Making people beautiful isn’t a job that should be done without passion as it requires great care in handling people. To this effect, we have on stand black hair stylists who are well acquainted with black people hair and black hairdressers skilled in adding hair extensions such as dreadlock extensions.
As a black hair stylist and dreadlock hair stylist in Toronto, lots of our customers ask questions about African American hair. And unfortunately, we can't generalize what's best since every individual hair is unique, we compiled a variety of recommended practice
The African American hair has varieties of needs.
The most frequent complaint about black hair is that it looks dull or dry. It helps to know that Natural Black or African hair will not be as shiny as permed hair or Caucasian hair. A major fragment of what makes hair shiny is the structure of the hair, not only the moisture it contains or the amount of lubricant applied. If the cuticles are lying flat (smooth hair), the hair will reflect light better meaning it will be shiny. If the skins are raised, the hair will absorb light meaning it will be dull. Apart from changing the structure of the hair by getting a perm or relaxer black hair will only be so shiny. Some apply grease to make it shinier, and this can damage the hair. That said, natural African hair can appear healthy, smooth and have a nice healthy sheen, which is a big misconpetion with people who wish to start growing Natural Dreads.
Before starting anything, it’s critical to have the right tools. Although many products can be bought cheaply at the drug store or grocery store here in Toronto or Greater Toronto Area, it’s best for you and your hair to get the best tools you can afford. Nartural African American products are hard to come by, especially Dreadlock products. At Nannies we have a wide variety of products built and created especially for your hair.
This section will be particularly relevant to those of you who have not worked with kinky hair.
We have customers that patronize black hair stylists in Toronto and Greater Toronto Area, and who wash their hair once in a week and sometimes slightly longer with fewer washes in winter and more during summer. From experience, though a common error noticed is that, non-African parents of Biracial or African children are washing their hair too often. Several Caucasian wash their hair daily also. A child with Black or African hair, shouldn’t have his/her hair washed daily; this causes dullness and dryness. This is especially the case when washing dreadlocks as you don’t need to was the hair as frequently due to the locking process.
How to properly moisturize African American hair
The most important key to healthy African American hair care is moisture. Due to the structure of our hair getting dry easily. Dry hair is devoid elasticity which makes it brittle and easy to break. Apply good moisturizer and do so often. Moisturizing is not the same as oiling and is definitely not the same as adding what we call grease. The idea of whether to oil or not is controversial in African hair care. The ball is in our court. A personal view is that the right oil is of vital importance. Natural oils mostly.
Many a time do we get asked in regards perming for young girls. We strongly recommend that prepubescent girls should not be permed. The hair and the skin are underdeveloped and changing their hair that early in life might give them the impression that their hair is good enough.
Perming or relaxing the hair might seem like an easy solution to the kinky/frizzy/hard-to-comb problem. But, there are several things you should know before heading down this path. We’ve seen unaware mothers actually make matters much worse by not knowing this before getting started.
A chemical relaxer or perm is a process that is best performed by a professional. Serious damage can be done to the hair (that can never be repaired, it has to grow out). A relaxer, improperly applied can do permanent damage to the scalp.
The only compromise we would even contemplate on this would be to take your child to a local beauty school if you just cannot pay the money beauty salons are charging. At least they’ll get the perm under professional supervision. And, the cost is usually a pretty small fraction of the cost in our hair salon.
If you insist on applying perms at home, please read and follow the instructions carefully.
Do not keep perming the part of the hair that has already been treated. Only apply the perm to the new growth (the kinky stuff underneath). Perming the same part of a strand of hair over and over again thins it a little each time. Eventually, it will break. It’s not a question of “if,” it’s “when.”
If you begin to relax your child’s hair, you must keep on doing it. When the natural hair reaches a certain length underneath the relaxed hair (hair grows from the root), the hair begins going through a transition stage. At this point, the hair is very vulnerable to excessive breakage. Generally speaking, a perm will be required every 6-8 weeks unless you are prepared to transition back to natural hair. Transitioning, without taking proper precautions can be very traumatic because of the breakage.
If you relax your child’s hair, you weaken the hair and reduce the ability for the scalp to naturally oil itself. Permed hair is especially delicate and must be cared for even more diligently than natural hair. But, it's better to perm hair than to fry it with excessive heat trying to make it straight or to end up breaking it off by combing it too aggressively.
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