dandruff, clumps of hair falling out.
Chemical treatment, stressing hair through heat, tight braiding, weaves, pulling hair tight resulting in white bumps all affect the strength and healthiness of the hair (don’t damage your daughters hair with harsh hairstyles that eat away at the hairline).
Recommendations on achieving a balanced diet and foods rich in necessary nutrients -
- Important to drink 2 to 3 litres of water and drink one litre within 30 mins of waking up.
- Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, greens, ugwu
- Beans – all types red, white, kidney beans, lentils, recommended is 3 or more cups of lentils per week
- Nuts – walnuts, groundnuts, cashews, almonds (a handful at a time)
- Protein from chicken, turkey, eggs and fish
- Whole grain breads, rice, cereals. brown rice is recommended and loaded with all the nutrients
- fruits and more fruits
- Vitamins A from fish, meat, milk. Vitamin C from citrus. Vitamin E. Biotin from whole grains, egg yolk. Vitamin B3, B6, B5, B12.
Pictures courtesy of http://onaturals.blogspot.com
For more information and planning a balanced diet
Read interview with ScrewyHair “Interview with ScrewyHair” by O’Naturals