Because African American hair is prone to dryness and breakage, it is essential that you invest in some quality hair care products that were designed precisely for your hair.
Shea butter is an absolute must for African Americans. It is a great moisturizer for your hair, but did you know it works very well on your skin too? It is absorbed quickly into the skin and is best if it is applied twice a day. Oils By Nature makes a great shea butter and their products are made from natural and organic ingredients.
If your hair is chemically treated, you’ll need to deep condition your hair at least once a month. I especially like Treasured Locks’ Deep V Conditioner. It is scented with jojoba and vanilla and works wonderfully well especially when activated by heat.
If you have braids or dreadlocks, I recommend African Pride Braid Sheen spray with extra shine. This spray softens, shines and moisturizes your braids and can be used every day on your scalp to curtail the frizzies.
Carol’s Daughter (request a catalog to see all of her products) makes a fantastic line of hair care products for African Americans. Her products have been featured on Oprah Winfrey’s show and are simply wonderful. My favorite is Tui leave in conditioner. The tui oil conditions and hydrates your scalp and is scented with lavender and mango for exotic smelling hair.
Blended Beauty has an entire line of products created for kinky curls, Afros and relaxed hair. Happy Nappy Styles is one of Blended Beauty’s products and it dries soft and is never greasy. Many people have recommended this product to me and is suitable for use on children too.
The right brush is essential for caring for your African American hair. The Kakakiki KombBrush was created with rounded-tines so that it would not get tangled and break the hair. All you need to do is moisturize and put the brush through your hair. It gently massages your scalp, which helps to stimulate hair growth.