These are the best Black Hair Care Tips I have discovered on my journey. They will work on both natural and relaxed hair. And I don’t know anyone who has put these into practice without noticing a huge difference in their hair. It took me less than one month to see a change for the better. During the entire month of February I have used all five tips consistently. My hair is retaining length, and the shedding and breaking has been reduced. If you want healthy and long hair follow these tips… I promise you will see results!
Moisture is Key
At the beginning of my transition my new growth felt and looked dry. The problem was that I wasn’t getting enough moisture. Now I make sure to deep condition weekly and use water-based moisturizers, where the first ingredient on the hair product’s label says “water”. They work better for my hair than the oil-based ones. I moisturize my entire strand paying special attention to my new growth, ends, and demarcation point (point where my natural hair meets the relaxed portion). After I moisturize my hair, I seal the moisture in with natural oils. I like to use coconut, jojoba, or castor oil for that job. Being consistent has helped my hair fight the dryness and become more manageable. The hair products I use for moisturizing are Elasta QP Mango Butter, African Pride Braid Sheen Spray(yup, lol), and my own spray mixture of water, glycerin, and aloe vera.
There are many benefits of deep conditioning your hair. Deep conditioning can help restore damaged hair, add shine and body to dull lifeless hair, and improve the texture of frizzy, unmanageable hair. I DC once a week for 30-45 minutes under my soft bonnet dryer with a plastic cap. Remember, you can use a plastic bag you get from the grocery store too. They work just as well! If I’m being lazy… I’ll leave it on for a couple of hours while I’m doing chores around the house. I usually mix Elasta QP DPR-11, Aubrey’s GPB, and some Olive Oil to do my weekly DC.
Reduce The Heat
Limit the direct heat of blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons if you want to keep your hair healthy. If you use them everyday, try cutting back the heat to once a week… or just two times a month. I’ve found that you can get your hair just as straight with a roller set and saran wrap treatment under the dryer. You can also try airdrying your hair. I’ve been airdrying my hair for the last month and it has really improved my retention. I’m seeing less broken hair and split ends, and my ends noticeably thicker.
Protective Hairstyles allow you protect your ends, which are the oldest parts of your hair and more prone to breakage. Using a bun hairstyle and just clipping my hair up really helped me gain length. You can also try wigs, cornrows, and braids to protect your hair too.
Limit the Use of Combs and Brushes
Last, I no longer rely on brushes and combs for the daily styling of my hair. Studies have shown that frequent styling via combs and brushes do cause damage to your hair. I haven’t used a comb in over a month after I found Lisa Akbari’s How to Properly Comb Hair video. And I’ve only used a brush two times in the last month just to brush down my sides. It did take some getting used to, but with properly moisturized hair… I now have no problem detangling and combing with just my fingers.
Have you made progress by following any of the tips above? Post a comment and share your experiences.