I can’t wait to see the full version of this documentary when it is released. It looks like it’s going to be very informative from every angle of hair care. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the trailer 🙂
Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs
Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com
Night time hair care is just as important as all other hair care, if not more. Not properly caring for your hair at night can compromise or defeat the purpose of all the other good hair care you give to yourself each day.
First, consider your current night time hair care regimen and compare that to your daily care. What do you do that is different? Sometimes we can take so much time and care in the primping portion of hair care that we omit some of the important things like wrapping the hair at night. If you are not a scarf wearer, you can opt for a satin bonnet, ‘do rag’, or satin pillow case.
Loose curls & Afros. If you are wearing an afro or loose natural style, even if you just tie it up at night, it may turn out very smooshed in the morning. What you can do to prevent this from happening is to section the hair, (no definition needed) and plait the hair in large plaits. This keeps the hair stretched and also makes it easier to sleep on-not worrying about actually smashing your fro. When you wake up in the morning, you can unfurl the plaits and pick your fro in place. You should have volume and manageable tresses.
Flip through magazines and TV channels this month, and you’ll see coily, kinky and curly natural hair models in ads from Banana Republic to Gain detergent, from Home Goods to Kmart.
“Natural hair has been a movement for several years. What we’re seeing now is a confirmation that this is a lifestyle that is very important to a lot of women,” says Cyntelia Abrams, marketing coordinator for Design Essentials, an Atlanta-based hair-care company that commissioned a 2010 study on the popularity of natural hair.
The number of black women who say they do not use products to chemically relax or straighten their hair jumped to 36% in 2011, up from 26% in 2010, according to a report by Mintel, a consumer spending and market research firm. Sales of relaxer kits dropped by 17% between 2006 and 2011, according to Mintel.
There are a lot of black hair care myths in the community that prevent people of color from having the true knowledge and facts. Here is a list of 10 common myths many black women and men have learned growing up from family members and each other.
Myth #1 Black hair doesn’t grow
There is a common misconception in the black community that African American hair can’t grow long in its natural and relaxed state. This common belief is absolutely false. Black hair can grow long and healthy as long as you treat it with proper care and follow a regimen that works for you.
Myth #2 Black hair needs grease
Many people in the African American community believe that black hair needs grease in order for their hair to be healthy. Many people actually grow up on this belief based on what they’ve been told and have seen by parents or family members. This common belief is false and many grease products actually have petroleum and mineral oil which are not good for black hair. Ingredients such as petroleum and mineral oil will clog up your hair scalp and attract dirt which actually hinders hair growth and health. A better and more recommended alternative is to moisturize black hair with natural oils and butters.
Black hair is more prone to dryness and breakage because of how the strands are structured. The difference between Black hair and other hair types is that the strands can have twice as many outer layers or cuticles. The scalp’s natural oil secretions have a hard time reaching all the way to the end of their hair because of the coil patter of Black Hair. To help with this issue you should massage your scalp with a good natural oil every 3-4 days and work the oil all the way down to the tips of your hair to help protect it.
Since the products you use can help or harm your hair, invest wisely in the products you use and only choose those that are hydrating and gentle. Buy a shampoo and conditioner that has moisturizing ingredients such as wheat germ, jojoba oil and coconut oil.
The correct amount of shampoo and conditioner will help get the best hair possible. Over shampooing and under conditioning will cause damaged and brittle hair. Shampoo no more than once per week, and condition or moisturize every 3-4 days. Make sure you rinse your hair thoroughly so you won’t have product build up in your hair or scalp.
Stay away from synthetic oils. Be very picky about what types of products you use on your precious hair. Synthetic oils, like petroleum and mineral oil are known to dehydrate hair.
Everyone has different hair types. Especially African American/Black Women. Unfortunately it is not always easy to find products for our hair. Especially natural products.
Shampoo is made to clean your hair, but it also needs to keep the natural oils balanced. Most shampoos are not made with the proper amount of sensitivity and oil content for black hair. Find a shampoo that helps prevent dry scalp and moisturizes such as Herbal Shampoo by www.nyrajuskincare.com
The proper conditioner will help to add moisture and your hair. Black/African American hair needs conditioners that protect it from damage. Conditioners, such as Peppermint Tea Tree Conditioner by www.nyrajuskincare.com prevents dryness and breakage on your hair.
Another staple product for our hair is a good oil. Black/African American hair needs extra moisture from a good oil to help prevent the scalp and hair follicle from drying and becoming brittle or coarse. Avoid products that use mineral oils or a petroleum base. Those ingredients will clog your pores and cause build up in your hair.
You can purchase a hair oil made specifically for black hair that contain ingredients such as rosemary or coconut oil. Herbal Hair Oil by www.nyrajuskincare.com provides the moisturizing benefits of oil with a great lemongrass/coconut scent.