Monday, March 19, 2012

African-American hair needs a lot of TLC

At the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Acad of Dermatology, Raechele Chochran Gathers, MD, a senior physician at the Multi-Cultural Dermatology Center at the Henry Ford Hosp in Detroit, said the unique structure of African-American hair makes it prone to damage.

Yet, many black women put all sorts of caustic and strong things on their hair.

Gathers recommends washing once a week or every other week even.

Conditioners should be used EVERY TIME. Pay special attention to the ends of the hair.

If you work out a lot, rinse hair with water to remove sweat and salt. You can add a conditioner then if you want.

Watch out for shampoos containing sulfites—they can dry. Stick with olive oil, shea butter, aloe vera juice, or glycerin.

Hot oil treatments should be used twice a month.

Also—use heat protectants before blowing.

As for relaxers—don’t go cheap, let a professional do these. Don’t apply a relaxer over a relaxed section—if you do touchup, ends only.

If you get cornrows and it hurts—this is bad, get them loosened. Pain equals damage.

Look at the products. Not surprisingly, African-Americans buy 30% of all hair products.

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