African hair texture is different from other ethnicities. Learn how to take care of your natural hair.
2) Avoid shampoos with Parabens or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Parabens are used as preservatives;they preserve hair product. Sulfates, on the other hand, cause shampoos to lather up, removes dirt easily, and are cheap. The downside to these ingredients is their side effects. Parabens have been linked to certain forms of Cancers. Also, it causes irritation and eye problems over time. Sulfates, when used often dries out hair. So, it is best to use organic shampoos that do not have Parabens, Sulfates, or gluten. That’s the black girl magic!
3) Less Wash the Better: Washing your hair too often can leave it dry and unhealthy. The wash strips your hair of Sebum – the natural oils produced by Biotin and other vitamins. This essential oil lubricates your scalp without a need for hair grease. Its absence may damage your hair. Try to shampoo your hair about once a week or every 7 to 10 days. Washing your hair too often will result in dry, brittle hair. So, keep the wash to a minimum. This will help prevent dryness.
4) Consider co-washing your hair with conditioner once or twice a week. There are different hair textures: coarse, straight, oily, treated/colored, curly, dry, mixed (dry and straight), etc. As noted above, this is quite important. Most products will let you know what hair type the particular product fits. Use the conditioner that is tailored for your hair type. Avoid the conditioner that states it works for ‘all types’ of hair.
5) Dry and comb with care: If your hair is tangled, apply leave-in-conditioner. If your hair dries out quickly, air dry instead of using hair dryer. The less heat, the better. If you are combing dry hair, apply hair detangler – as necessary. Check the products to make sure it does not contain Paraben.
One more important note: wearing protective hairstyle can keep your hair less dry; it retains the moisture, and keep your hair from extreme weather that damages hair. Protective hairstyles include: braids (watch the edges), twists, faux locs, crotchet, and the most popular, wigs.
Remember, taking care of your hair is one step closer to a healthy lifestyle. Tell us what method works for your natural hair.