There was a time that the hair product aisle had little to offer black men. Now, the shelves are stocked. But this is not all good news. Just because the product is in the aisle doesn’t mean it is good for your hair.
It is important to understand what kind of hair you have in order to properly care for it. Understanding not only what makes black hair different from other ethnicities hair is important, but so is understanding your hair type within the spectrum of black hair.
Black men need to care for their hair differently than many ethnicities. One difficulty black men run into with their hair is that it is dry, and many store brands have products that have harsh chemicals that only make this concern worse or products that make your hair greasy looking.
Find products that are designed to keep in moisture. Here is a handy little chart to keep with you as you shop.
jojoba, olive oils
Vitamin E and B5
Alcohol and mineral oils
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Sulfates Parabens and Gluten
In addition to what you put in your hair, you should also consider what you do to your hair. Choosing the right combs and brushes is also important.
Soft bristle brushes are good for hair that you want to flatten. Hard bristles are for hair that is shaped.
Wide-toothed combs are best so they do not catch the hair. You will want to make sure they are seamless as well.
Never brush or comb wet hair as this can damage the follicles. Also, let it dry naturally if possible. Adding unnecessary heat to your hair can dry it out.
Just don’t do it every day. It is a myth that anyone needs to wash their hair every day. Textured hair needs less shampooing. Know your hair. Use gentle cleansers. And just don’t wash your hair every day.
There are plenty of low maintenance hairstyles to choose from that require less upkeep, of course. However, even with those, it is important to take care of your scalp.