Have you ever wondered what your hair would say if it could talk? Well, it may not be able to speak, but it certainly has it’s own personality. Each and every one of us has distinct characteristics that make us unique and so does our hair!
When looking specifically at one of the most misconceived hair types, ethnic hair, there are differences in the nature of the hair fiber and hair care needs that truly make it like no other.
What is ethnic hair?
African American and bi-racial hair textures are usually referred to when describing ethnic hair. Often times, the nature of ethnic hair is curly, ranging from loose curls to tight coils. The spiral, spring shaped strands are typically born out of curly, flat hair follicles. Research shows that African American hair produces more oils and sebum compared to any other group. But, because the hairs are coiled shape, it prevents the oils from getting evenly distributed, which can result in dry, damage-prone hair. These unique characteristics make it especially important for those with ethnic hair to practice optimal hair care methods.
How do you care for ethnic hair?
To prevent over-drying ethnic hair, it is ideal to avoid frequent washing. A good wash one to two times a week is plenty enough and should always be followed up with moisturizers such as conditioner and oils. When it comes to blow-drying and straightening hair, letting the hair air dry or sitting under a heated dryer will help to prevent damage that can occur from stressing hair when wet, which is its most fragile state. Protective styles such as braids and properly installed weaves are options that help to shield natural hair from being exposed to outside elements. Weaves or braids that are too tight or too loose can pull on the hair and can contribute to hair thinning or hair loss. You can achieve the best care for your hair by practicing good maintenance and making occasional appointments with a licensed hair care professional.
Is ethnic hair prone to loss and thinning?
There are myths that “ethnic hair can’t grow long and healthy”. Generally, it grows at the same rate as other hair types, but due to the fragile and dry nature of the hair, it can break just as fast as it grows. There are ways to avoid breakage, hair loss and thinning. And for those who have already had bad hair experiences, there are a number of options to restore and repair it. Although, there is no miracle potion that will fix damaged here, there are professionals who specialize in hair restoration who can help. Most treatments for hair loss begins with a consultation. By finding out what’s stressing your strands, a trichologist can help you choose the right solution. Some solutions may include laser therapy, hair supplements, regularly scheduled visits and more.
If you are interested in finding out the best way to care for your hair type, request an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation with certified trichologist, CEO of Global Trichology Training, Donyelle Mcbride.