Black girls usually have problems taming frizz due to the texture of their hair. Here is a step-by-step guide to turning your unruly hair into your “best hair day” every day.Make Sure to Wash Your Hair Twice a Week – Contrary to popular belief that hair should be shampooed and washed every day, doing so will only strip your hair of its natural moisture thus, resulting in dry and brittle hair. By washing your hair once or twice a week, the natural oil in your hair is retained. If you can’t find a shampoo and conditioner that is targeted for ethnic hair, you can choose a deep moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for dry hair. If you want to wash your hair more often, make sure to dilute your shampoo with water, as too much shampooing can make your hair extremely dry. You can also just use a conditioner without shampoo every other day, to give your hair a break from the hair drying effects of shampoo.
Choose Products with Conditioning Properties or Essential Oils – Nowadays, hair care products for black women are now infused with lightweight essentials for added moisturization. Check hair care products for the ingredient “Lanolin”. Lanolin is known to clog hair follicles and just weigh hair down. A great hair oil is grapeseed oil, which is easily absorbed by thick hair. Also, watch out for ingredients such as silicones and sulfates. Too much of these ingredients can create too much product build-up that could end up making hair looking dull, kinky and greasy. Remember, natural ingredients are better than synthetic ones.
Steps to follow after a shampoo and conditioner
Detangling your hair after your shampoo and conditioner is a task even if you have short hair. Following the step by step guide can help you for the detangling step through to the styling process.
Comb Your Hair Using a Wide Tooth Comb – Avoid hair brushes since they will only make your hair frizzy. The best way to comb hair is by using a wide tooth comb. Make sure to always start from the ends of your hair first, not straight down from the roots. Slightly damp hair is also easier to comb as opposed to hair that is completely dry.
Avoid Heat Styling – If you are the type of person who loves using hairdryers or hair straighteners every day, your hair might be more susceptible to breakage and dryness. If you cannot avoid using heat styling tools, make sure to choose the lowest temperature setting. You can use Argan oil as a heat protectant. Not only does it protect hair, it nourishes and adds shine to your hair. Not all heat styling stools are the same. Choose ceramic heat styling tools rather than metal ones. They are much gentler to your hair.
Go Natural Once in a While – if you have weaves, braids or cornrows, it’s a good idea to occasionally not style your hair and just leave it as it is to lessen the strain to your hair. If you are not confident with your hair, you can wrap a scarf or wear a headband. Using a hair clip would be cute too.
Use a Silk or Satin Pillow Case – using these types of pillowcases are know to help hair stay healthy and prevent dryness, breakage and even frizz.
Everyone has their own method that works for them. If you are new to the natural hair care, then try this Step by Step Guide on Hair Care for black women until you work out a process that suits you best.