If you are interested in becoming one or an existing one struggling with frustrations, learn three rules you must follow from celebrity hairstylist and natural hair expert Lacy Redway (she’s worked with Selita Ebanks, Uzo Aduba, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and, most recently, Selma star Carmen Ejogo)
“The number one mistake women with natural hair make is not moisturizing as much as they should,” Redway says. “Textured hair does not produce enough moisture on its own, so in order to avoid dryness, it’s key to use moisturizing hair-care products.”
She says to resist the temptation to run a brush through your strands. Instead, she recommends squeeze-drying your hair gently (a T-shirt or microfiber towel will decrease frizz) after showering, then gently detangling with your fingers. “This will keep your texture in place without interrupting your curl pattern,” she says.
When Redway was asked whether girls with natural hair could sleep on their wet hair without waking up to knots and tangles, she said yes—but you have to do it right. “If I go to bed with my hair wet, I’ll twist it first for protection, then sleep on it with a satin bonnet,” she says. “Or, use a silk pillowcase to avoid frizz and keep your curls in place.”