Dealing With Dry Brittle Natural Hair
One of the most challenging aspects of dealing with Black hair is combating its natural dryness. Black and African American 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, brittle, natural hair is to be sure you always wash your hair with a gentle shampoo or cleansing cream. 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, such as Northwest Scents shampoos, will cleanse your hair without stripping it of natural oils. Always condition 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 washing 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, brittle, natural hair is to limit your use of heated appliances such as pressing combs, flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers, etc. These tools are fine to use in moderation, but if they are used too much (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 (such as a natural hair oil) to protect your hair from the heat.