Hair Care for African-American Hair by jamesdweaver


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Hair Care for African-American Hair - Three
Top Rules All Should Follow

Hair care for African-American hair is slightly different due to differences in hair texture.
African-American hair can vary greatly in texture - some may have fine, thin hair, others may
have thicker, cotton candy like texture. Typically, African-American hair affords one much
greater styling opportunities, not to mention the fact that black hair is far less prone to frequent
hair fall. Certain styles (such as an Afro) can be carried out effectively only by black men or

The rules for care for African-American hair are quite different. Let's take a quick look at three
top rules that all black men and women should follow:

1. Shampoo Less

Black hair distributes much less oil than other ethnicities - this is a genetic trait if nothing else.
Because of this reason, shampooing every day or even every alternate day is not a great idea for
African-Americans. Daily shampoo strips the hair of all moisture, leading to dry, dull and lifeless
hair. Instead, you should shampoo only once in a 5 days. If you can stretch it, even try
shampooing once every 7 days.

Of course you're saying: "Isn't shampooing just once a week a bit too extreme?" The answer to
this question is to simply apply conditioner every 2-3 days. Just rinse with warm water, apply
your favorite conditioner generously, and presto - soft, luxurious hair that feels nice and smells
great! And that too without any shampoo.

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2. Not All Oil is Good Oil

A central tenet for African-American hair is oiling your hair frequently. But not all oil is good oil.
If you are the kind of person who dabs oodles of grease in the form of styling gels or pomade like
substances to moisturize dry hair, you should know that all such substances contain cheap
mineral based oil that clogs the pores in the scalp and discourages hair growth.

Instead, opt for natural oil such as coconut or jojoba to moisturize your scalp instead. These oils
will impart a great sheen to your hair and also keep it luxuriantly moisturized.

3. Comb with Care

When brushing or combing black hair, take care to not use too much force. Instead, partition the
hair into four parts - two on the sides, one each in the front and back. Start from the bottom,
work your way to the top, then move to the sides, and finally do the front. Never should you use
too much force while brushing your hair - you don't want to rip the hair from their very roots
leading to a damaged scalp and hair roots. Instead, you should be gentle, work along the four
different partings, and take your time. I sincerely recommend that you brush your hair only
when you have adequate time - rushing through this job will only leave you with pain, regret,
and a mess of hair.

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