Most African American women complain about hair loss and thinning as their main challenges regarding their hair. Although African American hair is more prone to damage and injury due to its fragile nature, you can do something to reverse this trend. Consider the following tips:
- You should use a conditioner each time you wash your hair. Ensure the ends of your hair are covered with the conditioner since this is the most fragile part of the hair being also the oldest.
- Create the habit of washing your hair at least once a week to eliminate hair care products that may be responsible for drying your hair.
- Before styling your hair, use a heat protecting product to wet your hair and minimize heat damage.
- Practice hot oil treatment for your hair at least twice a month; this will add extra moisture to your hair besides increasing elasticity.
- Be cautious about the use of hair relaxers. If you want to minimize hair damage, they relaxers should be applied by an expert hairstylist. Additional touch-ups should only be done after two to three months. And you should not apply relaxers to hair that had already been relaxed.
Although African American hair is fragile and usually dry, you can keep it healthy and shiny by practicing co-washing regularly.