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:
1. 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.
3. 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!
4. 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.
5. 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.
7. 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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