Because it is so different in the way it looks and the way it is structured, black hair is more frail and likely to incur damage compared to other hair types. The good thing is that there are a lot that African Americans can do to help minimize damage and keep their hair beautiful.
Here are some tips recommended by a dermatologist:
- Be sure to make sure your hair is washed once a week or every other week. This is going to assist in blocking a build-up of hair care products, which can dry out your lovely hair.
- Be sure to be generous with conditioner. You’re going to want to use conditioner every time you wash your hair. It is crucial to lather the ends of the hair with conditioner, as the ends are the oldest and most fragile part of your hair.
- Make sure to implement a hot oil treatment two times per month a month, for extra moisture and elasticity to your hair.
- Before you style, be sure that you use a heat protecting product. If you add this to damp hair before you style it, it will help prevent damage.
- Exercise restraint with relaxers. To keep hair damage to a minimum, be sure that you always go to a professional hair stylist to be sure that your hair relaxer is applied correctly. That being said, it should be noted that touch-ups should only be done every two to three months and only to newly grown hair. Never apply relaxer to hair that has already been relaxed.
- Use ceramic combs or irons to press hair. If you would like to press or thermally straighten your hair, use a ceramic comb or iron and only do so once a week. Use a straightening device with a dial to ensure the device is not too hot. Use the lowest possible temperature setting that gives you the style you want. A higher temperature may be necessary for thicker, coarser hair.
- Make sure braids, cornrows or weaves are not too tight. If it hurts while your hair is being styled, ask the stylist to stop and redo it. Pain equals damage.
- See a board-certified dermatologist if you notice any changes in the texture or appearance of your hair. Even the slightest bit of noticeable thinning can be the start of hair loss. The earlier hair loss is diagnosed, the more effectively it can be treated.