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Crown of beauty

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 12:09 AMRocheda Bartley

Nothing beats your natural beauty, especially when you flaunt your gorgeous natural hair. Yes, some of us call it our stately mane, while others say it's the royal crown, our African Princess' head. Whatever you call it, it's our gift from nature. Our natural hair is a treasure we must all value and work to maintain. It's no secret that some of us struggle to properly take care of our hair. So, today, Joni Williams, a hair guru from Hair Skin Love Jamaica, will take us up to par with how to treat our crown.

 

UNDERSTAND YOUR HAIR

 

Of course, we all have different hair types. But, whatever type it is, with all certainty you must approach haircare from an informed position. This will greatly help you.

"Knowing your hair type means that you can finally manage it properly and work with it instead of against it. People often waste thousands of dollars trying to find the right product because they simply don't understand what their hair needs. Understand your hair so you and your bank account can have an understanding as well," Williams advises.

Now, you can move on to start the treating the hair accurately.

"The first thing you need to do is find your porosity, which is how easily your hair absorbs and retains water. This will guide you on which products to get and what regimen to use," Williams recommends.

Products with alcohol, mineral oil, petroleum or sulphate are your arch-nemeses when it comes to taking care of your hair. According to Williams, these will only bear dry hair and scalp. Instead, aim for natural products.

"The closer the products are to 100 per cent natural, the better they are for you. So, look for ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, castor oil, and aloe vera," Williams said.

 

DON'T JUST 'TRY A TING'

 

We're Jamaicans, which means a lot us are adventurous and will opt to 'try a ting' with our hair. Williams, however, warns against experimenting with your hair, as it often causes hair loss. This doesn't mean you can't try something new. It only means that before you do anything to your hair, you must seek professional guidance.

Shredding, split ends and breakage are some hair tortures we have encountered at some point in our life. And for some of us, it happens quite too often. The truth is, these are all inevitable and it makes no sense you squeal about it. Instead, why not learn how to combat them?

"You must trim the damaged sections of hair immediately. You cannot repair shredded hair, split ends or knots. For the long term, research best practices for your specific hair type and go to hairdressers who understand hair and the science of taking care of it. These things aren't taught in beauty school, hairdressers have to research it for themselves," Williams explains.

 

HEALTHY HAIR

 

Having healthy hair requires due diligence. It doesn't happen merely through products that suit your hair or overnight. It involves having a healthy body, a balanced diet, exercising and being stress-free.

So, as you go on embracing and enjoying your hair, always remember to avoid excessive styling and applying heat to the hair.

And as Williams puts it, "Treat your hair at least once per week, sleep on silk or satin pillow case to reduce breakage, drink more water, take your omega-3s, and eat more plant-based protein than animal-based." Your hair will thank you.

rocheda.bartley@gleanerjm.com