Question: I have African hair and have three question to ask.

Hi, I have African hair and have three question to ask. First I got a perm three years ago and now is the time to retouch it but i am questioning if i should go natural. My natural hair is much stronger and healthier than my permed hair but the only reason i have it is cause its easier to maintain what should i do? Second my hair line is fading cause of the constant braiding what should i do to help my hairline grow and also make my hair grow longer and luscious? Third What should you do to swim with natural or permed hair without a swimming cap?

Answer

Hi, here are my answers for you:

1. My natural hair is much stronger and healthier than my permed hair but the only reason i have it is cause its easier to maintain what should i do?

Interestingly enough, there is an increasing trend towards natural hair with Black women. In making the decision to go natural you have to consider a few things; What is your natural texture and curl pattern? If the curl pattern is more on the loose side then it might not be a bad idea to go natural as it will be a bit easier to work with. If it is really tight and coarse then you might consider texturizing it if you do decide to go natural to loosen the curl pattern and make it easier to manage. Also bear in mind that natural hair does require some time and effort to maintain and style but the end result can look amazing. You will have to identify the correct products to use that will add moisture to your natural hair as it tends to be dryer than relaxed hair and doesn’t absorb product as readily. If it is dry then it will be that much more difficult to style. At the end of the day, once you have looked at all the pro’s and con’s you will have to make a call. It will help if you can find a stylist that knows how to work with natural hair so that as it gets longer you will be able to try different styles.

2. Second my hair line is fading cause of the constant braiding what should i do to help my hairline grow and also make my hair grow longer and luscious?

Firstly, you will need to stop braiding your hair. If you don’t do that then nothing you use will have any effect. Then you need to find a good quality product (read expensive) that will help your hairline return. A good range that I know works is Philip Kingsley. You would need the Scalp Toner and the Stimulating Scalp Mask. These two products are applied directly to your scalp and they will help provide you with a healthy scalp and stimulate the blood flow while at the same time killing any bacteria that may be present.

3. What should you do to swim with natural or permed hair without a swimming cap?

One thing that you can do that will provide a limited amount of protection is to apply leave-in conditioner to your hair before getting in the water. Even though it will eventually be rinsed out it will provide your hair with some protection. Afterwards you would need to wash your hair with a sulphate free shampoo and do a deep moisturizing treatment. You could leave the treatment on overnight if you are not going out so as to get the full benefits and prepare your hair for swimming the next day (if that’s what you’re going to be doing).

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