Black Hair Dye

Hair dye's are used by people every where to give their hair a 3D'cle look making them look good, but when it comes to removing hair dye especially aBlacka hair dye it's a whole new aspect as it needs more attention and more precautions to attend to the health of the hair after the process. Removing black hair dye is a special case; continue reading and we tell you various methods of removing it from our hair and other undesirable places.

Removing black hair dye is a tricky process, and if it's permanent the process gets trickier. The best way or method is to let nature of our body do it's work, what do you mean you say, let your natural black hair outgrow the black dyed hair. If you in a hurry or your annual dinner is just round the corner and your need a quick hair do, bleaching with chemicals is the only way to go. Bleaching is a straining process, not for you of course with you sitting on the salon reading magazines with air conditioning; but to your hair.
Bleaching makes your hair stretchy and thin, as bleaching bleaches away the black dye and the outer layer of your hair making it fragile. If it's done in a non-professional matter your hair may come loose on your comb, don't get frighten like you got cancer. The main caution when removing black hair dye is that so it is to be removed evenly. After the bleaching process a toner is recommended to be used as this would reduce the orangey tone of the hair. It also acts as a conditioner for the hair preventing further damage.

Other options are also available to be used for removing black hair dye, which is to use other colored dyes to remove it after some mild bleaching and shampooing. A mixture of powder bleach and shampoo/conditioner is used, whilst preparing the mixture with equal parts of water. A creamy consistency or mixture is to be obtained after a mild mixing of the ingredients is done.

The mixture after been applied evenly and quickly slows down the bleaching process that actually strains the hair. This process is to be done at salons with people who are professionals in such fields, but for people that are equip with enough knowledge and practice it can be done at home. The time frame which the mixture is left on the hair is also a vital factor, if a short duration is at hand it would make the process easier but the whole process would take a much longer period of time as several trips are needed to complete the whole circle of process.

Black hair dye has to be dealt with respect, as it is difficult to be removed from any surface including skin and fabric. Applying Vaseline along the hairline is a good idea for prevention. Several other ways of removing black hair dye like rubbing cigarette ash, dipping milk in cotton balls, using WD-40, nail polish and hair spray over the stained area can also be applied.

Removing black hair dye

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I dye my hair black without black dye?
    I have very blonde hair (almost platinum) and I am trying to put raccoon tails (if you don't know what that is look it up) in my hair but I don't have any black dye. Do you know of any substitutes to black hair dye?

    • ANSWER:
      try this site to make your hair black

  2. QUESTION:
    How do I keep black hair dye out of my blonde hair while dyeing it?
    I have black hair with blonde bangs, and I need to find a way to keep my black dye from getting into the blonde when i rinse it out. Otherwise, my blonde turns an ugly color for about a week. Any tips??
    I've tried tying them everytime, it still doesn't work.

    • ANSWER:
      you could try tying your bangs together, like with braids or in a little pony tail, that might work.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do I get black hair dye out of my hair?
    I've been dying my hair black for almost a year now and I'd like to change the color. I tried dying over it with another color, but only my roots came out. A friend told me to pour peroxide in my hair, but another friend told me that peroxide would make my hair start to fall out. Is this true? Also, I can't afford to have my hair color stripped at a salon right now. Does anyone know how I can get the black dye out any other way?

    • ANSWER:
      I have done this before.

      First, try rinsing/fading as much dye out as possible. I have done a detailed post on the best methods on my blog site here: http://www.slightcaseofinsanity.com/2009/12/tips-for-removing-hair-dye-faster/

      Then, if the colour you are wanting to go is the same or darker than the colour of your hair now you can simply dye it. Otherwise, you will need to strip out more colour, using bleach/peroxide. I do mine myself. I buy bleach powder and cream peroxide which you mix together and apply like hair dye. Depending on the colour (and health) of your hair dictates the strength (called 'volume) of the peroxide you use and also how long you will need to leave it on for (and if you need to do it more than once). But if you go to a hair supplies place they are normally good at advising which volume peroxide and developing times etc.

      I have done a post on products and dyeing advice here: http://www.slightcaseofinsanity.com/2009/12/my-hairproduct-tips-and-advice/ These products have SAVED my hair. I cannot recommend strongly enough the importance of using good products on your hair to maintain its condition whilst bleaching.

      If you have any doubts, I recommend having a professional do it though. Bleaching is very hit and miss doing it yourself and a lot can go wrong. But if you are up for the challenge, do a bit of research, ask the shop assistants questions and give it a go!

      Good luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of black hair dye without damaging hair?
    I have been dying my hair black on and off for over four years now. The first time I tried to strip the black dye from hair I had to dye it blonde (not bleach), red and then a dark brown. This did actually work, but as I am trying to grow my hair, I was wondering if there were a much safer and perhaps cheaper way of doing this without damaging or drying out my hair.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, unfortunately the answer is no.

      Although, Lindsay Lohan just spent 9 hours in a salon to turn her black/brown hair to blonde. A salon is always the best investment for major hair issues.

  5. QUESTION:
    What non permanent black hair dye actually works?
    I've heard all the horror stories of non permanent black dye that never came out or didn't come out completely. Only, I need the dye for Halloween and for a party this Friday. Please answer soon! PS - I have dirty blonde hair.

    • ANSWER:
      buy a wig or see if you can find spray in stuff. if you use even semi permanent dye it still wont wash out of the hair completely and you'll have to re-dye it.

  6. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between Jet black and midnight black hair dye?
    I always Dye my hair a with a midnight/blue black dye, but this time i got a jet black hair dye and i want to know if it will look different or maybe Darker
    -Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Midnight Black has a slight blue hue. Jet Black is 100% black.

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I dye black hair back to brown?
    My natural colour is not far from brown, but I don't wanna wait for my hair to grow out. The black dye is just drugstore dye, and I don't wanna go to a salon to get my hair dyed brown, it costs too much. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend going to a salon and getting it done professionally but if you want to do it your self I suggest just getting hair bleach (hydrogen peroxide) and the solvent (volume 20 would do fine) put it in your hair and leave it in for about 5-10 minutes depending on how brown you want your hair. okay just caution this will damage ur hair I have long bleach blond hair and my hair is naturally jet black so I bleach my hair myself because I cant afford getting it done professionally but I do recommend that you do if you can afford it.

      My hair is white but I know that the hair bleach works because when Im bleaching my roots it if I leave it in for a short period of time it goes trough a brown color.

      hope it helps :)

  8. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to avoid black hair dye on your scalp?
    I've dyed my hair black before and it always leaves my scalp black for about a week. I have an important event in 2 weeks and I have a few strands of white hair. If you know a way to get rid of the black dye more easily, or how to completely avoid this from happening please tell me:)

    • ANSWER:
      Before you color your hair don't wash it for 2 or 3 days. This will allow your natural oils to settle on your scalp and work as a protectant against stains.
      another thing you can do is after coloring your hair really really scrub it haha i meen a good 15 minutes of massaging your scalp.
      Shampoo deactivates the coloring chemicals and it should just wash out.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you remove BLACK hair dye from skin?
    I dyed my hair brown but turned black on me! Now I am left with black dye all over my skin and it WILL NOT come off for nothing! I have tried dishsoap, laundry soap, nail polish remover, cleaning chemicals and nothing works! Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      If you are talking about things at home readily available... try baking soda which is the same alkalinity as soap and has an abrasiveness to it... me myself I would go as far as Comet cleanser or something like... but that's me.

      That make some removers and they are available at sally beauty Supply but what I have told you gets as good results as far as i am concerned.

      Hope this helps;-)))

  10. QUESTION:
    How would my hair turn out if I used a Volume 40 Bleach over black hair dye?
    I just dyed my hair black, and now I wanted to bleach some parts.
    I have a powder based Volume 40 bleach kit, and realized there may be some discoloration? Because of the red undertones in the black dye and whatnot.
    Would it turn out orange?
    And if it ended up turning a yellow, would putting a blonde toner in it make it okay?

    And would I be able to put color over it? Specifically a turquoise color.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably red or orange. Unless you can get it to a lemony yellow a toner won''t work. You need to get it to that color also to use the turquoise. If you don't have really healthy hair I wouldn't recommend it.

  11. QUESTION:
    How can i remove my black hair dye?
    I want my brown natural hair back. But people keep telling me its impossible to dye it brown since i have a permanent black dye in my hair.

    I want to avoid bleaching it because of the damage.

    I dont want to cut it and waiting till it grows will take too long.

    Help please, how can i get my brown hair back?

    • ANSWER:
      they sell hair strippers to take out dye, however they seem to have a similar effect as bleaching. you could always hope it fades and pack on color with a semi-permanent dye.

  12. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of permanent black hair dye?
    hey:)
    i have originally light brown hair, but i've always hated it. so for about a year now i've been dyeing it black and occasionally bleaching peices to put in pink or purple:P anyway, i want to get all the black dye out. i know bleaching it all is probably what most of you will say but i was looking for some alternate options. anything that will help make it fade faster or something?
    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Black doesn't fade well and it will look terrible with brown roots. What I suggest is that you go to your stylist and ask that they use Pravana on it. It's a very mild stripping agent. You might have to ask your stylist to order it in advance. But believe me, it's worth it. My sister, a stylist, used it on my daughter's hair and one application not only took out the strongest color, (she had more than one color) but it blended it with no damage. It came out beautiful without major damage that regular stripping agents do. For black, it may take a couple of applications, but if you don't mind a lighter blended version, one may do it. I would NOT do over the counter stuff. Your hair could very well be ruined.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the longest lasting black hair dye in stores?
    K, i dyed my hair with Feria (starry night) and it washed out in a week.

    Anyone know a long lasting black dye with a bluish tint? And how long it lasts?

    Thanks in advance:)

    • ANSWER:
      Its not a store brand, but you can purchase it from online stores....GOLDWELL! I have porous hair and this stuff really stays put nicely. Their black-blue is super shimmery and vibrant.
      here is a link , I get this stuff from sleek hair. Use the 10vol develper. 2A is black blue, or refer to the color chart.

      http://www.sleekhair.com/7602.html

  14. QUESTION:
    Can you add a few drops of black to midnight blue hair dye to make blue black dye?
    I love dying my hair black.I like having black hair. I have been trying out the different shades of black.
    I saw midnight blue hair dye and its a really dark blue.Can you add a few drops of black to make blue black dye that stands out?Is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      The hair dye box usually warns you not to mix different dyes.
      Ever notice that when you dye your hair black the solution is blue after it's on you for awhile. If you want it black but still with an undertone of blue leave the hair dye in a bit longer than what the box says. I actually did this on accident but hey it's the result you want so I can say that it works. So next time you dye your hair with black just leave it in like10 min longer than what the box says. Try Midnight Black hair dye for best results.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the best product I can buy to remove black hair dye?
    I don't want to pay salon prices to have my hair stripped and I want to know what is the best and safest product to buy to remove the black dye?

    • ANSWER:
      Loreal Color Oops - can be found in the hair dye section of most drugstores. The product - when the instructions are followed precisely, will open the pores in your hair, so when you shower the dye and seep out. There is no bleach and is the safest and healthiest home method available. If you have dyed your hair black for a long time, or dyed it for the first time more then a month ago, you may not get results, Ive read of some people getting results after two uses rather than one. Also - be careful if you dye your hair after using color oops, the pores or open meaning your hair will absorb more color which means it will be darker, then expected.

      You also should use head and shoulders shampoo everyday (wash, rinse, repeat) maybe even leave the shampoo in your hair while you wash your body or something. Dandruff shampoos are extremely harsh on any substance foreign to your hair, it wont make the color go away, but it will make it fade. Make sure you also use conditioner! They also open the hair cuticles. Make sure you wash with warm water

      Also- I've read that hot oil treatments fade hair color quite effectively.

  16. QUESTION:
    How will black dye fade on my hair?
    If I got black hair dye on my blonde hair, how would it fade? Slowly, quickly? Would it fade to brown or just stay black and not fade?

    • ANSWER:
      grayish/purple is what it will turn to. IDK how fast it will fade

  17. QUESTION:
    Help I dyed my hair black :( is there any shampoo that will take out the black hair dye?
    I have dark brown hair and was curious what black hair would look like and I used a permanent black hair dye and it's dreadful. Are there any shampoo's that will take out the black dye or at least help it to fade? What ingredients help hair dye to fade?

    • ANSWER:
      Mane n tails shampoo takes colour out also depends if your hair dye was a stain if so you gotta let it fade on its own

  18. QUESTION:
    How long will black hair dye last?
    So i got black hair dye and I'm going to dye my hair black. I have dyed it twice and it has always washed out after a week. And it always turned out to be a lighter color even thought i go for a dark brown.
    So i just want to know if black dye will last?

    • ANSWER:
      Cosmetologist/Instructor for 25 years here!!
      Oh it will last. You will have to have it stripped out when you are ready to make a change!!
      It is fading out because of what you are shampooing with. You need to use a ph balanced professional salon product. It keeps the cuticle layer closed and holds that dye molecule in. Plus it maintains the moisture that gives you that soft shiny hair you're looking for.
      Commercial products use harsh detergents that strip color out, coat your hair with waxes, and just suck the life out of your hair.
      Beware the more color built up on the hair shaft the harder to get out when you decide you want to try a new look. This will require decolorization of the hair first...very hard on the hair. Just beware.
      I hope I have been helpful to you and good luck!!

  19. QUESTION:
    Getting rid of old black hair dye?
    I dyed my hair black twice, then used a dye remover and some red hair dye about six months ago. I've been using red or reddish hair dyes since. Apart from my roots, my hair is still pretty dark and I'd like to go for a lighter or brighter colour but I need to fully lift out the old black dye to do that. How do I go about doing that?

    • ANSWER:
      You should really go to a stylist who can strip and lighten your hair. I used to dye my hair black and it's a huge process to lighten. You can really mess up your hair if you don't do it right. Go to a professional to be safe!

  20. QUESTION:
    Can I dye my black hair different shade of black?
    I have jet black hair, and really like the look of black-dyed hair. Like when someone with brown/blonde hair dyes it that midnight black color, it look so much deeper than jet shiny black. Would this be easy/ok to do myself? or do I need to go to a professional for the results I want?

    • ANSWER:
      Sure there are several shades of black, you can use a semi permanent color so if you don't like it, you won't be stuck with it as long. It's easy just go to your beauty supply store and make sure you get gloves. Good luck

  21. QUESTION:
    What's The Easiest Black Hair Dye To Bleach Out Of Your Hair?
    I had black hair for about 2 years. It took me along time before I was finally able to get it light enough to dye it another color. Now I want to dye it black again, but just in case I want to dye it something else, I was hoping to find a black dye that bleached out easily. Is there such thing?

    • ANSWER:
      You'd wanna get semi permanent hair color. It needs to be redyed more often, but it fades faster, which sounds like what you need.

  22. QUESTION:
    will colour stripping work to get the black hair dye out?
    i've been dyeing my hair the same permanent black for over a year now, but i want to have it lighter again. (just a dark brown, no major change!)
    because i've used so much black dye, will there be problems? i don't want to absolutely kill my hair or anything.

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    I tried semi permanent black hair dye but it wont come off why?
    I applied it to my roots since i have permanent black dye in my hair but the roots arent washing off and its been 3 months and i wash them every second day it was suppose to come off after 24 shampoos ? wtf?

    • ANSWER:
      Your hair was porous when you applied the color. This has caused the semi-perm to penetrate the cuticle of the hair and has deposited the color pigment into the middle part of your hair shaft (this is the process that permanent hair color does)

      Your hair might have been extra porous because of excessive shampooing, exposure to the elements or if you shampooed it right before applying the color that could be the culprit. When applying ANY color you should never apply to freshly shampooed hair. Apply the second day after shampooing so that you have protective natural oils in your hair.

      Unfortunately, black hair color is super hard to remove if it has penetrated the cuticle. You will probably have to go to a professional for a color correction.

      Good luck.

  24. QUESTION:
    How to dye hair auburn after dying it black?
    Right now my hair has about 2inch long blond roots. Last time i tried to dye it auburn only my roots turned auburn and my black hair just stayed black. Also at this point the black dye is starting to fade into a really dark brown. Do you think the auburn would show at this point if i dye it?
    Would it be easier for me to just re-dye my hair black. Then deep condition month or two and get it stripped then?

    • ANSWER:
      i dyed my hair black with a blue tent. i really didnt like it at first because it was too dark and it looked unatural. but everyone really liked it, so i got to liking it.

      but i wanted to fade it a little and regular shampoo wasnt doing the trick that fast. so i called my hair stylist and she told me to wash my hair with dish soap. wash it 5 times and after each wash, condition it.

      this got rid of a lot of the black, but was still black. so i tried dying it a really pretty brown i wanted. it turned out a light black mixed with brown. so in the sunlight, you can really see the brown and it shows a hint of red and you can still see a little bit of the blue too. its really cool!

      try the dishsoap tecnique only once because its really bad for your hair and you only need to do it once. then keep washing your hair with shampoo that isnt for color treated hair. it will eventually fade into a brown and get lighter, then you can dye it.

      black is the hardest color to get out.
      DO NOT!! stripe it or bleach it! you hair will be dead and it will take forever for it to go back to healthy...if it ever does.

      another thing you can try, is get hightlights from a professional...that will lighten up your hair.

