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African hair – the term gives rise to a particular image of unruly and very curly hair. African hair is a gift which is commonly observed in African people but people of other ethnicities and races can also have this texture of hair. If you are one of those who is blessed with this unique yet very difficult to maintain hair texture, the following tips will help you achieve an absolutely stunning look!
Use natural, food grade oils for your hair as they are great moisturizers.
Olive oil and coconut oil are great for the hair as they make the shaft softer, moisturize the scalp, and give your hair a much more tamed look.
Olive oil is especially good at eliminating frizz and softening the hair. It also promotes hair growth and keeps the ends looking smooth and moisturized.
Heavy hair products such as hair sprays should be avoided at most times as they can weigh your hair down.
The texture of African hair is such that these products can get stuck in the hair instead of working through it.
It is very important (a rule of thumb to be precise) to condition your hair each time you wash it.
The African hair's texture does not allow the natural oils from the roots to reach the ends too easily which is why it is mandatory to restore and rejuvenate the shaft.
Wash your hair regularly because dirt and dust is more likely to get stuck in African hair but too much shampoo can strip your hair of its natural oils.
It is always recommended to use a gentle cleanser instead of sulfate based shampoos.
When combing your African hair, use a wide toothed comb because it easily goes through the hair shaft and untangles the hair.
Also, comb from root to ends.
If you want any hair treatment done for your hair such as straightening, go to a professional who understands African hair.
With these tips, you can maintain your African hair. Remember that if you want to look great, you should feel great. You can either maintain the natural texture of your African hair or braid it up. Hair straightening is also a common procedure if you feel unhappy with your texture but giving away your free looking, unique style in exchange for something so ordinary and conventional is not the best thing to do!