Having a beautiful head of hair is important to women of all races and is an extremely important aspect of an African American woman’s appearance. Women of color tend to shampoo their hair less often than other ethnic groups, and about 80 percent of black women use chemical relaxers.
Frequent use of blow-dryers and hot combs, combined with popular hairstyles such as weaves, braids and dreadlocks, can cause physical stress to the hair and contribute to scalp diseases such as alopecia, or hair loss.
Proper hair care can help prevent diseases such as alopecia and skin inflammation known as seborrheic dermatitis. To reduce the risk of contracting a hair or scalp disease, here are a few grooming tips:
- Allow at least two weeks between coloring and relaxing.
- Use a wide-tooth comb while conditioner is still in the hair so that it’s easier to detangle.
- To prevent clogging pores, use natural hair oils with coconut, olive or jojoba oils.
- Shampoo dreadlocks or braids every two weeks.
- Don’t wear braids too tight and don’t wear them longer than three months.
- Shampoo hair weekly with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
- Limit the use of hot combs, blow-dryers and other heated hairstyling products to once per week.
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