Top tips on caring for Afro hair

May 17, 2017

Kinky, wiry, curly or coarse afro hair? We know that caring for your tresses takes a lot of patience and time. Follow some of these simple tips to make haircare a little bit easier:

  1. Avoid over washing afro or curly hair to help it retain its moisture. When the time does come to wash it use warm, rather than hot, water. Right at the very end use cool water to close down the cuticle and make the hair appear shinier and smoother.
  2. Washing the hair everyday will strip away natural oils and dry out the scalp. Always use a natural gentle shampoo and conditioner because some ingredients, like parabens and sulphates, in harsh products can cause dryness and frizziness. Some people like to 'co-wash' in-between shampoos, which is when you bypass the shampoo and use only conditioner to help retain moisture, cleanse the hair and reduce tangles.
  3. Wrap your wet hair in a cotton t-shirt instead of a towel to protect the dry ends from snapping. The gentle fibres of a cotton T-shirt won't aggravate the hair in the same way as a regular towel.
  4. Try not to overhandle wet hair. Use your fingers as a comb to de-tangle and then follow on with a wide gapped-tooth comb so you don't accidentally tug on your tresses and cause hair breakages. This is especially important when handling childrens' hair because kids can become easily upset by all the tugging -- start by combing through small sections if the hair is particularly thick and knotty. If it starts to dry, spritz it with a bit more water to help you comb through the tangles and always begin combing at the ends and move up towards the roots.
  5. Avoid applying too many styling products, which can cause a build-up on the hair, weigh down curls and leave it feeling sticky and greasy to the touch.
  6. Keep it simple - try a light Vitamin E enriched oil once a week after shampoo and conditioning to soften, nourish, smooth and eliminate frizz.

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