By Tshepang Langa
The national lockdown can be frustrating, but it can also be a great time for us to learn new skills, create stronger bonds with our loved ones, and fix the many hair problems we hide under wigs. You can use your time in the house to sort out hair problems you’re struggling with so you can rock your beautiful, healthy hair at the end of lockdown. This article will be breaking down 3 hair problems you can solve in the comfort of your home.
If you have uncontrollable shredding and hair fall out and your hair is very difficult to manage, you probably have very dry hair. Type 4 hair is naturally dry and fragile, however, there are products and hair practices that you are probably doing that is making your hair drier than it should be.
Amongst many things, you are probably not moisturizing and retain moisture as well as you should be. This can be solved using the 3 part moisture retention technique called the L.O.C method. This involves using a liquid-based product, such as a leave-in conditioner, followed by a light carrier oil like olive oil and a sealant being butter or hair cream.
Another way to add moisture to your hair is by conditioning your hair. Rinse out conditioners are essential to your hair because they soften your hair, giving it enough slip to make detangling easier and quicker and they improve the overall manageability of your hair.
The last and the most important way to moisturize your hair is by deep conditioning it. Deep conditioning treatments are a great way of giving your hair that extra moisture that leave-in and rinse-out conditioners can never give your hair. Deep conditioning your hair after washing it every 7-10 days will be extremely beneficial to your hair.
Hair breakage is another big problem a lot of people seem to be struggling with. In most cases, hair breakage is linked to a lack of moisture. If you moisturize and retain moisture in your hair, you will strengthen your hair and lessen its chances of breaking.
Heat is another reason why your hair is breaking. Blow drying your hair often leads to hair breakage. If you want to blow dry your hair be sure to protect your hair from heat damage and breakage by applying heat protectants or finding alternative ways to stretch your hair like doing two-strand twits.
Itchy and dry scalp
This hair problem can be the most annoying of them all because an itchy scalp will demand your attention and make you scratch it regardless of where you are and what time it is.
A dry scalp is caused by a lack of moisture on the scalp. Most shampoos contain ingredients that strip our hair and scalp of its natural oils. The best way to regain these oils is by doing a hot oil treatment just before shampooing your hair. You can also base your scalp once a week.
An itchy scalp is caused by many things, a dry scalp included. One of the big things that make your scalp itch is dandruff and product build-up. You can clarify your scalp using an apple cider vinegar rinse or basing your scalp with peppermint oil because it is great for decreasing dandruff on your scalp.
The lockdown has given you enough time to tackle these issues and the best thing about the solutions I have provided in this article is that they are all considered essential goods and can be found at your local supermarket and pharmacy. Make these small changes to your hair and scalp and watch how your hair will thank you.