|Black Hair Care Tips, Style and Facts|
|Written by Alien|
African-American/Black hair in general is more brittle, coarser, dryer and curlier (nappy) than those of non-African decent. Because of this hair care for a Caucasian would be different than for an African, who needs to be more careful when treating his/her hair because it is more delicate.
Another feature of black hair is that it is irregular in diameter. Neither the fiber diameter nor the cuticle diameter is the same all through its length. Because of this typical structure and coiling structure the hair has many fragile points. The outside of a tight curl puts stress on the outer hair fiber cortex and cuticle. At some points outside the curls, cuticle becomes very thin and flakes easily.These areas of stress in the hair fiber are prone to damage by chemicals. Even vigorous combing is enough to flake the cuticle and damage the hair. Another undesirable feature of the black hair is its low moisture content. This character also makes the black hair more susceptible to weathering.
Since the black hair is too curly in nature, it is difficult to comb. It is prone to hair breakage and hair shedding. Because of these difficulties, black hair requires more care than any other type of hair. The following black hair care tips help in preventing some damage to which it is naturally susceptible.
Massage the scalp regularly to encourage oil production.
Always use a wide-toothed Afro comb.
Combing helps spread the natural oil through the hair, making it look shinier and healthier.
Use intensive pre-shampoo treatments.
Shampoo your black hair as often as you feel necessary but only lather once, using a small amount of shampoo.
Always towel-blow your hair and never rub it with a towel.It lubricates dry scalp and help in moisturizing black hair. Choose non greasy formulas for your hair gel so that they don’t take away the healthy sheen.
If you want to braid your black hair, use a softening shampoo that maintains the right moisture balance. You can also try a natural oil based moisturizer. While combing your hair, start from the tips and work towards the roots, it will be less damaging to the hair. Have a regular trim to remove split ends as it prevents hair breakage. Whether it's in cornrow, braids or bun, try not to repeat the same 'pull-back' hairstyle too often. The stress on the hair may cause it to weaken around the edges.
Try to avoid the use of heat treatments, chemical relaxers or hot hair drying of your hair. Cotton pillow cases and sheets help in breakage, use a silk or satin scarf to wrap up your hair while sleeping. Besides these natural hair care tips, there are certain black hair products that can be used for taking care of your hair. Black hair has its own specific characters and its unique problems. So special black hair growth products need to specially formulated for taking care of the more fragile black hair. The best black hair care or hair growth products are the ones that use the natural hair care products.
Can I remove a relaxer from my hair?
If you've read this far, you probably already realize the answer is "no". Permanents are called permanent for good reason. The bonds in the hair are destroyed when the hair is relaxed. The part of the hair that has been relaxed will never be "natural" again. The only way to get rid of relaxed hair is to cut it off or wait for it to break off. Waiting for the hair to break off is not a good transition option. But, some women choose it because they are uncomfortable giving up the length they've worked hard to get. There are ways to transition from relaxed hair to natural hair. But, the relaxed hair will never be natural again.
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