curly or Ethnic hair does not produce as much oils (Sebum) as Caucasian hair. Sebum is the oily secretion created by the sebaceous glands and it is responsible for generating and feeding nutrients to the follicles, also gives the hair its flexibility and luster.
Each hair follicle has a dermal papilla which is responsible for our hair growth, the hair follicles are fed with the sebum, (oil produced by sebaceous glands.)
Sebum is produced abundantly in Caucasian hair. For this reason, Curly hair needs more moisture than Caucasian hair. This is the reason why Caucasians, are 10 times more likely to experience baldness than African Americans,
Curly or coarse hair is different from any other hair types, simply because our hair requires more moisture to maintain its natural beauty. All products are not created equally we must avoid products such as; hair grease, mousse, holding sprays and hair gels. We must opt for products rich in moisture and a high level of natural ingredients, especially those created for Natural- curly hair.
The best products to help curls definition contains; Silk protein, panthenol, glycerin, keratin, and sorbitol. These ingredients are absolutely necessary in curly hair conditioners and treatments and are often found in leave-in Treatments and styling lotions.
The best natural moisturizers for curly hair include; Soy, Aloe Vera, Jojoba oil, wood oils, rosemary, calendula, avocado, Wheat, Honey, Light Proteins and certain Aromatic Spices
Wear protective styles. Avoid or eliminate pulling and handling, eliminate Holding gels, blow dryers and hot tools. avoid wearing wet hairstyles. It is not a good idea to wear your hair wet daily" Air-drying can be time-consuming, but it is always great.
Deep treat your hair. At least every 3 weeks you must use a deep treatment. make sure the products you select contain natural ingredients, moisturizers and amino acids. Honey is an excellent way to deep treat natural hair.
Lack of protein and moisture can often contribute to dehydration and porosity. "the layers of our hair cuticle are not able to maintain the natural moisture.
These techniques will keep your hair moisturized and help your curls to hold longer
"Before the pool, I personally apply a silicon base product on my hair as well as on my Daughter's hair.
Silicon will prevent the penetration of chlorine water, it has the ability to wrap around the hair shaft to prevent the outside damaging agents from going in to the hair that is why most women find silicon products to work for their curly hair.
Silicone components have extremely large molecules, which make it almost impossible for the hair shaft to absorb the chlorine. However, using silicon base products as a daily hair care routine, can create silica build up around the hair follicle, eventually causing hair loss and breakage
Products with high content of sodium, and calcium. They can lead to dryness.
There are many wonderful solutions and products to help us embrace ou natural curls.
We must know and understand our hair texture and needs, we must keep our hair clean. It is OK to shampoo and treat every two weeks to avoid products build up on your scalp. However, if your hair is shampooed too often the chemicals in shampoo will strip your natural hair oils.
We don’t always need to use hair shampoos; but if you feel the need to wash your hair weekly, you can skip the shampoo and use hair conditioners or balsams as a replacement to coo-wash your hair. every other week.
Shampooing and applying hair gel daily simply isn't the best option. I am not trying to say that you should not shampoo your hair or completely eliminate gels, but in order to ensure hair health and curl definition, you will need to compromise and care for your hair.