Black Hair Care: More Ideas for 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 sharing this article with you, because hair care is important to Christian health for especially Black Christian women.

We are proud that Daphene has created a number of Youtube videos about her concern with natural hair care. Please please click here to view her videos.

Below are three more ideas regarding care for natural hair:

1. Protection is key. Protective styles (such as buns, braids, sew-ins, and twists) are your friend! Wearing your hair down exposes your hair to toxins, makes it susceptible to breakage, and causes it to tangle faster. While it’s fun to wear your hair down, it’s also beneficial to wear protective styles more often than wearing them down, especially during extreme weather.

2. Leash the heat. If you are concerned with black hair care, please remember that one of the greatest things about having natural hair is its flexibility. We are not limited to an afro, nor are we limited to a bob or a curl. However, we should remember that heat is damaging to your hair.

When blow-drying and/or straightening your natural hair, you should use a heat protectant (some great ones are grapeseed oil, 911 heat protectant, and It’s a 10!). You should also minimize the amount of heat you put on your hair, by using lower heat settings, air drying, when possible, and limiting flat ironing and blow drying to once a week, if possible.

You should also remember that your curl is like a rubber band, the more you straighten it, the more you distort your pattern. It’s like pulling the rubber band straight - it will bounce back, but over time, it will lose its shape.

3. Your hair is your hair. Not everyone will like your natural hair, just like not everyone liked your relaxed hair. You have to remember that your hair is just that - hair. It’s not a political tool, it’s not a social manipulator, or a definition of your character. Your appearance is important, but your hair is just a part of your overall look.

Experiment with different hairstyles, and find the ones that are the most flattering on you. What looks great on the natural sister at work, might look horrible on you. But don’t fret, you can go home, wash it out, and try something else. All and all, you have to be comfortable with who you are, regardless of how your hair looks. Growth takes time and patience. Treat your hair the way you would a prized plant.

Water it (keep it moisturized), feed it (give it protein), and be careful where you place it and how often you repot it (style and expose it with 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. For especially Black Christian women, hair care is an important part of Christian health.

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