Perhaps the biggest struggle of being natural is keeping your kinks and curls moisturized. Unlike straight hair, nutrients can’t travel a straight path from root to ends with curly and coily hair. Instead, they have to go through somewhat of a maze of loops and spirals, sometimes stopping before making it to the end.
But there is hope, my coily-headed friends. For everyone with natural curls and coils, the BuzzFeed 5-Day Natural Hair Challenge is here to get your curls POP. PIN! And the best part of the challenge is that it literally works for anyone with natural hair, no matter the texture!
To help every naturalista get healthier, more moisturized hair, BuzzFeed consulted with several natural hair-care professionals for their best tips and tricks. They include Gwen Jimmere, CEO of Naturalicious, Stacy Hill, founder and CEO of DyeVerCity Salon, and Obia Ewah, chemist and founder of Obia Natural Haircare.
Incorporating these simple practices into your natural hair-care routine will make for more moisturized and easier to manage curls and coils. Each step should only take you one to three minutes — with the exception of shampooing and protective styling, which could take one to two hours depending on the thickness of your hair.
We broke down this simple but effective regimen into five days to make things super easy. You won’t get overwhelmed, and after the challenge you’ll be able to customize the steps for your hair.
After you complete all five days, you’ll be able to continue cycling through the steps to keep your hair in the best shape of its life!