September 14, 2011

What a Mane Wants

The relationship between you and your coils, like any relationship, is a give and take.  You put in work, you reap the rewards.   Not surprisingly, what a mane wants is pretty similar to what your mate wants.  
1.       Attention
Who doesn’t love attention from their mate? It doesn’t need to be 24/7 but it does need to be consistent. Your tresses are no different. In order to have a healthy head of hair that thrives and flourishes, you must give it attention.  (deep conditioning, proper detangling,etc.)
2.       Listening Ear
Listening to your mane will eliminate a lot of frustration. If there is a need for moisture, it will tell you by appearing and feeling dry and brittle. If it is suffering from breakage, it will tell you by appearing all over your bathroom sink.  If you notice unfavorable results after using a certain product, discontinue use.  That is your hair’s way of telling you it doesn’t like it.
3.       Peace
Give it a rest.  Too much of anything is never a good thing.  Cliché?  Yes.  True?  Absolutely.  Too much handling and manipulation can do more harm than good.  Protective styles are a great way to keep you from the constant detangling, retwisting, etc.  It can all get to be too much.  This can be a challenge though, especially for those of us used to wearing our hair wild and out. 
4.       Lose the Tension
Too much tension is uncomfortable for all involved.  If you are constantly putting strain and tension on your strands, they will suffer.  No one loves a bun more than me but use caution when gathering the hair.  Pulling it too tight will inevitably result in breakage and thinning hairline and edges.

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