Natural hair 101 by Oluwabukola Ladejobi
There are lots of people going natural everyday, because of this there are tonnes of information out there and its very easy to get lost and it can be overwhelming trying to find your way around especially as a beginner.
Understanding the basics of the hair will make you well informed on how well to care for it.
Hair is a non-living material made up of a protein called Keratin. The Hair can’t repair itself once damaged because it is non -living.
Each strand of hair consists of the cuticle, cortex and medulla. The cuticle is the part of hair that either lets you retain moisture or release it, Healthy cuticles lay flat and shut, keeping moisture inside the cortex where it belongs.
Acidic solutions keep your cuticles shut, while alkaline solutions open them.Hair is about 4.5 – 5.5 on the PH scale so PH-balanced” shampoos and conditioners are important in keeping the hair healthy and moisturised. You need to understand your hair texture and porosity before creating a hair care routone but for now lets talk about factors that can damage the hair. I will group them into four major classes
1. Physical hair damages. Caused by hairstyles and manipulations that compromises on the health and strength of the hair. Hairstyles that are too tight can cause a strain on the edges of the hair which can result in a receding hair line, braids that are too tight and heavy, braids left in for too long and that were not well taken care of during the time they were in the hair and Excessive detangling can result in split ends and eventually, breakage.
2. Chemical Damage
Chemical damages experienced from relaxers, constant heat damage experienced from straightening the hair, bleaching, highlights and coloring can have serious consequences on the health of the hair if they’re not done properly.
Also, products with ingredients that dries out the hair can cause excessive tangles and frizziness. Damage from Heat appliances such as flat irons and blow-dryers removes moisture from the surface of the hair cuticles, resulting in brittle dry hair which now becomes vulnerable to breakage.
3. Environmental Damage
The condition of the environment that you live in can also help to contribute to the overall health of your hair.
4. Nutritional Damage
Although hair is a dead matter, the follicles which the hair grows out of is a living organism which must be well-nourished.
When the body doesn’t receive adequate nutrients, the hair also suffers.
I like to call myself a natural Hair advocate and ambassador, I’m a mother of one adorable boy that keeps me happy all the time, I’m a lover of God and family, a woman who is constantly learning new methods on how to care for the natural Hair, the proud owner of Ten-Q beauty, a natural Hair product line and on the sides I’m an agriculturist. I love to learn new things, to help people, I also love travelling, travelling cooking and reading. I am Oluwabukola Ladejobi.
There are tonnes of information flowing on how to care for the natural hair, it is so easy to get lost and overwhelmed. After years of learning from experience with my hair and from people, I developed a major itch of wanting to share my knowledge with other people to help them have a smooth natural Hair journey.