It was an exciting time for ‘Naturalistas’ in Lagos on Sunday the 4th of June 2017 at the Natural Hair workshop hosted by the Natures Gentle Touch Hair Institute.

Nigeria’s first and largest hair Institute, Natures Gentle Touch Hair Institute hosted another edition of its Natural Hair workshop with ‘Naturalistas’ in attendance. This event featured a general discuss on Natural hair trends, how to care for it, maintenance and the politics of wearing natural hair in the workplace. In addition to this was a Q & A session where guests had the opportunity to ask the Institute’s lead Trichologist questions that border around how to take care of their natural hair. This session was a major eye-opener for guests present on appropriate Natural Hair care regime.

The workshop was created by the Institute to further live up to its vision of empowering individuals through education and knowledge sharing. It is a platform designed to support Nigerian women who choose to wear their natural hair, to meet other fellow ‘Naturalistas’, to commune and support one another on this journey of natural hair.

“The Nigerian Kinky natural hair is beautiful when it is well taken care of. On the flip side, it can be difficult to manage when you do not know what to do. Creating a platform for women to share their natural hair stories as well as gain knowledge from hair experts can make a huge difference in ensuring that this natural hair journey is smooth and enjoyable” said Anita Anosike, Brand Manager of Natures Gentle Touch

There will be an upcoming edition in the nearest future which will be open to more Nigerian women outside Lagos who are natural, transitioning to natural, and those with chemically-treated hair that are considering a journey into natural tresses.

The event ended with ended with a networking session.

 

Every woman loves her hair and wants her hair to be beautiful at all times. There are several factors that can cause your hair to be dry. Dry hair is not a hair type—it’s a condition that can be treated.

Understanding the root cause of dry hair and taking action may be all you need to get the locks you long for.

Common Causes

Your hair can get dry because your scalp doesn’t make enough oil to moisturize your hair, or your hair lets moisture escape.

Your scalp isn’t making enough moisture. Hair has no natural lubrication. It relies on oils made in the hair root to keep your hair moisturized and looking lustrous.

Sometimes, hair doesn’t make enough oil, which leads to very dry hair. As you age, your hair naturally makes less oil. Since the roots are under your skin dry scalp goes along with dry hair. Dry scalp peels and sheds, leading to dandruff flakes on your shoulders.

The moisture you have is escaping. Each strand of healthy hair has a protective layer called the cuticle. Just as your roof shields your home from rain, the cuticle shields your hair from heat. In a healthy cuticle, the layers lie tightly together and keep moisture in. When a cuticle’s layers separate and peel away from hair, its ability to hold moisture is compromised – some oil escapes.

Products with certain chemicals. Certain shampoos can leave your hair dry and some other hair care products.

Other factors that can leave your hair dry is pollution, use of thermal heat styling tools among others.

More African women are beginning to wear their natural hair and this is fast becoming the trend. The natural hair has a great tendency to dry out due to its nature and and the African weather. Dry hair  makes your hair look dull and will eventually break.

Shampooing your hair

In shampooing your hair, ensure you use a shampoo that is enriched in nourishing agents and moisture and will not leave your hair drier.  And when shampooing your hair, ensure you gently massage into your scalp in order to avoid any rough friction that may cause damage to your hair.

Rinsing your Hair

Use lukewarm or completely cold water to rinse your hair as opposed to hot water. Cold will help close the scales on hair’s cuticle and seal in nutrition. It will also give your hair extra shine and smoothness.

Moisturizing your hair

A dry hair is lacking in moisture hence the great need to frequently and deeply moisturize to tame tangles and repair dry hair. When your hair is dehydrated, use a deep treatment at least twice in a week.
For optimal nutrition, leave the cholesterol on hair for a minimum of 5 minutes. You can also wrap your hair in a warm towel while the formula diffuses then rinse off gently. Also apply a leave-in conditioner.

Daily Maintenance of your hair

Use essential oils to daily maintain your. Tie your hair with a silk scarf at night. Also, remember to live a healthy life. Exercise regularly and feed well.

 

We will cut straight to the chase. If you are a Nigerian, you most likely have the 4C natural hair type and even though there is a general misconception about the ‘difficulties’ involved in managing the 4C natural hair type, it really is beautiful and easy to care for as long as you know how to properly clean, moisturize, and maintain it. What is not to love about the 4C natural hair!

Type 4c hair is composed of strands that will almost never clump without the use of styling techniques. It can range from fine, thin, soft to coarse with densely packed strands. Some say Type 4c coils look identical to 4b except that the curls are tightly kinked with less definition. Tighter coily hair can shrink more than 75%.

Although everyone’s hair is unique, getting care and maintenance tips from experts can reduce the stress of finding what works for you.

Quick Tips

  • Use a product range that is specifically made for the 4C type of hair i.e specially made for the Nigerian hair
  • A curl defining custard for twist-outs and braid-outs
  • Cover your hair at night with a silk or satin cap to protect your hair and prevent breakage

Celebrities with 4C hairtype

  • Lupita Nyong’o
  • Omoni Oboli
  • Adesua Etomi
  • Viola Davis
  • Olorisupergal

Stay glued to this page for more tips on how to care for your natural hair.

It is no knowledge that the African natural hair can sometimes be difficult to manage due to the curly nature and volume of this hair type. The good news is that there are simple tips that can help this natural hair journey enjoyable and hassle-free.

Get educated – It is a big wonder how so many women with lustrous natural curls don’t know how to maintain their hair on a daily basis. Rather than hiding behind your wigs, weaves and braids read up on how to treat your natural curls.  Learning a tip or two on how to take care of your natural hair will go a long way in this style journey.

Product Knowledge -You need to know the basics, like the fact that conditioner is a very different product to oil and should not be used in the same way to achieve the same effect. Whereas oil will help to hydrate your scalp, it will do nothing to activate natural curl nor will it help your hair to be softer. You also need to understand the content of a particular product.

Ask the experts – Make the most of social media by asking experts in the field. Who is in a better position to ask than a brand that is specifically for Nigerian Women living in Nigeria.  You can ask directly or run through their feed for tips.

Myths about Natural Hair- Several people make the mistake of thinking that all natural hair needs excessive amounts of oil in order to stay hydrated and moisturized. However, thinking that oil is going to solve your dryness problem is not an accurate way to go about treating your natural hair. Ask the experts in the field they will be able to point you in the direction of products that will be much more beneficial