Date: Fri, 24 May 2013 10:09:24 +0200
- Daily Beauty
Beauty Tips: Black Hair Care
A Little TLC
All hair takes a certain amount of care and love to be healthy and beautiful. However, ethnic hair tends to be a bit more temperamental and requires additional steps. Taking the time to understand the differences between ethnic, or black, hair, and European hair textures is important for both hair stylists and consumers. Products and hair care techniques are not made equal, and the informed consumer is the happy consumer.
A Different Version of Clean
Non-black or ethnic hair textures typically hold oil within their strands a bit easier; therefore washing becomes a daily or bi-daily activity. However, with black hair everyday washing risks stripping the hair of essential oils needed to be healthy and shiny, and leads to dry hair. Black hair needs to only be washed every 5-7 days, depending on the relative level of oil left in the hair. Some people might feel that this leaves the hair open to dirt and flakes. However, dirt tends to take longer to form in ethnic hair textures because of the oil deficit in the hair follicle. Finding the right hair washing rhythm for you is important to ensure continued hair health.
Many people with black hair prefer to apply a relaxer to reduce tight curls for a more manageable straight strand. However, this process can be very difficult on the hair and causes considerable damage, especially excessive breakage and dryness. Learning how to chemically relax the hair is an art, which you should only entrust to a knowledgeable hair stylist. No-lye relaxers are the standard today, yet these relaxers should still be very carefully applied to avoid burning and achieve optimum straightening.
Growing Your Hair Out
Black hair is slower to grow than other types of hair. Therefore it is important to massage the scalp and use products to promote a healthy scalp. Many products are available to promote hair growth. Products containing olive oil, petroleum oil, and other natural oils stimulate the follicle and promote a healthy growth pattern. Black hair is typically more dense, so it has a more difficult time absorbing the oil from the scalp, which is necessary to promote continued growth.
To Heat or Not
Heat is often very detrimental to many hair types. However, for people with black or ethnic hair textures, it can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Most people with ethnic hair textures have figured out that a little heat can often leave the hair looking beautifully straight and shiny. However the damage caused to insufficiently moisturized hair by heat can leave it extremely dry and brittle. Black hair should be exposed to heat as little as possible, perhaps only once a week for straightening. The hair should be protected from excessive sun exposure and heat styling.
Karen Gibson, B.A., M.S.W., is a freelance writer with 20 years of writing experience who is passionate about nutrition and outdoor sports. She specializes is writing articles promoting a healthy lifestyle. Her work has been published in Backpacker magazine as well as on numerous national websites.
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