  25. QUESTION:
    How can I get black dye out of my hair faster?
    I dyed my hair black about a year ago and I loved it but now I want to dye it a brighter color (lime green) I've been waiting for my hair to grow out so I could just cut the black off but I'm getting impatient. I want to dye it green before school starts back.

    Does anyone know of a product I could buy to make it come out or (if possible) make my hair grow faster?

    And while we're on the subject, at what store can I buy hair dye in outrageous colors?
    (green, blue, purple etc)

    • ANSWER:
      At WalMart you can buy a product that will strip the color from your hair, but I don't recommend it for you since your hair is black. It might turn it nasty green and then when you go to dye it the bright color it won't look right. I recommend going to a salon like Cost Cutters or to a school of cosmetology to do it for you so it doesn't damage your hair. They might also be able to do the outrageous colors too. I know at our school they do. Otherwise, get some at Shopko and bring it in and have them do it since they'll be stripping your hair anyways. Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    How can I fade the black dye in my hair?
    I dyed my hair black about 2 or 3 months ago. It was extremely cheap hair dye, it cost about . My hair's extremely healthy, and I haven't dyed it since, but it's staying dark and I want to make it go lighter without bleaching it.
    A colour removal kit should be my last option.
    I can't fade it naturally in the sun because it's winter here, which fails.
    Any home made remedies that won't dry out my hair?

    • ANSWER:
      You can do one of two things, to remove most of that dye. Links have been moved, might have to type them out.

      1. By using Tide detergent with shampoo
      Google "How to Remove Dye from Hair"

      or

      2. By shampooing you hair mix with a bit of Dawn.
      Google "How to Use Dawn Dishwashing Liquid for Lightening Hair."

      Here's an example what hair stripping will do to your hair.
      It is worst than hair dyes. "I accidentally dyed my hair this awful black, stripped it, and now it is this crunchy crispy mess!"

      Hair strippers are chemical treatments which are intended to strip out artificial color pigment with less risk or damage to the hair. The chemicals used are called reducing agents.
      Certain 'metal' strippers containing sodium sulphoites are sold for reducing hair dyed with metallic dyes, as these dyes react violently with tint stripper containing hydrogen peroxide-the subsequent reaction may cause so much heat that the hair gets dissolved.
      Example: So i just put Colour B4 on my hair to try and remove my black dye so my hair it's natural colour which is dark blonde. so i've just dried my hair and there's still dark patches on it. and in some places it's gone ginger. i have garnier pre lightener. should i use it? there's no way my hair could look worse than it is now lol.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to dye black hair, a medium brown colour at home?
    my asian friend wants me to dye her
    hair a medium brown colour, and atm
    it is black. So how would i do this, at
    home? Keeping in mind that she is an
    asian, so she has asian hair!
    Do i just get a lighter hair dye and use that, or? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      My hair is naturally medium brown, and I was able to get it a super bright red/orange. The product I used was L'oreal Hicolor Hilights. It comes in many different shades, and is specially formulated for dark hair. You can buy this at any beauty supply store around you. Also, you will need to buy developer. I used Oreor Creme Developer by L'oreal in 30 vol.

      For your friend to get Medium Brown hair, or lighter, use:
      L'oreal Hicolor Hilights (in whatever shade she wants)
      Oreor Creme Developer by L'oreal in 30 vol.
      A throw-away shower cap (helps keep dye warm so it penetrates the hair deeper)
      Gloves (so you don't stain your hands)
      and 30 minutes (while the dye is developing)

      Good Luck!!

  28. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a natural looking brown/black hair dye?
    I'm trying to get back to my natural color which is a very dark brown, just short of black. I can't seem to find a dark enough drown dye. I'm afraid that a black dye will look too fake and harsh. I want something that is as dark as you can get without acctually being black if that makes any sense. If you could give me a shade/brand and any experience you may have had with the product that would be super helpful. Also, I know a salon would be best but I just cannot afford it and I've never had a problem dying my own hair.
    Please only answer the question that was asked, I don't care about random urban ledgends you heard about dark hair dyes.
    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      try a natural henna type hair coloring go to a health food store or a beauty supply house and ask them about henna!iam native american but use a brown henna to cover my grays, cause the black dyes i've tried all look fake!

  29. QUESTION:
    How can i dye black hair to brownish red?
    i have natural black hair and i want to dye it brownish red.
    i tried dying it twice with store bought hair dye but so far it hasn't work one bit.
    Going to the hair salon is too expensive for me but i might consider it.
    i might also try a pre-lightener but i'm not sure if that would work either.
    can anybody give me a tips or tell whats the right products.

    • ANSWER:
      OK, be very careful. I have black hair too, and i wanted brown peekaboos. The only way that they could do it was to strip the hair of its color and it turned out to be a really weird looking blonde color (It's different for everyone) and then they died it brown. The brown eventually washed out though, and i was left with really nasty color that i had to grow out. So in conclusion, the only way that you can get that color is to strip your hair of it's natural color (well, to my knowledge.) I got mine done professionally. If you want quality, get it done at a salon. But it will cost A LOT. Hope i could help!

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it good to wash hair with meera kunkudukai and badam shampoo after dying indica herbal black dye?
    after dying with indica herbal black hair dye what shampoo is the best to wash hair

    • ANSWER:
      I just bought some, so we'll see.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the most effective way to dye black hair blond?
    I have natural dark black hair and I want to dye it blond. What hair dye would work the best or what could I do to get it light?

    • ANSWER:
      I went through the same situation last May, and I can tell you to do in parts. As in, first get highlighs, making sure that you get the perfect color for your skintone, and then go in again probably in two weeks , and so on until you have a head full of blond. Changing your hair color from an aftificial black is very difficult so you shouldn't do it all at the same time, because even if you do succed it may still not look good because it will look too one dimentional and artificial. When bleaching your hair and going blonde it would be wise to go to a professional because they are trained to find the perfect color for you and technique... Good Luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    How to dye my dyed black hair back to brown at home?
    I have dyed black hair & I love it but I want to go back to my natural brown. So how can I achieve this at home easily?! I saw a hair dye that's suppose to dye natural dark hair lighter, I was wondering if I could use that dye, help please!!!

    • ANSWER:
      There's no way unless it was temporary, just use dark brown hair dye or brown hair dye. I dyed my hair dark red (burgandy) and it isn't returning to it's normal color.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to dye dyed black hair back to medium brown?
    I dyed my hair black in July and now the roots are starting to grow in and I really don't want to have to deal with the upkeep so I'm just gonna dye it back to the natural brown color, or try to. How do I go about this?

    My mom is buying me hair dye as I type this. Like a medium/ash brown.
    Would that be okay?
    And I know that L'Oreal isn't very good and washes out easily, but how is Garnier?

    Any advice is very appreciated!
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      My natural hair color is ash brown, and I dyed it Black once, and it didn't look good on me so I tried to get it out but the only way to get it out is to get highlights or hair stripping, but I wouldn't do hair stripping because I did it and it thinned out my hair luckily though I got it back to being thick and healthy. It damages hair really bad and thins it out so to lift that black get highlights thats the only way unfortuantly, but it will work. good luck

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the fastest way to fade black hair dye?
    I have my hair dyed black and I am wanting to dye it a different color. I was wondering what is the fastest way to fade it and how long would it take to fade if I use a clarifying shampoo every other day?

    • ANSWER:
      go swimming in chlorine, i had just got my hair died then i went swimming and all the sudden it was just gone! lol:) either that or there is this one thing called a "chrystal cleanser" or something like that, and it's in this little packet, you mix it with water and soak your hair in it. The good thing is that it is all natural, so your not frying your hair:) lol

  35. QUESTION:
    How do you dye black hair with light brown highlights?
    I am getting my hair dyed black with light brown hightlights..

    I am going into a salon to dye it, but I want to know the steps the steps my hair dresser is going to do..

    FYI - I currently have a soft black hair color..
    the colors i want

    http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z155/dlishsz/HAiR/haircut.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      If you have "healthy" black hair colour, keep it that way. Don't mess with it. Any lighter colour that you bleach out will turn to copper brown within days and isn't flattering to anyone.

  36. QUESTION:
    Why does my black hair dye come out so fast?
    I tried to dye my hair, and the dye started coming out within 5 days.I have brown hair originally an i used permanent black dye.. I have no idea why.Its been about 2 weeks and its almost completely out :(

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    How should I dye my hair black and red?
    I have red hair dye, black hair dye, and bleach.
    Right now, the top part of my hair is red, and the bottom is black.
    (it's medium length, by the way.)
    But I want something different.

    Should I keep it that way?
    What do you think?
    Pictures would be helpful.

    Points to the one with the best answer. <3
    Anyone that isn't a sarcastic moron would be lovely.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should dye your hair black. It would look great! :D

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for black hair dye to look blue when it is processing?
    I have dyed black hair dye over blonde, is it normal for it to be looking blue?

    • ANSWER:
      well my hair is medium brown, and i dyed it black,
      and it did look a little blue in certain lighting.
      it will probably turn out fine after you wash it a couple times!

  39. QUESTION:
    How to dye black hair to a lighter black with peroxide?
    Okay so my cousin got her hair dyed and they made it too light so they dyed it dark black, she thinks its too dark so she wants to make it a lighter black ? is that possible !? lol the lady at the drug store said to dye it with peroxide ? can you help me

    • ANSWER:
      No. It will turn orange or yellow if you use peroxide on it. She needs to have it stripped of the other color, which is very hard on hair. After she washes it a couple of times, it will lighten up and she should put a good conditioner on it so it will not look like straw, but do not use peroxide!

  40. QUESTION:
    Is there a way I can dye my black hair to dark brown hair?
    I currently have DYED black hair. I wanna dye it to dark brown. I tried dyeing it to medium brown but it didnt dye it at all. Is there any hair dye I can get so I can dye it to dark brown?

    • ANSWER:
      yup you can use lemon juice to lighten your hair, put it in a spray bottle and spray all over your hair, to get brown hair!
      good luck :)

  41. QUESTION:
    Why is it so difficult to dye black hair?
    I've tried numerous times, using those do it at home hair dyes, but none ever worked. I'm just about to give up and go to a professional to get it done instead of wasting more money. But i'm just curious as to why black hair is so difficult to dye a different color? any tips? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Well I don't know much about hair dye but I hope I can help. Your hair is too dark that's why the colors won't soak in. Im pretty sure they have dye just for black hair. It is possible but its not easy. So try to look for dyes just for darker hair so you can make it lighter. Uhhh, hope it helps.

  42. QUESTION:
    If i need to bleach over black hair dye, will my brown roots come out brighter than the rest?
    My hair is dyed black. It has been over 2 months since I have recolored my roots + my natural hair color is a light brown. So I now have noticeably brown roots and the rest is black. I understand that the only way to dye over black hair dye is to bleach it or strip it..

    My question is: if I have my hair bleached, will my brown roots come out brighter/more vibrant then my black ends?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yep, the brown roots will come out alot lighter than the rest of the hair, since the roots have never been dyed before. I have naturally brown hair and i dyed my hair black several times before, and everytime i'd bleach the black out, the "virgin hair" always lightens faster and will be a light yellow, the black hair will be orange. If your bleaching your hair on your own, then you should apply the bleach to the black hair without getting it on your roots(as much as possible), and let the bleach lighten the black hair until its about the color of your roots, then put the rest of the bleach on your roots. I'm sure hair stylist would say its not the "right way" to do it... but its always worked great for me.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of the black dye in my hair?
    I have naturally dark brown/chestnut hair, with a hint of red in it - you can really see the red in the sun. My roots are about 3-4 inches long, and I'm loving what I'm seeing - haven't seen my natural hair colour in so long. Problem is, after my natural colour my hair is black. (Yes, I made that mistake of being "edgy" and dying all my hair black).
    So here's my dilemma. I want to continue with my natural hair colour, because I must admit, I am in love....but I want the black gone.
    Is it possible to colour over black?? (Ex. to find a hair dye that matches my natural colour, and dye my whole hair that?) Or is there a hair style in particular you can think of that I can work with to disguise the obvious difference in colour? (My hair is just past shoulder length, thick, and somewhat wavy - but not a "nice" wavy Haha).

    Or am I stuck with my bad decision until it gets to the right length to chop off? haha! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go to the salon to get this fixed.

      To remove black from hair you need to bleach it, then tone it down, to get it to match your natural hair color.

  44. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a purple semi-permanent hair dye that will work on black hair?
    I have dark Asian hair and I want to make it purple, but not permanent because I have to start school next fall. I don't want to cut it or bleach it.
    Is there a semi-permanent way to dye black hair a nice dark (maybe bluish) purple? What's it called? Where can I find it?

    • ANSWER:
      im sorry but u have to bleach it for the color to show, even blondes have to bleach thier hair for the color to look right
      get both bleach and dye from hot topic (you dont have to wear the clothes to get hair dye)

  45. QUESTION:
    I used semi-perm. black hair dye, and it turned out dark brown on me. If I redye it, will it turn darker?
    I used Color Brilliance semi-permanent black dye if you're wondering. I waited the 25 minutes it suggested before rinsing and put the color in after towel-drying my hair. Any suggestions to do it better or redye it in a different way would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it will become darker, especially if you process with a cap under a dryer or some other source of heat. In my experience, I have found that some semi-permanent colors can last a lot longer than wanted so make sure that you really want black hair. If it doesn't totally wash out of the hair, it can be really expensive and damaging to have it removed. For best results, I would visit a salon and get a professional opinion to see if black would even be suitable for your skin tone since it can bring out red tones in the skin or make you look really washed out.

  46. QUESTION:
    My natural hair colour is black can I dye black over again?
    Because My natural hair colour is Blackish brown
    i am going to buy Loreal Black hair dye. Do we need to Bleach it then put black or just put over it?

    • ANSWER:
      you can just put it over. Black will always take to any color hair

  47. QUESTION:
    How will i get black dye out of my hair without bleach?
    Im 13 and i had dyed my whole hair black with the hair dye. I used to have black streaks and then i dyed my whole head purple, which the purple was dark where i have recently had black. If i dye my whole head purple again, will the same effect still apply like before???????

    • ANSWER:
      You can do one of two things, to remove most of that dye.

      1. By using Tide detergent with shampoo
      http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Dye-from-H…

      or

      2. By shampooing you hair mix with a bit of Dawn.
      http://www.ehow.com/how_2139523_use-dawn…

      Here's an example what hair stripping will do to your hair.
      It is worst than hair dyes.
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;…
      Google hair dyes & cancer also. There are those who tan & smoke all their lives & do not get cancer, but there are those 2nd hand & 3rd hand smoke who do and are currently on oxygen because they can't breath or have cancer. Same with hair dyes.

      Source(s):
      I know hair. I have over 4 decades of hair know-how. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing in the 80's & 90's. I've known people in their 30's whose hair stopped growing from ironing their hair in the 70's.

  48. QUESTION:
    How to dye black hair brown, using box hair dye?
    Since my hair is black, to get my hair a medium brown, should I dye it with a dark blonde hair color box dye? Would that work? Please don't tell me to go to the salon, i don't have money, or get it bleached.

    • ANSWER:
      To dye your hair a medium brown, buy honey dark golden blonde hair dye.
      It works :)

  49. QUESTION:
    How can I get black hair dye out without completely ruining my hair?
    I dyed my hair alot these past two years but now I think I want to stick to one color, brown. I dyed my hair black 3 months ago and I regret that now.

    What is the best way to get the black hair dye out , and dye it brown without killing it completely.

    Btw: I need it to be cheap.

    • ANSWER:
      I have your answer, trust me!
      Go to CVS or Walgreens and grab this:
      http://www.developlus.com/products/coloroops/index.html
      It runs for about bucks or so and you can find it in the same place where you find the box hair colors. It will take the black out of your hair and will bring it up to a nice brown, and even if your hair comes out un-even, all you would have to do is color over it with whatever tone of Brown you want.

      Color Oops dissolves the color molecules so they wash right out leaving you with a clean "Easel: to color on. The developus.com website explains how it works. I've used it many times.

      Hope this helps.

      Extra tip: Cover your nose, it smells really bad, but does the trick!

  50. QUESTION:
    Are there any colors that can you dye black hair without bleaching it?
    I wanna dye part of my black hair to some color that I'm not sure yet, but I really don't want to bleach it since I might regret it when im older. Are there any colors at all that wont need bleaching that aren't temporary hair dyes?

    • ANSWER:
      ok, first of all, bleaching iis no problem as it will just grow out, or you can colour over it if you are unhappy, however, you can go 2 shades lighter in a red or mahogony colours also the deep to mid browns,without using bleach firstl


Black Hair Comb

In this article I want to show you how to grow black long hair!

To begin the most powerful tip for growing black hair long and strong is to STOP using chemicals on your hair. Simply put your hair up on cute buns and once in a while it's ok to use a hot comb. If you did just this one suggestion you would have strong African hair

You also need to stay away from commercial hair shampoos and conditioners! Use a herbal shampoo at worst, even better is to use a hair oil and wash your hair with luke warm water

If you want to grow your hair fast, stay away from washing your hair with hot water! How water will weaken your hair roots and lead to hair loss and scalp damage!

