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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Natural Hair ABCs : What To Do Prior To Styling


Natural hair care might seem complex, elaborate, or even impossible to some, but the principles are simple and clear. Today, it's about what to do to your natural hair, before styling. 
When styling your hair, the styles you take prior to styling are vital and the success of the styling phase leans very much on what comes before.
It is therefore easy to mess up your styling session if you do not follow some guidelines :

Styling on washed, clean hair is very important, especially if you are going to be : 

- leaving the style in for as long as one week or more

- using more than one or heavy products on your hair while styling

Failing to style on clean hair will lead to 

- product build up

- failure of style

The latter is especially true if you are trying to accomplish twist outs, braid outs or even just plain two strand twists.

Detangled hair is a must prior to styling. If the hair is not detangled properly, the end result will be knots and tangles while styling and eventually, a probable fail in getting the exact style you are looking for. In fact, it is quite laborious to style undetangled natural hair.

Moisturizing before styling is also essential. This helps to avoid unnecessary breakage while styling and while wearing the style. You should especially moisturize your hair if you are going to be wearing a styles like twist and braid outs - moisturizing while wearing these styles could mess up the definition. You could use a water based cream or a water based spray to moisturize right before styling depending on what type of style you are trying to achieve and of course, your hair. Moisturizing the hair plays a very important role on how healthy your hair style looks.

Stretching the hair is also very important depending on your hair texture and the style you are trying to achieve. For best results, it is best to stretch the hair a bit by braiding or twisting in sections before twisting for a small amount of time. This will help give a smooth look to your style and definitely avoid tangles and knots while wearing the style.

Protecting your hair is a must that cannot be over-looked. When styling, use ingredients like oils and butters to help protect your hair while you are wearing the style. These products ultimately keep the hair protected by coating it, conditioning it and in some cases, nurturing it.

Styling aids are key to the success of a style. There are numerous styling aids and it's up to you to choose the one(s) that best suit(s) your hair and style profile. Whatever you choose, be sure to use products that would enhance your hair style and promote the health of your hair. 

What do you do to your natural hair before styling?



  1. Great post Funbi!
    Before styling I moisturize, detangle, and stretch using thread or by simply braiding my hair. Threading takes a shorter time and I get better results.Here's a link http://deepbrownkinks.blogspot.com/2011/10/hair-threading-tutorial.html#links

  2. @ Natmane : It's a pleasure sis. I have got to try that threading method! Thank you for the tip!


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