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10 Must-Haves For Naturalistas Pt II

Published:Monday | August 24, 2015 | 8:00 AMJody-Anne Lawrence
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Growing up, all most of us knew when it came to hair care was shampoo, conditioner, comb, and oil. As technology in all areas of life has improved, so has hair-care regimen, especially for black women. From pudding to serum Flair hauled in the 10 must-haves for naturalistas. Last week we shared five, here are the others.

1 Heat serum: We know that we should try to avoid applying heat to our hair, but let us be realistic - we do not have the time to wait for it to air dry all the time, so a blow dryer is needed. Your moisturiser or leave-in conditioner is not enough to protect your hair. You need a heat serum as well. Saturate your hair with it so that it puts a protective layer on your hair to prevent damage and reduce breakage (Note: Nothing will protect your hair completely if you constantly use heat.

2 Hot oil treatment: Now do not get terrified. There are some real good brands out there, but if you cannot afford it, you can make your own with natural oils such as castor oil (preferably Jamaican black castor oil), olive oil, coconut oil, a pea amount of tea tree oil and jojoba oil. Please ensure that they are not processed and are salt free. They are easily accessible at your nearest health food or hair store.

3 Flexi and perm rods: Every naturalistas should have a set of these. They work wonders for your freshly washed hair to get luscious curls or waves.

4 Satin or silk scarf: This is a must have to tie your hair at nights. Having your ends rubbing on the cotton sheets enables split-ends, irrespective of how soft the sheet feels against your skin. A satin scarf eliminates this without sucking the moisture out of your hair. Protect your mane.

5 Spray bottle: This is a naturalista's best friend. You can use a water bottle to add a little mist to help when you need to detangle your hair. When you need to add naturals oils as sealants without the mess, while ensuring that it is evenly distributed without overdoing it. Having more than one is also a good idea.