Afro Hair

Afro hair/hair is a topic that is endless, it is a multi billion dollar industry around the world!  Our hair is our crowning glory! Man or Woman!  The reflection in the mirror tells a story, they say the mirror or is it the camera that never lies!

Hair is Our Crowning Glory!

True to most, as a child I was always told your hair is your beauty, and I think this is a very true statement.  If your hair looks good you feel good! Wow!  But like the rest of the body, skin, nails, internal organs etc.  It all starts from within the body, true genetics play a role in quality, quantity, thickness, texture and colour.  Colour does not even matter these days, as most colour comes from a bottle! It is a known fact that the general health of a person can be diagnosed from the health of the hair and nails, as they are both made from the same structure keratin.  So most of us can improve the health and state of our hair by firstly investing in a well balanced diet.

Afro Hair

Afro hair is the subject, Afro hair termed Afro hair as the origin is of African, African American, and Caribbean decent.  Curly in structure and is the natural way the hair grows.  The style Afro was a style icon of the Sixties and Seventies when the style was sported by all, there where wigs of every variation and colour, in the swinging sixties and seventies.  This style is making a come back! in certain circles, although I do not think it will take such following this time round.  Afro hair is very hard to manage by most as it dry, because it grows away from the scalp, so cannot benefit from the natural sebum oils of the scalp.  This type of hair has to be dressed manually with oils and hair dress to make it more manageable  moisturised and lustrous.

Hair growth

I have heard it said by many, my hair does not grow or I can’t get my hair to grow.  But that is not the case hair is hair and hair generally grows an average of 1/2 inch per month.  The hair seems as if it is not growing because, as it grows it is always breaking at the ends, mainly because  the hair is dry, brittle, weak or is lacking in elasticity.  One of the major causes is dry brittle hair is using the wrong hair products, mainly shampoo.  Most hair shampoo contain  a lot of chemicals which dry, weaken and damage the hair.

Afro Hair Care

Over the last 40 years it has become popular to relax the hair (straighten) to make it more manageable, and to achieve a variety in styling.  There is a vast variety of hair products, it is like a mine field, what products are good? what products are bad?  The answer is variety is good, what may be good for me may not be good for you.  Just like everything else on the market, price matters, its what suits ones pocket, but as a general rule you get what you  pay for!

General Tips for Great hair Care

Diet and Supplements

  1. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables is well recommended for a hair of crowning glory!
  2. Taking supplements to supplement your diet will vastly help you to improve the quality of your hair.
  3. I recommend: Amino Acids, Minerals, magnesium, sulfur, silica and zinc, Vitamins A – Beta carotene, Complex including B6, C and E, Flaxseed Oil. Organic Spirulina, is a great source of nature’s purest food, contains most of the above nutrients. (You can register as a VIP Customer and purchase at special prices). Also recommended Wholefood Nutrition for General Health.

Shampoo & Conditioning

  1. Wash hair every one to two weeks, because the hair is dry by nature, washing the hair too often is not desirable for the hair.
  2. Use a quality shampoo, choose one with a built in conditioner,  I recommend Aphogee, I have been using it for about 7 years and my hair is in excellent condition.
  3. Make sure you use the right kind of shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.  It is important to use a shampoo that balances the hairs pH balance, and is gently on the hair.
  4. Always use a conditioner each time you wash your hair, and comb it through with a wide tooth comb, from hair ends to roots.
  5. Give your hair a heat treatment every two weeks, use a good conditioner or hot oil treatment.  This treatment strengthens the hair and minimises breakage.
  6. Recommended to use a Aphogee Protein Treatment Conditioner every six weeks.
  7. Always use a good leave in conditioner, especially if you blow dry and use straighteners.

Blow Drying and Hair Dryer

  1. Always Towel Dry the hair slightly to get rid of excess water, then apply leave in conditioners, sparingly not too much.
  2. For best results and manageability, section the hair into at least 4 sections more if you have very thick hair.  Twist or plait each section to keep them from drying out.
  3. Add a little more leave in conditioner if required.  Blow dry section by section from roots to ends, hair dyer on a hot setting, using a pik comb attached to the hair dyer, do not go right to the roots on each stroke so not to over dry the ends. Recommended Hair Dyer:  Toni & Guy Afro, Ionic Moisture Lock Dryer!
  4. Once all sections of hair are dry style as desired.  I usually put large rollers in immediately for a glamorous hot date look!

