Being black is a blessing, Black hair is beautiful, wonderful when it is natural, or braided.I’m just not a fun of relaxed hair cause it just kill your hair. Taking care of your natural hair as a black woman can be very frustrating, your have no time, your need to get the kids ready for school and hubby needs his own attention too, that leaves your with no time for yourselves.
The secret to healthy, beautiful hair is moisture and gentle treatment. This go for all kind of hair without these, hair can become dry and brittle. Especially black hair. Caring for black hair takes a little of extra effort, time, patience but the soft, silky, healthy results are worth it and adorable. I know for sure your love being black and with this simple steps your will love yourself more.
1. Washing and Conditioner
How to wash and conditioner your natural hair as Black woman
When washing divide your hair into small sessions and apply the shampoo from bottom and make your way to the root,
from the bottom up reduce shading and minimize tangle. The more often your wash your hair, the more your strip it of its moisture and shine. This results in dry, brittle hair and buildup. You should wash your hair every 7 to 10 days so once every week to 2 weeks, your can get away with washing it once every 14 days. This will help prevent dryness and product buildup.
• Try to use shampoo and conditioner meant for ethnic hair, sulfate free moisturizing shampoo. Follow up with a deep moisturizing conditioner.
• If your must wash your hair more often, because you have oily scalp dilute your shampoo with water. Make sure is sulfate free.
You need to wash your hair every 3 to 5 days with co-wash. Co-washing will help moisturize your hair, and keep it manageable. You can help seal more moisture in it with natural oils.mix some oils of your choice essential oils nothing too heavy, lightweight oil are much recommend
• Use Deep conditioning mask once a month or twice. Focus the conditioner on the ends of your hair; avoid your scalp. Applying conditioner there will cause your hair to appear greasy and oily.
Use a moisturizing conditioner with lightweight, essential oils. Oils like grape seed oil, coconut oil, argan oil are more easily absorbed by hair, Lightweight oils will moisturize your hair and make it shiny, they won't weight it down but don’t put a lot just enough.
This are some great essential oils for a Black Woman natural hair:
Corn oil, extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, apricot kernel oil, rosemary oil, vitamin E oil, black seed oil, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, coconut oil, castor oil, grape seed oil, argan oil, monoi oil, almond oil, Shea butter oil, Tamanu oil, kendi oil, baobab oil, Amla oil, and more.
Products that contain silicons and sulfates leaves buildups and dry hair.
This two ingredients goes together, if your use the first one your need the second one. There is a pro using silicon on your hair, is a great moisturizer and detangle it leaves hair nice and smooth, but it can only be removed with sulfate.
Sulfate dry hair, is very harsh on it but if the silicone is not remove it leaves build-up, and your hair start looking greasy, and dull.
Using nourishing masks and coconut oil will make your hair nice and smooth so there is no need to use silicone. These products are easily washed out of your hair with no sulfate shampoo.
Any product your use make sure is (No petroleum, no mineral oil, no alcohol, no paraben, no sulfate, no silicone)
using products with organic ingredients instead of natural ingredients gives your a better and healthy hair.
Not saying natural products are not good, just organic is better since there are no chemicals added.natural products usually have chemicals in them that can harm your natural hair.
2.Styling your natural hair as Black Woman
When styling your hair don’t use any product that has alcohol,silicone,sulfate, petroleum, mineral oil, or paraben all this ingredients damage your hair.
Do not use brush, brushes only make your frizzy and pull it out.
Never comb your hair when is wet, doing so just damage your cuticles and never comb it from the root down start for the ends and make your to the top.
When combing use wide tooth comb, it will detangle it better and less shedding or your can simply use your fingers.
Combing too much can break your hair off that why your need to use your fingers sometimes.
Try your best not to use heat on your hair cause heat is hair killer, if your really need to do so make sure your apply a heat Protection before applying the heat at a low temperature.
Don’t blow-drying your hair when is wet. You can let it air-dry, that will give a better result but if your got no time for air-dry. You can use a blow dry with a comb attachment at a very low temperature but always let it air-dry a little before thinking about using a blow-dryer. Gently blow dry your hair using a comb attachment, starting from the bottom and make your way to the top.
• Heat is no good for hair so after washing your hair and conditioner use paper towel to get the extra water out, it will keep the moisture in the hair and then make it air-dry. Your hair will be nice, smooth and soft.
• When using heat, use a heat protector serum. The serum usually works better on black natural hair if your try to get your hair straighten.
• If using flat iron go for ceramic or titanium, they are better for your hair less damage but if your can avoid flat irons do so.
How to keep your hair healthy as a Black Woman.
When going to bed satin cap to cover your hair and use a silk pillow cover, if your sleep on your hair without a satin cap or silk pillowcase your hair will look dry when your wake up cause cotton absolve moisture.
Avoid cotton on your hair in any means, doing so not let your hair frizz, dry or break.
• Always use satin cap and silk pillowcase will keep your hair not to dry out.
• Always moisturize your ends with serum or oil to avoid split ends and damage ends. About split ends the solo solution is to cut them.
• Use leave-in-conditioner on your hair after washing and conditioner, the more benefit it has in it the better is it. Like detangle, moisturize, Strengthen, and more. Just make sure is alcohol free.
• Oil your scalp and hair often, mostly after your apply a leave-in-conditioner this seals the moisture and it’s stay healthy and nice.
• Consider using hot oil treatments and protein treatment once or twice a month, hot oil treatment will make your hair feels amazing while protein treatment will avoid your hair being over moisturize.
Love your hair don’t put too much stress on it and don’t stress out is not good for your hair. One love sis