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-wash weekly with a good oil product. Organic Virgin Coconut
oil is the best pre-shampoo because it actually penetrates the
hair, unlike most oils which 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
continue to wash hair with a gentle shampoo.
Wash weekly with a gentle shampoo. Only wash and rinse once.
Over washing can cause a dry condition, which will ultimately
lead to breakage. While washing, massage your scalp. This will
reawaken sleeping follicles and promote thicker healthier hair.
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. You must do deep conditioning with both separately.
First, apply the protein treatment. After allowing the recommended
elapsed time and following the manufacturer’s instructions,
rinse your hair. Second, apply the moisture treatment following
the instructions and rinse. If you have done a pre-shampoo treatment,
you may not need to deep condition with the moisture. Instead,
you can leave in for about 5-10 minutes to seal the cuticle.
Applying the protein treatment:
The best way to apply the protein treatment is with an applicator
brush. You must apply the treatment to the entire hair shaft
from roots to ends. Pay attention to the ends, so they will
not be left untreated. Cover your head with a plastic cap. If
you are using an egg treatment, you should not apply heat. Leave
in hair for 60 minutes, covered. Then rinse, shampoo, and condition
as ususal. If you are using a protein product , and apply heat
with a hooded dryer (medium heat) for 15 minutes. Do not use
a blow dryer.
Applying the moisture treatment:
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.
Now this is where all of your washing 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 washed, 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
wash out all of the relaxer with warm water. Apply a neutralizing
shampoo and wash and rinse 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 appling 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.
of water based moisturizers are:
- Organic Root Stimulator Carrot Oil
- Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-in
- Profectiv Anti-Tangle Leave-in
- Profectiv Mega Growth
- Cantu Shea Butter Grow Strong
- Elasta QP Mango Butter
- Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in
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 war 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
- Essentious Shampoo, Mizani Botanifying Shampoo, or any shampoo
that does not contain harsh sulfates (Gentle Shampoo)
- Essentious Protein Treatment, Any regular conditioner with
an egg added, Mizani Kerafuse Intensive Strengthening Treatment
- Essentious Moisture Treatment, Mizani Moisturefuse Moisturizing
Conditioner, or Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Moisturizing Treatment)
- Organic, Virgin Coconut Oil (Pre-shampoo Treatment)
- Mizani Phormula-7 Neutralizing / Chelating Shampoo (Neutralizer)
- DOO GRO Stimulating Growth Oil ( Oil Based Moisturizer)
- Organic Root Stimulator Carrot Oil (Water Based Moisturizer)
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. One way to do this is to incorporate vitamins for hair
growth in your diet. (Another way to do this is to become pregnant.
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.) Third, you need to address any
hair problems that could be limiting your hair growth. A Microscopic
Hair Analysis can address problems that would otherwise be overlooked.
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