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Black Woman With Healthy Hair

 

Black Hair Needs Moisture and TLC

Has finding the right African-American hair product been difficult?  It doesn’t have to be.  If you know the texture of your hair and how to make it more manageable, it’s actually pretty easy.

Bristle brushes should never be used on curly or tightly coiled hair or you’ll end up breaking the hair shaft – not a good idea.  A wide-tooth comb or better yet, your fingers will make a better tool for combing through your Type 4 hair. Work from the ends of your hair to the scalp, when combing through tangles.  This will make it much easier and less painful when it comes to detangling your curly natural hair.  And maybe more importantly it will prevent your hair from breakage.

Does your hair tend to knot and tangle up?  If so, it’s a good idea to find a good natural African-American hair product that is designed to detangle natural kinky curly hair before combing.  A product like a water based hair lotion or hair butter works great.  Can’t afford one?  The best natural black hair care product you can use to moisturize your hair is … you guessed it . . . water!

Oil, Water and Natural Hair – Can you mix them?

It’s been said that oil and water don’t mix but if you add a little oil to your moistened hair, it will make the comb through a lot easier.

Wet your hair, and then apply an oil-based moisture sealant to keep the water in your hair.  I personally use jojoba or olive oil based moisture sealants.  They seal the moisture in without leaving my hair greasy and heavy.

Water leaves natural hair soft, allowing your products to work their way down your hair shaft, instead of pooling or settling near your scalp.  It allows the product to spread around more, protecting your hair from damage and continuous breakage.

If you’re the “wash-and-wear” type, dampen your hair before you apply any natural black hair care products to it. Use your fingers to comb and massage any products into your hair instead of using a comb.  Using your fingers also helps train your hair to do what you want it to do.

How often should you wash African-American Hair?

Depending on the type of shampoo you’re using, you should most likely shampoo at least once a week. You’ll want to wash your hair once a week, not only to keep it clean but, also to keep your hair moisturized. Wetting down your hair in-between shampoos will help moisturize it and help to keep it from drying out.

Certain shampoos contain dimethicone.  Just in case you’re not familiar with the “cones”, they are silicone based oils, dimethicone, simethicone and cyclomethicone. Some say that they’re bad for your hair, while others sing their praises. You’ll have to make your own decision on this one.

These “cones” which are usually found in African-American hair products, is what makes your hair look shiny and keeps it from having that dull lack luster appearance.  For those of you that add heat to your hair, they help protect it from heat damage.  The down side, they keep the water out and this dries your hair out.

I’m definitely for the natural side of things but not everyone is going to go that route, or can afford to.  So do what works best for you.

Protecting your hair doesn’t end when your day ends.  Bedtime protection is just as important when it comes to black hair styles.  Covering your hair with a silk or satin scarf before you go to bed, will keep it from breaking while you sleep.  It will also save time in the morning – and who doesn’t want a few extra minutes of beauty rest?

Want a little more hair styling inspiration? Check out these black hair styles from the North American Hairdressers Awards!

Juliette Samuels Black Hair Products Expert

Author’s Bio

Juliette Samuel is a person who definitely knows great African-American hair products when she sees them. 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 for NYRAJU Skin Care. As such she is in charge of formulation and development of all products – skin, hair and body – 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.



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Black Hair, Curly Hair, Multiracial Hair

Black Hair Styles

New Black Hair Care Product Launch and Giveaway-CURLS, Curl Gel-les’c

“New Help for Your
Black Hairstyle”
If you have had trouble finding the right hair relaxers for your black hair, multi-racial hair type or your natural curls, you might want to check out this site, www.curls.biz CURLS is launching their new product, Curl Gel-les’c (pronounced Curl Jealousy) which “is not a gel, and not quite a serum.”

They are a well-recognized, African American hair product company and have been nominated for the “hairdressers Choice Awards” in the Multi-Cultural category. An informative site with lots to see, videos, tips, discussion forum, FAQ’s and more. Below is a comment from a loyal user of CURLS products . . . most likely, this is something you curly girls can all relate to!

My Hair Woes…Until CURLS

I come from a multiracial background (Black, Caucasian, & Mexican). I was born with curly hair, but back then wearing my natural curls out was not an option. So, my Mother started having my hair pressed when I was very young.

I would be so in awe of my straight, pressed hair always wishing that it could last forever. During my early pre-teen years, my Mother decided to let me get my hair chemically processed for the first time. As, she allowed for me to get a curly perm put into my hair. I thought that it was cool to have and my mother thought that this would be a breeze for me to maintain. However, having a curly perm in my hair was truly a nightmare.

I didn’t know hair care for black hair and, in the end, the chemicals from the curly perm actually ended up breaking my hair off badly. My Mother decided that the best thing for my hair would be to get it relaxed. She bought a home relaxer kit and applied the relaxer to my hair. I was amazed at just how straight and manageable my hair had become once again so I kept on having my hair relaxed for many years afterwards. However, what had initially started out being a good thing for me eventually turned out to be bad. After several years of non-stop relaxing of my hair, my hair really started to suffer. Also, in order to keep my relaxed hair looking smooth, I needed to use a lot of heat on my hair. The constant use of heat from flat-irons and hair dryers, combined with the relaxers in my hair, just kept causing my hair to go through breakage cycles.

After much thought, I decided to finally stop abusing my hair and start to really show love towards it. I decided that I finally needed to start embracing the natural hair that God gave me. I ended up transitioning away from chemical relaxers and embraced my natural curls. When I first started transitioning though, I was at a loss. No one that I knew had gone through the transitioned before. Needless to say, I went through a variety of bumps in the road. The products available on the market were either too drying to my hair or just sat on top of my hair and left it greasy and limp looking. So, I finally decided that I couldn’t just keep spending money on products that really weren’t improving my hair while I was transitioning. That’s when I decided to look to CURLS for help.

I emailed the owner of CURLS, Mahisha Dellinger, with lots of information about my hair problems. I let her know that I was transitioning and I needed so much help! She emailed me back with a quick reply, actually within a matter of a few hours! I decided to give the CURLS products a try after seeing how passionate and caring the owner of CURLS was to my problems. Shortly after I started using the CURLS products that Mahisha had recommended for me, my hair started changing for the better and I began to feel more comfortable letting my natural curls be.

My curls had taken up a truly new look and feel to them. My natural curls looked softer, felt smoother, looked more defined, and stayed moisturized 24/7. I have been using the CURLS line of products for 3-1/2 years now and just wanted to share with you my GREAT find! My curls look shiny and gorgeous and my hair is in better shape than any time I can remember. The product is natural with ingredients in it like certified organic aloe, barbadensis leaf juice, certified organic coconut milk, and certified organic flaxseed oil. I’m no scientist and am not sure what all these ingredients are for, but they work! It’s lightweight and leaves my hair feeling moisturized, healthy and in control. Just wanted to share my find with other curly hair girls out there, who are struggling and haven’t found anything that works for them.

Give them a try; don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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