About Afro Textured Hair
Natural or chemically relaxed black hair tends to be dry and to tangle or become matted. In these states, our hair is very likely to split or break. De-tangling conditioners and moisturizers serve two purposes: They separate our hair more easily from its tangled state, making it easier for us to comb without ripping or breaking our hair. They also add back in essential moisture to make hair more resilient and elastic, thereby preventing further breakage.
Black Hair and Scalp Problems
Black hair care must also cater to hair or scalp problems that most will experience at some point. Hair problems such as breakage, dryness, shedding, thinning, and slow growth can be caused by different things. By avoiding products with sodium laureth sulfate, petroleum, and lanolin we can help our hair to grow longer and healthier. These products are made with cheap ingredients and will not help your hair grow to its actual length. Scalp problems can be caused by bacteria, fungus, and other reasons. Dandruff, for example is caused by more cells being shed from the scalp. It is associated with a yeast present at all times. The yeast will grow more quickly when dandruff occurs. Scalp itch can be caused by various problems such as fungal infections like ringworm. Fungal and bacterial infections of the skin need to be treated by a doctor with oral medication. Most topical shampoos, creams, and oils will not cure scalp conditions.
Breakage is caused by damage to the hair's cortex. This type of damage causes the hair to become fragile and break easily. Chemical processing can cause high porosity and low elasticity, both of which can lead to breakage. In addition to this using harsh shampoos, which strip the hair can lead to further breakage.
Dryness is caused by sebum being stripped from the hair shaft. Black hair is dry naturally and must be moisturized regularly. Most oils and moisture products do not effectively moisturize black hair, because it cannot penetrate the hair shaft. Only water based moisturizers and coconut oil can penetrate the hair shaft. Other oil products simply coat the hair giving it a look of moisture. However, the hair is still dry and susceptible to breakage.
Shedding is a normal process. This type of shedding can be caused by stress, hormonal changes, diet, or scalp conditions. To stop shedding immediately, garlic can be used on the scalp to tighten the pores and prevent the hair from shedding. To use garlic for shedding, simply blend garlic with your favorite conditioner until it is a paste. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair and cover with a plastic cap. Leave in for an hour before washing.
Though no hair is exactly the same, natural hair is most commonly curly/ kinky in its natural state. Many Black women are afraid to share this beautiful gift with the world because they were led to believe that Black hair is ugly. REALLY? Well I have great news. With care and choosing the style that is right for your hair type you can destroy that myth.