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Sunday, August 21, 2011

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dealing With Dry Black, African American, and Afro Caribbean & Black Hair( For relax, natural, texlax, color treated, etc.)

"How to Combat Dryness"
One of the most challenging aspects of dealing
with our black hair is combating dryness. Black hair tends to be dry because of
its physical structure. Dry hair is brittle hair, and when hair is brittle it
breaks easily. However there are several steps that you can take to deal with
dry hair.

One of the most important things you can do to deal with dry
hair is to be sure you always wash your hair with a gentle shampoo. Avoid
shampoos made with the chemicals sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate,
ammonium lauryl sulfate, and ammonium laureth sulfate. These detergents are some
of the most commonly used cleansers in shampoos. However these ingredients strip
the hair of natural oils and leave the hair feeling dry and harder to manage. A
gentle moisturizing shampoo will cleanse your hair without stripping it of
natural oils. Always Deep Condition your hair after washing to soften your hair
and help make it more manageable.

Another important step to take in
dealing with dry hair is to seal in moisture after washing with a natural hair
oil or a natural pomade. A natural hair oil or pomade applied to the hair after
Moisturizing your hair ( With a water base
moisturizer- water will be listed as the 1st ingredient if it's truely a water
base moisturizer
) will help seal moisture in the hair shaft which in
turn will help the hair retain more moisture in between washings.

A
third step you can take to deal with dry hair is to be wise in your use of
heated appliances such as pressing combs, flat irons, curling irons, blow
dryers, etc. These tools are fine to use in moderation, and can be a great help
when taking care of hair, but if they are used too frequently (like every day or
every other day) or at too high a level of heat, they will contribute to hair
dryness by causing the moisture in your hair to evaporate, leaving you with dry,
brittle hair. When using heated appliances, use a thermal protectant on your
hair (a.k.a- heat protectant) to protect your hair from the heat.

Note:
What you put inside of your body does affect your hair, skin and nails... I have
a post up of food that
promote healthy Hair, Skin & Nails
. Keep you body hydrated, keep a close
eye out on your diet, be sure to exercise. "Water is your Friend"

Wether
you are relaxed, texlaxed, natural, transitioning.... You are likely to
experience dryness... How ever it is preventable... Check out my youtube channel
for more helpful tip like this one and more: www.youtube.com/ladyen7


-♥Essie

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