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One thing that I love about natural hair is I have the ability to go from fro to straight natural hair in a matter of hours. I don’t straighten my hair often, but omitting rainy days I keep straight hair for three weeks to a month. The fact that getting my hair done is so expensive, I want to get my money’s worth. Even though I don’t fully follow my regular regimen, having straight hair doesn’t mean I neglect taking care of it. If you’re looking for an easy straight natural hair regimen, here are some tips for maintaining straight natural hair for more than a week.
I really hated wrapping my hair when relaxed, but it definitely helps keep straight hair “maintained” at night. I never perfected it, but you can add pins to keep your hair in place.
To keep my hair moisturized, I use a leave-in spray or mix a leave-in conditioner and water in a spray bottle. As with regular styling, conditioning daily and following up with an oil helps seal in the moisture. My top leave-in conditioners to use when I have straight hair are:
- Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner
- Naturalicious Heavenly Hydration Hair Mist
- Obia Naturals Curl Hydration Spray
- Lottabody 5-n-1 Miracle Styling Crème
- Jane Carter Curls To Go Mist Me Over
I usually wait a few days, but I massage my scalp with a light oil in the morning or evening. Scalp massages stimulate the hair follicles promoting growth. Using a light oil like coconut, peppermint, pimento or jojoba oil for massaging are good because they contain properties that reduce bacteria in the scalp. One of my favorite oils to use is the EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Hair Oil.
If I’m tired of the straight look, I slowly convert back by wearing curly hairstyles. I’m horrible at flexi rods, but curly styles give the option of having texture without potential single strand knots. Whether curly or straight it is important to still take care of your hair and keep it moisturized.