Common Mistakes Black Women Make When Caring For Their Hair}

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Submitted by: Danielle McLoughlin

It is common knowledge by now that Black women tend to spend a lot of money on their hair. Money is spent on everything from shampoos, conditioners, pomades, hair tonics, and treatments to hair extensions, wigs and hair pieces. Every month, new glossy adverts are published with the latest miracle product that promises to solve one of your hair woes or the other. Be it restoring your hair line to its original glory, or growing your hair to lengths youd never dreamt possible, each new product promises wonders.

Ive often noticed that whenever there is a buzz word in the hair care industry, new products quickly appear on the market with the buzz word splattered across its labels and advertising campaigns. For example, argan oil has become popular recently for its moisturising and conditioning effects on hair. As a result a plethora of new products have appeared clearly highlighting the fact they have argan oil in them. It is easy to get carried away by the many benefits these products claim to have and start using too many of them at once.

Black women, who are always on the look out for hair products that will make their hair easier to style tend to fall into this trap time and time again. Below Ive laid out the common mistakes Black women make when caring for their hair which leads them to spend excessively on hair care products.

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1.Receeding hair lines are usually a result of traction alopecia, so addressing the cause of traction alopecia itself will produce quicker results than applying some miracle growth product while wearing tight braids or weaves. It would be like taking a headache tablet because youve banged your head against a wall, then continuing to bang your head against the wall after youve taken the tablet and expect it to work. It wont. Stop the cause of hair pulling that is causing your traction alopecia before you begin treating it.

2.Miracle lotions and potions to treat bald patches or receeding hair lines are a waste of time. If youve suffered from traction alopecia for a long time because of weaves, braids and hair pieces, first take a break from the extensions, then use a proper hair growth treatment like Rogaine or Regaine in Europe on the affected areas for guaranteed results. Minoxidil has been proven to treat hair loss for years so why not use it? Women often fear theyll grow a beard or facial hair, but they neednt be worried as first of all any facial hair grown isnt noticeable, can be waxed off and is only temporary.

3.The scalp doesnt not need the quantities of oil or grease that is often used to moisturise it. African American hair is naturally dry and doesnt reflect light like Caucasian hair does, so Black women tend to use oils and grease to make it shine. The hair industry loves producing these useless pomades and creams every year that claim to encourage hair growth when applied to the scalp regularly. These greases and creams only serve to clog the follicles because black women dont tend not to wash their hair regularly because of how dry it is naturally. If you must, use an oil like virgin coconut oil not more than once a week as it actually gets absorbed by the scalp instead of just sitting on the scalp. Note that dandruff is not caused by a dry scalp but rather by bacteria, so if you suffer from dandruff, find a suitable medicated treatment for it like Nizoral shampoo.

Now with this new found knowledge, take a look in your bathroom cupboard and notice how many of your hair care products you don’t really need anymore.

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