Black Hair Care: 3 Things You Should Know About Natural Hair
By Daphene Baines-Saunders, Contributing Writer
These series of articles entitled, "Black Hair Care: Things You Should know about Natural Hair," are provided by our oldest daughter, Daphene Baines-Saunders. Daphene has been concerned about her hair for years - dandruff, dryness, and breakage. She decided to do away with the relaxer and go natural a couple years back.
We are proud that Daphene has created a number of Youtube videos about her concern with natural hair care. Please click here to view her videos. We are sharing this article with you, in the spirit of Christian health for especially Black women.
Below are three ideas regarding care for natural hair:
1. Your hair is a part of your body. The way you treat your body will reflect in your hair. If your body is starved of nutrients, your hair will be starved also. Your body will sacrifice your hair and nails, before any other systems in your body.
If you experience high levels of stress, you can shift your hair into premature rest mode, causing large amounts of shedding. It’s ok for your hair to shed a little, but not excessively. On average, most people shed 100 strands a day (mayoclinic.com).
2. Your hair needs moisture. You should moisturize your hair with water and/or water-based products, at least once every other day. Oils, such as olive, jojoba, and coconut are great ways to seal in moisture.
I fill a water bottle with water and a few drops of glycerin, which fights frizz, and spray on my hair daily. I do this, when it’s curly, and rub a few drops of olive oil on my palms to smooth and seal the moisture in my hair.
3. Split ends grow to become broken shafts. Getting your hair trimmed regularly, and not using tools that are prone to break your ends (such as old or small bobby pins, certain rubber bands, and small combs) can help prevent the development of split ends.
It is suggested that you get your hair trimmed (just getting the ends clipped to remove split ends and any bad tangles) once every two to three months (womenshair.about.com) as you work on your natural black hair care.
Please note that all the information shared is from my personal experience. I am not affiliated with any brands recommended nor am I endorsing any specific products.
Conclusion: The above three ideas should help people who are concerned about natural black hair care. Hair care is a part of Christian health.
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