Five Tips to Repairing Damaged African American Hair

Many African American women have damaged hair. We spend so much of our time and money on our hair only to go through bouts of dull, dry and breaking hair. With all of the chemicals, heat applications and rough handling of our hair, it’s no wonder that we experience damage and the dreaded hair loss at times. Don’t panic, you can reverse the damage by following our 5 steps of hair growth remedies for healthy hair!

Step 1: Shampoo & Condition

It may seem basic but it starts with your shampoo and conditioner. Be sure to your using moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. These help to make the hair stronger and less likely to break. Conditioner should also be used every time you wash you hair. Pay extra attention to the ends of the hair since they are the oldest and most fragile parts of the hair.

Step 2: Deep Condition

Every 7-10 deep condition your hair for 10-15 minutes. For optimal moisture try to use a conditioner that is a cream rinse, a deep conditioner, leave-in or a protein treatment. It is also beneficial to add a heat cap as it allows the conditioner a deeper penetration to the hair shaft.

Step 3: Moisturize

Moisturizing your hair is so important, especially for African American women whose hair is more dry than others. Use a leave-in conditioner or a moisturizing product regularly between washings. It’s OK to do this 2-3 times a week or as needed. If you work out regularly it’s a good idea to rinse your hair with water to remove the sweat and salt between washings. The water is also adds moisture.

Step 4: Sealing your Hair

Sealing your hair is the last and most important step. You don’t want to do all the work above and not seal in all that moisture. Apply a butter or oil product to your hair to seal in the moisture. This smooths the cuticle and keeps it moisturized longer. For your damaged ends you can apply a shea butter to them and then wrap in plastic wrap for 30 minutes.

Step 5: Protective Styling

Now that you’ve done all of the shampooing, conditioning, moisturizing and sealing you need to take care of your hair to preserve it. The best way to do this is to be careful with it. Wear it up as often as you can. Be gentle when you wash it, use a large toothed comb when detangling, minimize the amount of heat styling and wait 8-10 weeks between chemical treatments. When you brush your hair, don’t pull to hard and don’t wear your braids or weaves too tight, this only leads to hair loss.

Hair Damage Can Be Reversed

It’s scary when you start to see you hair breaking or your ends splitting or when you notice that your hair used to be past your shoulders and now it’s chin length. You don’t have to do the big chop just yet. Try to reverse the damage first by getting your hair healthy. Giving your hair some TLC and some hair growth remedies may be just what it needs.

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