A lot of black women convey dissatisfaction with their hair’s health. Their highly textured and natural black hairstyles are quite fragile and always prone to dryness. Afro women who choose not to keep natural styles shouldn’t despair. Achieving a healthy hair can be as simple as conditioning with moisture protein balance and of course, keeping the hair ends protected.
Moisturize and condition hair regularly. Properly moisturizing your hair is the key for anyone to have a healthy hair, but this is something essential for Afro women! Most of them often find their coils and bends in sharp angles. The tight bends and coils in the hair usually make it hard for natural protective oil produced by the scalp to reach the hair strand. And as a result, this lack of moisture makes the black hair dry, unmanageable and brittle. Homemade and commercial black hair care remedies, like shea butter, glycerin and other hair conditioners, may be used to ensure that the hair is saturated with the moisture it needs.
Strengthen your hair. Afro women experience breakage that often goes unnoticed. This breakage may be obvious and measured. It can be also less conspicuous when the hair stalls at a certain length. Hair breakage is often attributed to the improper moisture protein content in hair strands. Protein provides a form of protective barrier to that hair that helps strengthen its strands. Afro women can maintain healthy hair by indulging in hair strengthening treatments, like eggs and other concentrated protein solutions, in their black hair care routine.
Protect hair from the sun and other environmental pollutants. While healthy and strong hair can be achieved by strengthening and moisturizing treatments, all of the hard work can be thrown out of the window when it is not protected from the sun’s heat and other environmental elements. Improper brushing, chemicals, and even the heat of the sun can wreck havoc on the hair and will delay its month of progress. If you have shoulder length hair or something longer, it is best that you keep it off shoulders or this can result to split ends. Afro women who constantly use perms or hair relaxers might want to stretch the duration between treatments or stop them entirely.
Trim once in a while. Women who want to keep their hair strong, healthy and vibrant need the ends trimmed every once in a while. For Afro women who don’t want their hair to grow longer, trimming could be done more often. Trimming the hair also gives you a new and fresh look.
Extra tips. Steam treatments provide deep conditioning of the hair and should be done together with light oil to seal the moisture inside the strands. The frequency of protein treatments may vary from one woman to another. Most hair experts recommend including light to intensive treatments every month or once every two months. For Afro women who have natural, untreated hair, cassia or henna herbal paste may be used to make hair strands stronger and prevent damage.