5 Simple tips to better, healthier-looking natural hair.
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No one can deny how beautiful and unique black hair is. But because of its weaker molecular structure, it requires a greater degree of maintenance. Natural locks are delicate, susceptible to dryness and prone to damage, which means that they need a lot of TLC. That’s why women with this hair type may find it difficult to deal with these all-too-familiar problems on a daily basis. So if you’re looking for ways to tackle these issues, look no further. We’ve come up with 5 simple black hair care tips that’ll help you keep your locks in tip-top shape!
5 Black hair care tips for a healthy-looking mane
1. It’s all about moisture
The weak molecular structure of black hair often makes it feel rough, dry and brittle. Although there’s no magic solution that’ll help you get rid of these problems entirely, following the right practices can, however, reduce them. And keeping your locks moisturised by following the L.O.C. (or L.C.O.) method can really help you keep dryness at bay.
L.O.C. is an abbreviation for leave-in, oil and cream. And the way they’re written in dictates the order you should apply them in to get the most effective results. However, this procedure can be quite time-consuming; so to make it on-the-go friendly, we’ve made it less complex. Simply apply a 10p-sized dollop of the Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum (£6.99*) to your hair to help soften it, then coat your ends with the Alberto Balsam Smooth & Sleek Nourishing Oil (£3.99*) to seal in some moisture. Follow this process daily or every other day for more hydrated, healthier-looking locks in no time!
2. Shampoo less, condition more
Because black hair is more prone to dryness than any other hair type, it won’t need washing quite as often. So judge carefully how often you actually need to wash with shampoo, and make sure the products you’re using are specifically formulated to meet the specific needs of your hair type. Also try using a conditioner within the same product line, as it’ll better complement your shampoo to work as a complete treatment package. Incorporating a deep-conditioning treatment that contains either protein or moisture-boosting elements can also help to keep your locks in tip-top shape.
Tip: if you’re an avid gym-goer, try spritzing dry shampoo on your roots before the work out to help absorb sweat, and follow up with a co-wash.
3. Choose the right brush and perfect your technique
Depending on your curl pattern, brushing black hair can be a battle that usually ends in one of two ways: breakage, or even more breakage. Nobody likes the sight of their locks falling off, so in order to minimise damage, consider buying a brush that suits your hair type and perfect your technique. If detangling isn’t your thing, try misting a softening spray or leave-in conditioner, like TRESemmé Oleo Radiance Bi-Phase Conditioning Mist (£6.99*), on your mane (dry or damp) before slowly brushing from the bottom up. This is vital to your hair care routine, as it helps reduce damage and breakage while also making the process less painful.
4. Cut down on the heat
No matter your hair type, an extended use of heat will eventually cause damage and breakage. While we aren’t asking you to stop using heated appliances forever, it’s worth making a conscious effort to try and use them less often – and remember to always use a heat protectant prior to styling.
5. Minimise friction
Hair friction is normal, and anything, from playing with your locks to just leaving them loose while you’re sleeping, can make it worse. And since black hair is naturally fragile, it is more susceptible to friction and tangling, which can inevitably lead to breakage. So in order to reduce these problems, make sure you treat your locks with a lot of care by wearing protective hairstyles and sleeping with a satin bonnet or on a satin pillowcase.
So, now that you know the secrets to good black hair care, there are no more excuses!