7 African-American Hair Care Musts ...


7 African-American Hair Care Musts ...
7 African-American Hair Care Musts ...

African-American Hair Care is often considered too confusing and time-consuming which, I’m afraid, caused many women to forget their gorgeous locks and experiment with procedures that make hair more manageable. However, once you have a child whose hair you need to style or simply decide to go natural, you might get a bit frustrated because you don’t know how to care for your African-American hair. Don’t worry – it’s a «live and learn» thing! You will get used to it and, in order to help you do that, I’ve made a collection of some of the most important rules of ethnic hair care:

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Brush with Care

Regardless of how strong and luscious it looks, African-American hair needs a delicate touch to stay beautiful and grow long. It tangles and breaks very easily which means that you absolutely must take very good care of how you brush it. The solution? Wide toothed comb – a very effective tool that will help you remove tangles and style your gorgeous mane without breakage and unnecessary pain! And remember, African-American hair care is not something you do in a hurry so take your time and give your hair all the attention it needs.



Ethnic hair care routine needs to involve a lot of good moisturizing products such as leave in conditioners, deep conditioners, pomades and natural oils which you’ll apply pretty much as frequent as possible. African-American hair has raised cuticles which makes it very vulnerable and unable to retain moisture naturally. In order to overcompensate for that, you’ll need to «feed» it with as much as good quality ingredients you can and your hair will repay you by looking good, being healthy, strong and able to grow without breaking off.


Experiment with Protective Styles

Different types of braids, knots and twists will help you protect your hair from knotting, tangling and breaking off in a very stylish way! I personally love these super-creative styles and find the fact that each one of them results in different types of curls or waves very fascinating!


Don’t Shampoo Too Often

Due to the flat, ribbon-like shape of strands, African-American hair loses moisture very fast and over-shampooing might damage it more than you think. That’s why your African-American hair care routine needs involve mild nurturing shampoos which you’ll use once a week instead of everyday. In case washing your hair every day is a must, do your best to use very little shampoo or, if possible, no shampoo at all.


Sleep with a Nightcap

Silk or satin – a night cap is an absolute must! This is not one of those strictly ethnic hair care tips but something I often suggest to all girls who are suffering from dry, frizzy hair that breaks and tangles easily. Why? Because it will help protect your hair while you toss and tumble in your sleep allowing you to have a nice, easily manageable, not to mention healthier, hairstyle upon waking up!



Now here’s one interesting tip on ethnic hair care that you might want to remember – some say that massaging your scalp every day forces it to produce more oil! Now, what we all know for sure is that massage does help increase the circulation of blood inside the scalp making the hair not only healthy but able to grow faster and longer so you might want to give it a shot anyways.


Use Products Made for African-American Hair Care

Products that do such a good job for Caucasian hair might and probably will prove to be useless for your hair. But, hey… that’s just normal and works both ways! So, instead of just picking up any shampoo or conditioner for dry, curly hair, invest your money in products that are specially formulated for ethnic hair care and will be able to give you great results.

What are your African-American hair care musts and how skilled in ethnic hair care are you?

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Whoa! I'm a hairstylist...I think ethnic hair is an insult. Ethnic does not mean African American, black, Hispanic etc! Everyone has an ethnicity so that means whoever developed this term excludes all people of "color"! Hair is hair, we all bleed red, there are different characteristics true! However I do not believe in products just for certain races or ethnicities! Many black women with natural hair use garneir fruits and other product lines with much success. I am not agreeing or arguing with the authors of this posts this is just my thought...please do not get offended. I think there is just different ways you take care of different curl patterns, textures(fine/med/corse), density, porosity! I am not saying there is not a different in Asian, black, white hair however it has nothing to do with the person's ethnicity. I have seen Japanese woman with coarse, tightly curled hair,heavy density: white woman with very fine, straight hair avg density and black woman with med texture ...(many black womem i have styled their hair think its very coarse when its actually pretty fine)...wavy hair with avg density...hair is hair it's not a racial/ethnic/nationality thing it's a HUMAN thing :)

I agree with Natasha. Some of these products can be quite horrendous for black hair. Go as pure possible...i.e. Shampoos, oils ect

Thank you to whoever write this article! It was great! It would be helpful as an extension of this article to list the best hair care products for black woman, as far as the best shampoos and conditioners that we can find.

I just found this site via pinterest and I was pleasantly surprised to see information specific to ethnic hair care here! I’m a black woman and have found that in many forums that discuss hair, black hair is completely ignored. (This is really discouraging, as it perpetuates the idea that since my hair is different, there must be something so wrong with my hair that discussing it would cause the reader to spontaneously combust.:-) I am appalled at those who have expressed that this article is offensive. Pointing out differences between black and white hair is no different than pointing out the differences between thick and fine hair! The idea that my hair (again, I’m a black woman with traditional, coarse African hair) can be maintained and can stay healthy by using the same products, techniques & processes that, say, Jessica Simpson uses is, quite frankly, an ignorant delusion. As I said at the beginning of this post, it’s my experience that stylists tend to shy away from addressing this issue. (Probably, in part, because they fear offending people.) In order to grow as a culture, we need to embrace these differences and learn from one another. Addressing these differences is the exact opposite of offensive; it is productive, empowering & a sign that our culture is evolving, for the better. With the negative comments I’m seeing about this article, I wanted to take the time to say THANK YOU to the author of this article for writing it. Just as with everything, there are suggestions that may not work for me. So, I probably won’t use them. But, I comment you for writing an article that offers productive suggestions for nurturing black hair. Please, please, please… ignore the naysayers & keep it up! Much love! :-) Phaedra

Thanks!! I am African-American and I appreciate this article as well as those about essential oils and hair growth! Good stuff! Z

I disagree with this post as well. I use a shampoo bar that is all natural and not meant for ANY specific ethnic group. Also, I go to salons that service everyone like Toni and Guy and I promise you they don't have little shampoo bottles marked FOR BLACKS ONLY. Most of these tips can go for any sort of hair that is over processed as most black women do choose to relax or flat iron their hair, myself included. But it works for white girls that dye their hair 50 shades of the rainbow, too. I don't find this offensive, however. I find it refreshing that Jelena stepped out of the box and tried to include everyone.

and most black people dont need to be told how to manage their hair, no offense. but its like me telling you what you should do when i know nothing of your hair, everyones is different, and to generalize it as African American Hair Care Musts, is stupid. How about Curly Hair Care Musts, Or Textured Hair Care Musts? Cuz its not just Africans, I know a lot of Hispanics who can have very curly hair similar to mine.

I agree with Natasha on the last recommendation. Ethic hair products doesn't not mean that they are good for your hair. It better for your hair needs. I find I more search natural brands rather than "ethnic" brand and I find a lot of black girls and women tend to go that root. Ethnic products is just a selling ploy no actual difference from other brands. So that advice is case of assumption rather than knowledge of hair. As for massaging it is good for all hair types so it would have been better as general advice rather saying that it is black hair must. I don't think the writer should feel offended on that last statement when individuals disagree I find it to be a popular assumption for people who don't know better and don't realize that they are categorizing black hair narrow box, just like the old myth that all ethic hair is course and thick. Very not true.

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