All About Dealing with Afro Hair
Afro hair type has a unique texture. At first glance it appears thick and strong but this is deceptive. There are fewer hairs per square inch than any other type of hair so it rarely grows very thick. Also, the curved follicles give each hair a spring-like action which makes the curls appear short.
How to Care and Protect afro hair
In the past oils and grease were used to combat dryness and to protect the afro hair. The weight and heaviness of these products also clogged the hair follicles and sometimes led to hair loss. Strong detergent shampoos were often used which led to further problems of dryness and flaking scalps.
Today, specialist manufacturers provide preparations that are lighter and more easily absorbed into the hair. If you have Black hair it is important to take extra special care. As a guide you should always use a mild shampoo and conditioner each time you wash. If your hair has been chemically treated you should use a hot oil treatment at least every two weeks. Each day use a light film of moisturizing spray.
afro hair is very dry and porous and will literally soak up any moisture in the atmosphere. When this happens the hair reverts back to its pre-styled state. Products called 'reversion resistant' sprays are designed to seal the hair shafts and prevent this happening.
How to style
A popular way of dressing afro hair is to straighten or 'relax' it. New products enable hairdressers to get the desired straighter hair with just a foundation of curl, to provide lift to the hair and enable the style to be dressed in a variety of ways.
As this type of hair is so fragile. I would strongly recommend professional application of relaxing hair products at a salon that specializes in this technique.
Colour can look stunning on afro hair and you can do this yourself using the wide variety of spray-on colours or glitter sprays which look superb on dark curls. If you want a colour rinse or lowlights, try coppery-gold shades - sheer magic! Bleaching is a very drastic process for afro hair and needs perfect maintenance, so, once again it is best left to the hairdresser.
The type and degree of curl is, in fact, the main difference between Caucasian and Black hair. Instead of growing and curling in a uniform manner the hair grows in various directions, thus making it fall in uneven frizzy waves. In addition, far from being strong, this type of hair is the weakest - fragile and dry, it rapidly loses moisture and needs daily moisturizing to keep it in condition.