When it comes to washing hair many believe that washing our hair daily is healthy but studies have found that it is the opposite. When you wash your hair on a daily basis it loses the natural oils and this may end up damaging the scalp which in turn can damage the health of our hair. Washing your hair once or twice a week helps prevent dryness as well as product build up.
2. Use a Moisturizing Conditioner and Essential Oils
Essential oils such as olive oil, castor oil among others help natural hair become healthier and will help black hair look shiny. These oils are normally very good for the hair and also helps in the growth and maintenance of natural hair. They also help the natural hair become manageable while combing.
3. A Wide Tooth Comb
Natural black hair tends to be very bulky at times and using small toothed combs tends to be a really bad idea as this cuts your hair and will more than likely damage the hair roots. In addition, (just like washing your hair) one should avoid combing the hair on a daily basis. You can simply comb your black hair using their hands but if you must comb your hair every day - use a wide tooth comb.
When it comes to natural hair, most can be managed while still wet which will also help you keep your hair healthy. If it’s styling of Bantu knots you can easily tie them without having to straighten the hair. However, if heat is required we recommend that you use very low heat to help keep your hair from getting damaged.
5. Avoid wearing High-Stress Hairstyles for prolonged Periods
We all love creating tight pony tails and tight braids because they look amazing; however, they tend to place a lot of stress on your hair that can cause damage. With time, the hair tends to create crimps and can breakage in the hair as well as loss of hairline. This can also bring about the thinning of follicles which may lead to thinning along the hairlines. Although braiding your hair on occasion is certainly fine for short periods of time but we recommend that you don't make this a habit.
A better solution if you love these styles is using protective techniques when doing cornrows, braids or even weaves that don’t necessarily have to hurt. As a rule of thumb, if it hurts when you braid your hair then you know that it is too tight and is damaging your hair. You should also avoid the use of rubber bands while styling hair as they can damage the hair as well. We advise using a pony tail holder without a metal clip.
6. Opt for Sewn-In Weaves to glued-in weaves
The sewn-in weaves tend to be better as one doesn’t have to use the glue when it comes to the attachment of the weaves. The glued-in weaves tend to easily rip out of your hair when it's being removed, thus causing more damage to the hair.
In conclusion, black hair is not impossible to manage with these techniques. All hair is different and some people have really thick hair, others are curly - all have their own uniqueness.