It’s easy to forget these essential things about black hair, but here we go, giving you some tips on what you need to remember before you get treatment for your hair.
- Black hair is extremely fragile. A gentle touch is required to avoid unnecessary breakage and hair loss. Always use a wide-tooth comb or pick. Avoid fine-tooth combs because they snag and pull out curly/kinky hair. Invest in a quality brush — natural boar brushes are the best.
- Curly/kinky hair needs an enormous quantity of moisture, so you should keep this in mind when you search for new hair care products. Do NOT use drying products such as hair spray, mousse or holding gels. Search around for moisturizers, leave-in conditioners, and styling lotions to get maximum moisture.
- In addition, just because a product is marketed for “curly hair,” doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be suitable for black hair. For example, the products created for Nicole Kidman’s curly hair might not work for Angela Bassett’s. White hair tends to produce more sebum — an oily secretion created by the sebaceous gland — than black textured hair. This means black hair requires more oil. Really look at the ingredient list. Be sure you have natural oils and quality ingredients.
- Keeping a good hair regime requires using quality salon-issued products, such as the following.
- Moisturizing conditioner
- A daily moisturizer
- Natural oils to apply to the hair. Pomegranate seed oil is your best choice.
- Cream hair dressing for light control of frizzes
- Have elastics to secure ponytails
Here are some myths that get in the way of African-American hair that we would like to dispel.
Myth #1: Many women are under the assumption that it cannot grow long. However, black hair does grow at the same speed as other hair types — half an inch per month. However, the hair is extra dry and fragile, which makes it prone to breakage. In fact, it can break at the same rate that it’s growing. The hair can grow long if you moisturize it all the time and nourish the hair with the right products.
Myth #2: The second myth is that you can possibly use too much conditioning for your hair. If you use a conditioning product meant for “damaged, dried” hair, it will have a lot of protein. On the contrary, too much protein makes your hair hard, especially if you’re sleeping with the product in it. Then, the reverse of what you want happens: the hair hardens and breaks. Fortunately, there is no such thing as too much moisturizing and moisture makes the hair soft and pliable.