Whether it is natural, relaxed, or braided. The key to healthy, beautiful hair is moisture and gentle treatment. Without these, black hair can become dry and brittle.
Whether it is natural, relaxed, or braided. The key to healthy, beautiful hair is moisture and gentle treatment. Without these, black hair can become dry and brittle. Caring for black hair takes a little bit of extra effort, but the soft, silky, and healthy results are worth it.
Moisturize the ends of your hair. You can use a moisturizing serum, or you can use a natural oil, such as coconut oil, castor oil, or olive oil. This will help prevent your hairfrom getting dry, snagging on things, and breaking. It will also help prevent split or damaged ends.
Wash your hair once every 1 to 2 weeks. The more often you wash your hair, the more you strip it of its moisture. This results in dry, brittle hair. You should wash your hair every 7 to 10 days, but you can get away with washing it once every 14 days.This will help prevent dryness and product buildup.
Consider washing your hair with just conditioner every 3 to 5 days. This is also known as "co-washing." It will help moisturize your hair, and keep it manageable. You can help further seal the moisture in with a natural oil of your choosing.
- Step things up a bit by using a deep conditioning mask once a week to twice a month.
- Focus the conditioner on the ends of your hair; avoid applying it to your scalp. Applying conditioner to your scalp will cause your hair to appear greasy.
Use a moisturizing conditioner with lightweight, essential oils. Oils like grape seed oil, are more easily absorbed by hair than products like lanolin, which will only clog and weigh hair down. Lightweight oils will moisturize your hair and make it shiny, but they won't weight it down.
Don't use products that contain silicones and sulfates. Silicones are great for making hair nice and smooth, but they can only be removed with sulfates, a harsh cleaning agent that leads to dry hair. If you don't remove the silicones from your hair properly, your hair will get too much build-up, and end up looking dull, greasy, and lanky.
- Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make your hair nice and silky without using silicones, including nourishing masks and coconut oil. These products are easily washed out of your hair, without any dryness or brittleness.
- Or consider using products with water soluble silicones which gives your hair all the benefits of regular silicones (ex: controlling frizz, adding shine etc.) without blocking the hair’s cortex with difficult to remove product build up. Water soluble silicones can be removed without using harsh sulfates and also easily removed when co-washing the hair with gentle conditioners. Our Honey Thyme and Lime Hair Liquid is the perfect product solution incorporating water soluble silicone.
Consider “pre-pooing” your hair which is a process of treating the hair with a blend of conditioners, botanicals and oils usually overnight or at least a couple of hours before Shampooing the hair. This treatment promotes retaining moisture to the hair cuticles and strengthens the hair getting it ready for manipulation during the shampoo, conditioning and styling process. Stay tuned for our new Honey Thyme and Lime Pre-Sham Product release!
Consider using products with "organic" ingredients over products with "natural" ingredients. Organic products are strictly regulated from farming to harvesting. This means that ingredients such as avocado, coconut, and shea were grown without the use of toxic chemicals, antibiotics, and pesticides that are harmful to humans and animals. These toxic chemicals can potentially harm your hair.
- The term "natural" is used very loosely by corporations. An orange soda can be natural because it has an orange flavoring that once shared a compound of a fruit. High fructose corn syrup is considered "natural" just like "petroleum."