COVID stopped America in her tracks. Everything shut down including African -American hairstylists. When COVID shut down the economy, Black women who were used to going to the beauty salon suddenly had to find another way to maintain their hair. This article will discuss tips for African American women to care for their hair.
For many African-American women, going to the salon was considered a treat! COVID interrupted many lives and livelihood. That includes stylist and barbers. The Governors of many states shut down all beauty salons. African-American women found they were on their own to figure out how to do their own hair.
Tips for African American Women During COVID
Black women decided we had to do what we had to do! African -American hair is especially fragile and can be easily damaged. Dermatologists offer these tips to keep African American hair healthy and beautiful.
Washing African American Hair
Wash your hair once a week or every other week to avoid a buildup of hair care products as the residue can be drying to the hair. Use conditioner every time you wash your hair. Be sure to coat the ends of the hair with conditioner as the ends are the oldest and most fragile part.
Hot Oil Treatment For the African-American Women
Use a hot oil treatment twice a month to add additional moisture and elasticity to the hair before styling with heat.
Apply a heat-protecting product to wet hair to minimize heat damage. If you would like to relax your hair, see a professional hairstylist ensure the relaxer is applied safely.
To minimize hair damage, touch-ups should only be done every two to three months and only to new hair that has grown in.
How to Care for Relaxed Hair and Straightened Hair
Never apply relaxer to hair that has already been relaxed. If you’d like to press or thermally straighten your hair, use a ceramic comb or iron and only do so no more than once a week.
A straightening device with a dial temperature can ensure the device is not too hot. Use the lowest possible temperature setting that gives you the style you want.
A higher temperature may be necessary for thicker, coarser hair. When getting braids, cornrows or weaves, make sure they are not too tight.
If it hurts, when hair is being styled, ask the stylist to stop and redo it. Pain equals damage. See a board-certified dermatologist.
If you notice any changes in the texture or appearance of your hair, even the slightest bit of noticeable fanning can be the start of hair loss. If you have hair loss, see a dermatologist as soon as possible.