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  • Do Your Own Hair: How to Care for Black Hair

    Do Your Own Hair: How to Care for Black Hair

    Without the right care, Black hair may become fragile, dry, or damaged. There are many ways to keep the hair healthy and hydrated while reducing the risk of breakage.

    Washing weekly

     

    The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends washing tightly coiled hair once a week or less. Washing more frequently can remove care products and some sebum, possibly drying out the scalp and hair.

    People with scalp conditions, such as seborrheic dermatitis, or dandruff, may need to wash their hair more often. A dermatologist may recommend washing twice a week, for example.

    Scalp Exfoliating Brush reduces dandruff unclog pores that can lead to dandruff. For even better results, massage the scalp with TAIAO Hair Growth Elixir. 

    Scalp exfoliating brushes help to remove the build-up of old skin cells and products that can lead to an itchy, flaky scalp and that telltale dandruff. Every time you massage your scalp, you distribute your hair’s natural oils evenly, giving your scalp that much-needed moisture that will reduce itchiness.

    Bringing a scalp exfoliating brush into your hair care routine has a whole bunch of benefits for your health, your head, and, of course, your hair!

     

     

     

     

    Deep Conditioning

     

    In addition to using a conditioner with each wash, a person might try a deep conditioning or oil treatment once or twice a month. This adds moisture to the hair.

    After shampooing, apply a deep conditioner or natural oil, such as castor oil, to the hair and scalp. Wrap the hair in a warm towel and leave it for up to 30 minutes.

    When using natural oil, choose one that melts at body temperature. This prevents the need to heat the oil ahead of time.

    A person might need to experiment to find the
    right oil for their hair, but some options include:

     

    Combing while the hair is wet

     

    Curly hair can tangle easily, making it prone to break while brushing. For this reason, it is best not to comb textured hair when it is dry. Instead:

    • Apply a moisturizer or a leave-in conditioner while the hair is wet.
    • Divide the hair into sections.
    • Comb each section with a wide-toothed or detangling comb, using gentle strokes and focusing on the ends of the hair first.
    • Gradually move up the hair shaft until each section is detangled.

    A person can use a spray bottle filled with water to dampen the hair if it is not already wet.

    Reducing friction during sleep

    Movement during sleep can rub the hair and cause damage. Also, some fabrics can absorb moisture from the hair and scalp.

    To avoid these issues, it may be a good idea to:

    • Remove any tight hand bands before bed.
    • Use a smooth, silk or satin hair wrap to reduce friction.
    • Use a silk or satin pillowcase

     

    Summary

     

    Black hair is diverse and versatile. Tightly coiled hair can be prone to dryness and breakage, so treating the hair gently and boosting the level of moisture is key to keeping it healthy.

    Be cautious of products, treatments, or styles that pull on the scalp or weaken the hair. Anyone who finds that their hair is growing weaker, thinning, or excessive shedding may benefit from consulting a doctor, such as a dermatologist, who is well-versed in Black hair care.

     

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