Next suggestion I have is to wash your hair more often with water. Once a week just won't do if you want to grow black long hair. The best frequency to wash your hair to grow long black hair is every other day and make sure that it does not dry out

If you are concerned about which hair style to use when growing long hair simply put some leave-in conditioner in your hair and put in some clips or just wear your hair down naturally.

If you used these simple suggestions I have just given, in about a year your hair will have grown a few inches longer.

Another hair growth tip is: Do not use relaxers, etc.

You can get long hair without chemicals (relaxers)

Another hair growth tip is make sure that you keep moisturizing your hair with an all natural hair oil like Mira hair oil as drying out of the hair and scalp is the major cause of hair loss or hair weakening with African hair

I also suggest you use all natural hair oil like Mira hair oil.

Other tips include: make sure you deep condition your hair. And if you are going to blow dry it make sure you do so in sections and moisturize with a good hair oil before doing so. To do this just takes a section of hair and comb it while blow drying it. This is the best method of moisturizing and straightening your long black hair without having to use a hot comb.

Use the oil bi weekly and wear braids and ponytails

Finally I should mention that if you do want to straighten your hair make sure to use a flat iron and not a perm. You will get the same hair growth results with a less harsh process.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to comb hair (black male) against or with grain?
    Trying to grow my hair out, i dont know which way to comb it, with grain it looks shorter than it is but better shaped, agianst the grain looks longer but makes lining look bad kinda. Also is there a method to grow out of tenderheadness plz?

    • ANSWER:
      Condition your hair twice a week. You should comb your hair in parts; the grain shouldn't matter.

  2. QUESTION:
    how to comb black hair?
    how do you comb black hair without it hurting?

    • ANSWER:
      i'm assuming you mean hair that is extremely curly & dense. anywho, only comb while the hair is wet with conditioner in it. actually, it's better to use a brush instead to detangle your hair while it's wet with conditioner in it.

  3. QUESTION:
    How can a black men comb his hair without a bald spot on the back of your head at top always right not left?
    Hair is not long just enough to comb it but I have always had this problem I'm not bald guess I'm just combing that one place wrong suggestions

    • ANSWER:
      Could be Alopecia Areata (SPOT BALDNESS) an autoimmune disease. It causes bald spot that can spread to the whole scalp and sometimes even the whole body. Stress has been known to be the main cause.

      For a start you can compare with the images in www.curespotbaldness.com. Following this, a skin biopsy should be carried out by a trained medical doctor or a dermatologist. This is the best way to diagnose and confirm. It will show any abnormal concentration of T-cells (immune cells) at the affected area.

      My bro did the same when had this problem. However he managed to recover using a treatment he found in the website. Wish you a quick recovery

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best straightening comb for black hair?

    • ANSWER:
      you mean the color black? please specify

  5. QUESTION:
    Do the temporary comb-in colors work on black hair?
    I'm talking about the ones you can get from Hot Topic. I have black hair and I'm wondering if the colors will show up in my hair. I don't want to bleach it or anything, because it's just for Halloween. This question also goes for the spray on colors, too.

    • ANSWER:
      They show up to some extent, but since your hair is black, it's never going to fully change the color the way that it would for someone who was say, blonde. It's sort of like a tinting.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to learn how to comb black kid's hair?
    How should your kid answer questions like "how does your hair do this or that" if your kids go to a majority white school and are asked about their hair?

    • ANSWER:
      just tell your kid to say my mom combs my hair just like your mom combs your hair. ....no need to explain. people are stupid

  7. QUESTION:
    I have black hair will the hot topic comb in hair show?
    I have black hair
    I dont want briht red i just want a little to add a little personality to my dull black hair

    do you think it will do justice with out bleach
    because i refuse to use bleach

    • ANSWER:
      you should just buy a few of the clip in extensions, you just put them in underneath your hair and they show through, they are hella cool looking. give me a few and i'll try to find you a website for them.

  8. QUESTION:
    Black hair?
    If you are black is it better to comb your hair or brush it in order to get waves? Thanks also a durag or wave cap?

    • ANSWER:
      What is the actual texture of your hair?

      Is it very coarse with out a springy curl pattern. Is it what people would call "nappy"? If so, then get a perm to create curls.

      Or is it spiral curled like a poodle or cockerspaniel? If it is then use a wide toothed comb. NEVER brush curly hair, it makes it frizzy and can cause breakage.

      If you have loose curls, use a wide toothed comb too.

      This is the best way to get waves.

      And make sure to pin up and wrap your hair before bed each night. I have friends who are white, black, and asian with naturally curly, thick, or wavy hair who pin theirs up to keep it looking good for the next day.

  9. QUESTION:
    Will the black women natural hair movement cause an United States broken comb Epidemic?
    I was looking at this video, and the mother was clearly breaking that comb trying to comb the little black girls hair. I wonder if this natural hair thing takes root, will white manufactures have to start making steal combs. I mean, I don't think the made in China ones will cut the cake.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1rOD3t203k

    • ANSWER:
      ROFL, that was so wrong dude, but funny as he!!

      I must admit I have personally seen that before. :)

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it bad to comb your hair before a relaxer? (Black women are encouraged to answer)?
    I decided to comb my hair before a relaxer to help my hair take the relaxer better. Is this bad or good?

    • ANSWER:
      well if you're going to the salon for like a re-touch/touch-up you really should refrain from using the comb to close to the scalp for at least 48 hours before the scheduled time of the relaxer... if the comb makes repeated contact with scalp, or if you scratch the scalp, your scalp is going to really burn upon application of the relaxer... then you're have scabs in your scalp or sometimes dryness... the best thing for you to do would just be to lightly grease the scalp the night before going to get the relaxer

  11. QUESTION:
    Why do black people comb their hair even when it is very short?

    • ANSWER:
      their hair will dread, dude.

  12. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Products For Hot Comb?
    I get my hair hot comb.I would like to know any hair products(shampoo,grease,creme etc) which will give me more healthy and longer hair. cause now i use bronner bros grease, but i need to be using some grease which is good for hot comb.so my hair can stop breaking off. if u know anything please tell me thanks...

    • ANSWER:
      The grease builds up in the hair and causes the breakage. Your hair needs a cleanse. Deep conditioning treatment. deep cleanse shampoo then a repair treatment then a deep conditioner bag it and put it under the dryer for 30 minutes. rinse then a sealing conditioner. Try using a straightening cream and shine before blowdrying and hot combing.

  13. QUESTION:
    Hot Comb For Beginners(Black Hair), I need help please!?
    i already washed my hair and combed it out, so what do I do now, i need help my elementry graduation is tommorow

    • ANSWER:
      i HATE hot combs. i prefer flat irons, but anyways....ask your parents. they should know.

  14. QUESTION:
    What kind of straightening comb is best for black hair?

    • ANSWER:
      hot comb the one u put on the stove thats what i use

  15. QUESTION:
    Hot comb on black male hair?
    Hi people! I am a black african male. my hair is pretty long and when i use my fingers to pull it out it loooks realllly long. i haven't cut it since october, and i was wondering do i have to use a hot comb to pull is out and make it look like a proper big afro? is that the effect that the hot comb has on the hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Use a wide tooth comb or HAIR PICK.

  16. QUESTION:
    Black women: What is the this product that lets you comb through your hair without pain/breakage after washing?
    Black women: What is the this product that lets you comb through your hair without pain/breakage after washing?
    I really dont know the name of it but it was this spray that someone sprayed in my hair and she was able to comb right through my coarse hair after washing and it was no breakage at all.

    This is for NON relaxed/permed natural hair.

    • ANSWER:
      Girl maybe it's that detangla brush wit da small bristles on dat mug. I think you can get it at sally beaty supply. Girl you betta get dat thang for it go off sale. I think it on sale or somin, but it aint expensive at all.

  17. QUESTION:
    Why do black males use a shoe-shining brush to comb their hair?
    I've asked a couple of black people and they say its to give them this certain 'pattern' on their hair. However, it looks like they have irrigation canals on their head, as if maintaining a farm. Why is that? Is that what the brush is for?

    • ANSWER:
      coz they cant afford a real brush .

  18. QUESTION:
    what brush/comb is good for straight, black hair?
    but gets frizzy after you shower? what products do you suggest for a perfect, sleek ponytail? and a perfect, low bun? this is all for school stuff. ty

    • ANSWER:
      a brush for straigh hair, you NEED a paddle brush, everything that is straight, it just makes it straighter.

      in the shower try some anti frizz shampoo and conditioner.

      sleep pony, staightening balm works great, and you could also use anti-frizz serum (like John Freda), and blowdrying with a nozzel (this things at the end of the hair dryer that are really straight, they direct the air, and you put it straight on your hair, and use a paddle brush), and also a hair straighter, if you want it super straight, do all three.

      low bun. with straight hair is best, but not overly straight or it wont hold it will want to stay straight, hair pins are good (not bobby pins, these are square at the end)

      hope this y

  19. QUESTION:
    How long do black people take to comb their kinky hair?
    Seriously, I'm not just trolling with this question...how long?

    • ANSWER:
      Good question.

      I usually keep a low cut, so I just brush.

  20. QUESTION:
    What would happen if I put lemon juice in my black hair and is it reversible?
    I'm trying to get that surfer dude look and I want to have Some blonde in my hair that looks like it came from the sun, I know I have to put it in my wet hair comb it through and sit out in the sun but lets say I don't like the look? will it just grow out?

    • ANSWER:
      since you have black hair it probably will bleach to red, not blonde, you'd have to do it A LOT to make it blonde...you could try hydrogen peroxide, but you'd still need to do it multiple times. And neither is reversible, unless you just dye your hair all over black again

  21. QUESTION:
    When does Color Fiend Blackest Black Temporary Comb In Color wash out?
    My mom just dyed my hair black with Color Fiend Temporary comb in dye, and she had to bleach her hands to get the color off. Does this mean it will not wash right out of my hair? By the way, I have light/medium brown hair.
    Stripped? I can't just let it fade? It doesn't look bad, so I could wait for it to fade...

    • ANSWER:
      even temporary or wash out black is pretty permanate if you want to remove im sorry you have to get it stripped

  22. QUESTION:
    Why do people think that natural black hair is unmanageable?
    A lot of times on here and in life everyday life I hear Black women saying that they wear relaxers and weaves because their natural hair is unmanageble. Seriously who taught you all this lie? When was the last time you tried to deal with your natural hair? I have NO problems with black women straightening their hair but stop telling this lie that our hair isn't manageable. If you educate yourself on how to properly comb the hair and what products to use you would have no problems. You can't treat kinky or curly texture the same way your treat straight hair. If you try to comb kinky hair the same way your comb straight hair of course you going to have problems. I've been natural for a while now and I spend less time on my now then I did with a relaxers. If you want to relax your hair that's fine with me but stop using that tired excuse as to why you get a relaxer. Just say you like straight hair better, be honest.
    Sure,
    These are some that might help:
    http://www.nappturality.com/
    http://motowngirl.com/index.php
    http://www.naturalblackhaircare.com/
    Also if you like youtube go on there and there's a woman with the name Najahface who has several videos on natural hair...here's her page: http://www.youtube.com/user/Najahface I'm also on youtube and I've created videos showing natural hair on black women. Here's my page:
    http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=nana525
    Good luck:)

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, I really find this interesting because I honestly believed that it was almost impossible to manage my natural hair because I grew up getting perms, and my mother grew up the same way so she naturally just passed her hair care traditions down to me so I never learned how to comb my hair when it gets 'kinky'....do you know some websites for tips on natural hair care?

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I get my hair to comb back?
    Well here is the problem I am having. My hair is black straight thick, but it only combs forward… it won’t go any other way. Every time I try to comb it back it sticks up. I don’t have curly hair at all, I don’t know if it is possible to comb it back. I want to get that slick look like Robert Deniro style. I just need ideas of how to get it to stay combed back.

    • ANSWER:
      After a good shampooing I would use some mousse and comb it into place

  24. QUESTION:
    Hot Comb vs. A Blow Out on Black Hair?
    Hi Everyone!

    I need a little help. I am Black and currently use a hot comb (and flat iron) to straighten my hair.
    But I was thinking of getting my hair blown out. Is this a good technique for my type of hair.

    Will it get rid of all the "naps" at the roots or not?

    Just curious.

    Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      Both will give you the same results, straight hair. A blow out will give your hair more movement.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is better 2 use: a flat iron,hot comb,straightener for natural black, frizzy hair that is medium length?

    • ANSWER:
      a ceramic straightner. [ They are also called flat irons so they are the same]

  26. QUESTION:
    How do you comb in Hot Topic hair dye?
    Okay, it gives me 2 blackest black hair dye packages and 1 small comb. How do you apply the hair dye on the comb and apply it to the hair? This is my first time experience. And what do you do if you don't use all of the hair dye?

    • ANSWER:
      I HATE HOT TOPIC

  27. QUESTION:
    If you have a biracial child with a black man or woman, do you know how to comb their hair?
    What hair products do you use?

    • ANSWER:
      My son's hair is that type. I used to have to just grab areas and comb it from tip to scalp so that I wasn't pulling his hair out! I got tired of it and cut it really really short. I still use baby shampoo for him as it is mild and with mixed skin, easy to get eczema on the scalp. If you want to use a detangler, that helps and I also used baby oil to help me get through it when he was younger. My friend either uses that or olive oil (they have it in spray form too in the hair care areas) on her little girl and her hair is amazingly beautiful! Hope this helps!

  28. QUESTION:
    Why can't black people comb their hair?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know, tell use the answer.

  29. QUESTION:
    black hair?
    i have black hair, it is very coarse,curly and thICK i cant even comb throught it when its dry and natural. eveytime i starighten it it always seems to some out frizzy and the only way it seems to become even close to staright is when i put oil in it, the thing is i hate the way the oil makes my hair look and feel plus when people touch my hair it looks like they just ate some oily chicken, how can i get my hair silky and straight without looking like my hair is dry, oily and burnt?
    please dont tell me to go to a hair stylist because there arent black hair salons here (glenadale,ca)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      Not sure what steps you're taking to get your hair straight but here are a few tips that could help.

      1. Deep condition your hair to make sure it's moisturized. While you have the conditioner in, detangle your hair with a shower comb.

      2. Add a creamy leave-in conditioner to your hair.

      3. Then take a straightening lotion and a serum (Kenra
      makes both of these and they work well), mix them together in your hands and apply to 4 sections of your hair.

      4. Now, blow dry your hair in these same 4 sections with the blowdryer that has the comb attachment. Take your time doing this.

      5. Now, I'm not sure if your hair is relaxed or not but if it's not relaxed, chances are that blowdrying didn't get it straight enough so now you can flat iron it. Use a high quality flat iron (over ) and flat iron tiny, tiny sections at a time. You'll have to adjust the heat setting until you find what's right for you. START LOW and work your way up.

      6. When you're done add a little more serum. This should give you sleekness and shine without a greasy feel.

      Good luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    are black men with combs in their hair dangerous?
    every time i see a black man with a comb in his hair, i always try to walk somewhere else. what would happen in such a random encounter with a black man? are they more dangerous than their no-comb-having black counterparts? please answer soon because there are lots of comb-having black men in my city and i am tired of living in fear.

    • ANSWER:
      In general they tend to be more dangerous than their counterparts as the comb in the hair signifies a low position in society. People with combs in the hair do not have a home to leave the combs and so leave it in their hair. This position in life whereby they find themself destitute will surely make them commit more crime.

  31. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Care: How long should I keep gel in my hair?
    I just had my prom and I got an updo for the first time, but the curls have fallen and the gel is still there. I got a perm the same day so should I wash my hair, just comb it, sweat it out...? Please Help!

    • ANSWER:
      If you are ready to get rid of the style or lack thereof at this point, just wash it (which means shampoo + deep conditioning). You should never to just "sweat it out" because you hair and scalp will just be dirty and full of sweat (which will not be a pleasant smell combined with the gel, lol)

      And for future reference, you can wash your hair whatever amount of days after getting a perm (but I think you probably mean a relaxer, but if I am wrong sorry, but it still applies). Once the perm (relaxer) process is done for the day, its done and there is nothing that can do to change or revert it so don't worry about that. Only thing that will temporarily change it (but not chemically) is to use heat (flat iron, curling iron, etc)

  32. QUESTION:
    how do you comb a black man's hair with grease?
    Ok so I was at a barber shop Im there to give guys waiting manicures while they wait to get their hair cut and just to keep them entertained so they dont mind the wait. Well one of them asked me to comb his hair. N I thought no prob but his scalp started to flake and he asked if I had hair grease? What is it exactly lol whats a good brand and how to you comb their hair with the grease?? He has really short hair by the way I dont know if it matters I just brush it in the directio of hair growth to make it smooth

    • ANSWER:
      It's usually a petroleum base, used to help A.A. hair hold moisture in, since most of us don't naturally produce enough hair oils. You can get it at any beauty supply store, and often any drug or grocery store. Bronner Brothers is good, but it's best to use coconut or carrot oil. In his case, even he seemed confused, it sounds like he had a case of dandruff, and needed to wash his hair first. Anyway, you put a nickel size amount in the palm of your hand for a low cut, and adjust for longer lengths and degree of dryness ( it's a learning process ). Then you rub your palms together, then rub it through all the hair,( not the scalp bc that can cause pore clogging ). Then brush like normal, wash your hands and there you go!

