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Hair Care for Black Hair Do’s and Don’ts

When it comes to hair care for black hair, African-American women try many different things . . .  from relaxers, to braids and weaves.  In order to try new hair styles, it’s important to keep the tangles at bay.  Here are some techniques to add to your hair care for black hair regimen to help you prevent snags and tangles.“Hair Care for
Black Hair”

Deep Conditioning: Using a wide toothed comb, apply a generous amount of conditioner to your hair.  Proceed to comb it through from root to the ends of your hair.

Use of natural oils can help maintain your hair’s natural beauty in-between shampooing. Make sure that the oil you decide to use is one that contains nutrients that act as a moisturizer for your hair, such as jojoba, shea or olive oils.  Stay away from oils that make your hair look greasy.  Flat, greasy hair is NOT attractive, no matter what anyone says.

Sometimes, black hair care demands the use of heated hair styling tools such as flat irons and curling irons.  When you decide to use these types of tools, use a protective spray to help keep your hair from getting damaged by the heat.   Another important point is to make sure to use hot platted tools that are either ceramic or tourmaline.  These hair styling tools will cause the least damage to your hair and will also give you the best results!

Tyra Banks in a long layered hairstyle

Hair Care for Black Hair No-No’s
Are you interested in being able to grow long, luscious hair?  If so, then there are a few things you should know about hair care for black hair. There are certain things that can stunt your hair growth by using improper hair styling techniques. Below is a list of certain things that can be attributed to stunted hair growth.

  • Braiding your hair to tightly
  • Heat from styling tools
  • Using Pomades
  • Heavy hairsprays
  • Being too harsh when combing your hair

Hair Knots:

  • NEVER run a comb through your hair when it’s dry! This is a big time hair care for black hair No-No.  It is best to do this directly after shampooing and conditioning your hair. If you are not able to do this, apply a light oil before attempting to comb through your hair.


  • When it comes to African-American hair, avoid using any hair brushes.  Because African-American hair is very fragile and susceptible to damage, hair brushes tend to cause more harm than good. Instead, use hair combs that are made especially for black hair care.


  • Don’t turn to gels and sprays when styling your hair.  These products tend to dry out your hair and cause breakage.  Ever notice that when you put gel in your hair that you can bend it and it cracks?  Instead, look to using natural black hair products such as hair butters made with shea, cocoa and mango butters, that will not dry your hair out any further.


  • Try to avoid using any type of rubber bands to secure braids and ponytails.  This can cause breakage of your hair – not to mention split ends (ugh!).  If you need to tie your hair back, use fabric-covered bands or hair clips. They do the job, and they look better than plain old ugly rubber bands.

Author’s Bio
Juliette Samuel is a person who definitely knows beautiful when she sees it. Juliette has had a very eclectic career working in and around the beauty industry. She has worked as an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has also been a Professional Image Consultant.

Currently Juliette works as a Skin Care Therapist, acting President and Chief Nose for NYRAJU Skin Care. As such she is in charge of product formulation and development of all scents produced for the line.

Juliette is also a member of NAHA-The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, The Society of Cosmetic Chemist and is the Fragrance Editor for BellaOnline.

What does that do for you?  It keeps Juliette on her toes when it comes to the type of information that she’ll be able to share with you as readers of her blog or articles that she publishes on and off the web.


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