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.
Wide Tooth Combs Are Your BFFFingers are your best tools for detangling your hair, but if you must use a comb, go for a wide tooth comb. Also, only detangle your hair when it's wet! Source: Shutterstock
Avoid Products That Contain SulfatesMost shampoos list "sodium laureth sulfate" as a main ingredient. If you see this on your shampoo bottle, consider buying a new one. Sulfates are very harsh and can strip your hair of its natural oils. If you have black/afro textured hair, you probably don't shampoo often anyway (it's not necessary). So make sure that when you do that you're using a shampoo that is sulfate free. Source: Amazon.com
Deep Condition RegularlyIdeally you should deep condition your hair every two weeks, but that can be easier said than done. Get the most out of your deep condition by applying a penetrating conditioner or hair mask to your hair. Throw on a shower cap and hang out for 45 minutes before rinsing it out. Your hair will feel orgasmic, I swear. Source: Shutterstock
Use Household Items To Moisturize Your HairWant to moisturize your locks? Do you think your hair needs a deep condition? Use some food items that you have around the house to do the trick. Olive oil is a great moisturizer. And if you want to make a homemade deep conditioner, mix some mayo, honey and olive oil and slather your hair with it. Yogurt and avocado are also great for your hair. It might sound unappetizing and sort of gross to cover your head with food, but your hair will thank you. Source: Shutterstock
Seal In The MoistureAfter using a moisturizing leave-in conditioner, make sure that you seal in the moisture by applying some oil or an oil based hair cream/butter. Source: Shutterstock
Beware Of Using Too Much Heat On Your HairHeat damage is real, y'all. Using a flat iron or a blow dryer on it every day can really fry your hair, making it brittle and causing some serious breakage. Limit your use of heat on your hair and make sure that you use heat protecting spray. Source: Shutterstock
Consider A Protective StyleProtective styles are hair styles that will give your hair a break from daily wear and tear and the elements. Anything from too much styling to dry weather can lead to damage and breakage and we really don't want that, do we? They're also great if you're super low maintenance about your hair. Consider getting braids, rocking a high buns or even wearing a weave for a little bit. (Also, how dope does Solange look in this photo? I'm in love.) Source: Photo Wenn
Wrap Your Hair At NightThis is my biggest hair flaw: I suck at wrapping my hair at night. By the time I'm ready to go to bed, the health of my hair is the last thing on my mind. But trust me: You have to start doing this. If you just flop into bed, your pillow is going to absorb all the oil in your hair. This will leave your hair really dry and, if your hair is anything like mine, your hair is already dry enough and doesn't need anymore help on that front. Also, consider buying a satin pillow case to sleep on. Source: MsVcharles on Youtube
Just Because It's In The Black Hair Section Doesn't Mean It's Right For YouThese sections are so exciting, right? I go to Target and just marvel at all the black hair products marketed towards me, especially now that there are options that use natural and organic ingredients. But as enticing as this stuff is, it isn't automatically going to work well in your hair. Everyone's hair is different, so don't assume that you've hit the jackpot just yet. Source: SportyAfros.com
Listen To Your HairJust because you've read amazing reviews for a product or your friend has a great technique that she swears by, that doesn't mean that it is right for your locks. If you just bought a new product and aren't happy with the results, continuing to use it and hoping for the results you want is a waste of time. Listen to your hair! It knows what it likes and when it knows what it likes you'll know it, too! Source: Shutterstock
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!