The natural Hair movement is a movement which encourages women of African descent to keep their natural afro-textured hair. Born in the USA in the 2000s, this movement is named “mouvement nappy”in French-speaking countries.
Each woman has her own reasons to retrieve her authenticity; some of them want to preserve their hair against aggressive hair styling methods (weaves too tight) or harmful straightening chemical products; for others, they simply prefer nappy hair aesthetically or in spite of the pressure from the dominant aesthetics.
From the US to UK, France, and Africa, some black women have realized that their nappy hair can be beautiful to them. This calls into question the subconscious internalized association nappy = ugly; They stop therefore to comply with the dominant aesthetic ideal of beautiful hair = smooth hair. Through their hair, the nappies thus reconcile with their original African heritage.
However, a lot of Nigerian Ladies are of the opnion that the Natural Hair team is not meant for the “not-so-rich people”. A lot argue that Naturalness comes with spending a lot of money e.g applying protein like egg on hair, buying of hair products that are expensive and so on
Another school of thought said the Team Natural requires alot of patience and attention which most people do not have, hence they apply cream on their hair.
For those that nsist on going natural,these tips would help:
Picking your shampoo is a crucial task. It should be designed for your hair type: dry, oily or normal. If you are not sure, then just use “normal”. If you use the one for dry hair, you risk to turn it too oily and the other way around. If your turns too dry, the ends would shred and break off easily.
Plus it should not contain any sufphur. One of the great options is Creme of Nature shampoo. It is affordable and produces good results.
Such a product can nourish your hair and supply it with all the needed vitamins and minerals. It can also additionally moisturize it. One of the options is Alberto VO5 Conditioner. This type is applied after you shampoo the hair and then it needs to be rinsed off.
- Edge control
Surely you wish your hair to look smooth and well styled. This product can help you do just that. One of the options is Olive Oil Edge Control.
- Leave-on Conditioner
This type is applied to dry or wet hair. You can rub it in well and leave on without having to rinse it off. One of the products that suit Nigerian hair just perfectly is Africa Pride Shea Butter Miracle Leave-In Conditioner.
If you have hard time combing or styling your hair, use such a product. It may contain Shea butter or other similar ingredients. One of the options is Aubrey Organics Primrose Tangle-Go Hair Conditioner and Detangler
Nigerian hair growth remedies
Having your hair in natural style can be expensive, because you need a large number of various topicals to manage and style it. However, there are the home remedies you can use to replace them. So, no more need to calculate high costs wondering how to grow Nigerian hair. Just use what you’ve got and make the hair care affordable.
- Potato juice
Just imagine how affordable that is! You can make it right at home. Here is what you do:
Wash and peel a potato (or few) and grate them. Then squeeze the juice out of the mesh. Apply the product to your scalp skin and leave on for half an hour. Then gently wash off with lukewarm water.
Why is it good for growing long hair? The juice is full of vitamins, including such as A and B vitamins. It has many benefits to offer. It has no foul smell and can be easily rinsed off.
The juice promotes faster hair growth as well as makes it shiny and well-tended. It also keeps the skin on your head healthy and nurturing to the hair.
- Egg yolk mask
Eggs are nourishing and your hair just needs that. Use one or few yolks (you can mix them up with a bit of vegetable oil for dry hair) and apply to your head skin and hair. You may avoid using shampoo as yolks will cleanse your hair well enough. Leave on for 15 minutes and wash off.
- Henna Pack
People with light color hair use it to change its color, but besides that it possesses amazing health benefits. It promotes faster growth and makes it shiny and good looking. Very affordable and useful.
You can mix it up with coconut oil. Such a mixture would stimulate the rapid hair growth and make it look well. Here is what you do:
Use a fair amount of coconut oil (as much as is enough for your hair) and some dried fenugreek seeds. You can add the seeds to the oil and use vapor-bath to make a tincture. Apply to your head skin and keep on during 60 minutes. Then wash off.
You can use it to rinse your hair after shampooing it. Just add few tea spoons of it to warm water. It will make your hair shiny and clean it well. It will also make the hair more manageable and stop shredding.