Black hair has mesmerized people for years, and one has seen it oozing charm when sleek, straight, braided, or when long and curly. Black hair is also beautiful when worn long, short, or cropped, and people who are not naturally blessed with black hair go to the extent of using black color to achieve the look! However, it needs extra care and styling.
Oiling and Hair Wash
Always massage your scalp on a regular basis. This will stimulate oil production, and also help to reduce the dryness of your hair. For those who have extremely dry hair, oil your scalp after shampooing, and as your hair is still moist, massage the oil into the scalp. Then gently brush out the oil to the ends of your hair.
Try to shower with warm water, as hot water can dry and cause an irritation to the scalp. Yet another tip when you wash your hair would be to wash it only in one direction. This would avoid your hair from being tangled.
Having a hair bath daily is a strict no-no. Daily shampooing strips the natural oil from your hair. Natural black hair is known to be low on moisture content. Therefore, it requires more care than any other kind of hair.
Brushing and Handling
Once you finish shampooing, always be sure that you rinse your hair thoroughly. This would ensure you do not have any residue left in the hair. Never rub your hair harshly with a towel. Always use it gently or let it dry naturally.
If possible, stay away from the use of heat treatment and such other processes unless if absolutely necessary, as this can cause more dryness in your hair. Most of such treatments tend to strip off all the natural oil, and also cause the hair to lose its natural texture.
Hair Care Products
The requirements of black hair are different than other kinds of hair. They also tend to be less dense as compared to other hair. Therefore, look for products that offer better hair growth, and are gentle on your hair. Use natural hair care products that have minimum use of chemicals as compared to others.
Try to use shampoos with a low pH. Shampoos that have a high pH tend to dry out hair. When you condition your hair, try to comb it out using your fingers first. Then use a wide-toothed comb from the bottom up, in order to avoid breaking too many strands of hair.
Gels can prove to be a good option for molding the hair and giving it shape. Therefore, choose non-greasy formulas that always give a healthy sheen to the hair.