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to lose a lot of hair when you comb/brush it?
    Im 15... I have shoulder length black hair. I seen recently that as i comb or brush my hair a lot comes out. I do not have any bald spots but i am a little nervous about it. Any ideas as to what it is... It does not mean im going bald right????

    • ANSWER:
      I'm pretty sure that a person loses 40-120 hairs a day.

      *normal 80 hairs though*

      I though the same thing a while ago but was your hair wet?

      So I would say no.

      By the way Nov-Dec is when it comes out more also it also has to do with your diet?

      Also a lot of stress does it to you if thats the case.

  34. QUESTION:
    blonde strands of hair in my black afro?
    When I got out of the shower I combed my hair and I found two strands of blonde hair. They weren't grey like some of my mom's hair and no one blonde used that comb. And before you say my hair is dirty I found absolutely nothing else but those two strands. I also have found strands of blonde hair on me throught out my life. How do I get these strands of blonde hair despite being black and having jet black hair?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm Asian and I have black hair too but I always grow strands of red hair.

      My sister has natural red brown highlights, just like my mom. No we don't dye out hair.

      Our hair can either be bleached by the sun or we have something in our genes that produces these rare strands .

  35. QUESTION:
    Can dying your hair black take away your original hair color?
    I know bleach would but im not sure about black. I am a brunette if it makes a difference i dont have light hair that will easily be altered. I have nice red high lights and i like my natural color. I only want to go black for a little while. I see those comb in perfect 10 hair color thing and its not suppose to take away your original color. Am i right or wrong? Advise on products? Advise in general?

    • ANSWER:
      well, if you use revelon anti-ammonia..its accually only .99 at walmart, it will not take away your color. you can always grow it back out, or dye it back. because it doesnt have ammonia it will not fry your hair, neither will it kill your color. it doesnt fade unless you get a redish color. thats the only color that fades and washes out. but it is permanent. if u do not want permanent...you can go into hot topic stores and get a semi or demi- permanent black. easy as that.

  36. QUESTION:
    im black and i comb my hair backward?
    will it still grow? i use raw shea butter as a conditioner and black soap as a shampoo
    and no i don't want hair extensions....

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    How good is Hot Topics comb in hair dye? ?
    My mom won't let me dye my hair permanently (although I'm 17), so I got the purple comb in hair dye from hot topic. I have black hair (not jet black but black) and I was wondering how great is it and will it show up great? Also I have sensitve hair too so should I trust it?

    • ANSWER:
      Its not gonna show up at all.

      You should have got ManicPanic.

      It works so much better.

      and honestly no color dye will show good in any hair but blonde.

      I've tired..
      I'm not alloud to do permanently dye mine either =

  38. QUESTION:
    Can i die my hair black after bleaching it?
    About 3 or 4 months ago, i highlighted (bleached) my hair with a permanent comb-in highlighting kit. The kit was around , so it was kinda cheap. So, i was wondering if i could die my hair black with black dye from wal-mart? Yes, i want the cheap kind, or do i need to get a little bit more pricey?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can dye your hair black after bleaching it. The only thing is, be sure that's what you want because black hair is almost impossible to get out once you dye your hair. The only way to lighten your hair would be to bleach it again.

  39. QUESTION:
    How do you back comb hair so that it has volume at the top like celebrities?
    step by step. i have really thick straight black hair. please and thank you! ;)

    • ANSWER:
      Some beauty supply stores have this tool, it's like a little comb (or pick) only it has "wires" instead of plastic teeth - it works great. Be gentle when doing it and make sure to spray it well when you are finished.

  40. QUESTION:
    How to make black curly hair, not frizzy?
    I have african american tight curly hair. Lately when I straighten my hair or comb my curly hair it falls out! I need to soften up my curls. And make my hair less frizzy. I have long hair, but when its curly its just frizzy and looks like an afro!!!!!!! I need to soften up my curls, so its not frizzy and more wavy. SOMEONE HLEP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Well that is part of your natural hair texture so its gonna be hard to make your hair not frizzy. I'd suggest a frizz serum. The reason frizz serums work is because they have a tun of silicone in them which coats your hair and makes it not so frizzy. I'm sure you've heard about the John Freida frizz ease serum..? well its supposed to be pretty good..

      http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/john-frieda-collection-frizz-ease-hair-serum-thermal-protection-formula/ID=prod3121509-product?V=G&ext=frgl_Google_Beauty

  41. QUESTION:
    i have natural thick black hair i put da hot comb thru it but my hair was dirty a bunch of my hair fall of ?
    my hair was long but because i didn't wash it mostly all of my hair falled of dan wat i use 2 have. it is starting 2 get split ends and break off so i cut it a lil mor and steamed it with cpr wat else can i do.i need my hair 2 grow back shoulder legnth wat can i do 2 get it back like dat.and i need it 2 grow for september coming

    • ANSWER:
      I have to admit...that I can't comprehend a lot of what you're saying. I think I get it though. Make sure you're not burning your hair. Since it is falling out...you probably burned it. Hot combs that are used with a stove can be bad b/c you can't monitor the heat. When you burn the hair it alters the structure and can make it brittle, which can lead to split ends and breakage. Go ahead and apply a leave in in your hair. Consider taking a day and just conditioning your hair. Apply a product, like Elasta QP's mango butter to your hair and cover it with a shower cap. Consider Nexxus' therapee shampoo, humectress conditioner, and emergencee conditioner/amino acid. The emergencee is to be used btwn shampoo and conditioner. Mizanni also works great, but is more expensive. It does work great, though. I think that you should go ahead and put some braids in so that you won't risk stressing your hair out too much. That way the ends are not out and can't break any more. Just make sure they are not too tight.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can African American women straighten their relaxed hair with a straightening comb?
    I am trying to figure out ways to strengthen my hair and make it grow, such as getting less relaxers but when its time for one my hair shows it. So I wanted to find out if it would be safe to straighten my hair between relaxers, do we have any experts on black hair out there?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can use a straightening comb, as long as you don't use it everyday. Its just like not using a curling iron or a flat iron everyday because of the heat. You can also use a blow dryer with a comb attached to it to straighten your hair, this works good. Remember to trim, moisturize, and condition your hair.

  43. QUESTION:
    im a black male and i want to straighten my hair with a heat comb.How long does it have to be to do so?
    well, my hair is about 1 1/2 inch long now. The avatar didn't have a small afro so thats a bit misleading, but still...
    my hair is annoying-ly curly. So, ill straighten it for that smooth look...

    • ANSWER:
      your hair doesn't have to be long. you just need the right size iron. there are about 11 or more sizes of irons. if you go to an ethnic hair salon they will hook you up. I've done hair that was shorter then that before. don't be shy to go many men go to the salon now a days its not effeminate.

  44. QUESTION:
    If I comb my hair the way I want everyday, how long until it stays the way I want naturally?
    If I comb my hair the way I want everyday, how long until it stays the way I want naturally? If this matters/helps I have black, medium - long hair and medium thick hair.

    • ANSWER:
      not very long probly a week. it hepls if when you get out od the shower that you blow dry it how you want it to be styled. and then keep it that way from then on.

  45. QUESTION:
    Why do some black males wear a comb in their hair?

    • ANSWER:
      coming from a black female
      the black men wear the pick in their hair because if thay have a hair on their head that kind of kinky hair needs constant combing so that the hair does not end up in knots and the pick in the hair just sits thare until needed in the next minute of combing but over the years it has become a fashion statement to have that cool or [ghetto] look

  46. QUESTION:
    How should i comb my hair for graduation?
    My hair is short and black. My hair is very straight.
    I have an oval shaped face.

    NOTICE HAIR EXTENSIONS CANNOT BE WORN

    I need your answer by tuesday

    • ANSWER:
      Do NOT try to do some style with detail at the top/front, the cap will just mess it up and your pictures with family will look bad cuz you can't bring your purse or a brush with you on the floor of graduation, teachers tell you to leave it with your family or in the car.
      I suggest, if you already have your cap/gown. Put it on, get in the mirror and see how much hair shows underneath the cap. Go for a simple style: curl the ends. If you want to look more glamorous. I'd say wear nice makeup to draw attention to your face and away from your hair since you will be wearing the cap.
      No matter how you choose to wear your hair, I wish you the best with your life after school and congradulate you on finishing. Many people drop out. Enjoy your special day and savor the good moments. Don't get upset or caught up in minor details that go wrong (even if your hair doesn't cooperate with you on that day). You only get to graduate with that diploma once, ENJOY!

  47. QUESTION:
    Would It Cost A Lot If I Would Press My Hair Or Hot Comb It?
    i want to get this hair piece.. and naturaly my hair is like really curly.. im half white but my moms half black too and my dads black.. so my hair came out more black than ever and i want to hot comb my hair so that it doesn't look all scruffy and it looks smooth when i do so would u kno how much it'd cost?

    • ANSWER:
      Well first, you would need a hot comb. Since it sounds like you have never done it before PLEASE get someone to do it for you, as it is not an easy process for first timers. Actually, instead of a hot comb, you may want to try a flat iron.

  48. QUESTION:
    How do you get waves out of normal black men hair?
    I have normal black men hair its not long like women. I have waves all in my head. I guess i have good hair because they want leave. When i get a hair cut i try to comb and brush them out but they still be there. I have waves at the top and at the back. I've tried washing them out but they want leave. Is there anything i can use or do to make them leave?

    • ANSWER:
      Your hair texture is wavy, so therefore your hair will continue to stay like that. If you get a buzz cut then you shouldn't have a problem until it grows back.

  49. QUESTION:
    straightening iron or straightening comb? which is better for black hair?

    • ANSWER:
      I say comb, you can do the roots and hair line better with a hot comb.

  50. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to flat iron my naturally curly (black) hair?
    I stopped relaxing my hair last summer and fell totally in love with my natural textured hair, but every once in a while I would like to flat iron my hair.

    I just tried to do it with my natural hair a few days ago, but I can't seem to get the ends of my hair straight. Would using a comb up against the iron while straightening help?

    I also would like to know what the best products are to help moisturize and keep my straight style looking good through the day. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Try using a leave in conditioner before you straighten. Moisturized hair will get straighter. Also use coconut or any other oils to moisturize straight hair.


Black Hair Care Tips

Black hair (African-American hair) is different from Caucasoid hair or Asian hair. The most typical character of the black hair is that it is strong and rigid transversally but is very flexible length wise. Because of this presentation, the hair body often curls tightly and takes up a spiral appearance. The shape of African hair has a resemblance to a twisted oval or ribbon.

Black hair is chemically the same as other types of hair, but it has a unique physical structure that requires special hair care techniques. If you have Black hair, here are some tips to help your hair look and feel its best.

One of the first items you will need, a Black hair care essential, is a good quality hydrating shampoo. You may need to spend a little more money than you have in the past, but an intense hydrating shampoo will make a noticeable difference to the quality of your hair. The cleansers are gentler and more concentrated, and you will use less of it, which will save you money in the long run.

Black hair care tips are not just limited to regular everyday hair maintenance. After sports, the hair care routine is different than the normal everyday hair care, thus special attention must be given to your hairs immediately after you have ended your exercise routine for the day. Here are some tips to care for your black hair after exercise.
Natural black hair needs some pampering and maintenance like other types of hair. With more and more tips of hair care routine that is made available online; you want to give the best of what is really needed for a healthy and beautiful natural black hair care. Here is a list of little things that you can do to care for your hairs.

Black hair by nature is generally thick and protein structures are tight and compressed that lead to small, dense curling. Density and coarseness act to inhibit adequate moisturization preventing natural hair oil (sebum) to fully coat and treat hair to the tips. This lack of moisturization leads to brittle or weak hair as well as poor nutrition and slow growth.

Black hair needs moisture and long black hair needs it twice as much. Using steam with your conditioner makes your treatment three times more effective for the same amount of time. Look into getting your own table top hair steamer or create one by sitting under a bonnet dryer with a hot towel over a plastic cap.

Warm 300 gm coconut oil with 3 gm of black pepper added in it. When it starts boiling stop heating, sieve with a fine cloth and keep in a bottle. Massage with fingertips in the night gently.

Bones combs are one of the biggest saviors of black hair. They have a smooth surface without the sharp ridges in regular plastic combs. This totally eliminates any damage you would normally get from the microscopic jagged sharp edge on the ridge of the comb. Imagine the damage that could so sawing away at your hair day after day?

Generally, black hair is easily dried up. Although the components and structure are vastly different but black hair has the cuticles twice thicker as compared to others. Therefore, it is more difficult for the oil from the scalp to reach the end of your hair; hence the hair will be dryer and prone to breakage.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Hair care tips for torn-black hair, anyone?
    I have a natural black hair that is starting to turn really, really red. It doesn't look like it's dry, on the contrary it turns greasy very easily. I want it to be black-coloured again, is there any hair products/herbs that can help? Note that my scalp is a bit sensitive and can't take just any hair product, otherwise it starts to itch. Thanks!
    Torn just means the colour starts to fade.

    • ANSWER:
      You can mix some temporary black-dye into your conditioner and it'll keep the color richer. I say temporary because they generally aren't as damaging and don't need to stay on as long (since it'll wash out next time, but also be reapplied next time).

      You'll essentially have a home-made version of those "Brilliant Brunette" or "Sheer Blond" shampoos for black hair.

  2. QUESTION:
    Hair care tips/hairstyles for Asian black hair?
    My hair is a few inches below my collarbone, and usually it's really nice in the morning, but by afternoon, it's stringy and flat and quite dead. I don't use any hair products, and I've been using Pantene Pro-V shampoo.
    If anyone can help me out or leave any tips, that would be great. =)

    • ANSWER:
      try hair spraying the roots in the morning. Style as you normally would. In the afternoon when it 'looks dead' then just pop into the restroom and wet your fingertips and reactivate the hairspray at the roots. Flip your head down and up a few times to dry the little bit, and the hair getting that little zero gravity session, will perk right up and the hairspray will dry too!

      Believe me, it's Farrah Faucet time!

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some products that make your hair grow longer black hair care products?
    I'm half black and white. I have black girl hair so it's short and thick.I want it long.Any tips on products or just basic hair care tips.Please.

    • ANSWER:
      There are no products that make your hair grow, just take good care of it. Get it trimmed every 6-8 wks, condition regularly, eat healthy and take vitamins

  4. QUESTION:
    any tips on black hair care?
    i want my hair to look as much as a white girls as possible. i just love the bounce and how shiny white ppls hair is. it goes to my shoulders and im thinking about straughtening it. is there andything i can use to keep stimulating the growth?

    • ANSWER:
      Condition, condition, condition.
      Also, leave the relaxing to a professional.

  5. QUESTION:
    Black toddler hair care tips?
    Ok. So I a mixed (black/white) and my husband is full black. I know how to do a lot of styles but I am asking for my 18 month old. She first off all hates getting her hair done. On top of that she has very fine, thin hair. This i don't understand I have tight curls and my husband has fairly kinky hair. I am sure it is genetics and i know it will thicken and tighten but it is also very long. I wanted some tips on how to get her to let me do her hair and what types of styles. I do not want to pull too much on her hair because she has fairly thin hair. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      I always sit my daughter in front of the television while i'm doing her hair, it really distracts her. Since your daughter has fine hair, it shouldn't take you long at all. Try doing one pony tail in the front top and let the rest of it just hang. Good luck

  6. QUESTION:
    Black women's hair care?
    Ok, I'm looking for some great hair maintenance tips to begin doing my own hair. I want to use some professional, retail products, but I don't know where to find them. I also need some stying tips. Like, how to curl, flat iron, etc. I have a problem when I flat iron my hair, it tends to break off easily. I have thick, shoulder-length, relaxed, healthy hair (from going to the salon for the pass two years). I need some professional black hair care tips! Please and Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      For strenght since you want pofessional products try:aphogee two step protein tretment (can be found at sallys).For taking care of your hair try keracare products they are really good (you can find them at JCPenney,or a local beauty salon store and of course online)
      http://www.avlon.com/keracare.html
      http://www.metrobeauty.com/cart.cfm?cart_action=search_results&search_phrase=keracare

      about flat ironing try keeping it to the minimum :appl a heat protector on 80 % or 100% dry hair the blowdry and flat iron thin parts of hair for silkier look.ceramic irons are always good.

      you can curl hair with rollers or barell irons.Rollerset is better.For the barel iron :Wash and condition hair. Apply setting lotion, and then comb using a wide-toothed comb.

      Set blow dryer to a warm setting when hair is about 80% dry (for less damage) . Blow dry hair, working from one section to the next. Relaxed hair has a lot of texture, so start at the root of your scalp and work your way down. Run the blow dryer through your entire head, making sure to get hair as straight as possible until dry.

      Plug in your curling iron. While it is warming up, divide your hair in sections using hair clips. To prepare for curling, start at the back of your head and release one clip. Use a fine-toothed comb to smooth out any kinks in your hair.

      Close the curling iron around the top portion of the hair. Slide the curling iron down the length of the hair until the iron reaches the end. Next, curl hair under and hold for about 20 seconds. Release hair from the curling iron. Avoid disturbing the curl. Continue this process throughout your entire head, being careful not to touch your scalp.

