Ethnic hair or black hair requires special care and attention. This is because it tends to get dry, brittle and is prone to premature greying which can remove the lustre from your hair. Asians are blessed with good hair genes, which makes their hair more easily manageable.
The same cannot be said about African Americans who regularly struggle to keep their unruly locks in order. African American hair is also more prone to tangles and breakage due to its coarse texture. With these simple hair care and growth tips, you too can give your ethnic, black locks a beautiful glow.
Various Hair Care Tips
Never downplay the importance of oiling and massaging ethnic or black hair. An effective hot oil treatment will nourish your hair from the roots and give your hair a healthy glow.Oil will also promote hair growth. Use virgin coconut oil, which tends to work best on black hair. Warm it and massage it well into the roots. Wrap a hot towel around your head so that the oil seeps in deep into your scalp.
Washing And Conditioning
Specially formulated shampoos are available for black hair. Use these not more than once or twice a week as excessive shampooing can dry out your hair and make them prone to breakage. Massage your scalp while washing as it weakens the hair follicles and promotes good blood circulation.
Top it up with a nourishing and protecting hair conditioner. Protein based hair conditioners are essential for growth of ethnic hair. You will also need one with loads of moisture for sealing of the hair cuticle. If protein based conditioners are not available, apply the white of an egg before shampooing and conditioning.
Wash With Tepid Water
Always wash black or African American hair with tepid or warm water. Hot water will only make them drier. Use cold water as a last rinse as it helps to flatten the hair cuticle at its shaft and makes your hair shinier.
Restrict The Use Of ‘hot’ Treatments
Never use curling irons, blow dryers and harsh chemical treatments on ethnic hair. This causes the hair to become severely coarse and brittle and hence prone to breakage. Restrict their use to special occasions only.
Follow A Healthy Lifestyle
Make sure you do moderate amounts of exercise on a daily basis as it promotes good blood circulation to the scalp. Eat a nourishing diet that is high on protein, vitamins and minerals for strong, thick and lustrous hair. Unhealthy eating habits are one of the biggest reasons for poor quality hair.
Get Regular Trims
If you want your hair to grow out well, go in for regular trims once every 2 months. This will prevent split ends and make your hair grow out faster.
Invest In Hair Care Tools
Make sure you are using the right brushes and combs for your hair. This will allow effective and easy brushing without causing hair breakage. A wide toothed comb is ideal for smoothening the hair just after you have washed them.