Black hair, due to its dry condition requires special care. The best techniques for minimizing breakage and promoting healthy growth have been outlined in this report.
Pre-shampoo weekly with a good oil product. Organic Virgin Coconut oil is the best pre-shampoo because it actually penetrates the hair, unlike most oils that only coat the hair. You can use this oil like a hot oil treatment, covering with a plastic cap for 30 minutes without heat (or 15 minutes with heat). Then follow with a gentle shampoo.
Shampoo weekly with a gentle product like ESSENTIOUS Exonerate Gentle Shampoo. Most people should only shampoo and rinse once. Repeating may cause excessive dryness, which can ultimately lead to breakage. While washing, massage your scalp. This will reawaken sleeping follicles and promote thicker healthier hair.
Like the protein treatment, the moisture treatment should be applied with an applicator brush paying close attention to the ends. Cover with a plastic cap and apply heat with a hooded dryer (medium heat) for 15 minutes. Once again, do not try to substitute the hooded dryer with a blow dryer. It will not have the same effect. If you have done a pre-shampoo treatment, you can skip the moisture treatment. In this case, you would apply your conditioner and leave for 5-10 minutes, then rinse.
Conditioning & Protein Treatment
You need two types of conditioners: one for protein, and the other for moisture and sealing. Or, alternatively you can have only one conditioner, and add an egg when you want to do a protein treatment. First, apply the protein treatment (ESSENTIOUS Rejuvenate Strengthening Protein Treatment). After allowing the recommended elapsed time and following the manufacturer’s instructions, rinse your hair. If you are using an egg treatment, you should not apply heat. When needed, apply the moisture treatment (ESSENTIOUS Hydrate Conditioning Treatment) following the instructions and rinse.
Now this is where all of your shampooing and conditioning treatments can either pay off or be sabotaged by damage. First of all, do not relax your hair more than once a month. Be careful not to relax hair “bone straight.” This robs the hair of its natural elasticity and causes it to break easily. Assess your hair before attempting to relax it. It may only need to be shampooed, moisturized, and straightened with a heat tool. If you must relax it, choose a mild relaxer.
Applying the relaxer:
It is best to have someone else apply the relaxer because they have a full view of your head. Before you begin, rub a generous amount of scalp protectant in your hands and apply to the entire hair shaft. Petroleum jelly can be used. Pay close attention to the ends of your hair when applying the protectant. This is to protect hair that has already been processed. Next, apply the relaxer using the manufacturer’s directions. Follow the timing chart so you do not over process your hair. Be sure to rinse out all of the relaxer with warm water. Apply a neutralizing shampoo, rinse and repeat at least three times. If there are still traces of relaxer in your hair, continue to ash until all traces have been removed. Once all traces of relaxer have been removed, apply the neutralizing shampoo to the hair again. Leave the neutralizer in for 10 minutes. It is very important that you leave the neutralizer in for 10 minutes. Do not skip this step. Next, the neutralizer can be rinsed. Now you can apply the protein treatment, and then follow with the moisture treatment as previously discussed.
Your hair needs to be moisturized daily. You will need two different types of moisturizers: water based and oil based.
Water Based Moisturizer penetrates the hair shaft, oil based moisturizer coats the hair shaft (and seals moisture in or out). To use the two effectively, you will need to apply your water based moisturizer first, then the oil based. The reason for this is that oils and other moisturizing products that contain petrolatum, lanolin, and mineral oil do not moisturize your hair effectively. Instead they seal moisture in or out of your hair. They should only be used to seal the hair and add shine. Try applying your oil moisturizer after rinsing the moisture treatment to combat dryness.
Also, to help with dryness, you need a penetrating moisturizer. The only oil that penetrates the hair shaft is coconut oil. Other oils only coat it. You can use virgin coconut oil as a daily moisturizer or a water based moisturizer.
Use a light oil moisturizer following the application of these water based moisturizer to seal moisture in the shaft.
Make sure your hair is properly moisturized before hot curling or using any heat tools. If it sounds like you are scraping your hair when you pull the iron down your hair shaft, then it is too dry. The iron should glide down the hair, and curls should be defined without using spritz or hairspray. Do apply spritz to hair before using heat tools because it will dry hair out and cause breakage. Curl hair section by section and leave curls undisturbed. Then spray a light finishing spray all over (lightly). Still, leave the curls undisturbed for at least five minutes, then style.
Braids, weaves, etc.:
False braids, waves, and even wigs can cause hair breakage. The chemicals used to make the hair can cause damage to your hair. Your hair rejects foreign substances much like every other part of your body. Also, the products will sometimes cause you to neglect your own hair and the dry condition will lead to more breakage. If you are going to wear a wig for a special occasion, make sure that you moisturize your hair first, wrap it, and put on a wig cap. However, wearing wigs daily is not recommended.
Weaves not only break your hair because of the chemicals in the false hair mixing with your own hair, but he glue used to apply then pull your hair from the roots. It cannot be emphasized enough that these products will damage your hair, so steer clear of these.
How to Grow Black Hair Its Longest
First of all, your hair care regimen should be as “hair friendly” as possible. That means you should be following the steps outlined above to minimize breakage. Second, you should increase your anagen (growth phase), which will allow you hair to grow much longer before it enters the resting and shedding phases. (Interesting Fact: While a woman is pregnant, all of her hair is locked in the growth phase. That is why a woman’s hair will grow thicker and longer while she is pregnant.) In addition, you need to address any hair problems that could be limiting your hair growth. A Microscopic Hair Analysis can identify problems that would otherwise be overlooked.
Additional Tips for Longer Hair
Scalp stimulation is a very important, yet overlooked, part of hair care. Stimulating circulation in the scalp is achieved simply by massage. This will cause more blood to go to the roots of your hair, delivering nutrients and oxygen where it is needed. This will also cause the follicles to produce hair more quickly. Massage your scalp for at least five minutes a day.
How to Massage Your Scalp
Start by pushing your whole scalp in a circular motion without bending your fingers for 30 seconds. Then move your fingers to a different area and repeat for another 30 seconds, covering the entire scalp. Next, place your fingers firmly on your scalp and rub vigorously for about 10 seconds. Cover the entire scalp in this way as well.
- Do not use rubber bands or metal clips on the hair.
- Do not brush wet hair.
- Let hair air dry whenever possible.
- Wear hair up or in a protective style whenever possible
- Extend the time between shampoos as long as possible.
- Avoid chemical processes.
- Use natural boar-bristle brushes.
- Do not use very hot water when rinsing.
- Add crushed garlic cloves to your conditioner and deep condition to prevent hair shedding.