      Lightly spray your hair with an oil sheen spray. Use your fingers to style your hair. Do not use a comb or you will lose your curls. Once you have finger-styled your hair, use a holding spray to help your style stay in place

  7. QUESTION:
    Black mixed women needs tips on hair care.?
    Being a women of color (im black/native american/french) I dont have what ignorant people portray as "good hair" i have "black people's hair." So I was wondering if anyone could help me by maybe suggesting some hair care tips or a line of products that you know of that works on women of color hair or products you use on your own hair that works. The reason I ask is I have had short hair for sometime and im having the hardest time growing it out. Im also trying to avoid getting braids, weaves, or having to spend tons of money at the salon. If you have a personal stylist or you are one that would be a much bigger help.
    Thanks to Everyone who answers my question

    • ANSWER:
      You want to stick with a hair care line that is more on the natural side, as this will have less sulfates and chemicals in it - which as you know, is what in the end dries out your hair. Your hair type lacks moisture and oil which is the opposite of 'white' hair which has moisture and oil which is why it grows healthier and longer. You need to replace the lost moisture with an intense shampoo and conditioner...my recomedation is Abba moisture scentsation shampoo and conditioner followed by nourishing leave in conditioner.

  8. QUESTION:
    Need to know best hair care for black woman and tips on how to make hair grow when can't go to hair dresser
    My hair is thin shoulder length.I use motions hair products please help

    • ANSWER:
      Wash and deep condition at least once a week. Limit use of curling irons and flat irons. Limit blow drying, it's best to use rollers and sit under a hooded dryer. Wrap hair at night with a silk or satin scarf to prevent breakage. Relax hair every six weeks and make sure to have ends trimmed. Do not use a lot of grease or oil in your hair either, it will weigh it down. I only grease my scalp after washing.

  9. QUESTION:
    Black women, share your skin and hair care tips.?
    Are you natural? What is a good moisturizer for hair. Best way to prevent split ends. How do you protect hair during sleep. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Healthy skin = good diet, vitamins, lots of water, daily cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing.

      Yes my hair is natural, I use any natural water based moisturizer for my hair I think shea butter also is a good moisturizer for hair and they make some for your skin as well.

      Split ends? I guess keeping your ends moisturize and getting them routinely clipped Also being gentle with your hair helps.

      My hair is locked but if yours isn't and it's natural make sure you wear protective styles such as braids (no weave), twist etc.. A style that will kept you from touching your hair so much, over touching and styling can cause dryness and breakage.

      I wear a satin scarf to bed.

  10. QUESTION:
    anyone have tips on natrual(black)hair care?
    styling 3-4 inch hair

    • ANSWER:
      Congrats on going natural!

      Overall I'd say:
      1. Get as much literature on your shelves on natural hair styles that you like, and a copy of the book Brown Skin by Dr. Susan C. Taylor.
      2. Check out some natural hair care products. I use Carol's daughter products because it treats my hair so well. If this is too expensive, then check out your local Indian market. Aside from finding the best Basmati rice, you can also find some great hair care oils and products, like Amla (Indian Gooseberry) Oil and Almond Oil for use in the hair.
      3. A good natural hair dye is Henna. Check out your local Indian market for that too.
      4. Check out the website www.motowngirl.com for hair care tips, myths, and resources.
      5. Style your hair in cornrows, twists, etc. If you don't know how to put them in your own head, then check out www.youtube.com, and www.expertvillage.com for ways to put black hairstyles into your hair.
      6. About once a quarter get a trim. If you know how to do it yourself, then that's best. But be sure to use the proper equipment and plenty of mirrors (or a friend that you trust).

      Once again, congrats on going natural! It's pretty great, and I wish more black women would be willing to try it!

  11. QUESTION:
    Are there any way to take care my black hair?
    I just use shampoo and conditioner for hair care. Are there any products or any tips I can use to make my hair nicer and beautiful? I have black hair, and when I use hair color product, my hair looks smoother, and I want that kind of result.
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, when washing out your shampoo, use cold water for more shine and smoothness.

      Also, for soft and smooth hair read this: http://free-beauty-tips.glam.com/problem-hair.html

  12. QUESTION:
    Black African-American Girls' Hair----- Hair Care Question?
    What are some basic hair care tips for washing and styling for black little girls? How often do you have to wash it, and what type of product is safe for kids? Do you have to relax it to style or braid it? Or, can you just braid it with the natural curl?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I think once a week is good to wash the hair. After you wash it you should comb it out into four sections (two on the side, Two in the back braided) Go throuh each section part and lightly grease (with hair grease) after you braid each section rebraid it after you have finished a blow dryer with a comb attatchment is what you should use to dry it. Just undo each section one at a time blow dry it and after your done style how ever. They have childrens shampoo at the store make sure you use conditioner and don't use gel. If the hair is not straight enough you can flat iorn. You do not always have to do a relaxer see how managable the hair is afer you wash and blow dry or flat iorn and make your decision. Good luck! If worse comes to worse take them to the beauty shop.

  13. QUESTION:
    Tips on taking care of my hair~black male
    I just got back from the barbershop i got a fade and do you guys have any tips on how i should take care of my hair daily for example when should i shampoo it i put a wave cap on my hair at night just to keep my hair down for the day and what kind of scalp conditoner should i use and after i put it on would i put the wave cap on after that
    what about using nu nile

    • ANSWER:
      Shampoo like every 2 days because you don't need to wash it to much. It will make it dry. And DON'T use wave grease. Use Vaseline because it is much better and always put on a wave cap.

  14. QUESTION:
    Any tips for best place in Sacramento, CA area for black hair care i.e. braiding salons and supply stores?
    ...especially salons that cater to natural hair (and won't be trying to talk us into straightening it with relaxers). I'd especially LOVE to find experts in locs in the Sac area.

    • ANSWER:
      i'm not from there but ...i know Sally is worldwide to get products there...that's where i get my hair supplies

  15. QUESTION:
    URGENT (black) hair HELP....how to stop the damage (ITS BAD)?
    For about a year and a half I would wear sew in weaves (cornbraids under)...I would not relax my hair at all. This past summer I finally took out the weave and got my hair professionally relaxed at a salon...the lady who relaxed my hair said my hair was weak and that I would have to condition it regularly...so I began using "Pantene Pro V Relaxed and natural shampoo and conditioner" which I would use once a week and I would oil my hair with "Pink moisturizer" daily also.....I seemed to make my hair nice....but I think its making my hair really dry at the roots and "matted"...2 months after I had my hair relaxed..I went back to the salon for a retouch and the lady could barely comb through my roots! it was embarrassing and not to mention a big part of my hair fell out because the roots were so matted together....
    Its been about 4 weeks since I last had my hair relaxed..and it seems that my hair is breaking alot more and is fragile. I keep using the Pantene Pro V but I think this is causing my hair to be so tought and damaged because of the sulphur.... and I have read that sulphur may be bad for black hair

    SO MY QUESTION(S) ARE:

    what are the best (reasonably priced) black shampoos/conditioner/ hair oils around?
    How often should I condition and wash my hair? Everyday? Once a week?
    Is sulpher really bad for black hair?
    Am I combing my hair too hard(my mom says this is causing my hair to break...but i do it because the roots become so matted)
    what should I do to help the breakage stopp (I have a huge bald spot the size of my palm but Im luck because my hair is dark and thick so u cannot see my scalp)
    ****ANY OTHER (BLACK)HAIR CARE TIPS WOULD BE APPRECIATED

    • ANSWER:
      1. buy the cheapest hot oil treatment in a drugstore. they make your hair and scalp soft, shiny, and strong. I always use this when I am getting split ends or my hairs getting damaged. Always works. Also for that damaged hair, you can use Garnier 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, Dry or Damaged Hair. You can get this in any drugstore too.
      2. I have almost black hair and I have been using conditioner everyday and its made my hair greasy. never dry though. i think it just depends on what type of hair you have. Thick, thin, soft, etc. Just dont use it anymore. See if your hair gets better after that.
      3. I think you are combing your hair way to hard and its falling for two reasons: you either are very stressed, or your hair is really damaged. or both. what you should do is go to your hair stylist and ask him/her what to do to make the breakage stop, or ask a professional any other questions. You can also use a large, more gentle brush so you can brush without hair falling out. Remember, the smaller the bristles, the more hurtful it is to brush.

      tips:
      1.when you go out, you can buy this special sun block for hair. Its a spray you can spray it all over you hair so it can be protected and not become more damaged than it already is. you can buy this at any drugstore.
      2. when your hair is already becoming more healthy, get vitamins that help your hair grow, never artificial hair growth products, because they slow down hair healing.
      3. Don't use straighteners or anything that burns your hair, it damages hair.
      4. Also, where you get your haircut, you can ask your hairstylist to point out some good products. Where I live they have a bunch of hair products right where I cut my hair and they are professional which really help.

      and remember, your hair will eventually grow out dont worry. again, my best advice is to go to your hair stylist or a professional and ask all these questions. They will have answers, trust me. Remember, dont curl, blow dry, straighten, or anything that uses heat for hair.

      I wish you good luck, and hope your hair gets better! Dont make the same mistake again!

  16. QUESTION:
    BLACK HAIR GROWTH.....?
    ok so i used 2 have really long hair when i was young but ppl kept thinkin i was a girl so i cut it nd have been ever since{started at 6 now 15}but now i wanna grow it long again {i havent got a cut in a month}i have a mini fro right now but i wanna know about how long it will take to have it at a braid-able length because school starts in two months is that long enough for that it 2 be at a braid-able length?{that would be three months}also does any one have any black hair care tips? also i am a dark skinned black dude do you tou think dark skinned dudes would still look ok with long hair?

    • ANSWER:
      yah i have an older cousin who has long wavy hair and he is dark complected. hair usually grows 1/2" a monthh.
      so hope i helped(:

  17. QUESTION:
    what are some indian hair care tips?
    please i have an indian friend who wants to know this she use to have long silky black hair after that she dyed it perm it and used chemical products she now uses cocunut oil but she claims its no help

    • ANSWER:
      cocunut oil ahs to be warmed and applied to her hair tell her to use almond oil then. eggs are good but she need to get in the habit of using natural henna or shikakai products

  18. QUESTION:
    Hair Care for Men?
    I'm a young male with natural black hair that grows fast. So most of the time I let it grow lenghty and try to care for it but it becomes dull both in volume and color. I can never seem to find the right shampoo, conditioner, or mousse to help. I was wondering if anyone has any hair care tips for black hair or hair care tips for natural hair that could help? Would blow drying work?

    • ANSWER:
      im a girl so i dont know

  19. QUESTION:
    tips for taking care of my mixed daughters hair?
    ohhh it is a nightmare...she has the curls of her black heritage, the thickness and ability to grow of mine (I am white with EXTREMELY thick hair that grows almost an inch a month) and texture of just in between, so relaxers are OUT of the question.

    She is 4. Everyday I use Motions Hair Lotion to condition her scalp and hair and use it to style the hair.

    Twice a week we wash using Just For Me Shampoo and then condition with a heavy conditioner.

    To brush her hair I use Loreal Detangler, and use Silken Child Deep Moustuirzing Hair Lotion to set and style and condition even further.

    I have moustierization covered...her hair is only dry at night....I used to plat her hair 3 days out of the week and it seemed to manage the extreme tanlging, but last month she cut one of her braids off, so braiding it OUT of the question.

    I am always looking for hair care tips.....so give me any adice you can.
    If I cut her hair Really short she WOULD CRY CRY CRY CRY...I can not do that to her.
    I am treating her hair the way it needs to be treated.
    straightning her hair lasts for MAYBE a day.
    and we do the puffy pony tail most of the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, I'd first like to commend you. You have done far more than many women in your place would do. All too often I see biracial children walking around and I just want to take them home and do their hair! So good for you! Anyway, I'm not mixed, but my hair texture is extremely curly and very much like the hair of my bi-racial neice. Seriously the only way to keep the hair from being tangled is to comb only when wet with conditoner in it. As for styling, I recommend using products by www.curlz.biz. They have been featured in magazines all over the place it works great. I personally adore Missjessies.com products but they are more expensive and don't carry a line for children. I would NEVER recommend a relaxer for children or adults. Nor would I recommend cutting. This type of hair is diffucult to manage. It's a fact. We have all had to accept it girl. Now you do too! Unless you want to alter the natural texture of her hair, nothing will change the way it is. But there are products that will help in defining her curls so you don't have to always do the afro poof. Braids need to be your best friend. I know you said she cut one off..But all you have to do is keep her away from scissors and I'm sure after the stern talking to you gave her, she has learned her lesson. My cousins did the same thing, but that didn't stop mom from braiding their hair! How many kids have you seen with lopsided bangs? This is something they do, that shouldn't stop you from maintaining their hair. Especially this kind of hair! Not braiding it will be more trouble than braiding it! I wouldn't waste time straightening a child's hair because they run around and sweat it out in a day (as you've learned). Save the straight look for easter/church/temple.. whatever... When she's older flat ironing her straight with a ceramic iron (maxiglide, chi, hai) will be another option for you. By then you will have learned to wrap the hair at night to preserve the staight look. Wrapping the hair involves brushing the hair flat against the haid in a circular motion until all hair is wraped around the head in a flat nest. You must then use a silk/satan scarf to tie around the nest. As a child, my mother would use a pair of panty hose over the scarf because I slept wild and would often rip the scarf off of my head at night. Braiding and unbraiding the hair will help in creating more defined riglets that hang better as well. Stay away frpm heavy pomades and all that crap sold for "black hair"..though I use some..lol...most of it is for marketing purposes and contain chemicals that will eventually dry the hair out. Use natural oils and conditoners like avacdo, olive oil, sweet almond oil, tee trea oil....and even mayo! I buy all of my shampoos and conditioners from the vitaminne shop/GNC.

      Good Luck!
      Also..ignore the poster who said the longer itgets the easier itgets. The longer our hair gets, the BIGGER it gets.It won't grow in a downward direction. Instead it grows OUT! lol...

  20. QUESTION:
    Any1 know what the best hair care products are for black hair? I use relaxers so great conditioner are a must?
    I'm trying to save money by cutting out the hair dresser. I have the skill but lack the knowledge of the best hair care products. I would also love tips on what types of products stop breakage.....I know I'm asking a lot but your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      These are the brands I use, Im pretty sure you will find what you looking for,they have conditioners, shampoos, hair growth treatments, ect

      Dr.Miracles-http://www.drmiracles.com/home.php

      Softsheen Carson-http://www.softsheencarson.com/_us/_en/index.aspx

      Fantasia-http://www.fantasiahaircare.com/index.html

  21. QUESTION:
    Where do the Black hair care products come from that the Koreans are selling?
    He told me how to apply for city and state business licenses, and other business tips...but he wouldn't tell me where his products come from. So, where? And why didn't he want to tell me?
    They are South Koreans that sell the products in most black hair stores. Everywhere. I did not know that this one guy did not wanna reveal where he got his products from, then again, I only asked one location.

    • ANSWER:
      Which products by which manufacturers? And which Koreans?

  22. QUESTION:
    black hair help and tips!!1?
    ok well last year i had alot of hair when i relaxed it it was full it was everything i got complemnts it was up to my sholders lyk touching it. it lasted like that for a good 4 weeks until it started truning back to how it was pooffy ends everything i didint know what to do til i found out the flat iron and i flat ironed it every week ( didint know about hair protectents then) till i found out my hair was falling out but i dint care. wellll i braided my hair and kept from late june lyk june 30 til agust 9. my mom was lyk oh you got new growth you need a relaxer so i got a relaxer and my hair was teriable i was lyk wat happend 2 my old hair . it was thin short not full my ends when puffy. so i got some black hair questions if you dont mind answwering.

    1. ok how do you cut you hair cause my ends are puffy and idk i see all there youtube videos and there ends are nice and trim and straight so how do i get it lyk that.

