How to care for Black Hair

How to care for Black Hair

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The AAD suggests that those with tightly coiled hair should wash their hair no more than once a week to avoid stripping away hair care products and natural oils from the scalp, which may result in dryness.

However, those with scalp issues like seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff may need to wash their hair more frequently, and a dermatologist may suggest washing twice a week.

Selecting the right type of shampoo is crucial for healthy hair. Many shampoos contain harsh ingredients such as sulfates that can strip natural oils and dry out the hair, making it difficult to comb and more prone to breakage.

It’s better to opt for gentle, moisturizing shampoos, and always use a conditioner after washing, making sure that it reaches the hair ends. When washing the hair, it’s important to gently massage the scalp. After washing, avoid rubbing the hair with a towel, and instead, pat it dry.


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To add moisture to the hair, a person may consider using a deep conditioning or oil treatment once or twice a month, in addition to using a conditioner with each wash. This can involve applying a deep conditioner or a natural oil like jojoba to the hair and scalp after shampooing. The hair can then be wrapped in a warm towel and left for up to 30 minutes.

Selecting an oil that melts at body temperature can eliminate the need to heat it before use. Various oils can be used, but it may take some trial and error to determine the most suitable one for one’s hair. Some possible options include:

> jojoba oil

> shea butter or shea butter oil

> emu oil

> Combing while the hair is wet

> Curly hair can tangle easily, making it prone to break while brushing. For this reason, it is best not to comb textured hair when it is dry. Instead:

After washing the hair, use a moisturizer or a leave-in conditioner on wet hair.

To detangle the hair, divide it into sections and use a wide-toothed or detangling comb, starting from the ends of the hair and working upwards gradually. If the hair is not wet, spray it with water from a spray bottle.


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To prevent hair damage during sleep and moisture absorption by certain fabrics, some tips that may be helpful are:

Before going to bed, it is advisable to take off tight hair bands and switch to a smooth silk or satin hair wrap that can minimize friction while sleeping. Also, using a silk or satin pillowcase can be beneficial to avoid damage caused by some fabrics that may absorb moisture from the hair and scalp.

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