Black Hair Care and Black Hair Treatment

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Hair is hair right so it shouldn’t matter whether you are of African, European, Asian, or Indian descent the basic rules are the same? No, this is not the case at all, even though hair is hair the structure of the hair can vary quite significantly.

For example, if you are of African descent, you are likely to have thick course black curly hair and even though there are many variations of black hair, black hair tends to look tougher than other hair types but in reality it is actually quite fragile and prone to breakage therefore black hair and black hair treatment needs careful consideration in any hair care regime.

What to consider for black hair and black hair treatment

One of the main issues with black hair is dryness. The cuticles in black hair tend to be raised which means that the hair is capable of absorbing more moisture but it is also a lot easier to lose that moisture.

As the hair tends to be curly, coiled or kinky, this means that the natural oils secreted from the scalp can find it more difficult to travel down the shaft of the hair and reach the ends therefore black hair has a tendency to be drier than other hair types.

On saying that, there is such a wide variation in types of black hair that one particular treatment is not going to be suitable for all types of black hair. You need to be familiar with your own hair type and what your hair needs for it to be in the best condition possible.

Regardless of your hair type, shampooing too frequently can cause the hair to dry out so make sure you buy shampoos and of course conditioners and conditioning treatments specifically tailored for black hair and which will replace the moisture in your hair. Shampoos with a lower pH of no more than 5 is about right as a higher pH can dry the hair out.

Conditioning black hair is vital if you want your hair to look and feel at its best. You can buy leave on conditioners and use these regularly but make sure the particular conditioner you buy isn’t going to add to the dryness of the hair. Buy products containing natural conditioning oils such as coconut, Shea butter, Mango butter, jojoba, olive oil, pomegranate or honey as they are all good examples of natural conditioning and moisturising oils suitable for black hair.

Stay away from products containing petroleum based ingredients as these can clog up the pores on your scalp and prevent the natural oils from doing their job. Your hair consists mostly of protein so go for products that are protein enriched.

Tips for caring for black hair

Hair care tools are important for proper care of the hair on a day to day basis. For black hair you should make sure you are using a wide toothed comb so that you don’t put unnecessary pressure on the hair and above all, don’t tug.

When washing your hair treat it gently. Wet hair is even more fragile than normal. Don’t rub too hard with a towel and make sure you use a conditioner after every wash. It might be an idea to use a conditioner daily, whether or not you wash your hair, as this will help when it comes to combing out tangles and knots, it will also make your hair feel softer and silkier.

Brushing the hair can help to distribute those natural oils right down the length of the hair to the tips but again, make sure you are using the right kind of brush, a boar bristle brush is a good option.

Black hair is not easy to lighten and yet many people with black hair will attempt to lighten their hair and in doing so expose their hair to harsh bleaching chemicals which will result in dry brittle and visibly damaged hair. Before lightening black hair it is essential that you seek the advice of a professional first.

Many people with black hair will straighten their hair on a regular basis and yet over use of heating elements can damage the hair, particularly if used often, and cause it to dry out and break. If you are using relaxers on your hair then it is vital that you follow the instructions properly and make sure you neutralise it thoroughly.

If your hair is particularly long then it might be an idea to tie it up before you go to sleep in order to stop it from getting tangled during the night.

One of the many wonderful things about black hair is that it can be very versatile and so you can wear your hair in so many different styles. However, be careful when tying hair up, or braiding the hair, don’t be tempted to use elastic bands which can break the hair, use cloth covered bands instead.

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