    2. what relaxer do you used i know they are bad and all but just tell me for info

    3. how to tell damaged hair and split ends

    4. how to get your hair full

    5. is wraping your hair good and wats the benifits cause i just go to bed with my hair lyk that

    6. whento retouch lyk what is that i just did a full relaxer kit and on the box it said retouch every 6-8 weeks lyk wat is that do you think i should do it.

    and finally what is your black hair care regimen am thinking of cutting all the puffy ends to the straight ends and starting there i want my hair long and flowing and do you go to a hair salon i used 2 go but am kinda scared now since my hair is messed up am afraid they are gona mess it up more.
    please help i i posed some pictures what my hair kinda looks now and how i want it to look after my hair jorney and srry for my spelling i was in a rush

    my hair now
    http://blog.treasuredlocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/straightening-hair.jpg
    straight hair i want kinda

    http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/8628731/2/istockphoto_8628731-long-straight-black-hair.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      1. just go to your hairdresser and tell them to trim the dead ends.. they'll be able to tell what they need to cut off
      2. i use the elasta qp relaxer for sensitive scalp
      3. the way i tell split ends is i hold a piece of my hair up to the light and you'll be able to tell if your ends look unhealthy compared to the rest of your hair, and damaged hair is usually rough and stringy and stuff
      4. don't use too much heat, use a wide tooth comb, and handle your hair gently (just try to prevent breakage)
      5. wrapping your hair is good because your hair will be straight the next morning so you won't be using flat irons everyday, and if you use a satin scarf or bonnet your hair won't break and dry out from cotton pillows (if you use cotton pillows)
      6. every 8 weeks is a good time, i stretch to about 12 weeks its best to stretch as long as you can to avoid over processing

      i use elasta qp products and my regimen is:
      i wash (shampoo and condition) every week (following with a deep conditioning treatment for 30 minutes with shower cap under heat)
      i do a hot oil/ honey treatment (heat up olive oil and honey, put in hair, let it sit for 30 minutes with a shower cap) once a week before i shampoo
      co-wash (conditioner only) twice a week (following with a conditioning treatment for 10 minutes)
      moisturise and seal (with moisture-sealing leave in) everyday
      oil my scalp -not grease- with olive oil every 2-3 days
      always air dry never blow dry (trying to limit heat as much as i can)
      comb everyday with wide tooth comb (to avoid knots and breakage)
      use ceramic flat iron (ghd) once a week
      do no heat styles after co-washes (like braiding and scrunching to get a curly style)
      wear satin cap when i sleep
      do a protein treatment whenever my hair is feeling weak (apply one egg white into hair, let it sit for 30 minutes with shower cap and NO HEAT)

      i relax every 12 weeks and get a trim every 6 weeks

      i know it looks complicated but once you've gotten the hang of it its not :)

  23. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Care Products !?
    I'm a Black female with long hair. It's 3 inches above my backside. I always get the stupid "What are you mixed with" question,lol. & the answer is black and more black!. Lately I have been leaving it out and people have been running their hands through it but for some reason it's been feeling dry and I'm starting to get split ends. I usually do my hair myself and I cut it every week, but I know I need to do something else with it & with work and school it's usually put up in a bun like my avatar. So any tips? On managing split ends and dealing with dry hair? Any good Black Hair Care or good hair care products out there?

    Any tips?

    BTW, I use Dr. Miracles, Castor Oil and Carrot Oil.

    • ANSWER:
      You should just chop the split ends before they spread up the hair strand. Also you can try hot oil treatments and do deep conditioning every week. Maybe you can try to learn about essential and carrier oils. Try MotownGirl.com

  24. QUESTION:
    black relaxed hair site?
    simple i want a really gooooood black hair care site my hair is healthy but wen i try 2 look 4 new tips or hairstyles its had 2 find a good site so i turn 2 youtube but i need a little more i have neck lengh hair cause i got it trim becuase it was uneven but anyway its relaxed also my hair is black not brown im looking for a good site dat isnt looking jus for money a healthy hair care tip and idea site

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    I'm biracial (half black and white). Any tips on how to care for my hair?
    My hair is curly and not too thick like an average black woman.
    I wash it a few times a week and I can't only wash my hair once a week because I work out daily.

    • ANSWER:
      The main thing to remember is curly hair gets dry very easily so make sure you condition well, either with conditioner or leave-in product. For my curly hair as well as my daughter's hair which is more like yours, I use anti-frizz serum after washing, then when I braid her hair I use olive oil to help with combing. I read that synthetic oil products such as mineral oils contribute to drying. Washing more than once a week if necessary probably isn't bad if you make sure you are conditioning well and not using too many harsh styling methods like ironing or even blow drying.

  26. QUESTION:
    What hair care tips can i use to have healthy/good hair?
    Im going to get cassadee pope's haircut from hey monday. And for those of you who don't know, it looks like this :
    http://www.buzznet.com/www/search/photos/cassadee%20pope/?p=15&id=60655151#pagesubnav
    http://www.buzznet.com/www/search/photos/cassadee%20pope/?p=16&id=60000991#pagesubnav

    (She is the girl on the right in the first and the girl on the left in the second)
    My hair is naturally black, straight and pretty healthy. I am going to dye it blonde like she has it and i know it will damage my hair. But i want to know ways that i can prevent as much damage as possible. I know excessive dying is bad and im only going to dye it once then probably chop it off after it grows out and try something else. I also realize that i will probably straighten it everyday to keep it straight like hers. But im going to use a CHI and hair damage preventing spray. But are there any other ways to keep it more healthy and prevent any further damage...like what foods to eat, what products to use, hair care tips, oils to put in my hair, etc. Any hair care tips will help..and make sure they work. i have nice hair and i want to keep it that way after i get the hair cut :)

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    What hair care products do black people use ..?
    My hair is very dry , corse , curls , makes it look like i dont brush it..Im so sick of my hair , the only thing i can compare it to is african americans hair ..I Used a relaxer a few years ago and it melted the ends of my hair , causing me to have to cut 3 inches off...That Muary's palmade helps only in the front , the bang area , but i cant use it all over , because it cause my head to itch ..I just need to know some good tips and tricks that Black people use ..My hair literaly fro's up by the end og the day ..I'm constantly in the bathroom , spraying it and brushing it...How do black people like Vanessa Williams and Beyonce Knowles have such nice manangable hair ??
    wow so many racist black women ,,Instead of giving hair advice you show how racist you are ..and yes black people do have dry course hair , i seen it on the discovery ..It was talking about genes and hair , so dont be all getting mad because im just stating the facts..

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like part of the problem is that you brush it.
      Most people with curly hair never brush their hair, they pick or comb it.
      I would suggest getting some texture gel or cream and applying it as soon as you get out of the shower (in the morning) This should help form curls and keep them from seperating and causing a frizzy "fro" look.
      Talk to your stylist.

  28. QUESTION:
    i want to have long,black,silky and dandruff free hair.give tips,daily care routine and suggest shampoo?
    i am a pure vegetarian.my hair is short,brownish and oily(somewhat)

    • ANSWER:
      hai!!
      1) if u dont have synus problem try the below remedy..
      apply fresh squeezed lemonjuice all over ur scalp and hair(thouroughly).soak for 30 minutes and take a nice warm bath..ur dandruff will get drastcally reduced in 2 baths,..
      2)if u have synus problem,then try soaking with franch oil for 30 miutes and take bath.massage all over ur scalp thouroughly.
      this is also a gr88 rememdy..
      give them a try
      OR
      u can use lemon juice or white vinegar these two methods are good

      Steps:

      -Wash and condition your hair normally.
      -If you have to use a hair dryer, lightly blow dry your hair, using a brush as you do it. In general it is best to avoid hot rollers, curling irons, or dryers as they will damage hair and make long hair less attractive over time.
      -At night, put your hair in a pony tail and braid it, then roll it up into a bun and tie it up. (You do this so when you sleep you dont toss and turn and pull your hair out on your pillow!) If your hair is fine, skip this step and avoid elastic hair binders which will break the hair at the point where they are used. Hair under tension tends to break and you want your hair LONG!
      -Consider an oil treatment (hot or regular) every week.
      -If your hair isn't very dry, a good conditioner used with every wash will suffice.
      -Wash your hair once every one and a half weeks (about every ten days) if your hair is kinky or nappy.
      -Fine, straight hair will require washing every other day to look healthy. Use a non-drying shampoo and a good conditioner.
      -If your hair is naturally dry do not wash it too often as it will strip your hair of it's natural oils, leaving it even drier.

      Extra Tips
      -If you don't know how to do a hot oil treatment in your hair, ask for help and/or read directions.
      -Don't put gel or hairspray with alcohol in your hair as it will have a drying effect.
      -Make sure not to really put anything in it except shampoo and conditioner.
      -Start this whole adventure with a professional hair cut first to give yourself the best possible starting point for long, healthy hair.
      -For some people, it is possible that areas of your life such as diet, exercise, hours of sleep, and stress affect hair growth. Healthy habits will promote healthy hair!
      -Regular haircuts, even while you are trying to grow it out, will keep the hair looking good and, more importantly, keep it healthy.

      u can use garnier also or pantene
      pantene is not a hard shampoo see the ph level in the pack
      or use any herbal shampoo

  29. QUESTION:
    tips for black hair? Advice, I need an expert on what to do?
    Im black and I don't have bad or rough texture my hair is fair and soft, but how can I take better care of my hair? Im going all natural, I did the big chop a few days ago, but how can i keep it up and have healthy hair? should I wash it weekly? or what? I dont know anything that I can do, but what can I do ? please help, thx

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Need hair care advice for a biracial 8 month old?
    My daughter is biracial. Black and White. Does anyone have any hair care tips. What should I put in her hair to keep it moisturized? She has curly hair that tends to get dry and frizzy. Any ideas would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      super sheen

  31. QUESTION:
    How to take care of curly and wavy black hair?
    I have short hair and I wear hijab most of the time. So every time I wear hijab, my hair become tangled. I do not mean to say that I dont like to wearing hijab, I do like to wear'em. Sometimes it gives me feel like 'secure' or watever. Back to the point, what kind of shampoo should I wear or any good tips for healthy hair.

    • ANSWER:
      Mane & Tail is great for me it makes my hair really soft and easy to brush when dry and wet. I also wear a head dress too sometimes for plays and this helps me not get it tangled.

      when you brush your hair dont start from the top. start on the bottom and go up. like brush 3 inches and 3 more as you go up.

  32. QUESTION:
    any tips for hair care?
    my hair breaks easily and it has split ends and its wavy
    i have long black hair and i want it to be straight and shiny with no split ends

    what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      it s very easy , just three step.. shampoo, conditioner and serum.. choose the brand that suitable by the consult from the professional and remember dont ever do too much of shampoo , its will just make ur hair worst. and go to salon onces a month to do hair treatment and for best results twice a month.

      Save on power to save your hair...
      Let your hair dry naturally occasionally to give it a break from hot irons. Make sure you use a good absorbent towel to remove excess moisture and avoid rubbing your hair — it'll cause split ends and won't leave the hair shaft smooth. A leave-in conditioner will also fight the frizzies.

      How often to wash?
      If your hair is fine, thin, or short, it's best to wash it gently every day. Cut back to washing two to three times a week if your hair is long, thick, or curly and only wash your hair one or two times a week if it's very dry or chemically processed.

      Apple cider vinegar- a natural hair treatment
      An all-natural way to eliminate shampoo build-up and toxins in your hair is with apple cider vinegar. Rinse your hair once a week with one cup of apple cider vinegar; it’s found in grocery or health stores.

      Stake out salon training nights!
      Most top hair salons offer low-cost cuts on training nights, where student stylists work their magic (under the close watch of their more senior colleagues).

      Smooth hair secret
      Switch to a satin pillowcase to keep your hair smooth. Cotton and synthetic pillowcases make your hair frizzy and rough.

      Moving on up...
      If you don't keep the blow dryer moving every few seconds, you can damage the cuticle and ruin your hair's natural shine.

      Healthy hair is happy hair!
      As with any hairstyling tool, moderation is the key. Remember that the ends of your hair are the oldest and most prone to split ends and breakage, so treat with care.

      No Lemons
      Don't use lemon juice to bleach your hair! The lemon juice combined with sun exposure will dry out your hair. Leave the job to a professional hairdresser.

      Quality is best
      If you have damaged hair, avoid using cheap brushes and combs. Quality tools have better bristles and are more gentle.

      Satin sleep
      Wake up less likely to have a bad hair - by sleeping on a satin pillow-case. It will help easily-tangled locks stay smooth and snag-free.

      with this steps , i think u will have a nice , shiny silky hair.. Good luck

  33. QUESTION:
    Hair care tips for mixed girls?
    I was wondering if anyone had any tips for growing long beautiful hair for mixed girls? Im mixed (black (american)/ white (british) and a tad bit of native american) and i've been trying to grow my hair to be the length it was when i was in middle school (im out of school now). Let's see im 4'10" and my hair came all the way down to the middle of my back, now its just about to my shoulders. I've trimmed my hair like i was told, i've tried deep conditioning my hair once a week, nothing seems to be working to make it grow. my hair isnt oily, it's naturally curly and gets dry every once in a while, um its also pretty thick, i cant use some products because they either dry out my hair or make it too oily.....so any ideas anyone? I really want long pretty healthy hair lol.

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    black hair care?
    last year around this time i choose to stop putting chemicals in my hair( like perms) and go natural. well i couldnt stand watching my permed hair fall out while i was going natural so i been getting micro braids for a year. everytime i take them out i let my hair breathe for about two weeks and then get them put back in. my hair is out of briads right now its. its pretty healthy but its just as short as it was when i had a perm in my hair( but 100% natural). i thought it would be longer by now. im dissappointed. i want long hair. i been pressing and hot combing it for a week but i just want some tips to achieve longer hair because the short look isnt working for me

    • ANSWER:
      Here try these sites , I promise you will find some help on them, they are dedicated to the health , and growth of african-american hair. There are forums which discuss products used, and their results, also, how to maintain your hair while no longer relaxing. Breakage, weaves etc .here are some links that are sure to help you.

      Also read the section on The Carmel Treatment great for those who wish to prolong the length they go between relaxing, or for those with natural hair

      Carmel Treatment
      http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=66005&PN=1

      Black Hair Care Forum
      http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/default.asp?C=3

      http://www.longhaircareforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=6

  35. QUESTION:
    Can you give me basic tips on how to take care of relaxed black girls hair?
    I need help...I'm going off to college. My hair has always just been sort of there, so I need to know how to take care of it. Please don't convince me to stop relaxing it, I only do a few times a year and it's a personal choice. What are so basic everyday things I can do to take care of it? I don't really like doing any crazy hairstyles, sometimes I curl, wear it in a ponytail, or let it down. Any good help is loved.

    • ANSWER:
      Whoop whoop college student, lol! ME TOO!!

      Well, one thing you will learn when you go to college is that you have little to no time to be worrying about your hair unless you're going out!

      On class days, I wear my hair up (to give it a break) and when I am going to a party I wear it down.

      My hair is bra strap length. True statement. =)

      You should:
      Wash and deep condition your hair once a week.
      Use a leave-in conditioner.
      Buy some rollers and learn how to rollerset your hair when its wet.
      When its dry wrap it and you'll be good to go!

      I usually air-dry b/c I realized that when my hair was shoulder length to much heat was causing my hair to break and dry out!
      *And if you decide to flat iron your hair use a heat protectant.

      Oh, here's a youtube video if you want to learn how to rollerset your hair: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odj2d4XyBHQ

      Good luck with your hair and college!

  36. QUESTION:
    Is their a way for black peoples hair to look shiny, and like the rest of the worlds?
    Im part black but i defiantly have "black hair" i was wondering if their is a way to make more hair more like the rest of the worlds, it doesnt have to be bone straight. Is their a way to make it it silky, and shiny like a "white, hispanic, asian, indian etc hair or make it really really really bouncy and flipy. i know most of you are going to say feel proud about your hair and stuff but if your not black please answer this quesion would you really want hair like a black persons? i just want to be beautiful like the rest of girls in the world, you know? I perm my hair, should i go natural does anyone have any hair tips? Did some of you people feel this way as child about their hair?

    http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor.com/image-files/natural-black-hair-care-01.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      well, i used to want the same thing, now i'm comfortable with my kinky hair. its what i was made with, it makes me beautiful bla bla bla lol. any way just here to say if u dont get with kinky hair, ur in for trouble the REST of ur life. u can do anything but the kink will fight its way in. i actually really admire natural hair, theres nothing like it, i grown mine out now for a year, loud proud and nappy!

  37. QUESTION:
    black hair care question....?
    ive been taking good care of my hair for years, but I'm feeling that theres more out good stuff out there that i haven't tried. i would appreciate some tips or just information on what you do to your hair to make it grow healthy. please don't give me any sites, ive been to a lot, and now am just searching for advice from random people out there.
    maybe theres something rare that you do to your hair and it really works..stuff like that. i don't want hair products either, unless they're natural and organic. ( ive used every product i thought might help, and now moving on to home recipes.)

    feel free to share any knowledge, advice or tips. thanks!

    (I'm biracial, so my hair is slightly curly, but very thick and difficult to manage. its shoulder length, if this helps)

    • ANSWER:
      You know I have tried everything everyone has told me to try and it was a disaster ALL of the time.All you can do is luck up on something every ones hair is so very different so what works for them may not necessarily work for yours.You are right to go with more organic or natural products or remedies though.
      example.I have heard people say they wash their hair very often and it grows quickly,then I hear some others say they wash theirs less frequently but,use less greasy products and they see a dramatic difference now they have come up with something for the hair called "MUD" .To show that this is probably a great product look at most African tribes they put clay and mud in their hair and it grows very quickly until they shave it for tribal purposes,weird huh? Well best of luck on finding your miracle cure,whatever you do to it just don't go extreme. ha-ha ;0)

  38. QUESTION:
    I am a 15 year old African American girl in need of hair styles and hair care tips.?
    My hair is dark...like black. It is kinda short about an inch or 2 above shoulder length. I have an oval face and a toffee/dark carmel complextion. My hair is also not in the best condition but I am working on that with the help of an excellent beautician. Also my hair was cut back in the beginning of September and it is not growing back at the speed it used to how can I get my hair to grow back and be healthy. Also do you have any suggestiongs for summer time hairstyles that will give my hair a rest?
    But if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      Ur best bet for helping ur hair grow is to keep your hair braided and even weaved and make sure you have plenty of moisture for ur hair. products I would recommend is motions shampoo & conditioner, liv's hair conditioner, organic root stimulator carrot oil and pantene pro v's relaxed & natural hair care line. For the summer you could try some cute styles with individuals and sew in weaves. not only do they give ur hair a rest, but also you can find some cute styles that celebrities wear. If ur natural I recommend not getting a perm or any chemicals in ur hair or if you have a perm make sure you keep your ends clipped and hair moisturized{same w/ natural hair}. If you have anymore questions feel free to ask! Other then that good luck with your quest for beautiful hair =)

  39. QUESTION:
    Black hair care regime?
    Any sistas on yahoo answers with RELAXED hair.. that have a good hair care regime.. I'm working on improving mines.. Whats yours? Do you have any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      I use a perm called design essentials it doesnt burn and they have sensative scap in the perm. I always use a conditioner every week and sometimes I sit under the dryer with a plastic cap on head. I use products called seba its a black line and its great. I always use products that I can get from the beauty salon. So when I am not able to go to the salon I atleast can have the same products in my hair. Try not to use a chi irons or curling irons in your hair all of the time. If you can with short or long hair wrap it every night.

