The upcoming school year may seem daunting, but have no fear – we have the top natural hair tips for back to school.
With the end of summer comes autumn leaves and chilly weather. But before all that, for my high school and college curlies, back to school is an unfortunate reality.
But, just because school is on the horizon, does not mean that you have to neglect your curls. In fact, with a new school term comes the perfect opportunity to rework and revamp your curly hair routine!
Here are the most important natural hair tips for back to school:
Who has time to do assignments, study for finals, AND maintain fresh curls every day? Protective styling is a curly student’s best friend.
French braids are super trendy and look great with every outfit. Box braids, wigs and weaves are also great protective styles. Just make sure to take down your protective style at least every six weeks, depending on the style, and clarify thoroughly. Leaving your hair out for a few days in between protective styles is encouraged.
Deep conditioning is a non-negotiable in a curl world. It’s the easiest and most effective way to get healthy, bouncy, moisturized curls.
Take Sunday afternoons off from studying and use your favourite deep conditioner after your wash day routine. Use a heat cap or hair steamer for best results, and rinse after 20-30 minutes using cold water. Don’t have time for an extensive wash day, but want healthy curls? See here.
Water should be your best friend. Not only does it prevent dehydration, it ensures that all vital organs in your body are well functioned. That includes your metabolism which is responsible for allocating nutrients to your hair! Water is also a natural energy booster (for those days when coffee just doesn’t cut it anymore).
To encourage yourself to drink more water, buy a cute water bottle with a scale on the side to keep track of how much you’re drinking. You need about approximately 8 glasses of water a day (so x ounces).
Use A Hair Bonnet at Night
After a long day at school, it’s so easy to climb into bed without using a hair bonnet, and let your hair rest against your pillowcase.
Trust me, you’ll regret it the next day. Your hair will be crunchy, unmanageable, and tangled AF. And no pineapple or high bun will be able to hide it.
To have flawless second day curls (or third or fourth during midterm season), use a silk or satin bonnet on your hair before sleeping. Ensure it’s tied tight so it doesn’t fall off.
The start of the new term is the perfect time to get a trim. Start the new school year off with ridding your curls with those dry ends. By getting a trim, you’ll see much quicker growth in the fall and winter – all while you’re acing those classes.