Natural, from head to toe

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Claire Mawisa has one of the most famous natural tresses

When I began making my transition to natural – about 10 years ago – one of the first things I was keen to change was my hair. I chopped it to the root and began what I thought would surely lead to beautiful long dreadlocks. After about six months of having cut my relaxed hair I realised maybe dreadlocks weren’t the thing for me. I loved having my natural hair and nurturing it back to health, this was a very satisfying part of my journey back to natural.

I still like my wigs and my braids, but underneath all that I try  to take good care of my hair and make sure that it gets all the nutrients it needs.

Wash:

When I don’t have anything on it I try to wash my hair once a week at the very least, but when I have braids put in I wash every two-three weeks. I don’t use any shampoo, instead I use the green Sunlight bar to get the dirt out. When I was I a child I used to wash my hair daily with the soap and it was in a good condition so I don’t doubt that it’s good for my hair.

Moisturise

When I do my weekly/bimonthly wash regime I use a mixture of olive oil and coconut oil to moisturise my hair because its natural texture is prone to dryness. I love olive oil because not only does it seal my hair’s natural moisture it also leaves it soft and makes it look healthy and shinny. Coconut oil prevents breakage and also stimulates growth because it moisturises the scalp, which removes any dead cells that might clog the hair follicles.

When I have it braided I use a mixture of Cavil moisturiser and Sta-so-fro for braids everyday to maintain the roots.

Treatment

I go to my salon on a monthly basis for a hair treatment, which mostly consists of cholesterol hair food, conditioning, a wash and a soothing scalp massage. This stimulates hair growth and combats any damage or breakage that might have been on its way.

Tips:

  • In winter I keep my hair braided and moisturise the scalp on a weekly basis.
  • I wear a headscarf (doek) every single night.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat foods that are pro-growth.
  • For the last 10 year my hair has been chemical free.

I hope this was helpful to those of you that are planning on going natural.

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