This week we're republishing an article written by former Ethnic Beauty editor, April Alisa Marquette. As ethnic beauties we seem to get all worked up when it comes to caring for our hair. Even when we decide to wear a bald head, the caring of the skin on our head becomes very important so that we can get just the right look.
Here's what April had to say about caring for your "Beautiful Hair." Enjoy!
For ethnic beauties, most often our hair is our crowning glory. Therefore, for this reason we should never neglect it and we should always protect it, during and after styling. What if my hair is damaged, some of you might ask. Well, then let us look at a little damage control. After every wash, your hair needs conditioning, unless of course you're using a conditioning shampoo...but even then, I happen to like conditioner. I feel good knowing I'm doing that little extra for my hair; and know this beautiful, hair will indeed reward you for your efforts, by coming to life, and appearing shiny and healthy.
What should I use; you may ask. Answer: there are repairing hair masks and in-depth treatments. There is even a luster-restorer called hair mud -- sounds funny, I know. Available at beauty supply stores everywhere, some are rich in olive butter and even omega-6 fatty acids to help get frizzed out, dry, broken, split, and or fuzzy strands on recovery road. Hair masks aid the healing of locks because they are deep treatments designed for specific hair textures. For ethnic beauties whose hair has been color or chemically treated, you especially need a rich conditioner which will replace lost moisture. These treatments, continually applied, should have you seeing a lot less hair in the sink. For the lovelies rocking natural do's there are intensive hair masks that offer both shine and manageability. The conditioners made by Miss Jessie's, happen to be great for curly, natural, and chemically treated hair. I faithfully use them and the results are sublime!
Let us not forget that if we are applying heat to our hair -- which many of us do -- we need protection. There are a host of serums available that will shield our hair from potentially damaging hot tools such as blow dryers, curling and flat irons. Many of these heat protection serums are also infused with coconut, jojoba, and other essential oils which will not weigh hair down or unbecomingly plaster it together. Other heat protectants contain silicone which has heat-resistant and non-stick properties.
For shine, why not try a non-alcohol based polishing mist, which will not only dazzle, but help to also eliminate hair raising frizz? I've suggested alcohol-free so that there will be no drying of the hair which can cause already stressed tresses to further break.
For those of you whose locks are stronger, there are literally dozens of ethnic hair glosses. For hair that is silky in texture, Purity Design has created Pure Water Drops. Available in a cute little frosted glass bottle with a pump dispenser, a few clear drops applied to dry hair will give one weightless shine. Its fragrance is also nice and light. Ethnic beauties, beautiful hair is a choice...so today, choose to do what’s best for your hair. Also watch what you put in your body! Then over time, watch your hair respond, beautifully.
That's it for this week, As always...
Dedicated To Your Beauty