Moisturize your hair regularly; in fact, it should be done daily. This will extend the life of your styles so that you don’t have to manipulate your strands more than is absolutely necessary.
This is where knowledge of your hair’s porosity comes in handy, as it will inform the way your hair treats moisture. It will also be the decisive factor in whether you are able to do a deep conditioning(affiliate link) treatment overnight to save some time.
Note that while an overnight DC treatment is not suited to everyone, if you are among the privileged who can do it, it can work wonders for your moisturizing routine and length retention.
It would mean that on a weekly basis you get to save that extra time that you would carve out of another day to do it.
Install styles that suit your hair’s natural tendencies. If your hair is predisposed to curls, opt for easy styles that will complement your hair without much fuss.
There is nothing more soul destroying than seeing your newly flat ironed hair puff back to semi afro within hours of completing it!
Keep your hair detangled
Detangle often so that you don’t have to spend hours on end trying to dislodge masses of shedded hair. Waiting too long between detangling sessions may result in breakage caused by rough handling when you become frustrated with the length of time it takes to rid your hair of tangles.
It is recommended that you finger detangle at least every three days to steer clear of single strand knots that will be counter-productive to length retention.
Accessorize to jazz up your styles that are several days old. A strategically placed bow or scarf might be just what you need to liven up hair that has made the rounds already.
You do not necessarily need to produce a fresh style every day. Braid-outs and twist-outs can be transformed into spiffy updos such as pompadours and a variety of other simple styles.
High buns and tufts need not be drab and can be spruced up with chokers or other jewellery (be sure it is not the variety that is prone to snagging your delicate strands).
When all is said and done, you are more than an errand girl and deserve to pamper your sensual side. Find what works with your specific set of circumstances and let your beauty shine and that will account for one less thing on your to do list.
Originally posted 2013-09-13 15:00:11.