As Pentecostal ladies, it’s so important that we take care of our hair. Here are five tips that will hopefully give insight or simply remind us of ways we can take care of our hair.
I’ll go ahead and jump right in.
1) Wash According to Your Hair Type.
If you have drier hair, you may want to wash it less frequently.
As we get older, our scalps make less oil, so we may not need to shampoo as often; however, if you see flakes in your hair, you may not be shampooing enough, or you’re simply not rinsing your scalp properly which can lead to dandruff and other scalp issues. When rinsing, be sure to separate sections of hair to ensure you’re rinsing away the shampoo properly.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), if your scalp is oily, you may need to wash it more often -- possibly every day.
However, be careful not to over wash, and try to stretch it to every other day as daily washes can dry out the ends of your hair and leave it looking dull and lifeless.
Always use conditioner on the ends of your hair (the ends are considered to be anything that doesn’t touch the scalp).
2) Limit or Eliminate Using Heat.
Using heat on our hair is not only fun, it sometimes makes life easier when we can force our hair to yield to our desires. It helps us accomplish a look that we may not be able to achieve with our natural hair. However, it can cause both temporary and permanent damage to our hair that we may not be able to recover from.
Instead of curling your hair with a wand, straightener, or hot rollers, try braiding your hair overnight or using a heatless curl method to achieve a similar look without the damage. When you do use heat, always use a heat protection spray, but bear in mind that it’s not a shield that offers complete protection: heat is still touching your hair.
3) Do Frequent Hair Masks.
Doing a hair mask at least once a week can help you have shinier and softer hair, add moisture, reduce hair breakage, damage, and frizz, and add elasticity. The list could go on and on. In short, use a hair mask. Your hair will thank you.
4) Take Your Vitamins.
I know I sound like your mom, but taking your vitamins is one of the most effective ways to achieve healthy hair. When you take vitamins, you’re caring for your hair from the inside out, which is something no topical product can do for you. Biotin, Omega 3, and Zinc are great for your hair. Taking a prenatal multivitamin is another way to consolidate to one vitamin while still caring for your hair and giving your body a portion of what it needs.
5) Eat Healthful Foods.
This goes hand in hand with taking your vitamins. Vitamins can’t do all the work for you, therefore eating foods high in important nutrients will also contribute to healthy hair. Consuming a diet lacking the right nutrients can lead to hair loss.
Try eating things like:
-Salmon (high in omega-3 fatty acids)
-Eggs (a great source of protein and biotin -- two nutrients that have been known to promote hair growth)
-Nuts and seeds
We could go on and on, but I’ll leave at this for now.
Ladies, I hope these reminders have been helpful to you! I love doing research on hair and sharing hair care tips. If this is something you’d like to continue reading, please let us know!
Until next time,
Hugs and blessings,