Style Stories: Natural Hair Do’s and Don’ts Inspired by Elle Varner
DO: Wash and condition often.
“People sometimes say, 'oh, you shouldn’t wash your natural hair every day,' but with natural hair — especially natural hair that’s taking in a lot of product — it’s OK to keep it washed and clean.” While some natural hair enthusiasts swear by “co-washing” (or washing the hair only with conditioner), Haylock says that using shampoo is essential. “Shampoo takes off all the oil, grease, grit and grime off the hair shaft. Conditioner won’t do that; it actually adds a layer on the hair shaft, and if you’re just using that, you’re actually building on layers on the hair, which makes it heavier and can take out the curl pattern.”