DIY Tips For Black Hair

Of all the hair types in the world, black/ethnic hair is perhaps the most challenging to care for. Each woman has her own take on what hair care should be in order to maintain tresses that are healthy, shiny and manageable but oftentimes the conventional methods used to get results only serve to contribute to the problem. Although the end results may look great, the methods themselves are usually anything but. However, there are ways to keep black hair at its best without doing any further harm to the health of the scalp and roots all the way to the tips.

Anyone familiar with black hair care knows that somehow, some way it involves heat and lots of chemicals – with the exception of women that prefer to go au naturale. Even though chemical relaxers, hot combs, curling irons and weaves get the job done, constantly relying on these tools and products still damage the hair. Whether you’re hoping to find new alternatives for black hair care or want to continue using these tried and true methods but need other ways to give your hair a break from time to time, there are other solutions for black hair that won’t cause further damage to your locks.

Tired of dealing with chemical relaxers on a regular basis? Then opt for flat ironing. With the right hair stylist, you can get the same look but without the need for chemicals. Although there is heat involved, the use of heated styling products protects the hair from any heat damage. As far as maintenance, simply make sure to avoid excessive sweating to prevent the roots from becoming curly again. Flat ironing is a simpler process compared to chemical relaxers that still gets you the same results.

Trying to minimize the amount of heated styling tools you use on your hair? While it may be hard to stay away from your curling iron, there are other areas of your hair care routine where you can cut out heat. Such as blow drying. Instead of trying to use a blow dryer with a pic attachment to completely dry wet hair, turn to the air dry method instead. Apply a moisturizing gel from roots to tips after blotting your hair dry with a towel, slick it back into a ponytail and put on a head scarf (this will prevent puffiness). Once the majority of your hair is fairly dry, then use the blow dryer.

Don’t want to deal with gluing or sewing in a weave? Purchase a set of good extensions and turn them into the clip-in type that’s customized for your scalp. Even though clip-in extensions are available for sale, they often do not look natural. Instead buy a pack of quality, human hair extensions as well as a pack of hair clips (any salesperson at the beauty supply store will know which kind to give you). If you know how to sew. After measuring and cutting the length of the weft for your layers, simply take each clip and use regular black sewing thread to attach the clip to the weft. Space the clips evenly. When you’re ready to wear the clip-in extensions, section your hair into two or three layers and snap the clips into place. When you’re done, you’ll have a head full of gorgeous hair that looks and feels natural. When it comes to styling, you’ll be placing the heat on the fake hair instead of your own, saving your tresses from heat and styling damage.

Hair Loss Myths That Deserve To Be Debunked

Hair loss is a problem. One that has led men and women suffering from it to turn to all sorts of treatments and solutions in the hopes of a “cure.” But what is the first step in finding a solution? Doing research. Unfortunately, the information contained in such “research” is often misleading and – in some cases – downright false. The most effective treatments are those based on reality and not myths.

Hair loss myths are as abundant as acne, aging and weight loss myths. What makes this form of misinformation so damaging for the average person is that the false information results in seeking the wrong solutions, treatments and products. This typically means less than favorable results, bad experiences and even negative side effects that do more harm than good.

So what is the truth about hair loss? Below you will the list of most popular balding myths.

Myth #1: Using Too Many Chemicals & Curling Irons Causes Hair Loss

The truth is that heated styling tools will damage the hair, not cause hair loss. Because hair continues to grow throughout our lifetime, using styling tools like curling irons and flat irons only affect the hair away from the scalp and follicles. The most common damage is breakage, which turns into split ends. This is common and easy to remedy.

Where the danger lies is using chemicals that come into contact with the scalp, root and hair follicles. Hair dyes and chemical relaxers have the ability to kill the follicle right at the root. The longer a person uses these treatments on the hair and the longer those chemicals sit on the scalp/roots, over time they can potentially cause hair loss. So the key is to limit or eliminate the chemicals you expose your scalp and roots to.

Myth #2: Blame Your Hair Loss on Your Mother’s Side

This is perhaps the biggest and most popular hair loss myth out there. For whatever reason, people still believe in the notion that a person inherits hair loss from their mother’s side. The reality is that what’s responsible for baldness is a particular chromosome that is not related to gender, so the issue of hair loss can actually come from either an individual’s mother or father.

The best way to find out if baldness does run in your family is to look at your immediate family members. Do you notice certain family members with thinning hair, hair loss or total baldness? Don’t forget to consider your grandparents as well as your aunts, uncles and even older cousins. If a pattern is there, you’ll be able to recognize it.

Myth #3: If There’s Hair in the Drain, You’re Experiencing Major Hair Loss

Unless there is an excessive amount of hair in your shower drain, chances are you aren’t suffering from major hair loss that requires treatment. It’s important to understand that it’s completely normal and healthy to lose hair on a daily basis. According to research, we lose around 100 hairs per day. The good news is that the hair that is lost gets replaced by new ones.

It isn’t necessary to count how many hairs are in your drain. If it’s a few strands here and there when you get out of the shower, you’re perfectly fine. Not cleaning your drain regularly can also make it appear as if you’re losing more hair than you really are. Massive hair loss is very easy to spot so unless you see such a sight, hair loss shouldn’t be a huge concern for you.