In the past few weeks, I have seen countless timelines of women revealing their concerns about having to style their own natural tresses. While many have been natural since forever, they have been wearing units, weaves, and protectives styles and are just now actually having to style their own hair.
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My advice: relax. Styling your own hair doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. And, what better time than now to fall in love with — and love on — your kinks, curls and coils?
To help you out, we caught up with Miko Branch, hairstylist and co-founder of Miss Jessie’s, who gave us a few tips to get and keep your hair in formation until your next salon or stylist visit.
Read on for some tips to help you embrace your latest hair journey.
Stimulate your scalp (and growth)
“Promote hair growth by feeding your scalp,” says Miko. This can be as simple as massaging your scalp while shampooing. “This helps increase the flow of blood, relieve stress, and stimulate hair follicles,” she says.
Condition, condition, condition
“Never stop hydrating your mane, even in warmer weather,” says Miko. “Conditioning curls is key to having soft curls,” says Miko. With warmer weather, she recommends using a lightweight moisturizer that fortifies curls while adding elasticity (without the greasy residue).
Don’t be afraid to raid your kitchen
While “deep conditioning is key,” says Miko, you don’t have to buy out Amazon or Target to give your hair the moisture it needs. Just head to the kitchen. “Nourish your hair with rich ingredients that you may already have on hand in the fridge and pantry,” she shares. This includes mayonnaise, eggs, avocado or honey.
“To seal your ends and lock in moisture,” she says aim for an oil “that forms a protective barrier.” Try warm olive oil or the brand’s Grow Strong Mafura Hair Oil.
Take your time
We got time, so use it! Don’t rush through your conditioning process. “Detangle a head full of matted knots with the right conditioner, first with your fingers and then, very gently, with a wide-tooth comb,” Miko adds. This will help to reduce breakage and evenly distribute product on your hair.
Still need more inspo? Press play below to watch beauty blogger Chrissy Got The Coils achieve this perfect twist-out home. Trust, you can do this at home, too!