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How to look after your hair during lockdown

Updated: Apr 4, 2020

'Lockdown' doesn't need to mean disaster for your hair and scalp.

Here are our top tips on how to maintain your hair over the next few weeks.

1. Stick to a 'regular' hair routine

We know it's easy to just let it go, keep that doek on and never look back because you will be in the house for the foreseeable future. However you need to stick to a 'regular' routine and commit.

This goes for everything from exercise, eating times, sleeping time to, of course, washing your hair. Try to wash your hair on your usual wash day and moisturise it regularly. Your hair and scalp will be happy for it!

You don't need to go out and stock up on expensive and loads of products, be sure to choose gentle, highly nourishing products that won’t dry your hair out. We love any shampoo and conditioner with Shea Butter to give you the gentlest cleanse, while also thoroughly moisturising your locks. Every morning use African Essence Stop Itchy Scalp Spray in your daily routine to keep your scalp healthy and itchy free.

2. Wearing your hair in its natural state

There are a number of benefits to leaving your hair natural, the list is endless. By not using heat and chemicals, especially relaxers, your hair and scalp will be healthier. A healthy scalp forms a foundation for healthy hair. Damaged scalp and hair leads to itchiness, breakage and prevents hair growth. African Essence hair grow can help growth and help you gain inches.

Lockdown means no hair salons will be open so there is no temptation. Put down the relaxer and show your scalp some love. We love all hair, no matter what you choose to do with it. But we have to admit, there is something amazing about an afro that you just can’t get anywhere else!

3. Experiment with new hairstyles

If you are used to weaves, wigs, braids, twists and relaxing your hair, this will be a big adjustment. Being in lockdown and staying indoors for the unforeseen future, for many of us how we decide to deal with our new lives will differ. You can use this time to experiment with new styles and get used to your hair in its natural state. If you had been getting bored of the hairstyles you had been rocking or need some inspiration, now is the time to experiment.

Watch some styling videos on social media or YouTube, you can also visit our styling blog, give them a try and see which one you will end up using when we are allowed outside. African Essence edge gel can finish off those new styles you will be rocking.

4. Your health affects your hair

We know during lockdown its easy to snack a lot and eat all kinds of food just to keep busy. However eating healthy and keeping a proper diet will not only strengthen your hair but also nourish it naturally. Poor body health prevents hair of essential oils and necessary minerals for its development. Your health is a big deal when it comes to the health of your hair.Eating healthy and drinking water will not only leaving you feeling healthier but will also keep you glowing.

Remember, healthy scalp means healthy hair.

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