10 Hair Care Tips For Black, Afro-Textured Hair

When it comes to taking care of my hair, I’ve always been incredibly low maintenance. Unfortunately, this means that I am also super prone to screwing up my hair and facing the consequences time and time again.

But carelessness is your hair’s worst enemy and sometimes you learn that the hard way. I certainly have. I’m sure that my hair would be a lot longer and stronger if I didn’t forgo hair care for laziness, but I’m trying to get my act together again.

Whether you don’t like to make your hair care routine too complicated or you just want to know how to maintain the health of your hair, check out these 10 black and Afro textured hair hair care tips that are super useful whether you have your hair straightened, in a fro or anything in between.


Do you have any good black hair care tips to share? What do you do to keep your hair healthy? Are you like me and suck at all of this? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Mel Stevens

    I recommend to all the girls to try out the pro naturals hair repair system. All of the products it involves are made from argan oil with the purpose of restoring, moisturizing and keeping the hair healthy

  • Nia

    Hey, I learned something a few days ago. Olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil will NOT seal moisture into your hair. They will penetrate your hair, which is awesome for having healthy hair on the inside, but they because they seep into the hair cuticle it leaves the stands without sealant. This means that more moisture is able to leave your hair! Any other oils, like jojoba oil, tea tree oil, castor oil, grapeseed oil etc, can be used as a sealant.

    Also, WATER, WATER, WATER! Drink lots of it and put as much of it on your hair whenever it’s feasible. Water is literally the oil thing that moisturize your hair, so I try to wet my hair at least once a day. You can buy a cheap spray bottle to use, and if you don’t want to get your hair totally soaked opt for water based products. My fave is Cantu Coconut Milk Mist and Hold spray. As long is it has water as one of the first ingredients it should be fine.

    Take my advice with a grain of salt, as I am newly natural myself (4 months post BC) but everything I have explained is backed up by multiple reliable sources.

    Also, Ashley THANK YOU for this post. Gurl typically post beauty tips for girls with totally different features than me, so thank you for giving us a voice.

  • Bri

    Love this article! I’m half black and have pretty curly crazy hair, but last year in a hair salon blowout-gone-wrong, half my hair was straightened. So it’s been a year and my hair’s at this awkward curly-wavy-straight stage :/ Any tips for transitioning hair? I don’t really want a protective style though

    • nia

      i was transitioning for about 2 years before i cut all my hair off so i may have a little experience lml. For one CONDITION CONDITION CONDITION. i cant stress this enough, the straightened portion of your hair needs moisture to avoid breakage. To help make your hair look one texture i would suggest using bantu knots,flexi rods,or rollers in your hair. You also need to cut your hair reguarly,about every 1-2 months. Protein treatments can also help prevent breakage in the straightened hair. i know you don’t want transitioning styles but they do help prevent breakage and damage even if its a bun or just pinning your hair up. hope i could help!

  • Kym

    Great article! 🙂

  • curly girl

    I have hair just like this, but I’m white. Hair and skin color aren’t necessarily related. Most of the time they are, but sometimes, like in my case, they’re not.

    • Nan

      You have hair you THINK is similar to it but if you are 100% Caucasian with no African in your family then no, you don’t have afro hair.