Natural black hair care is different from caring for relaxed styles. If you have been chemically relaxing your hair you have probably dealt with scalp issues.
Common scalp challenges in black hair care include psoriasis, eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis. If left untreated, scalp problems can result in damaged hair and eventually, hair loss.
The scalp is the fertile ground from where your hair grows. If you want healthy hair, it is very important that you keep your scalp healthy too. The bottom line is keeping your scalp healthy and clean – no matter your hair style choice.
Keep these tips in mind to ensure that your scalp stays healthy
Use sulfate-free hair products. Shampoos and conditioners with sodium lauryl sulfate tend to strip the hair and scalp of essential nutrients and oils.
- Use alcohol free products. Alcohol is drying and will strip your hair and scalp of much needed moisture.
- Rinse conditioners thoroughly out of your hair. Leaving conditioner in does not make your hair soft. It can actually end up looking like flaky dandruff.
- Practice good hair hygiene. Avoid a build up of dirt and grime in your hair.
- Use natural essential oils to moisturize your scalp. Castor oil, argan oil, olive oil etc are some good choices.
- Don’t use too much product. It makes the hair look and feel greasy, which makes you wash your hair more often, which dries out your hair and scalp, which makes you want to use more product. It’s a never-ending cycle you don’t want to start.
- Avoid sources of extreme heat. If you blow dry your hair or use hooded dryers, this will seem impossible…. but it’s not. If you’re using a hand held dryer, simply point the heat down the shaft of the hair – not your scalp.
- Eat a balanced diet. A balanced diet not only benefits your body, it also does wonders on your natural black hair, and prevents various scalp challenges. So, eat well and drink plenty of water.
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