Black Hair Care: 4 More 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" is provided by our oldest daughter, Daphene Baines-Saunders. It is being shared with you because of its relation to Christian health.

In our previous article, we shared that 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.

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Below are four ideas regarding care for natural hair:

1. Healthy scalps = Healthy hair. Your hair grows out of your scalp. If your scalp has build-up, it can slow hair growth. If you have dandruff issues and constantly scratch and dig in your scalp, you are damaging the roots of your hair!

Using clarifying shampoos (such as Castille Soap or V05 Clarifying Shampoo) and avoiding heavy/harmful products such as sulfur, mineral oil, and petroleum will aid in keeping your scalp healthy and clean. Certain essential oils, such as tea tree oil, also help keep your scalp clean and moisturized.

2. Wash your hair. Unlike our relaxed sisters, we don’t have to wait two to four weeks to wash our hair. In fact, washing your hair at least once a week is recommended. Washing and conditioning your hair reduces build up, helps your hair grow, and helps to prevent dandruff.

3. Detangle, detangle, detangle. You can’t yank brushes and combs through your hair. Yes, it’s nappy, but that doesn’t mean you should punish your hair or give yourself a headache.

Investing in a shampoo comb (a large wide tooth comb designed to detangle hair while washing) and a detangling brush will prove beneficial, as you work to retain growth.

While conditioning, it is suggested to use a detangling brush (I love the Denman brush, but have friends who swear by the Tangle Teezer) to detangle hair from end to root and then place in four to ten braids/twists to keep from retangling.

4. Protein isn’t just for muscles. Mayonnaise, eggs, and protein-rich conditioners (such as MegaTek) are great sources of protein for your hair.

Protein strengthens your hair shaft, helps in length retention, and can add to your hair’s thickness. While protein treatments are great for growth, they can lead to excessive shedding, if used too much.

To avoid drying and excessive shedding, I would recommend using such treatments once a month and following this treatment with a deep conditioner and/or hot oil treatment.

Conclusion: The above four ideas should help people who are concerned about natural black hair care. Christian health includes hair care.

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