Taking care of your hair is very vital to keep them looking tender, supple and healthy. The key to beautiful, healthy black hair is gentle treatment and moisture. Caring for black hair takes more of an extra effort, but the results are worth it.
Black hair is prone to dryness and needs lots of care, moisture and attention. The health of your natural or relaxed hair depends heavily on the tools, techniques, and styling methods you use to groom it every day. Use the tips below to guide you on how best you can take care of your hair.
Here are some best natural hair practices for black hair:
#1 Washing your hair
Wash your hair once with shampoo every one or two weeks. When you wash it often, with shampoo, you will strip it of its moisture and you will get a dry, brittle hair as a result. Washing your hair once every 7 or 14 days will prevent product buildup and dryness. Use a moisturizing shampoo and avoid the ones that contain alcohol. Then condition your hair with a moisturizing conditioner. If you must wash your hair often, dilute your shampoo. Let it be 50% shampoo and 50% water. You can also get to wash your hair every 3 to 5 days with conditioner only. This method is known as co-washing. Co-washing your hair will make it manageable and moisturized. After washing, seal the moisture in with olive oil, coconut oil, or any natural oil of your choice.
#2 Use natural oils and organic products
Oils like olive oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, are easily absorbed by the hair unlike commercial products like lanolin, which will clog the hair pores and weigh down your hair. Natural oils are light on your hair, moisturize it and also make it shiny. Avoid using products that contain sulfates and silicones. Silicones, when not properly washed out cause hair buildup which in turn will make your hair to look dull, greasy and lanky. Use products such as avocado, shea butter, and other natural products help keep your hair moisturized.
#3 Combing your hair
When combing your hair, always start from the ends first. Don’t comb from the roots. Avoid brushes, they make your hair frizzy. Try not to comb your hair every day, when necessary, detangle with your fingers. When you comb excessively, your hair will break off and not retain length. Detangle your hair only when it is slightly wet.
#4 Use less heat
If possible, avoid heat styling and use a lower temperature and heat protectant spray when you do. If you can limit heat styling to twice a month maximum. Go for ceramic flat irons over metal ones. They will be gentle on your hair. Also when blowing drying your hair, use a comb attachment. It will reduce the amount of pulling and tugging which can result to breakage.
#5 Avoid tight hairstyles
Hair styles that can put a lot of pressure on your hair, for instance, tight braids and ponytails, should be minimized or at best completely avoided. Yes, they look chic, but they stress your hair and scalp. They overtime, cause hair breakage. They also stress out the hair follicles and this result to thinning along the hairline. Avoid tight braids, cornrows and weaves, if they are too tight, they might damage your hair. Avoid the use of rubber bands, they cause breakages and tears, rather, use a ponytail holder that doesn’t come with a metal clip.
#6 Use silk or satin fabric
When going to bed at night, sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase in order to avoid hair dryness, breakage and frizz. When you do this, your hair won’t tear or break. Cotton pillowcases drag hair and cause tiny tears and rips. They also suck out moisture away from your hair. You can also wear a satin bonnet to sleep at night, when you can’t get a satin or silk pillowcase.
#7 Moisturize the ends of your hair
Natural oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, can be used as a moisturizing agent. Doing this will prevent your hair from breaking, drying, damaged and split ends.
#8 Do a protein treatment
Applying protein treatment will make your hair shiny, over moisturized, and strong, making it less prone to breakage. However, do not overuse this treatment as it could result to hair breakage. You can buy a protein treatment at a beauty store or do a DIY hair mask at home.
#9 Hot oil treatment
Doing a hot oil treatment twice a month will add elasticity and moisture to your hair. Heat ½ to 1 jar of oil in pot of hot water, section your hair into several parts, using an applicator bottle, apply the oil into your scalp and hair. Make sure to use the tip of your fingers to gently and thoroughly massage the oil into your scalp. Cover your hair with a shower cap for 30 minutes and was gently with a mild shampoo. Do not microwave the oil, because it will lose its nutrients. Jojoba oil, olive, castor, coconut, sesame, or sweet almond oil can be used for this treatment.
#10 Trim split ends
Try to check your hair regularly for split ends, even if your hair is healthy. When you leave them unchecked, further damage will be done to your hair shaft. Commercial split hair mending serums are only temporary fixes, do not rely on them as they are not permanent and will not repair your split ends. Best solution is to trim your hair probably, once in 4 to 6 weeks.
Following these natural hair practices will make your hair easier to manage. It will accelerate hair growth and keep your hair from breaking causing you to have a healthy natural black hair.