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5 Small Steps for Healthier Black Hair Today

Updated on November 2, 2011

Let's face it: thinking of all the habits you have to start and, more often, break for healthy black hair can be overwhelming. Essentially, like most things in life, in order to drastically change something (your hair, in this case), you have to drastically change your daily habits.

I believe in small, baby-steps to achieve goals. I believe in breaking it down and changing slowly but surely. So, here's a few small steps for healthy hair that you can implement today to help you on your way . . .

  1. Limit the use of heat on your hair. Heat damages your hair and takes away the oh-so-needed moisture for African-American hair. When you get ready in the morning, try not to use the blow dryer. If you've got to flatten out some kinks with the flat iron, do so with a lower heat setting than you usually use. Also, don't forget your heat protectant! Eventually, you may want to more drastically cut your dependence on heat for styling your hair. But, do that when you're ready . . .I'm still not there yet.
  2. Eat healthily. That means lean protein, lots of green veggies and dairy. Nutrients are the basis for healthy hair, skin and nails.
  3. Condition your hair. Hydrate and moisturize! Two very important things to remember with black hair types. Olive oil is a great all-natural conditioner. Use sparingly (like a dime-sized amount on your ends) because a little goes a long way on your hair. I also like Carol's Daughter Lisa's Hair Elixir.
  4. Protect your hair when you go to bed tonight. Use a scarf or a satin pillow case to prevent breakage. I know it may not be super sexy to go to bed with a scarf, but keeping one on your nightstand to throw on right before you hit the sack will make your hair healthier and sexier in the long run.
  5. Educate yourself. Read Good Hair by Lonnice Brittenum Bonner. Check out informative blogs such as Nappurality and black girl with long hair. Also, check out my other articles on black hair care.
What other small, daily tips do you implement for healthy hair?


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      Bredavies 6 years ago

      I am always trying to grow out my hair!Thank you for the insight!