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Black Hair Care -Relaxed or Natural? That is the Question.

Black Hair Care -Relaxed or Natural? That is the Question.

Black Hair Care -Relaxed or Natural?  That is the Question.

Black Hair Care -Relaxed or Natural? That is the Question.

You've been debating for a while now whether to keep treating your beautiful African American hair with harsh chemicals to keep it straight and easier to style, or to go all natural and embrace the heritage that gave you the curls.

It's a tough decision, and you've got to make this one on your own. Before you jump, it's best to know both sides of the coin.

It Takes Time

Yes, like all things, going natural takes time. It's going to take at least a year for your chemically-treated hair to grow out and for your natural hair texture to show underneath it all.

If you don't think you have the time or desire to go through a lengthy transition phase, maybe going natural isn't for you.

If you decide that you want to give it a go, the best thing to do is to keep close contact with your Black Hair Care specialist to make the transition easier. She'll keep your hair trimmed regularly and find a style that will be most flattering to the shape of your face and the texture of your natural hair at each stage of the transition process.

Natural Black Hair Care Products

When shopping for natural hair care products, it's best not to go by the color of your hair, but by the texture. Believe it or not, African American hair has many different textures.

You could have tight, kinky curls, more relaxed kinks, frizzy, corkscrew, curly, or wavy hair. It could also tend to be coarse, dry, or oily. It's best to read the label and use a natural black hair care product that is specially formulated for your hair type.

Having said that, don't pigeonhole yourself either. If one black hair care product doesn't work the way you expect, try another.

Unlike Caucasian, Asian, or Latino hair, African American hair tends to look more dull. Why is this? First of all, because other hair types tend to be more straight, light is able to reflect off the natural oils in the hair.

Because curly hair is ... well, curly ... it takes longer for the oils in your scalp to travel down the hair shaft to coat the individual strands of hair. This makes your hair look less shiny.

If you want that lustrous sheen on your hair on a daily basis, you might want to consider straightening it. Heat is a great way to straighten - but it also damages your hair, and it only lasts until the next time you wash your hair.

If you want a more "permanent" shiny look, chemical treatments might be the way to go. Again, you will be damaging your hair. Even if it looks shiny, it's not healthy. There are some black hair care products available that will help reduce the amount of damage done to your hair when you opt to relax the curls.

Look for natural hair care products that have jojoba oil, coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil in them. Stay away from petroleum-based oils because these do not moisturize. Instead they act as a sealant. Sealants are great if you already moisturized and want to lock moisture in - but keep in mind that sealants act both ways - they also keep moisture out.


Dedicated To Your Beauty,

Juliette Samuel,
Esthetician/Publisher/Author

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As women and a growing number of men of color, what's your greatest skin care challenge? Whether it's dark spots, uneven skin tone, dark circles,puffiness under your eyes or hair that won't grow, you'll find a product that can possibly become the solution to your challenge.

Moisturizers and ingredients that hydrate your skin will always be your best friend, for your face, body and hair. So look for products with nourishing and nurturing ingredients. Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter and jojoba oils are a few of the ingredients to keep on your list.

We've got new additions to our store for you. Essential oils have been known to help calm and soothe skin and scalp irritations. Although you'll find a sample kit on the hair category page, you can use them for any of your skin and hair care needs.

The hair care sample kit has been given an upgrade. We've increased the size of the container on the shampoo and conditioners and added a hair butter sample to the mix.

Although there's beauty in your blackness, your skin is sensitive and needs protection from the sun just like everyone else. So if you know you're challenged by sunburn, add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to Jojoba and Grapeseed Oil and create a nice body oil for yourself. It will bring comfort and beauty back to your skin.

We're listening to you and your suggestions, so keep an eye on the category pages and your emails for updates.

Until next time ...

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