Growing out your natural hair is a serious step that often requires some preparation like doing the big chop. When your hair is already at your desired length, you also need to make sure its texture and look are just the way you like them. Here are a few easy ways to make your natural hair softer than ever.
1. Use Conditioner All Over Your Hair Length
You can often hear the tip of applying the conditioner only to the ends of your hair, but if your hair isn’t prone to excessive oil production and doesn’t get greasy too soon, there is no reason why you cannot also use a hair conditioner all over your hair. Start at your hair roots and then use a wide tooth comb to spread it along your hair length.
2. Keep Your Body Hydrated
When your body lacks hydration, it shows in every aspect of your health and beauty. Tough, brittle hair can be a direct result of low hydration levels in your body. Drinking plenty of fluid and establishing a water drinking routine will help you not only make your hair softer, but also enjoy other benefits of proper hydration.
3. Use Silk Linens
Sleeping on cotton sheets and pillowcases might be what you’re used to, but cotton is known for absorbing the natural oils and moisture in your hair, making it dry and dull. Silk and sating pillowcases and sheets, on the other hand, are very gentle to your hair and allow you to preserve its moisture levels between washes.
4. Try Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is the holy grail product for women with natural hair and it can solve a number of hair problems with maximum efficiency. Even applying coconut oil to your hair after washing can do wonders for your softness levels, but you can also go one step further and prepare a coconut oil mask with honey and yoghurt to help your hair look and feel its best.
5. Trim Your Hair Regularly
Even if you want your hair to grow out to an impressive length, you still need to trim it regularly – once every 1,5-2 months if you have tight curls or once every 3 months if your hair has a more relaxed texture. Trimming your hair will help you get rid of brittle hair ends and reduce the strain on your scalp from a too heavy mass of your hair.
6. Swap Your Towel For A T-Shirt
You may have a few trusted towels you use for drying your hair, but they are not the best option if you are trying to make your hair softer and more moisturized. The coarse texture of towels strips your hair of moisture and causes breakage and knots. What you should do is take your old, well-worn T-shirt and use it instead of a towel. A T-shirt will effectively dry your hair without negatively affecting its texture and look.
7. Rinse Your Hair With Cool Water
A hot shower can feel amazing on any day, but you shouldn’t overuse it when you are washing your hair. Hot water removes both your hair’s natural oils and the conditioning products you applied after washing your hair. Rinsing your hair with cool water will help lock the moisture in. You can also rinse your hair with freshly steeped but cooled-down black tea to give your hair a softer texture and a lovely shine.