Tips Caring for Your Afro Hair


Deep Conditioning

Deep conditioning black hair is an important part of your hair care routine. Here is some advice I can give you regarding this. At least once or twice a month, after shampooing, I would deep condition my hair.

What I do is apply one of the deep conditioning products on after shampooing and use either a HydraCap for 30 minutes or so. What’s great about this is that the subtle heat lets the cuticles breathe, thus moisturizing product to penetrate the hair shaft. A good hot oil treatment could be done here instead.

How to properly moisturize African American hair

The most crucial key to healthy African American hair care is moisture. Because of the structure of our hair, it tends to become dry easily. Dry hair lacks elasticity and therefore is brittle and prone to breakage. Moisturize with good products and do it often. Moisturizing doesn’t mean the same thing as oiling. And it is certainly not the same as putting on what we used to call “grease” . After the Deep Conditioning or Conditioning, I tend to moisturize.

What about oiling my hair and scalp?

The topic of whether to oil is pretty controversial in African hair care, so that’s a decision you’ll have to make on your own. My experience has been that, for my daughters, and me, oil is good for our hair. The right oil though is of vital importance. We only use all natural oils, mostly plant oils.We avoid mineral oil and petroleum based products. The one notable exception to the plant oil rule is emu oil (an animal oil). I love emu oil!

Consider the following before you start perming.

It is not recommended that you do home box perms. People often ask us to recommend perms to them. We do not recommend any perms because we do not sell any. A beautician has told us that they are not the same quality as the salon perms. I don’t know if that’s true.

But, even if it is not, a chemical relaxer or perm is a process that is best performed by professional. Serious damage can be done to the hair (that can never be repaired, it has to grow out). A relaxer, improperly applied can do permanent damage to the scalp.

The only compromise we would even contemplate on this would be to take your child to a local beauty school, if you just cannot pay the money the salons are charging. At least they’ll get the perm under professional supervision. And, the price is usually a pretty small fraction of the cost in a salon.

If you insist on applying perms at home, please read and follow the instructions carefully.

Do not keep perming the part of the hair that has already been treated. Only apply the perm to the new growth (the kinky stuff underneath). Perming the same part of a strand of hair over and over again thins it a little each time. Eventually, it will break. It’s not a question of “if”, it’s “when”.