Life as a single mother is incredibly busy. As a mother, we tend to make a lot of sacrifices-especially when it comes to self-care. Time is of the essence and with only 24 hours in the day, it feels as if even taking, one minute alone to yourself is a complete waste of time. (At least that’s how I feel).
Most of the time when I was my hair, it’s very quick. Even worse, I don’t follow the normal steps like I should–so my hair is constantly suffering.
Totally my fault.
One of my resolutions for the New Year is taking better care of my hair. I’ve been so focused on my body, that I can admit I forget to take care of other parts of myself. For years, my hair has suffered due to my lack of consistent care.
There are a number of products on the market currently that work wonders for African American hair. While I have no preference, I’ve learned now, that the most important thing to remember is to moisturize!
These basic hair care tips for busy moms are simple enough that even slackers like me can stick to these. I’m hoping that in 6 months time, I will have healthier hair with less breakage and more growth.
Maybe I should start documenting my hair journey now as well?
Hair Care Tips for Busy Moms
1. Wash your hair with conditioner every 3-5 days.
This is also known as “co-washing.” It will help moisturize your hair, and keep it manageable. You can help further seal the moisture in with a natural oil of your choosing.
Step things up a bit by using a deep conditioning mask once a week to twice a month.
Focus the conditioner on the ends of your hair; avoid applying it to your scalp. Applying conditioner to your scalp will cause your hair to appear greasy.
2. Be gentle.
Use a wide tooth comb or better yet your fingers to detangle your hair. Pulling and tugging will cause greater damage, so fingers are always the best way to go with detangling your wet hair.
3. Use a satin pillowcase.
This way, your hair can stay healthy and won’t break or tear. Cotton pillowcases tend to snag hair and create tiny rips and tears. They also tend to suck the moisture out of your hair, which can make it even more frizzy and brittle.
4. Moisturize daily.
You can use a moisturizing serum, or you can use a natural oil, such as coconut oil, castor oil, or olive oil. This will help prevent your hair from getting dry, snagging on things, and breaking. It will also help prevent split or damaged ends.
How do you take care of your hair when you’re busy with the kids?