Dos and Don’ts of Healthy Haircare

To steer you in the right direction, here are some basic natural hair tips.



  • Research ingredients found in your products
  • Avoid potentially drying, damaging, irritating or pore clogging ingredients such as mineral oil, lanolin oil, propylene glycol, PEG (polyethylene glycol) sodium lauryl sulfate & sodium laureth sulfate, alcohol (isopropyl alcohol), petroleum, chlorine, FD&C coloring, DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (momoethnanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine), fragrance, Imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM hydantoin
  • Use a wide-toothed comb
  • Use a shower filter if you have hard water
  • Wear a silk or satin scarf/bonnet to bed or sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase
  • Prevent your ends from rubbing on harsh fabrics like sweaters and thick cottony garments
  • Keep a hair journal noting what works for you and what does not and how your hair is doing
  • Drink lots of water
  • Use a heat protectant before heat styling
  • Deep condition once a week, after a severely drying or stripping process, coloring or when you feel you need it
  • Regularly clean your hairstyling tools
  • Moisturize daily, sealing in moisture after wards with oil (extra virgin olive oil is one option)
  • Wash, de-tangle, apply product and style in sections
  • Massage your scalp alone or with a natural oil nightly or as often as you like
  • Take pictures to document your growth and health progress
  • Love your hair and it will reward you




  • Be impatient with your hair
  • Take your stress and frustrations out on your hair, be gentle
  • Excessively use heat styling tools such as curling irons, flat irons  hair spa and blow dryers
  • Wear ponytails in the same spot daily
  • Use elastic bands or ponytail holders with metal pieces, as they can rip out your hair
  • Be afraid of failure, it’s a part of life and a part haircare
  • Be afraid to speak up when a stylist or other person is trying to do something to your hair that you know to be damaging
  • Use a clarifying shampoo like a normal shampoo, it is for removing buildup of products or deposits from water or after swimming, not regular cleansing
  • Overuse any chemical such as hair dye
  • Neglect your hair or get lazy with your regimen
  • Obsess over your hair type or texture, work with what you have
  • Manipulate your hair excessively, give it a break and try styles that will last a few days to a week
  • Apply undue stress to your hair, especially while it’s wet
  • Assume that an expensive product must be great or an inexpensive one will not work
  • Jump on every bandwagon that you see
  • Wear styles that are too tight and cause stress at the hairline (braids, twists etc..)
  • Get discouraged, It takes time and practice to become a “master of mane”, no one is born an expert
  • Go bankrupt because of overspending on hair products
  • Let anyone become a roadblock on your healthy hair journey


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