When I was young, the only females that wore their natural hair were either White, Asian, Mexican, mixed, had Indian in their family, or somehow just lucked up with fine, silky, wavy hair. That wasn’t me, and that ain’t me now.
I have coarse natural hair. And if you do, too, then you know that coarse hair requires it’s own special regimen and styles. If you’re not sure about whether or not you have coarse natural hair, see the cropped section of the natural hair chart. And here’s a link to the full natural hair chart. . that I don’t personally use (ha!)
No. I’m not talking about the regimen my Momma taught me. “Keep your scalp and hair greased, so your hair doesn’t break out. ” And “keep your hair dirty because dirty hair grows faster.”
Momma did what Momma knew. But I’ve spent my adult life getting to know my hair. Now that I know better, I do better. And one of he things I’ve learned about my coarse natural hair is that IT DOES NOT NEED HAIR GREASE. . ever. Neither does my scalp. Please hear me black women. This is a game changer for black women with coarse natural hair.
Never use “grease” in your hair or scalp. Petroleum – the main ingredient in hair grease – makes hair stiff, dry and greasy.
Your hair needs natural oils. Your hair does NOT need hair grease. Try to avoid products with mineral oils and petrolatum. They will dry your hair out and stop moisture from penetrating the hair shaft. Natural oils like almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oils are much better because they help your hair seal in moisture, yet they are still light enough to allow your hair and scalp to breathe.
And your hair needs a lot of moisture. But don’t shampoo your hair every day. Shampooing your hair strips away the oils. Reserve shampoo for when your hair is filled with dirt and sweat. But you can co-wash it regularly and spritz it with water when it dries out. Use a leave-in conditioner to add manageability and shine.
There are also hair styles that work best for coarse natural hair as well.
If you have shorter hair, try tapered cuts (long at the top and shorter on the sides and in the back). For longer hair, try bangs. They break up the weight of your hair around your face and reveal dimension in your hairstyle.
Just know that coarse natural hair, just like all natural hair is beautiful. YOU are beautiful. You with your coarse hair and beautiful spirit. . Just enjoy this natural hair journey. It’s yet another path to get to know more about YOU.
Love you, Queen!