Natural Hair Week 2014 was between the 28th June and 2nd August. In the video below, Lush staff share tips on how to keep natural, Afro-textured hair looking good.
Curly, textured hair tends to be drier than straighter hair types, which makes it difficult for the natural oils produced by the scalp to travel down the length of the hair shaft. Try adding co-washing (conditioning washing) to your hair care routine. This means washing your hair more often with conditioner alone, which helps seal in the moisture and helps create nourished curls and waves.
To rehydrate dry hair, try R&B hair moisturiser, a thick leave-in moisturiser developed specifically for curly, textured hair that's packed with oils and butters to restore your hair to its natural beauty. Simply add a small amount to the your fingers and scrunch in. Top tip: when applying conditioner and moisturiser, avoid overloading the hair by tipping the head upside down and working it through the centre and back first before working through to the front.
TREAT IT WITH A TREATMENT
Hair can be damaged by the environment and hair styling, so it's important to give it the right kind of care. Put moisture back and restore its strength by using a hair treatment regularly. H'Suan Wen Hua, for example, is full of protein-rich and nourishing ingredients such as fresh free-range eggs, bananas, avocados to revive your hair and improve its condition.
When using a towel after washing, be careful not to use too harsh a towel or drying roughly. Prevent damage by using a microfibre towel or soft cotton material.
Think about protective styling. Wrapping hair in a silky scarf (or cotton cap underneath) also helps retain the moisture and avoids any damage brought about by styling. It's a style on its own: just wrap and go.
For defined curls, tie hair up at night and spritz it when loosened with Eau Roma Water made with soothing lavender water and balancing rose water.
To keep the volume in an Afro hairstyle, carry a comb (its length will depend on the length of your hair) so you can take care of it regularly. Top tip: always use a metal comb, as plastic can snap easily.
To see the tips in full, watch the video below. For more advice about keeping Afro hair healthy, take part in Natural Hair Week.
Photography courtesy of Biddy Dymond: www.biddydymond.co.uk.