Are you frustrated because you are unable to replicate the black hair styles you see in magazines and on TV? Your problem may be that you do not understand the needs of Black hair care and your hair is not in the best condition to copy those hairstyles. Nearly everyone has had the experience of trying to work with dry, damaged hair. It’s no fun - get the hair in tip-top condition before you try out complicated styles!
Black hair can be both challenging and frustrating, especially if you do not know the basics of Black hair care. Let’s go through some of the things you should be doing to get your hair looking good.
One of the first items you will need, a Black hair care essential, is a good quality hydrating shampoo. You may need to spend a little more money than you have in the past, but an intense hydrating shampoo will make a noticeable difference to the quality of your hair. The cleansers are gentler and more concentrated, and you will use less of it, which will save you money in the long run.
Read the list of ingredients before you buy a shampoo. If alcohol is one of the main ingredients, that shampoo will dry out and damage your hair - keep shopping! Wash your hair no more than once a week. Otherwise, your hair will dry out.
Condition Your Hair
Apply a hot oil treatment or deep conditioner regularly. Leave the treatment on for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse your hair completely. You could also try a leave-in conditioner.
Use a wide-toothed comb or pick to comb your hair. Many people make the mistake of using smaller toothed combs and are met with disaster. This is one of the most common mistakes of Black hair care. Smaller toothed combs will pull, damage, and break hair.
Do not use petroleum products on your hair or scalp. Instead, oil your scalp with natural oils, such as shea or grapeseed oil.
Before you go to bed each night, braid or section your hair. This will prevent tangles and breakage. Also try and wrap your head in a scarf each night because cotton pillowcases can pull on hair causing damage.
Although it may seem challenging at first, caring for Black hair can be a simple and straightforward process. Once you have learned the ins and outs you’ll soon find you have the gorgeous, manageable head of hair that you have always dreamed of!
Marianne Parker is a writer at Locks&Links. Visit http://www.locksandlinks.com for articles, images and information on Black Hair, Black Hair Styles and Black Hair Care.