One of the biggest perks of having afro hair is that you only have to wash it approximately once a week, which in comparison to most of our every day or every second day routines, is dreamy.
“Afro textured hair can be notoriously fragile”, says Errol Douglas MBE, “so be careful when brushing and combing wet. Always follow the natural curl pattern of the hair and always prep with a complementing product that adds both moisture and protection.”
Moisture is an afro’s best friend. No matter what style you’re going for, always add a hydrating milk, mask, cream, leave in conditioner or oil before styling. Dry heat or steam where possible. Make sure your hair has lots of moisture when you comb it. It is far easier to detangle moisturised hair and minimise self-inflicted breakage. When your hair is dry, you could be used to combing as fast as possible whilst grabbing hold of the roots to minimise pain. Sometimes the hair being wet is all that is needed but if you have extra tight curls try a detangler. Try a big tooth comb too.
While it can be tempting to hold onto all of your hair waiting for it to grow – do ensure that split or damaged ends are not stunting the hair growth! As new hair grows from the roots the rate of breakage from the ends can match it. This makes it feel like your hair has stopped growing. Many people are surprised that when they ‘clean’ up their hair routine, their hair grows faster than what they thought possible. Don’t be afraid, just cut off split and damaged ends – we call it ‘dusting’.
It can be tempting to blow dry your hair straight after a wash just to get rid of the excess water, but this is a quick way to damage your hair. The ends of your hair are more susceptible to damage, simply because it is older and this is the first part that will dry. While you wait for your scalp areas to dry you will continually damage the middle and ends. To be safe, towel dry delicately to stop drips, then apply product and blow dry if you have to. Don’t use the hottest temperature. It’s important to protect the hair especially if it’s fragile.
Errol Douglas London www.erroldouglas.com @erroldouglasldn