Hair Dress

This is a personal preference, I prefer a non grease look and feel to the hair so I use very little hair conditioner or mousse, but if you have dry hair it is essential that you use a good hair dress.  If you frequent the hair dressers ask her advice for a good home care product.   This is vital for good home or after care system.  Always go for quality not price if your desire is to have fabulous locks!  Take a look at this website T444Z I have not personally used their products, but I have had personal recommendations from friends who rave about this product.  I spoke to the main distributor for the UK and she gave some amazing testimonials that this one product can take care of 18 hair problems!

Hair Relaxing and Wrapping

Hair relaxing is very popular and I say thank you to whoever invented it!  I remember the good old days when as  teenager I used to hot straighten my hair.  It use to take m hours!  Which I might add is back in fashion!  But I’ll leave that up to the hairdressers! Again it is by trial and error to find a relaxer that compliments your hair.  As a general rule most good hairdressers use a good brand of relaxers and hair products.  I have been using the same relaxer for about 20 years and the one before that for years!  I won’t say how long I am giving too much away!  I currently use the Optimum full product range for relaxing.   I recommend relaxing every 6 to 8 weeks for regrowth.  I only relax the new growth each time to avoid over processing. If you are relaxing your hair for the first time I recommend you visit the hair dressers, or get a friend who knows what they are doing to help you out.

When relaxing the hair the most important thing to remember is to make sure you wash out the relaxer very very thoroughly.  At least 2 to 3 times until all the relaxer is washed out.  Leaving any trace of chemical in the hair, will continue to process the hair and will cause major damage to the hair, or even hair loss.

A great maintenance tip for keeping your hair straight and manageable between washes is to wrap your hair, around your head, using the head as a big roller!  It is amazing, it make a huge difference to your hair care regime! Use a head scarf or a specially designed head wrap cap, to secure the hair in place.  Not very glamorous I know! but well worth the effort.

Hair Extensions

The last 10 years have seen an amazing rise to fame for the luxurious locks of hair extensions.  Black women have been sporting hair extensions for the last 30 years or more.  But enter the world of celebrities celebrating the arrival of hair extensions, and hale extensions are now just as common place and as the important as lipstick and powder!

Anything goes with hair extensions, they can be fun, glamorous, novelty, crazy, colourful, sporty, minimal, extravagant, or outrageous.    For best results it is best to get professional assistance when applying a full head of extensions, it is a great investment, when applied correctly can last for months.  When choosing hair extensions it is important to choose a colour that is a great match and texture to your own hair for a natural and professional look.  Quality is also important for a long lasting investment, that will continue to look amazing throughout its life span or as long as you wish to leave the extensions in.

Great Tip!

If your hair is in good condition and you would just like to add more body, fullness or length.  Add extension clips to hair extensions and you can add them to create a great new look instantly.  Just part the hair wherever you wish to put the extension and clip the extensions to the hair root, then cover by styling the hair as desired. This is also a great way to add colour to your hair.  Fantastic tool!  A great way to transform yourself in an instant and the great thing is, you can take them out and put them in whenever you wish without spending hours and the hairdressers! You can find the clips in most large hair product and hair accessory shops.

Hair Care for Children

Most children do not like hair care time! No matter what type of hair they have!  I remember the good old hair days when my son and daughter where young!  Thank goodness that is many moons ago!  But basically the same rules apply to children, make sure they have a good balanced diet first and foremost, not rocket science.

Again good quality products are essential, you are only as good as the tools you use!  A good wide tooth comb is mums and dads best friend when it comes to combing children’s hair, that has  curly hair.  Use products that are designed for children they are usually milder and user friendly.

Combing children’s hair takes a lot of gently care and patience, start to comb at the tips of the hair ends then gradually towards the roots, it has less stress on the hair and is less tearful to the child!  Always portion the hair into sections, especially if the hair is thick, and apply hair dress to scalp, first then to hair again by sectioning, before combing through.

It is always best to plait young children’s hair before bed, sectioned or whole, it is much more manageable and less tearful for morning or school time!

As for adults it is best to wash hair about every two weeks, it minimises drying out the hair and therefore less breakage.  It is also practical to create hair styles that will keep the hair from tangling and drying the hair further.

I hope the above information is of help, if you only take one tip away that helps, this makes me very happy.  I know how challenging it can be to achieve the great hair day that we desire.

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