With black hair, every inch counts in hair growth so it's important to avoid by all means necessary things that could cause the hair to break or tangle.
Ever see (Nigerian)hair so long and full you begin to wonder how you offended the hair gods who chose to bestow you with limp, chin-length hair?
Well ladies, it really isn't always so much about genetics and being the luck of the draw as it is about adequate care and management. With black hair, every inch counts in hair growth so it's important to avoid by all means necessary things that could cause the hair to break or tangle.
Here are 7 essential do's and dont's to adopt for healthier, fuller hair.
DO steam your hair regularly. We really can't emphasise this enough. Steaming the hair is not only healthy for the hair by cleansing the scalp and follicles, it also helps the hair grow in length as well as volume.
DON'T over relax the hair. The ideal waiting time between touch-ups is 8 weeks. Anything earlier is simply not healthy for the hair as it leaves it weak and prone to breakage. It's also a big no-no to retouch the tip of the hair. Never, ever do this ladies.
DO trim your hair after every touch-up. This is necessary to get rid of weak ends which can cause the hair to break even more.
DON'T dye your hair with cheap dye. This is another fast lane to hair breakage. Dark and Lovely kit is the most preferred choice if you have to dye your hair.
DO care for your natural hair even when you have a weave or braids on. There's no excuse to abandon your hair because you have extensions on. Ensure you condition and clean your hair at regular intervals while you have extensions on in order to minimise damage to hair.
DON'T wear your weave or braids for more than 6 weeks at a stretch. This is just plain unhealthy for the hair.
DO use wide-toothed combs for your hair. Tiny combs are a no-no for combing the hair as it can cause it to break.
DON'T comb hair when wet. Hair is most fragile when wet so do not comb, rather use your fingers to gently run through.
DO wash your hair with non-sodium laureth sulfate shampoos. The more natural ingredients a shampoo has the better for your hair, so stay away from shampoos laden with sodium laureth as they can weaken the hair.
DON'T always use hair straighteners. It's unhealthy for the hair as it causes hair breakage which is redundant to hair growth.