IT CONTAINS 11 PAGES OF IN-DEPTH TIPS, PRODUCTS AND HAIR CARE TECHNIQUES FOR WOMEN OF COLOR! -KARMA AMARANDE
As you've noticed there are many hair care products on the market, but not all of them are appropriate for Black hair. Most of the products on the market are designed for White hair, which has a different structure and needs to Black hair. You need to be on the lookout for products specifically created for Black hair.
The products you need in your hair care arsenal should include some of the following:
- High-quality hydrating shampoos
- Deep moisturizing conditioners
- Hot oil treatments
- Leave in conditioners
When you're out buying these items one of the most important things you ought to do is: Read The Labels! Remember Black hair can be quite dry so you will need to buy products that will provide moisture, not dry your hair and scalp further.
Many products on the market claim to be moisturizing or hydrating, but they may contain ingredients that will cause further damage to already dry or brittle hair. Some of the ingredients to avoid are:
- Isopropyl alcohol
If you see any of these items mentioned on the product label - put that product down immediately and find another! There are many Black hair care products available, there's no need to settle for anything inferior.
Before you use any hair care product for the first time acquaint yourself with the condition of your hair and scalp. After the first week or two of using a new product, examine your hair and scalp again. Do you notice any changes in the condition? If you do see a difference, it should be that your hair and scalp are healthier. If your scalp seems unhealthy or you notice more breakage or damage, then stop using those products, it could be a sign that they are not the right hair care products for you.
Black African-American is dry, brittle, and coarse. This type of hair is delicate, therefore treating it must be of high care. To start, you must first have a healthy lifestyle. Naturally, to stimulate oil production in your scalp you can massage you scalp regularly. Another black hair care tip is to avoid unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking. Make sure to get enough sleep and eat healthy and nutritious food.
Contrary to the regular suggestion, first tip for black hair care is for you not shampoo your hair daily. This can make your hair even drier because shampoo can remove the natural oil of your hair. Also, make sure that you will use hair products without any alcohol because it will surely dry out your hair. You can wash your hair slightly with water when you think you need it. Also, you can use a little bit of shampoo when needed. In choosing your shampoo make sure that it has a low PH level to make sure that it can moisturize your hair properly. Another suggestion for black hair care is to use a different conditioner and a shampoo. Do not use a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner because this can also brittle your hair.
Black hair care after shampooing you can moisturize your scalp by adding oil and massaging on it. Include the ends of your hair while adding oil. Another moisturizing agent for you hair is a conditioner. This can also add more protection and can also make your hair easy to manage. Another thing, in your black hair care regimen you can add a leave on conditioner which is equivalent to a moisturizer on your skin.
Another simple black care tip is to comb your hair and untangle it daily. Make sure that you use a comb that is suitable for your hair to avoid any breakage. Usually, you can make use of a soft boar brush which will allow the oil to be distributed from roots to tip.
Also, your pillow can help in you in your black care by using a satin or silk. If your pillow case is cotton this will break your hair and your hair will be caught on it. You can also wear a satin or silk scarf on your while sleeping.
Black African-American hair is dry, brittle, and coarse. This type of hair is delicate therefore treating it must be off high care. To start caring with your hair you must first have a healthy lifestyle. Naturally, to stimulate oil production in your scalp you can massage you scalp regularly. Also, avoid any stress to make sure that you have a healthy hair. Another black hair care is to avoid unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy and nutritious food.
Why do we have to be careful with black hair? Why do you need to use special black hair care products which are obviously designed for a special purpose? Well, the structure of African and non-African hair is typically identical. What differs is the way the molecules are combined. The specificity of African hair allows for it be more prone to quicker decay and dryness. consequently black hair care necessities are different from those for other types of hair, which is why black hair care products are definitely a necessity in the case of African hair, black hair, so to say.The elements making up our hair consist of the cuticle, the cortex, melanin, follicle and sebaceous glands. Although you might think that black, African hair is stronger, you should know that black hair is actually more sensitive as compared to Caucasian hair and, therefore, requires more patience and needs to be treated with black hair care products. Generally, African/Black hairs have the reputation of being more brittle, coarser, dryer and curlier than those of non-African hairs. Because of this, extra steps should be taken in order to use the proper black hair care products to create a good health state of the hair.
All kinds of things going wrong in that pic! LOL
For the first post in 2010, I suppose I will start off with pictures of my current hair length that I just took a few minutes ago.
My hair grows so slowly! I've been on this hair care journey since 2005, and while I am grateful for the progress I've made, I feel like my hair is nowhere near the level it should be or the level that other women whose hair is leaps and bounds past where mine is in regards to both length and health in just one year.
The ends are still sparse and see through. My hair is relaxed and freshly pressed with a hot comb this morning....and that's still the best it could do. LOL
Oh well, like my aunt says: "Gotta work with what ya got."
I'm still using Megatek to grow my hair. I only use it occasionally. I've started using pure vegetable glycerin as a moisturizer and I like it, even though it gets sticky after about a week and needs to be washed out.
I've been trying new products and have come across some other things that I really like. I will post again soon about them.
Until then, enjoy my pics and enjoy the blog.