The African-American Style Guide

Tips for Keeping Your Hair Looking and Feeling Its Best

Some people are born with naturally soft and silky hair, whereas others may need to put in some effort to get their hair to look and feel its best and to stay that way over time. Very often, the way you treat and style your hair and the products you use for it will affect its overall appearance and even how it feels to the touch. Note a few tips for keeping your hair looking and feeling its best, no matter its texture or natural condition.

Drying

Hairs on your head are actually made from many strands that join at the tip; when you get split ends, these strands have separated, and your hair looks fuzzy and frizzy. Blow drying your hair from the ends of the strands toward the scalp can encourage that splitting, and your hair then looks unhealthy. Instead, aim the dryer from the scalp to the ends of the hair so that they don't split.

Also, use a wide-toothed comb to comb out your hair while it's still wet, rather than a brush. Wet hair is very heavy, and a brush will pull at it and possibly pull the hair out, or separate those strands, causing unsightly split ends.

Chemicals

Chemicals on the hair can easily damage those delicate strands; these chemicals include colouring, relaxers and the like. If you must chemically treat your hair, note that the hairdressing supplies your hairdresser uses will usually be gentler on the hair and higher quality than the products you buy at a mass market retailer, and they may also have more active ingredients that work more effectively. In turn, you may need to have your hair treated less often when you visit a hairdresser versus applying these chemicals yourself, so leave these treatments to professionals in order to protect your hair.

Styling

Pulling your hair back tightly, such as for a ponytail, can weaken and damage the roots, and the hair may get thin and brittle. Adding a lot of styling product can mean that you need to wash your hair more thoroughly and more often to get the hair clean, and this can mean stripping the hair of natural oils that keep it soft and silky. Heat, such as from rollers, curling irons and hairdryers, can also strip the hair of natural oils and cause dryness and frizzy hair. Try learning a natural way of styling your hair that doesn't involve so much damage, and leave the hair untouched as often as possible.


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