Individuals with African-American hair make up only 13 percent of the United States population. But, they account for at the very least, 30% of the nation’s total hair expenditures. Why?
Because the structure of African-American hair makes it extra fragile. If you ask African-Americans about their top hair concern, most of them will answer hair loss and balding. In fact, these same reasons are among the top 5 concerns that African Americans consult with their dermatologists. Here are few tips doctors recommend to their patients with the same problem.
- Wash Hair Regularly
Wash your hair at least once a week. This will prevent possible build-up of hair care products that are drying to your hair. You don’t have the luxury to skip conditioners though. Use one every wash. Give special attention to the tips of your hair as these are the oldest and most likely, the most damaged part of your mane. Also, opt for shampoos and conditioners that contain natural ingredients. Harsh shampoos that contain sulfates, for instance, can be drying to your hair.
- Regular Treatments
Another luxury you can’t afford is skipping on is regular hair treatments. You need to regularly moisturize your hair on top of your weekly conditioners to revitalize your sensitive locks. Since thinning and balding are your top concerns, go for organic products like aromatherapy oils. A number of them have already been clinically proven to promote hair growth. Among them are lavender and rosemary. Another organic product that has been getting a lot of attention lately is Argan oil. This miracle oil from Morocco is not only good for the skin, it’s great for the hair too. Argan oil, also hailed as liquid gold, is loaded with Vitamin E that promotes hair growth and nourishes damaged hair.
- Styling By a Professional
Most African Americans want their hair relaxed. However, relaxers are damaging to the hair. In case you really want your hair relaxed, make sure a professional hair stylist will do it to minimize damage. Frequent touch ups are discouraged. Make sure new hair grows first before you schedule a touch up. Also, never apply relaxers on an already relaxed hair. On second note, you don’t actually have to be reminded of this because if you really followed this tip and really went to a professional to relax your hair, he or she wouldn’t dare apply relaxers on an already relaxed hair.
- Straighteners, Braids and Weaves
If you’re using ceramic straighteners for your hair, please use this only once a week as the heat is very damaging to your tresses. If you can use straighteners that have heat adjustments, better. Also, when you’re having your hair braided or weaved, please remind your stylist not to make them too tight. If it hurts, it means your hair is already getting damaged in the process.