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Understanding Your Hair: 10 tips on Caring for Short Hair

Caring for Short Hair
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This is the sixth part in a series that aims to help you understand your hair more deeply and completely in order to aid you when shopping for and seeking out products, tools and process to take care of your hair. This part will address how to take care of hair that has is relatively short. This article will offer up some tips to take care of your hair if its short and you would like it to grow. It will also give some tips on how to style and care for shorter hair.

Whether you’ve just recently done the big chop or you have been dealing hair that seems to have reached an early plateau styling and caring for short hair can be challenging. Many people default to the constant use of protective styles like weaves or Marley braids simply because they are unsure of what else to do with their short natural hair.

While protective styles can be great for giving you more flexibility with your look, doing them constantly without properly caring for your hair then you may cause a lot of damage to your hair. Below are ten tips that can help you take care of short hair.

  1. Develop a trimming routine to limit the number of knots and tangles in your hair. Damaged and split ends can damage the rest of your hair preventing consistent and noticeable growth.
  2. If you are trying to grow your hair and seem to be hitting a plateau, consider using the inversion method to encourage hair growth.
  3. Protective hairstyles involving extensions can be good but avoid using these hairstyles back to back without allowing some time for your hair to recover in between each style. This can weaken the hair and damage it leading to breakage.
  4. Use larger protective styles like poetic justice braids and Havana twists versus mini and micro braids. Larger braids and twists are less likely to fall out and pull away at your edges.
  5. Always style your hair while it is moisturised to limit breakage.
  6. If you want some curls on your TWA try using a curl sponge.
  7. If you want to change things up, add some colour and/or sparkle to your look with the use of hair chalk or glitter.
  8. Use side parts and gel to style your TWA for a sleek formal look.
  9. If your hair is longer than TWA but not long enough for a full bun, or if you just want a cool, edgy look to try, you could put it in a fro-hawk.
  10. If you want to add more volume to your afro-puffs or ponytails consider adding clip in natural hair-textured extensions. They are quite easy to use and can add to the versatility of your hair with little to no risk of damage. You can also make sure to these styles on hair that has been previously stretched out, preferably without the use of heat (e.g. by African threading, twist-outs, etc)

So let me know what you think? Is your natural hair relatively short? How do you care for it? What are your go-to styles? Let me know in the comments below.

Frances Uhomoibhi
I am a 20-something Naturalista with a love for all things Black. I love writing, spoken word, and doing social justice work. Living in London, I hope to help young black girls to love their beauty inside and out.

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