  40. QUESTION:
    biracial hair care tips someone with experience please help?
    hello my son is biracial black and white. he is 1 he has beautiful hair but it gets dry and kinky its curly but dry but its soft its not overly thick. im just wondering what is a good hair care routine to make sure his hair stays in the best shape possible im growing it out its about 5 inches when you pull a curl straight...i hear a lot of different things about hair care and am not sure. i hear mineral oil and patroleum based products are not good what about pink lotion? what are some good shampoos should i use a shampoo and conditioner? and a leave in conditioner? or just some moisturizing lotion? just confused i am white thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to Wal Mart and get Carrot oil its a moisturizer that isnt oily at all. My daughter has curly hair but I use products by CHI its expensive but it is worth buying.

  41. QUESTION:
    bi-racial hair care tips someone with experience help!!?
    hello my son is biracial black and white. he is 1 he has beautiful hair but it gets dry and kinky its curly but dry but its soft its not overly thick. im just wondering what is a good hair care routine to make sure his hair stays in the best shape possible im growing it out its about 5 inches when you pull a curl straight...i hear a lot of different things about hair care and am not sure. i hear mineral oil and patroleum based products are not good what about pink lotion? what are some good shampoos should i use a shampoo and conditioner? and a leave in conditioner? or just some moisturizing lotion? just confused i am white thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to Afro-American hair website for more tips & suggestions. He has the most fragile type hair so it's best to find ideas from the pro.

      I'd suggest you rub leftover hand lotion (after you've applied lotion to your hands) to keep it moisturized, my dh did that because he ran out of his gel (which dries up his hair 3 hours later) but he found hand lotion works just as good AND it's cheaper.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to take care of black perm hair?
    My hair is naturally curly but straigth, it's past my shoulders but breaks easy. i need a good way to strengthen and treat my hair. i've heard that shampoos and conditioners containing alcohol, ammonium, sulfates, and lipids are bad for my hair texture, so i try not to use them. But it is almost impossible to find a product that doesn't contain them.

    Any tips or suggestions. Your answers are greatly appreciated. God Bless!!!

    • ANSWER:
      RELAXED HAIR:
      1. It doesn't have the tighter texture of natural hair but it also isn't straight hair. Is is essentially damaged and that's the one thing you have to remember about it. It needs protein treatments (like Aphogee 2 step treatment) and gentle treatment. Otherwise breakage causes it not to grow. [youtube.com, longhaircareforum.com]

      BREAKAGE SOLUTIONS:
      The myth that kinky hair doesn't grow needs to be dispeled. What keeps it from gowing very often is damage to strands which causes breakage. Relaxers weaken hair but even if you have natural hair our strands are thinner than other races and often tangle together causing breakage. If you baby the ends your hair will grow. Personally I am transitioning from a relaxer. But whether natural or relaxed some of the same principles apply. [naturallycurly.com]

      1. Condition after every time you wash. I like Pantene Relaxed and Natural. It has a lot of slip so detangling is a breeze.

      2. Find out what ingredients in hair products are harmful. Many are drying and silicones and sulfates are potentially damaging becuase they are harder to get out of curly hair than straight hair=product buildup=dry fragile hair. Biracialhair.org has a great ingredient dictionary. STOP using grease if you still do. This plogs pores and can stunt growth.

      3. Only detangle hair when it is loaded with conditioner and preferably one with a lot of slip. Use fingers or a wide tooth comb. Brush sparingly.

      4. Recognize what causes breakage. Unhealthy hair is the main culprit but rough fabrics, heat, dry hair, brushing, rough detangling, coloring, repetitive styling can make situation worse. Always wear a satin cap to bed and sleep on satin pillowcase. Limit chemicals in your hair is you put them in at all. And don't do the same style every day. [curlynikki.com]

      5. Deep condition. This is different than regular conditioning. It is more beneficial to hair as it can penetrate deeper into strands. It can be used with heat which helps moisture sink into strands better.[curlynikki.com, longhairecareforum.com, nappturality.com]

      6. If your hair is relaxed hair you must recognize that the bonds of the hair are broken to make it straight and it is essentially damaged hair. Deep condition regularly, do protein treatments and just use a good leave in conditioner as well as all of the above.

      7. Do protective styles like buns, braids, and twists. A protective style is one that protects ends and is low manipulation.

      To find out if your hair is healthy there are 3 easy tests.

      1. Hold a strand between your hands and pull. If it snaps dully without stretching at all, you have a moisture problem. Do deep conditioning treatments. If it stretches really long without a pop you have a protein problem. You need to do more protein treatments. The perfect balance is a hair strand that stretches a little and breaks with a loud pop.

      2. You can also tell if your hair is not getting enough moisture. Put a strand in a bowl of water. If it floats, your good, if it sinks right away that means it's too porous and absorbs water too quickly becuase it's dry. Of course as I've explained "dry" hair is not really "dry" it just means the outer layer is standing up and the water can fill into the inner layer of the strand (like a sponge) pulling the hair down into the water. You need to condition everytime you shampoo, apply a leave in conditioner before straightening and DC every two weeks or so.

      3. Simple: split ends. End of the hair strand looks like a Y. If you do not get these trimmed immediately they can move up the shaft. Visible sign of damaged hair and simplest test.

      Once you know if your hair is healthy or not you can go from there. Go to the below websites.

  43. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Care! I need help!!?
    I used to have long healthy thick hair. It was to the middle of my back! But then i started using flat irons and had to get it cut to my shoulders. I miss my hair &nd i want it back that length. Any tips on how to get it back that length or close to it?

    • ANSWER:
      Cut the heat, as you know it's damaging
      Get the elasticity back into you hair by using hot oil treatments - Extra virgin olive oil
      To strengthen your hair and deal with the damage use a protein conditioner - try Aphogee Keratin 2 minute reconstructor.
      Apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair after washing and allow your hair to air dry or blow dry on cool.
      Protect ends of your hair by wearing your hair in a bun - don't subject them to daily wear and tear.
      Apply hair moisturiser and follow up with small amount of coconut oil to seal in moisture.
      This worked for me - Massage your scalp weekly with 50% castor oil 50% extra virgin olive oil to stimulate hair growth.
      Sleep on a silky pillow case - pamper your hair!

      Finally just handle you hair as little as possible, finger comb, your hair just needs a little breather. When you do go back to flat ironing try doing it just once a week and use a heat protectorant.

      I had issues with hair breakage/growth so I know how you feel. hope this helps

  44. QUESTION:
    Will Asian hair care products work for Africans too?
    I cant find any great hair growth products for ethnic (black) hair.
    Will asian hair care products/ methods work on black hair too?

    If so can you list some great asian hair care lines and tips for strengthening and growth please??
    Will Redkin styling products work for black hair??
    What products are good for damaged black hair?? :{

    • ANSWER:
      NO OUR HAIR IS DIFFERENT....
      asia hair care products are for asians..

      whats wrong with strong.. african hair?

  45. QUESTION:
    After-care Dying Hair Tips ?
    well i just dyed my hair with blonde bangs and blonde streaks , my hair is orginally black i do have african american hair .

    i just need some tips how long after i dye my hair would it be safe to put in a relaxer ?
    (i heard a relaxer could take out the color )

    and how long after could i use a deep conditioner in my hair ?

    and other tips on how to restore my hair after i dyed it , i just dont know how long i should wait before applying certain things , how do i keep my color in lasting and not fading ? btw its permanent coloring

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    I need advise on styling tips and care tips on Medium/loosely permed hair... im desperate!?
    I had LONG, bone straight, jet black hair. I decided to perm my hair because my hair would never be able to curl with curlers. Anyway, I dont know how to care for curly hair.. im so used to washing my hair and then letting it air dry and maybe i will run my fingers through to "comb it".
    So now when i jump out of the shower, i comb through my loosely permed hair and let it air dry and my hair looks soo fried!! I deep condition my ends twice a week. As far as styling i really want to avoid that "crunchy /aqua net" look. How do i define my curls in bigger chunks?? i know clueless.. and i almost regret it...

    I wanted sarah jessica parker's hair or shakira... something that doesnt look too obvious with product..

    • ANSWER:
      what i do 2 make my hair look less fried is i put leave in conditioner .i cant remember what kind i use but its by herbal essents and its in an oragne bottle.Also in the John Fredia collection they have a frizz/shine spray tht would be good on curls.i hope i helped ;)

  47. QUESTION:
    Any tips on maintaining black women's hair while exercising daily?
    I use a mild relaxer on my hair every 6-8 weeks. I usually wash my hair and deep condition it once a week with Kera Care products and roller set/wrap it.
    I just started running every morning and evening and want to know of any tips to keep my hair healthy. How often can I wash it in one week without damaging my hair? Is there anyway to avoid completely sweating my wrap out?

    • ANSWER:
      go to healthytextures.com and ask the woman there u are goin to know what i'm talking bout she got videos that talks about hair she works out alot too so she shows how to main tain it hope i help

  48. QUESTION:
    Black hair care styling question?
    I used to have a hairdresser that moved away that used rods to give me soft, bouncy, and shiny ringlets. I have tried 6 other people who cannot seem to do it. It is either dull or hard, sometimes dull and hard. Can someone please give me tips on what I should suggest that my new hairstylist use to give me bouncy, shiny, and soft ringlets? My other hairstylist will not divulge her secrets.
    Extra: My old hairdresser used setting lotion and they were still shiny, bouncy, and soft. And I set under the dryer. It is the these people not knowing the proper technique and using the correct products that is messing me up.

    • ANSWER:
      You could try a straw set yourself or your hairdresser could try it. The curls could be possibly smaller than the rod set but you would still get the ringlets that you desire. Use a setting lotion (or wrapping lotion which won't make your hair hard) also use a hair creme or oil because you don't want your hair to dry out. It will be really tight when you first take them out but about two days later... they'll loosen up. When you roll it with the straw make sure to start at the bottom with the end of your hair and spiral up so that the it will give you the spiral curl and not just a roller curl. I let mine air dry overnight instead of going under the dryer cause that may be what's causing it to be dry or hard. When you take it out, apply hair oil (jojoba, coconut, carrot, etc) to give it that extra shine. Be very delicate removing the straws, don't just pull them out - unroll them while gently pulling down.
      YouTube has a lot of videos of women trying the straw set, showing you what they use and some techniques, and their results.
      Good Luck!

  49. QUESTION:
    African American Caring For Hair Tips?
    i have "black people" hair because im african american. I would like to know what i should do to take care of my hair so it will grow naturally this is what i do now.

    - Wash hair every 2 weeks
    - Grease hair after i get out the shower then i braid it until i can get it done again

    Any tips?

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Afro hair care/styling tips/advice?
    I have a real boring head of frizzy hair. It's not a tight afro as my mum is white and my dad is black so it's a bit of a mixture, and is just SO frizzy and curly in places. I just don't know any ways of styling my hair easily, and nicely. Can anyone help? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are some tips on caring for afro hair here http://www.afro-haircare.com/Afro-Hair-Types.php It sounds like your hair needs more moisture, so try some different leave-in conditioners and hair moisturisers to see what suits your hair. There are some links on the website.


Black Hair Care Salons

Spas and salons are a great way to refreshment and rejuvenation. Paris de Salon is a unisex spa and salon with world-class ambience, luxurious services and quality. From relaxing aroma massages to trendy haircuts that can make heads turn, Paris De Salon at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad, India, is the place for some pampering. Since early April 2010, the unisex salon has been serving young fashionistas with hair spas, exotic skin care rituals and beautiful nail art.Their nail art is worth a try by the way.

So why should one visit there? Because their well-trained staff from L'oreal Academy will treat you royally and give you just the look that you desire. Luxurious interiors await you. Hop in and hop out rejuvenated, relaxed and truly beautiful. A prior appointment to visit the salon at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad, is suggested.

Paris de Salon provides a host of services such as Haircuts, Hair Styling, Beard trimming, Shaving, Hair coloring, Hair spa, Perming, Straightening, Rebonding, Facials, Manicures, Pedicures, Nail Art, Waxing, Threading and Spa massages. Indulge in a pampering spa massage or just go for a hairdo at Paris de Salon; it's worthwhile. The salon also offers bridal packages that include everything from grooming for over a few days to applying make-up on the wedding day.

Paris de Salon at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad accepts cash, credit cards and debit cards. Valet parking is available that can accommodate 22 cars. Paris de Salon is open Monday to Friday 10 AM to 8.30 PM and on weekends from 9 AM to 9 PM.

Check out pics of Paris de Salon, Hyderabad at http://www.flickr.com/photos/53026789@N02/4892596997/

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the best black hair care salons in Illinios?
    I live in the Lansing area but would be willing to travel as far as Chicago for a good salon specializing in black hair. I need a perm and don't want to pay tons of money but want to find a good stylist. Looking for a funky fun atmosphere where they can REALLY do hair. and won't cut it all off to start over...don't know why that happens every time I go to a new salon. Please Help.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a great salon : Leon's Gentlemen's Choice Barber Salon (Don't let the name fool you the DO hair in the salon) 2 River Place Suite A, 170th Torrence Ave Lansing, IL. Ask for a great stylist : Gail Washington or call (708) 474-1459 for an appointment.

  2. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of any good BLACK HAIR CARE SALONS in SACRAMENTO, CA?
    In or around Sacramento, CA.

    If you know of an extraordinary BLACK HAIR CARE salon in the San Francisco Bay Area, too, let me know!

    • ANSWER:
      Eddie's Hair Salon, Kings and Queens, Brother's Place

  3. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend any good natural black hair care salons in Tacoma, WA?
    I have natural hair and Im looking for a place that actually treats my type of hair.Anywhere around Tacoma is good, just not in seattle....Thanks!!
    Do you know where exactly that is?

    • ANSWER:
      this place called natural palace.just beside the park.its very good and treats hair very good

  4. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend any good natural black hair care salons in the Los Angeles area?

    • ANSWER:
      go to these sites for some locations:

      losangeles.citysearch.com
      ask.com
      salonsearch.com

  5. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Care Salons in France?
    I am moving to Angers, France (1.5 hours south of Paris) next year for 5 months. Right now I have a relaxer in my hair. Does anyone know of any salons in France that do Black American/ African hair? I dont want to have to carry relaxer stuff over there and attemp to do it myself. Also, cutting my hair off, getting a weave, going natural, and braides ARE NOT options. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello my friend,

      In France, of course there are many Afro salons, but most of them are in Paris and other big cities ( Marseille,Lyon,Strasbourg,etc...).
      In Paris, you just have to go to Metro stations called " Chateau d'eau " ( 10th arrondissement) or "Chateau rouge" ( 18th arrondissement) and you'll find plenty of salons everywhere...

      In Angers, there is not a huge Black population, so I suppose that won't be easy to find that.

      I just saw this one on the pagesjaunes site :

      Afrik Cosmétiques
      7 bd Henri Arnauld 49000 ANGERS
      Tel : 02 41 77 59 36

      http://www.pagesjaunes.fr/trouverlesprofessionnels/changerPage.do?crypt=4ndouKSQzf8xglDImyz32g==

      Have a nice day !

      Mamadou, a Senegalese in Paris

  6. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend any good natural black hair care salons in Atlanta, GA?
    I'm newly natural and I have no clue what to do with my hair. I wear my hair in an afro from time to time but other than that and braids, I don't know what to do. My former hair stylist only deals with relaxed hair and I stopped going to him a while back when I started to transition. So does anyone know of a good salon in Atlanta where I can go to have my mess of a head taken care of!?! lol Please n' thank you! :)

    • ANSWER:
      check out these sites:

      blackstylists.com
      atlantacitysearch.com

  7. QUESTION:
    Anyone know any hair care salons in Los Angeles that specialize in natural black hair care?
    I am African American- my hair has no chemicals at all, but is hard to manage, dry and damaged, because I don't know how to manage it in between styles (braids usually). I can't really afford to get it braided again right now, but would like to find a stylist who specializes in caring for black hair so that I can repair the damage.

