How to care for African hair: Our top tips!

Jeanette | 21 June 2016

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African hair‘, ‘natural hair‘, ‘afro hair’: the terms are all employed interchangeably. But regardless of which one you prefer to use, we know it’s not easy to find reliable information concerning black hair care. That’s why we’ve decided to help you out by gathering up our top 5 tips for caring for natural locks. Just read on to discover our practical and helpful hints that’ll get you closer to beautiful black hair!

How to care for African hair: Top 5 tips


how to care for african hair
How to care for African hair. Credit: Dvora

1. Pick your products wisely

If you have delicate African hair that’s prone to dryness and frizz, it’s important to use products that will bring out the best in your locks to protect them. That’s why you should pick hair care products that are specifically made for dry, coarse and curly tresses. Those from the Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute range are formulated with naturally curly hair in mind, and infused with antioxidant-rich buriti oil, so they effectively nourish curly, coily and kinky locks, leaving them smooth, strong and manageable.

2. Try a pre-shampoo treatment

If used regularly, a pre-poo treatment can help reduce the drying effects of washing. Try using the VO5 Give Me Moisture Hot Oil (£4.28*) before shampooing your natural hair. It’ll help limit damage from everyday styling, like brushing and manipulation. Just warm the tube in the shower, and apply to your hair for a minute, before washing and conditioning as normal.

Hair oils are very universal products. They can be used as a conditioning treatment, a leave-in conditioner or a pre-shampoo treatment. You can actually use them to help break down product build-up in hair as well. – Unilever cretive director and head stylist Dan Lynes.

3. Make hair oils your besties

We can’t even begin to tell you how much we love hair oils, especially for African hair! These versatile products are great for adding moisture and will help limit breakage. The best thing?  There are so many ways to use hair oil: as a daily moisturiser, a detangler, a weekly treatment… we could go on all day! Don’t believe us? Check out these 5 amazing things you can do with Dove Pure Care Dry Oil!

African hair: Dove Quench Absolute Conditioner product shot
The Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute range is formulated with naturally curly hair in mind.

4. Give your hair extra TLC

African hair is more delicate than most other hair types due to its unique ‘S’ or ‘Z’ shape, meaning that it often struggles with retaining moisture, which makes it prone to brittleness and breakage. The best way to fight this is to treat your hair periodically to give it a boost in moisture and nourishment that will leave it soft, supple and healthier-looking. Trust us, you’ll soon be addicted to hair masks and treatments alike.

Leave-ins in spray forms are much more practical to use, which is why you’re more likely to use them. It’ll make your hair smell and feel really nice, too! – Dan Lynes.

5. Use a leave-in conditioner

Give your African hair a moisture top-up by using leave-in conditioners. We suggest using a spray formulation, as it’s super easy to use, which means you’ll be more likely to use it! If you’re a fan of the LOC, LOCO or LCO method, you can add it to your routine. Confused by these terms? Don’t worry: you’ll find them all in our Afro hair care dictionary!

Try: TIGI S-Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray (16.45*).

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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