• Overdoing it with curling/flat irons. Your hair will experience heat damage if you use heat too frequently. It is best to not use it any more than twice a week. Also, be sure to use a quality heat protection product to buffer the damage.
• Being rough with your hair, especially when it’s wet. Wet hair is the weakest hair, so comb gently starting at the ends to release tangles. Use a leave-in detangling product to assist in the release of tightness and tangles.
Popular Hair Myths
• Brush your hair 100 times daily. Do not do this. Excessive brushing is actually very bad for your hair. If you are too rough with the brush, and you just repeatedly brush the same area, it can lead to breakage and split ends. Only brush your hair as much as you really need to.
• Split ends can be mended. Split ends can only be temporarily sealed, not mended. The only permanent cure is to have your hair trimmed regularly.
• Pre-natal vitamins make hair grow – During pregnancy, the hair often looks its best because hair remains in the growing phase during the entire pregnancy. However, after the birth, usually about 12 weeks later, or after breast-feeding ceases, about 50 percent of mothers experience what appears to be excessive hair loss. In reality, this hair is simply entering the natural resting stage – which had been delayed by the pregnancy (a condition known as post-partum alopecia).
Caring for Black hair certainly isn’t easy, but by following the above basic tips, and taking the time to show your locks some extra TLC, maintaining your beautiful hair should be less of a challenge.