Caring for natural black hair is different than caring for Caucasian, Asian or Hispanic hair. Natural black hair is typically dry and it's essential to keep the hair and scalp moist. This creates healthy, shiny hair and promotes hair growth. Here are a few easy tips to help you care for natural black hair.
Things You'll Need
- Satin pillow case
Use a satin pillow case or hair wrap. Because natural black hair is dry, keeping the hair moist is vital. One way to retain moisture is to sleep on a satin pillow case. If you don't have a satin pillow case, wrap your hair in a satin hair scarf before going to bed. Cotton pillow cases and scarfs can strip moisture from the hair and produce split ends.
Apply oil to the hair and scalp. Another way to retain moisture and care for natural black hair is to apply oil to the hair and scalp daily. Castor oils applied directly to the scalp and oil sheen sprays applied to the hair provide instant sheen and softens the hair.
Wash your hair once every one to two weeks. Rather than wash natural black hair daily, it's best to wash the hair once every one to two weeks. Frequent washing can dry the hair and scalp. This causes the hair to lose moisture, which can result in breakage and split ends.
Apply a leave-in conditioner. After washing your hair, be sure to apply a leave-in conditioner. Conditioners detangle the hair, create moisture and produce manageable hair.
Use little heat. Blow drying and using hot curlers on a daily basis can damage natural black hair. That's why it's a good idea to wash the hair weekly or bi-weekly. Rather than use hot combs and curlers, apply rollers.
Eat a healthy diet. Foods such as potatoes, fruits and vegetables can strengthen the hair and promote hair growth. In addition, natural health supplements such as HairFinity can put an end to dryness, split ends and excess shedding (see Resources).