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Why you should Take Care Of your Short Hair

When your hair gets longer, the short hair on your scalp now will then become the ends of your hair.

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Refusing to take care of your short hair is like refusing to feed a baby and waiting for the baby to become an adult.

You know that will not happen because the baby will die.

The same goes for your hair. Your hair will start breaking before it even gets the chance to get longer.

  1. Healthy hair
  2. You will not struggle to get longer hair because your ends are healthy.
  3. You will not struggle with scanty hair because your hair is not breaking.
  4. You can even permanently color your short hair because it's healthy.
  5. Any hair issue you are dealing with before will not resurface if you start taking care of your short hair.

How do you take care of short hair?

You'll start by creating a wash day routine and an after-wash day routine for your short hair.

  • Wash Days are the days you set aside on your calendar to wash your hair and scalp. You can do it weekly or biweekly.
  • After wash day: This revolves around the things you’ll do after wash day. These activities depend on the length of your hair.

NOTE: Throughout this post, you will see underlined texts. These texts are underlined because they lead to a post explaining the subject more.

E,g shampoo explains what shampoo is, types of shampoo and how to shampoo properly.

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  1. Pour a small quantity of shampoo on your hands, rub your hands together then put it on your scalp.
  2. Use your finger pads or scalp massager to massage in a circular motion. Then rinse off with water.
  3. Spray a liquid leave in on the scalp
  4. Then Oil the scalp and massage
  • After wash day (i.e on the days of the week) do your scalp massages with your oil until the next wash day.
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  1. Detangle: Sectioning is not possible with this length, so do the following. Spray water first. Apply your leave in conditioner and massage in. Lastly, use a wide tooth or a wide tooth tail comb to comb.
  2. Shampoo
  3. Instant Condition: The hair is almost on the scalp, so do not use a lot of it. Squeeze the conditioner into your palm and apply it to the tips or ends of the hair. Try not to put it on the scalp.
  4. Moisturize: Preferably use a liquid leave in (mist). However, you can still use a leave-in cream.
  • After wash day routine
  1. Moisturize: Spray water on the hair daily or twice a week, once a week, or do not. Whichever you are comfortable with. (Do not mix your oils, leave-in conditioner, and water in a spray bottle. Here is why)
  2. Combing: Sectioning is not possible with this length, so do the following. Spray water first. Then apply your leave-in conditioner. Massage in. Then Use a wide tooth or a wide tooth tail comb to comb.
  3. Do your scalp massages
  4. Use a satin/silk: bonnet or scarf or pillowcase to sleep. Short hair is bound to get a lot of knots depending on how coily your hair is. Use a satin or silk material to keep it at bay.
  5. Styling: For this length, you cannot put it in a protective style yet.
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  1. Detangle
  2. Shampoo
  3. Deep condition
  4. Moisturize
  5. Style: Do not leave your hair in an afro. You can do short-term styles or long-term styles.
  • After wash day routine
  1. Moisturize: Spray water on the hair daily or twice a week or once a week or not. Whichever you are comfortable with. When my hair was that length, I did not moisturize it until my next wash day (I have an itchy scalp).
  2. Combing: Do not comb daily. your hair should be in a style. However if you must comb, here is a detailed guide on how to comb.
  3. Do your scalp massages
  4. Use a satin/silk: bonnet or scarf or pillowcase to sleep.
  5. Styling: For this length, you can do braids, twists, etc. with or without extensions. Click on the link to find out how to do styles that won’t damage your hair.
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  1. Detangle
  2. Shampoo
  3. Moisturize
  • After wash day routine
  1. Combing: Spray water first. Then apply your leave-in conditioner. Massage in. Then Use a wide tooth or a wide tooth tail comb to comb (depending on the length).
  2. Do your scalp massages
  3. Use a satin/silk: bonnet or scarf or pillowcase to sleep.
  4. Styling: You can do twists, braids, and cornrows if you don’t want to comb daily.

What Next

One of the troubling issues that come with short hair is knots, knots, and more knots.

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