1. Low Manipulation
The key of getting long healthy hair is low manipulation. You will find an incredible difference in your hair by cutting if you normally style your hair and use heating tools daily. It is recommended to choose twists or twist-outs, or other styles that will last a week, thus you don’t need to heat them each day. If you can, you can try combing and brushing your hair only on wash days. Smooth areas with your hands. Keep your hands out of your hair during the day.
- Stop combing hair daily.
- Stop brushing hair daily.
- Stop curling hair daily.
- Stop twirling your hair around your fingers!
- Avoiding letting your hair brush against your collar or clothing every single day!
2. Moisturize Hair
African American hair textures are very dry. It is important to moisturize hair to remain its pliable and elastic. Moisturized hair behaves better and is easier to style. Moisturized hair is less prone to breaking and snapping.
- Use conditioner or a moisturizing shampoo to wash hair.
- Use a moisturizing conditioner to deep condition it and rinse out.
- To ensure that each strand gets moisturized, you can apply a moisturizer to every strand in small sections
- Apply coconut oil to seal the moisturizer you applied.
- Style hair.
Moisturize hair on a daily or every-other-day basis, ensuring hair never gets dried out or crunchy/crispy. Deep condition weekly to get the best results. You can notice how it feels, and see how it responds to your touch to learn how often your hair needs moisture.
3. Protect Hair Ends
Your “youngest” hair is growing directly at your scalp, which means the hair at the ends of each strand is the “oldest.” The ends of your hair have received the bulk of the damage, so they are the most delicate. Now, it’s time to protect your hair ends.
- Trim split ends.
- Keep the ends very well moisturized.
- To keep ends from the elements, and from brushing against your collar, shoulders or back, you can wear your hair out and loose with wearing it in updos that “hide” the ends of your hair. If your hair is too short for an updo, you just only need to moisturize it.
- Wear a satin scarf or bonnet and sleep on a satin pillowcase, protecting the ends from snagging/pulling/snapping on harsher fabrics.