Care Techniques for Black Hair

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There are many questions black women have for both their hair and their children’s hair. Here are some questions and answers that should give you insight into what it’s going to be like caring for your hair:

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU WASH YOUR HAIR?

Experts have agreed that washing your hair once a week was plenty. This is because African-American hair is naturally drier, and washing it more frequently would simply over-dry the hair. In addition, it’s highly unlikely your hair will look oily in a week. Due to the extra curly, kinky nature of the hair, oil would not get the chance to make its way down the hair shaft.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO STRAIGHTEN OR BLOW-DRYING HAIR?

The best way to blow-dry hair is to use a comb attachment to the blow dryer, since the act of blow-drying wet hair takes a lot of pulling with a brush, and that can end up breaking the hair. To avoid breakage, since African-American hair is much more fragile, we recommend letting your hair air-dry or sitting under a dryer for a little before you directly move to blow-drying to minimize on tugging time.

ARE WEAVES GOOD OR BAD FOR YOUR HAIR? IS IT BETTER TO GLUE OR SEWING?

Experts agree that weaves can be good for your hair as long as the proper care steps are taken and you get help from a professional stylist. The upside of a a sewn weave is that it protects your natural hair since you won’t be straightening or exposing your natural hair to any outside elements. Glued-in weaves, however, tend to rip out your natural hair at removal and should be avoided.

HOW DO YOU CARE FOR A WEAVE?

Experts say that you should go to your stylist every two to three weeks to make sure your weave stays as tight as possible. This is because having a loose weave can pull on your hair. It is recommended that you make sure to cleanse your scalp as thoroughly as possible to prevent buildup and flaking. If you wonder when you should remove your weave and get a new one, the answer is between one and three months. And then, after you’ve had two consecutive “weavings,” you should probably leave your hair be for a few weeks before you put in a new weave.