It is back to school season and it’s time to plan your hair care regimen for school, hairstyles, and get supplies if you’ve run out. Healthy hair is a journey, not a destination so you will need to be on your game all year round.
Generally, you should be able to follow your normal regimen at home but school can get stressful and you may find it hard to keep up especially if you have a pretty long regimen that requires daily activities. So I have compiled some tips to help you maintain healthy hair despite the stress of school.
Tips for healthy hair in school
1. Plan ahead
The first thing to do is plan, you obviously can’t make a detailed plan yet but plan what protective styles you will be doing beforehand, if you will be doing weaves, get them now or start saving up, by your attachment for your braids or crochet, buy all your hair products too so that doesn’t come up as an extra expense during the semester.
I always do a calendar thing where I know I’ll have this protective style through out August then September I’ll let my hair breathe and do different low manipulation styles with my hair and so on.
2. Simplify your hair regimen
This can be an all time thing but I really advise it, especially if you’ll be working a part time job and won’t have much time. Don’t follow the regimen that requires you to deep condition twice a week or detangle twice a week, you won’t have time and you’ll probably not do it properly which will have a negative impact on your hair.
Instead simplify your regimen, have a day of the week that you’ll dedicate several hours of to your hair, that day you’ll deep condition, wash, detangle and all the works.
- An example is using Saturday’s. The first Saturday can be for moisturizing, detangling, and styling for the coming week.
- The second Saturday for deep conditioning and co-washing as well as moisturizing, detangling, and styling.
- Third Saturday for moisturizing, detangling, and styling.
- The fourth Saturday for a full shampoo wash day.
All you get to do during the week is spray with mists, moisturize if your hair gets dry or re-style if you feel your hair has gotten rough or scattered.
Learn more about setting up a regimen to achieve your healthy hair goals in this blog post.
3. Stock up on healthy hair and style inspirations
Have a list of hairstyles (pictures) that you will want to do so you constantly try new things and get creative with your hair, you can get a new look every week and enjoy the versatility of your natural hair.
4. Get a trusted friend or hairdresser
You can’t achieve every style alone, you’re going to need someone to braid your hair or part it neatly for you at some point in time and you can’t leave your hair in the hands of just anybody.
Have a trusted friend or hairdresser that understand that your hair can’t be treated anyhow. Someone who will be patient with your hair when styling so you don’t get breakage due to poor styling methods.
5. Get protected!
Too much sun can be bad for your hair and in school, you’ll spend a lot of time walking under the sun getting to class and all of that so you have to ensure that you protect your hair.
Use products that act as sun screen such as shea butter, wear satin-lined hats or the scarves so your hair doesn’t get full exposure to the harmful rays of the sun all the time.
6. Stay hydrated and eat healthily
A healthy body equals healthy hair. Keep your body free of toxins, drink enough water ( about 2 or 2.5L), eat healthy food and exercise. If your body is healthy your hair will flourish and so will your skin and nails.
Which one of these will you be incorporating into your life this coming school year? Let me know in the comments! You can also reach out to me on Instagram.
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Stay clear, stay healthy.
–Drop of black