Black is beautiful. We have heard that phrase so many times. And naturally black hair looks really beautiful. But African-American hair is different in texture from other natural hair colors, so it requires a different set of care and treatment to maintain it. When it is curly or frizzy, it is prone to breakage and split ends. Black hair tends to be dry as the essential oils do not get from the roots to the tips because of its structure and texture.
It is advisable to wash black hair only twice a week to prevent dry hair or use a very mild shampoo if you need to wash it more. You also need to have hot oil treatment as well as deep conditioning once a month to maintain lustrous, tame, and soft black hair.
Commercial products made especially for black hair care are available in the market. These can be quite expensive and some do not really deliver what the products claim. There are some natural recipes that you can prepare at home that are organic and chemical-free that can be more beneficial to black hair than commercial preparations. Here are some recipes that you can whip up.
Hair masks are beneficial conditioners for hair that has become dull and damaged by harsh chemicals, blow-drying and application of gels, mousse and hair sprays.
Fruity extra conditioning hair mask
1. Combine and mix the following ingredients in a bowl:
- ½ banana
- ¼ avocado
- ¼ cantaloupe
- 1 teaspoon wheat germ
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
2. Use a mixer or a blender to blend the mixture until you have a smooth paste.
3. Apply the mixture to your hair and scalp. Leave on for at least 15 minutes before rinsing.
4. You can use this extra conditioning hair mask weekly for severely damaged hair or monthly for regular hair maintenance.
Honey and olive oil mask
- In a bowl, combine one-half cup of honey with three tablespoons of olive oil and mix until smooth.
- Apply to sections of hair, making sure that you coat all the strands with the mixture.
- Cover your hair with a plastic wrap or shower cap and leave it covered for 30-45 minutes.
- Shampoo and rinse hair until the water is clear.
Hot Oil Treatments
Use hot oil to condition your dry hair and scalp.
- In a small saucepan, combine ¼ cup of cooking oil (vegetable or olive oil) with one tablespoon of conditioner (commercial or homemade).
- Heat over medium heat for about five minutes until completely mixed but do not allow the mixture to boil.
- Allow the mixture to cool enough to be safely applied to your hair and scalp.
- Part your hair in sections and apply to the scalp and make sure that you coat each strand. You can use your fingers to apply the mixture to your scalp and a comb to spread it through the hair strands.
- Leave it on for thirty minutes or up to one hour depending on how dull and damaged your hair is.
- Wash with a mild shampoo and use a conditioner. You can use this hot oil treatment twice a week or every four weeks based on your hair’s condition.
Black hair is the driest hair type and very prone to breakage. Its unique flat structure makes the hair appear dull. Black hair is tightly curled in an S or Z pattern that looks coarse but is actually very fine. It needs daily moisturizing to make it elastic and supple. Maintain your black hair with natural ingredients that provide more nutrients.