Black hair is beautiful, whether it is natural, relaxed, or braided. The key to healthy, beautiful hair is moisture and gentle treatment. Caring for black hair takes a little bit of extra effort, but the soft, silky, and healthy results are worth it.
The Right Shampoo And Conditioner
When washing your hair, always go for both shampoo and conditioner. Don’t be tempted to wash your locks too often as this causes hair to dry out. Another thing to be mindful of is the temperature. If it’s too hot, you might notice your hair becoming frizzy, dry and hard to manage. Always opt for warm water and follow up with a cold rinse. Doing so will make your hair look shinier and healthier.
When choosing your shampoo and conditioner, opt for a light formula, preferably packed with oils such as argon, grape seed or jojoba. After you shampoo your hair, condition only the lengths and ends avoiding the roots. After washing your hair, add a tiny bit of hair oil to the ends while your tresses are still damp.
Common hair care mistakes
Washing hair in hot water
” hot water dries out the hair and strips away moisture.”
Washing tresses in warm water will still cleanse them effectively, plus it will help seal and be much more gentle on the cuticle, resulting in a happier head of hair.
Not having regular treatments
“Afro and curly textures can struggle in the cold weather. What’s more, central heating can dry out the hair, leaving it dull and dehydrated.”
Tips – It’s so important to apply a treatment every two weeks to re-hydrate, strengthen, protect and maintain hair health.
Blow-drying and ironing
Constant blow-drying and ironing can damage cuticles, split the strands and dry out the hair.
Tricks – Rather than blow-drying and tonging, try roller setting instead. As this involves less direct heat being applied to the hair, this option is a kinder way of getting hair smooth. And remember, whenever you’re heat-styling your hair, always use protection first by applying a product such as t Heat-Protecting Style Serum or smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener to help guard against damage.”
Not getting regular trims
As tempting as it may be to hold on to the length, it can do more harm than good. The ends of your hair are old and have been subjected to brushing and heat so if you don’t trim them away, it won’t style well. What’s more, once the ends start to split, it travels up to mid-lengths causing the damage to spread.
Tips – If you want your hair to style, curl and hold better, have trims every six weeks. Once the damaged hair is removed, it will look and feel so much healthier.
Not adding enough moisture
Afro needs regular moisture to be added – especially during the colder months.
Tips Just as you moisturise your skin try applying a good hydrating product like Deep Nourishing to prevent hair drying out. Don’t overload the hair with product though – just use a little bit more than you would during the summer. Two-three times a week apply a small amount and wrap hair in a silk scarf before bed for added hydration.”
Having too many chemical treatments
Excessive use of chemical treatments can dry the hair and incorrect application can cause damage.
Tricks – Always have relaxers and colours applied professionally at a reputable salon. Rather than having six or seven relaxers throughout the year, try stretching out the frequency of application, for example, by having three or four but having steam treatments in between.
Using the wrong hair bands
With the blustery weather conditions, using elastic or plastic bands will pull on the hair resulting in damaged cuticles, friction and stress.
Tips – Use bands covered in silk or satin. The smooth surface will help protect from breakage and damage, resulting in happier hair days whatever the weather.