Think you know everything there is to know about styling your short hair? Take a look at our top tips below and find out how to look even better than your best.
- Ease off the brush. The best time to brush or comb your hair is after a shower, right? Wrong! If you’re always styling your hair when it’s wet, you run the risk of breaking or damaging it due to unnecessary strain. Use an oil to style your wet hair instead, and leave the combing until after it’s dry.
- Check your tools. Chances are if you’re struggling with broken or damaged hair, you could be using the wrong type of brush or comb. A good rule of thumb is to use a regular comb for short hair, and a wide-toothed comb for longer styles. Can you use a brush? Yes, but only very occasionally, as vigorous or pronlonged brushing could result in the type of damage you’re trying to avoid.
- Don’t over-shampoo. It’s not necessary to shampoo your hair every day, and in fact if you are, you could find yourself with a dry, flaky scalp as a result. Given that African hair dries out far quicker than other types, a once-weekly shampoo is all that’s necessary, preferably with a natural cream or oil-based product that won’t cause irritation. Your scalp will be healthier, and you’ll save money on water and shampoo too!
- Always remember to moisturise. You might not need to shampoo often, but you’ll definitely need to moisturise as regularly as you can. Try natural products like coconut or olive oil, and massage a small amount evenly into your scalp, making sure not to apply too much in case you clog your pores. The more often you moisturise, the more you’ll ensure a healthy scalp and beautifully shiny, natural-looking hair.
- A little product goes a long way. It can be tempting to stock your bathroom with an array of hair grooming products, but in fact too many waxes and gels can cause your scalp to become irritated and flaky. By all means use product in your hair, but remember to only ever apply small amounts at a time, and to choose natural brands over those containing petroleum or alcohol. The more you work to keep your hair healthy, the more your hair will work for you.