Us black women LOVE our head scarf. Once we find a good one we keep it FOREVER, literally. I think the longest I’ve kept a scarf was almost 7 years. It was the perfect size, and fit just right on my head. I didn’t realize how attached I was to that scarf until I lost it. Nevertheless, I eventually had to move on.
A scarf is a key and intricate part of a black woman’s hair care regimen. There are a few tips/reminders that I wanted to touch on so that a scarf isn’t found to be counter productive.
1. The Right Material
Make sure that the scarf you pick is the right texture. A silk scarf is the best option because it isn’t very porous, therefore it doesn’t absorb the moisture out of your hair like cotton or other materials would. Silk scarves can be costly so a second best alternative is satin or polyester.
2. Keep That Scarf Clean
Silk scarves if not kept clean can become quite filthy. They will even begin to get this gritty texture, and old sock smell to them. In order to keep your hair styles fresh, you should hand wash your scarf prior to shampoo day.
3. Don’t Wear It Too Tight
Ever wake up in the morning and have an indent in your forehead where your scarf rested on your head? This is a sign that you are tying your scarf entirely too tight. It isn’t necessary to tie it that tight. If you are having issues with it falling off at night, try wrapping it on a different way.
If you wrap your hair and tie a knot in your scarf, try and wrap your hair the opposite way each night, and tie the knot in your scarf on the opposite side. Constant stress on your head in the same place, can contribute to pre-mature balding.
5. Know When To Let Go
If your scarf is falling apart, has holes in it, so dingy that it wont get clean. Its probably time to let it go. A good scarf can’t protect your hair if its raggedy. Lets not hoard our scarves ladies. Learn when to let go!
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