How to Take Care of Your Hair

Published on: December 5, 2020 (Updated on: April 22, 2024)

Knowing how to take care of your hair is important. Follow these tips.

African hair is generally classified as kinky and curled hair. However, Africans have varying hair types thus it is necessary to understand your hair type. In that way you'd understand what hair product and hair maintenance vogue is harmful or healthy for your hair. Using the Andre Walker's hair writing system which is the best and most descriptive hair writing system, you could determine your hair type and know how to take care of it . The hair writing system ranges from straight to kinky hair type. Since African hair is of a kinky nature, it falls below hair varieties 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, and 4c.

How to Take Care of Your Hair

Here are some hair maintenance routines according to your hair type

Caring for type three hair (Curly Hair):

• This hair type is outlined and bouncy.

• It is soft and tender so it does not require much moisture

• Use hair gels and creams with light-weight moisture.

• Do not use comb on hair once it's dry. It reduces the hair abundant quicker.

• Use cloth pillow or hair cap to sleep to reduce tangling of hair curls

Caring for type four hair (Kinky Hair):

• This hair type is incredibly fragile and tightly curled thus try and avoid hair care once dry.

• To detangle hair, use conditioner or natural Shea butter treatment (I would elaborate on this later during this article) and comb.

• You'll be able to reduce tangling by covering your hair with cloth hair cap. This also helps to retain moisture.

• Hair tends to shrink 60% of the actual hair length.

Key tips for your hair

Causes of Poor Hair Growth

1) Poor Hair Care 
2) Overprocessing and heat styling your hair
3) Bad hair combing routine
4) Dry hair and scalp
5) Lack of effective hair treatments
6) Chemical treatments

How to make natural Shea butter hair treatment Cream

• Shea butter (make certain it's pale colored Shea butter)

• Coconut Oil

• Olive oil

• Castor oil

• Hot water


Put the Shea butter in a bowl or container and put the container in a bowl of hot water to melt it.
Once it is in a creamy state, remove from heat and add the coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil in small quantities. 
Apply liberally, massaging it into your hair twice or thrice per week. 
This mixture is natural and can also be used as a conditioner due to its hair softening quality. It moisturizes and heals the hair.

Bad hair care routines

• Combing hair once it's dry with no moisture.

• Combing from the root of the hair to the tip.

Good hair care routines

• After washing hair, condition it (either with leave-in conditioner or traditional conditioner), while the hair is still damp, moisturize it and comb.

• Divide your hair into sections, in each, begin from the tips to comb, going towards the roots gently whereas ensuring it fully detangled.

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