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6 Effective Hair Care Tips For Men's Afro

A proper method and the reduction of harmful products will help you keep your hair in super good condition. Take a look at these things you can do to manage your afro hair.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

Most people think that afro hair is very difficult to look after. That is why a lot of men are having their afro hair trimmed as soon as it grows an inch. But managing afro hair is not that complicated as long as you have a routine. Yup, it is more than just selecting the perfect product. A proper method and the reduction of harmful products will help you keep your hair in super good condition. Take a look at these things you can do to manage your afro hair.

Avoid washing your hair daily.

We all know how drying shampoos can be, especially those that contain sulfate. Sulfate-based shampoos are effective cleaners but they are harmful to your hair. They can strip your strands of their natural oils, causing irritation and dryness. Washing your hair often using sulfate-based shampoos will just damage and dry out your scalp. I am sure you do not want that to happen so be sure to not wash your afro hair every day. once a week is okay. But if you want to wash it daily, make sure you use sulfate-free shampoos that contain natural ingredients that can clean your scalp and hair without drying them. Sulfate-free shampoos can also help strengthen your hair and support its growth.

Do not forget to condition your hair.

Conditioning your afro hair will keep it soft and ready for moisture. You might want to consider using a silicone-free conditioner for it can smooth, moisturize, and detangle your hair. Do not worry if your conditioner at home contains silicone in its ingredients. The choice to use products with or without silicone is entirely up to you, but if you want your hair frizz-free and with some extra moisture, I suggest you opt for a silicone-free shampoo and conditioner for best results. Also, conditioning your hair will help to keep it looking and feeling healthier and smoother.

Moisturize your afro hair.

Moisturizing your afro hair is crucial in keeping it hydrated, strong, and healthy. Don't you want your hair to look shinier and stronger? That's what moisturized hair will look and feel. As we all know, afro hair is prone to breakage and dryness. So moisturizing it after washing will help to lock in moisture and fight breakages. How to properly moisturize your hair? It is just simple. First, put some water-based moisturizing product, then seal in the moisture using an oil. And lastly, layer your hair on cream. Leave-in conditioners or moisturizing creams are great. Another way to lock in moisture after washing your hair is braiding or twisting it before going to bed so your hair strands will be closer together and the moisture can flow freely up and down the hair shaft. Putting a silk headwrap is an excellent way to protect your hair. You might want to consider doing it.

Opt for natural products.

If you want to start maintaining healthy, strong, and damaged-free afro hair, the first thing you need to do is to switch to natural products. Shampoos with natural ingredients such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, and aloe vera are very gentle on the scalp. They can improve your hair's health and remove build-up without making it dry. And as I mentioned above, a silicone-free conditioner is recommended to make sure your afro hair is ready for hydration without the buildup of heavy silicones.

Be mindful of what you eat.

Just like your body, your hair needs proper nutrition too. Eating unprocessed foods rich in healthy oils and fats like nuts, vegetables, avocado, salmon, grains, and olives provide nutrients and vitamins that your hair needs to stay strong, healthy, and shiny.

Protect your hair and scalp from harsh conditions.

Harsh environmental conditions can gradually damage your afro hair. Rain can displace moisture and it can make your hair frizzy. While heat can dry out your scalp. You can protect your hair with a hat, headscarf, or bandana. So be sure to always carry any of these if you are going out. It is better to be prepared no matter what the weather is.

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