5 absolutely important hair care facts about natural African hair


In order to maintain your natural African hair, there are some important facts to know.  Its no use spending a fortune on hair products if you end of using the wrong products or apply them incorrectly.

 Read the list below and use it to learn more about your hair.

1. Black hair is extremely fragile

Contrary to popular belief (you will be surprised how many people still don’t know) our natural hair is very fragile and so gentle treatment is required to avoid unnecessary breakage and hair loss.

Therefore, always use a wide tooth comb or pick when combing the hair.  Better still, your fingers are a very good tool for detangling.

Avoid fine tooth combs because they just snag and pull at your curly/coily/kinky hair.

Try using quality a wide tooth comb, denman brush or your fingers.  Also make sure that hair is properly untangled especially at the tips of the hair before combing.

2. Natural Curly/kinky hair needs more  moisture than you can imagine

When purchasing hair care products bear this in mind.  Avoid drying products such as hair spray, mousse, holding gels, etc. Opt for moisturizers, leave in conditioners, and styling lotions.

3. All products are not created equal

Always read the list of ingredients and instruction for application on the body of the container of the hair products.

Ingredients are usually listed in the order of volume.Be on the look out for natural oils and good quality ingredients.

Curly hair doesn’t always mean curly african hair.  A product claiming to be created for “curly hair” doesn’t guarantee that it will be suitable for ethnic curly hair.

African hair is usually drier than Caucasian hair and so requires more oil for sealing and moisturizing the scalp because Caucasian scalp produces more oily secretion (sebum) that a Black person’s hair

4. Natural hair works best with natural hair care products

That is, products containing natural ingredients.  These ingredients are usually gentle with natural African hair.

Although as you begin to experiment you will find out that some products with non-natural ingredients may still work well with your hair but it is recommended to begin your journey with natural products that may not be damaging to your strands.

5. Not all hair styles are good for every hair type

Some hairstyles will exert more pressure on your natural hair so it is important to discuss first with a qualified hairdresser the impact certain hairstyles will have on your hair. That is the upsides and downsides and the what measures can be taken to avoid damage to your hair.

Gentle care is required to deal with every hair type to reduce breakages or other kinds to damages to the hair.

Always listen to the voice of your own hair, it will tell you when it is thriving or suffering.

So there, you’ve had it. What have been your experiences with your hair type and hair care products?  Please share.

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Alorye Ugar
CEO/Editor-in-Chief at Vivacious Media Limited
Alorye is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of One Naija Girl. She is passionate about Nigerian women embracing their natural hair and understanding how to take care of it.
She is an Accounting graduate from the University of Calabar, a Fashion designer and CEO of Vivacious Media Limited, Abuja, Nigeria.


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