How to love your coils

At first, it can be difficult to love your natural hair, especially if you don’t know how to maintain it. Taking care of natural hair doesn’t have to be a challenge, though. With proper hair care methods, you can show your coils some love and manage them without hassles.

L.O.C in the love

Part of showing your coils love is making sure that they’re well moisturised. The L.O.C method is the best way to achieve this, simply because it allows your hair to retain moisture for as long as possible. With the right products, your hair will feel the love. L.O.C your coils in three easy steps:

L is for Leave-in-conditioner – Get yourself a good leave-in conditioner that you can massage into your hair and scalp once a week, after washing. This ensures that your hair gets a lift and an extra layer of moisture.

O is for Oils – Oils like coconut, castor oil, and olive oil help your hair retain (lock in) moisture. Use a hair oil of your choice and follow it up with a rich moisturiser, to revive and seal in the moisture. You can get yourself coconut oil at any pharmacy or even at your grocery store.

C is for Creams – The last step is moisturising your hair with a creamy moisturiser. The harder it is for your hair to retain moisture, the thicker your moisturising cream will need to be. You can get yourself whipped shea butter cream for R79.90 from NativeChild, or you can make your own cream at home with shea butter and essential oils.

Get rid of harmful products

When buying products for your hair, you want to stay away from products with harmful ingredients and heavy chemicals. The more natural a product is, the less likely it is to harm your hair or scalp. It’s also a good idea to air dry your hair to prevent any heat damage.

Wear it with confidence

For a long time, coily and kinky hair were considered undesirable and unflattering, and it was almost impossible to find products and accessories to help you wear your hair with pride. Luckily, this has changed over time and we’re realising just how beautiful every texture of hair is. Whether you choose to style it in dreadlocks, braid, straighten or put it under a wig – it’s important to love your crown and what it represents. Don’t allow anyone else to make you feel less beautiful or unworthy because of your hair.

Hair is a huge part of our identity and how we want to come across in the world, which is why it’s important to feel comfortable and confident with your coils. Take care of it and wear it however you want it, with pride.

If you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Messagea Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).