By Jessica S. Geiger
Special to AFRO

Stuck between wanting a snack and looking like a snack and your hair is included. To have good hair and a healthy scalp it is very important to have a healthy diet. The food that you consume should have all the vital nutrients that are important for the health of your scalp.

Don’t wash your hair too often. I say all the time the less we touch our hair the more it grows. Shampoo once every two weeks, Shampooing too often can damage your hair and make the scalp dry. Your hair will lose moisture, it will also wash away the essential oils from the scalp that travel from roots through the hair tip. A dry and itchy scalp can be a reason for hair loss. Don’t wash away the products and oils you just put in, give things a chance to marinate.

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After you shampoo, lightly towel dry your hair then apply conditioner. Use a wide tooth comb to detangle from the ends to root then smooth out with a smaller tooth comb and make sure both your shampoo and conditioner is either moisturizing or hydrating. Leave the conditioner on with a plastic cap or bag whatever you have at home for 15 under the dryer and 30 mins without (Let that conditioner sit sis!.. You’re not going anywhere). Conditioning keeps your hair free from frizziness, knots that can stress the hair, prevent breakage and add shine. Always rinse the conditioner out with cool water because cold infuses and hot takes away.

No matter how hard it gets you are not a hairstylist, so don’t touch any scissors or permanent hair color. Leave it to the professionals, you don’t want to cause any harm to your hair during this time.

Taking a multivitamin is vital to having healthy hair. You taking your vitamins sis? Dealing with any thinning issues? If you are dealing with thinning issues, pick up biotin from any grocery store. Make sure you are taking 5,000 mg or more as well as using a shampoo and a conditioner with biotin and or collagen, two brands that I know of are Palmers and OGX.

Protect your hair often. No reason to be lazy now, we have all the time. Wrap your hair at night with a satin or silk scarf or use a satin or silk pillowcase because cotton cuts the hair and takes away moisture. If you are wearing a wig make sure to still keep your scalp oiled. The most important tip when wearing wigs is that the hair should not be loose and ends should be braided and tucked to prevent splitting and breakage.

I know you love your twist outs and braid outs sis, but wet stylizing too often can cause the hair to lose its moisture and it will become dry and break. Twist outs and braid outs also are more prone to split ends. While at home without being able to see your hairstylist right now, stick to not using water more than once every two weeks and try not to style dry with products. If possible, keep your twists and braids down in a protective style. Don’t pluck out until you absolutely have to.

Don’t try and hold on to that style girl. Listen I know its hair but that weave or braids can’t stay in for three months. The healthy duration for a weave is two months and about the same for braids. The pulling from the weight of the style especially around the edges will cause more harm than good. You will be fine just follow these steps, starting from step one. Most importantly after removing any hair style, please detangle thoroughly from ends to root before shampooing. If not, your hair will severely matte and lock and that’s a whole different trauma.