    • ANSWER:
      I think there a plenty of locations in LA for natural hair care, check out www.naturallycurly.com for locations in the salon section of the site. www.blackrefer.com is also a good place to look. I hope this helps!

  8. QUESTION:
    are there any black hair care salons in lawrence, ks?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Are there any Black hair salons in the southern Bay area?
    I currently live in Sunnyvale CA. and I am looking for great salons that specialize in Black hair care. I would love for someone to help me out here! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I checked and could not find one, I think you will have to ask the other sistas out there.

  10. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Salons in New York (Jamaica Queens or elsewhere)?
    I heard the best black hair care salons, with reasonable prices, are in Jamaica Queens, NY. In about a week, I will be in Queens and want to get a relaxer and hair extensions. Where are some of the best black hair care salons in this neighborhood, with reasonable prices, that can do this? Are there any in any other neighborhoods in NY that anyone suggest I look into? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks :)
    I recently just booked an appointment at Impulse Hair Salon in Queens, after a friend of a friend told me about this place. Has anyone been there before or heard about the level of service there?

    • ANSWER:
      Black Hair
      189 W 135th St
      New York, NY 10030, United States
      (212) 862-0789

      hope this helps : )

  11. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any black hair salons in or near to dubai?
    I recently moved to UAE and took for granted that there would be a salon that ould specialise in afro-caribean hair, or at least be a shop that would stock black hair care products. Im having trouble finding any of these out here, im in dire straits...please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      There is a salon on Sheik Zayeed Rd which my wife (from Ghana) used to go to.
      Sorry, I never new the name but this seems to be it :
      Sheikh Zayed Road
      Dubai
      United Arab Emirates

      Contact:

      Telephone: 04-343148

      There is also another one at Deira:
      http://allindubai.com/dubai_classifieds/-1/posts/6_services/28_other/4453_African_Hair_Styling_in_Dubai.html

      Further I know that my wife found some hair care products in some of the indian owned super markets in Naif
      hope this has helped.

  12. QUESTION:
    does anyone know of any natural hair care salons for black people in chicago, il?

    • ANSWER:
      You can look into: On Point Beauty Salon, Soul Salon Spa, Hair Dare You, Organic Texture, Why Knot Concept Salon, Kings and Queens Natural Hair Studio, all in Chicago. You can look to a search engine and look up more if you like.

  13. QUESTION:
    are there any black hair care salon in new mexico?
    any salons in albuquerque are that specializes in african american hair

    • ANSWER:
      If there are black people, then there are black hair care salons. Ask around.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the best Black hair care salon in Houston? I am looking for stylist that can cut and color.?

    • ANSWER:
      I WOULD HAVE TO SAY PERFECTION AND COMPANY ASK FOR NIKKI THE OWNER SHE IS GREAT.... LADONNA IS GOOD ALSO. YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL HOW GOOD A STYLIST IS BY THEIR HAIR AND THESE WOMEN HAVE BEAUTIFUL HEALTHY HAIR... I AM A FORMER CLIENT... I WENT NATURAL

  15. QUESTION:
    Does any one know of top of the line black hair care salon?

    in Oakland, CA

    • ANSWER:
      http://sbh.vflex.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11&Itemid=38

      hope this helps
      x

  16. QUESTION:
    Any tips for best place in Sacramento, CA area for black hair care i.e. braiding salons and supply stores?
    ...especially salons that cater to natural hair (and won't be trying to talk us into straightening it with relaxers). I'd especially LOVE to find experts in locs in the Sac area.

    • ANSWER:
      i'm not from there but ...i know Sally is worldwide to get products there...that's where i get my hair supplies

  17. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of good hair salons/stylists in Houston, TX who specialize in healthy hair care for black women?

    • ANSWER:
      Westheimer/Post Oak area
      Salons on the Park.

      Several stylist in there....really helped by friend grow her poor nappy, dried, chunks of hair off scalp MESS back after a Bad perm and bad advice to get a weave. They are NOT cheap, but honey they work miracles. It was a process, and it worked.

      She has lovely soft healthy short afro with a lovely color on it.
      Trust me- m y sister friend was so upset about the hair thing, it was horrible for all of us whom love her. She is confident and beautiful with the way God made her hair with just a hint of color. I gotta tell ya.... She looks FAB!

      I wish you the very very best, your deserve some crowning glory of hair.

  18. QUESTION:
    I'm looking for a good black hair care salon in San Antonio, TX.?

    • ANSWER:
      ross on new braunfels

  19. QUESTION:
    Are there any good black hair salons in Baton Rouge, LA?
    I am looking for somewhere that is professional, focuses on hair care, and is reasonably priced.

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    i cant find a black hair salon in my area!!!?
    ok, i live in sarasota FL, and theres only one near my house, and thats touch of grace, but shes wayy over priced... does anyone know of any other salons that do blackhair in my area? i looked thru the phone book and theres like a ton of salons and all the ones ive called , theyr elike " oh.. well we do have 1 girl who has worked on black hair" yea that makes me trust them alot >_> i need someone who actually works in a black hair care salon

    • ANSWER:
      find some black hair forums online and ask for help. DO you have any black friends in the area? ask around. Also dominican hair places do black hair. Try finding some black organizations or something as well. And don't feel too awkward to ask a black person you seen aorund with REALLY nice hair where they got it done.

  21. QUESTION:
    To black females or who ever else? Which black hair care products do you use??
    Just wanted to see.

    My favorite brands are Mizzani and KerraKare and I think they are the best I think. Most black hair salons use Affirm and Mizzani relaxers and stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      I normally use the following:

      - Creme of Nature shampoo (I personally like the Ultra Moisturizing Formula)
      - Infusium 23 Leave-In Treatment (great leave-in conditioner)
      - African Pride Braid Sheen Spray (good for every day moisture, braided hair or not)
      - Vitale Hair Polish (right before blowdrying)

      As for relaxers, I've tried Mizani, but because my hair is very coarse, it wasn't the best relaxer for me. The only one that gets my hair completely straight is Vitale Concorde Relaxer.

  22. QUESTION:
    Looking for black hair salons in arizona?
    I can't seem to find a black/African American salon in arizona. I live in mesa but I don't care where the salon is. I just need one bad! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Try asking this question on forums like curlynikki.com or bglhonline.com. Or do a google search

  23. QUESTION:
    Anybody know of a good black hair salon in San Diego?
    I need an updo for an evening event. Looking for a professional, experienced stylist in the San Diego area - black hair care professionals only, please.

    • ANSWER:
      ARTISTIC TRENDS HAIR DESIGNS La Mesa, (619) 697-5851 (San Diego area) Specialties: Trendy looks; precision cuts; updos. Services: Shampoo and style, and up; relaxers, and up; cuts, and up; color, and up.

      ATTITUDEZ THE HAIR SALON Oceanside, (619) 439-3331 (San Diego area) Specialties: Precision cuts; shore looks; weaves. Services: Shampoo and style, ; relaxers, ; cuts, and up; color, and up; weaves, 0 and up.

      BODYODI'S HAIR DESIGNS San Diego, (619) 266-0898 Specialties: Diverse style menu; trendy looks; precision cuts; weaves. Services: Shampoo and style, and up; relaxers, ; cuts, and up; color, and up; weaves, 0 and up.

      DON BAGSBY HAIR DESIGN San Diego. (619) 280-2700 Specialties: Precision cuts; professional styles; texturized looks; weaves; braids. Services: Shampoo and style, ; relaxers, ; cuts, ; color, and up; weaves, a track

  24. QUESTION:
    "Are there any good hair care salons for blacks with long hair in Chicago.?

    • ANSWER:
      Yup! There are alot of them!

      RED 7 salon
      210 W. Kinzie St. 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL

      Evolution Hair Salon
      739 W Belmont, Chicago, IL

      Salon & Spa Blue
      2915 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL

      Studio Within
      3000 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL

      Maxine
      712 N Rush St, Chicago, IL

      Sine Qua Non Salons
      2766 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL

      Salon Mor
      49 E Oak St, Chicago, IL

      Honey Child Salon and Spa
      735 N La Salle Dr, Chicago, IL

      Bombshell Salon
      2630 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL

      Gordon In Lakeview
      3336 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL

      Salon Blue Bucktown
      1931 W North Ave, Chicago, IL

      Marietta's Day Spa & Salon
      58 West Maple, Chicago, IL

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any good Natural Black Hair Salons in Toronto?
    I've been transitioning from relaxed to natural hair for 9 months now and I want to do my "Big Chop". I'm incredibly nervous and I'm looking for a salon that can cut my hair appropriately, address my concerns and teach me how to take care of my hair. I heard of Nanni's hair salon, but I saw that they do dreads and I don't want dreads. I want my hair completely natural (i.e. coils/curls).

    • ANSWER:
      I live in the US but there are a few naturals on Youtube who might be able to suggest great salons for you to go to. The ones in toronto that I know off the top of my head are Splinta24 and Tonidaley80. Both have great video's to help you with styling your natural hair as well. I would also encourage you to check out. www.Nappturality.com. There is a section of the forums on the site where people give natural salon recommendations. I hope all of this is helpful and best of luck with your natural hair journey!

  26. QUESTION:
    Where is a great salon in St. Louis that deals with black hair care at an affordable price and is near WashU?
    I'm a student at WashU without a car so I'm limited by the Metrolink.

    • ANSWER:
      check out these sites:

      salonsofamerica.com
      salonsearch.com
      ask.com
      stlouis.citysearch.com

  27. QUESTION:
    Black Woman - Hair Salon & Hair Care..?
    I have been wearing micro braids for a couple of months now & i just felt like with micros, i cant keep my hair as oiled and washed as i'd like but i adore micros ! anyways im fifteen & i have a job now at the dr's office as secretary && now that i have some money i'd like to pay to go to the hair salon every 2 weeks or so during the summer starting a few days after i take out my braids.. i was wondering, if i continue to go thru with it ... will my hair grow longer & healthier or anything?

    • ANSWER:
      It really, really depends on the stylists who's doing your hair. Some people start doing their own hair because the "professional" stylist made it worse. Some stylist care more about the hair style than your hair's health. Some people stop going to stylist and realize that their hair has grown longer now they're taking care of it themselves, compared to it always staying the same length with regular visits to the hairdresser. I only went to the hairdresser to get my relaxers done, and that was more due to financial reasons than anything. I'm natural now and I don't visit a salon at all, because I know how to take very good care of my natural hair and it's healthy and growing, so it saves me money, but also, because not many black stylists know how to take care of natural hair and end up damaging it. The only time I'll go to a salon is if I want a certain hairstyle that I dont know how to do, or to get my hair professionally colored, and even that will take a lot of research (to determine the best salon for me).

      If you do go then go to get a consult and check out the hair of the stylist herself and her other clients. If her client's hair looks healthy and nice and her hair looks healthy and nice then she might be a good stylist. Pay attention to how she handles your hair, if she's willing to use a lot of heat on your hair for the sake of a hairstyle then she's not a good stylist. If she recommends bad hair practices or tries to justify them then you should consider looking elsewhere. If you know someone with long, healthy hair then ask them for stylist recommendations.

      You can also learn how to take care of your own hair and grow it long and healthy. Blacks are known to abuse their hair, which keeps it short, thin, and damaged, and instead of learning proper hair techniques to get it healthy, we just cover up the damage, bald spots, and receding hairlines with wigs and weaves.

      http://www.longhaircareforum.com
      http://forum.blackhairmedia.com
      http://www.motowngirl.com
      http://www.nappturality.com

  28. QUESTION:
    does anyone a great salon for black hair care I like nice soft wraps, nothing hard with ton of holding spray.?

    in the marietta, ga area

    • ANSWER:
      check out these sites, maybe they can help:

      blackstylists.com
      salonofamerica.com
      blackhairplanet.com

  29. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a good black hair salon in either sacramento or Yuba City area?
    I need a professional salon that offers complete hair care and exceptional staff. I need someone who can press bone really good without using tons of grease and someone that can make a weave look real.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      You can find ratings and reviews of salons in Sacramento here:
      http://www.salonblabbermouth.com/City/Sacramento/State/CA.html
      and Yuba City, Ca here.
      http://www.salonblabbermouth.com/City/Yuba_city/State/CA.html

      Hopefully, this is helpful and remember to write a review once you find a salon.

  30. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Salons In Chicago, IL??
    Hey! I am new to the area and I am looking for hair salons in the Chicago (60614 or close by) area that specialize in African American hair care. All suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!

    • ANSWER:
      chk the following sites...
      AMA African American Hair
      443 W 79th St, Chicago, IL - (773) 488-5479

      Best Image African Hair Brdng
      362 E 63rd St, Chicago, IL - (773) 324-3444

      Black Passion
      11018 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL - (773) 928-8797

      Black Images African Hair
      5602 W Division St, Chicago, IL - (773) 378-8685

      Black Images 2 African Hair
      6317 S King Dr, Chicago, IL - (773) 288-8188

      Molina Molina Salon
      54 W Maple St, Chicago, IL - (312) 664-2386

      Joseph Michael's Beauty Salon
      715 N State St, Chicago, IL - (312) 482-9800

      Red 7 Salon
      210 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL - (312) 644-7337

      Maxine Limited
      712 N Rush St, Chicago, IL - (312) 751-1511

      American Beauty Equipment
      830 Fairway Dr, Bensenville, IL - (630) 616-9450

      Black Elegance Beauty Salon
      2466 E 75th St, Chicago, IL - (773) 374-1992

      Black Magic Beauty & Barber
      8311 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL - (773) 846-3432

      Black Pearl
      7123 N Ridge Blvd, Chicago, IL - (773) 338-9311

      JC Penney Co
      7601 S Cicero Ave # 8, Chicago, IL - (773) 581-6600

      Sine Qua Non Salon
      2766 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL - (773) 871-2280

      Tirra An Aveda Concept Salon
      375 W Erie St, Chicago, IL - (312) 951-8255

      Roque Salon
      24 W Erie St, Chicago, IL - (312) 863-7678

      Honeychild
      735 N La Salle Dr, Chicago, IL - (312) 573-1955

      Hair Dare You
      1459 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL - (773) 288-0000

      Milios Hair & Tattoo Studio
      959 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL - (773) 549-1461

      Leru African Hair Braiding
      3922 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL - (773) 342-7350

      Clips & Cuts
      4852 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL - (773) 373-3277

      Laws Concept Salon
      1009 E 43rd St, Chicago, IL - (773) 624-0090

      Ajes the Salon Inc
      648 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL - (312) 454-1133

      Urban Lift
      3639 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL - (773) 281-5438

      Hair Cuttery
      2409 N Clark St, Chicago, IL - (773) 327-6151

      Carmens Beauty
      6451 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL - (773) 764-0131

      Hot Mess
      4427 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL - (773) 736-0405

      Why Knot Concept Salon
      805 W Randolph St # 203, Chicago, IL - (312) 421-6580

      Art & Science Salons
      1971 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL - (312) 787-4247

      Hope these help u..
      good luck :)

  31. QUESTION:
    Have any recommendations for a hair salon that cares for black hair in Fairfax, VA?
    In particular, I'm looking for a reputable hair stylist who knows how to use a texturizer (not relaxer) tightly-coiled virgin hair to loosen the curl pattern and can maintain it. I haven't come across anyone in that area who has naturally coily hair in order to ask where they get it done. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      yoyo

  32. QUESTION:
    DOES ANYONE KNOW OF ANY GOOD HAIR SALONS IN THE NORTH METRO ATLANTA AREA?
    I DON'T GO TO SALONS VERY OFTEN AND I WANT TO GET MY HAIR CUT SHORT AND STYLED, PREFERABLY SOME ONE FAMILIAR WITH BLACK HAIR CARE. I WANT TO GET SOME OPINIONS OF PLACES OTHERS HAVE TRIED.

    • ANSWER:
      yelp.com is good for finding good hair salons. its good for finding good restaurants, and stores and everything too. I just typed in "Hair Salon" "Atlanta, GA" and here are some of the ones that got great reviews...

      http://www.yelp.com/biz/hair-images-salon-atlanta
      http://www.yelp.com/biz/helmet-hairworx-atlanta-4
      http://www.yelp.com/biz/adore-hair-studio-atlanta
      http://www.yelp.com/biz/mint-salon-atlanta

      just look through the reviews and see if any one says "i have short black hair and sally did a great job on it" and then call up the hair salon and ask for an appointment with "sally" or whoever. :P

  33. QUESTION:
    black hair salons new york?
    can anyone recommend a good one in manhattan. i need a professional who understands hair care and can give a great cut.

    • ANSWER:
      josephs hair salon on 63 btwn park n lex

  34. QUESTION:
    Is it true that there are few Black salons in Colorado?
    I have had my natural haircare license for the past 3 years, and one young lady who cam eto me, a resident of Colorado, said that if i were to move to Colorado i would make so much money because Black hair care specialists are rare. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      yes thats so ture my sister trys to get her hair done cuz her hair type im she comes to ca to get it done

      answer my ques please http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Aufb9ClY1n.j4_AbdUC8FEbsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090902125546AAvpYTw

  35. QUESTION:
    Are there any Black Hair Salons in Des Moines Iowa?
    I am an African woman that just moved to Iowa from Atlanta and I have been desperately searching for a place that can care for ethnic/urban hair. I am looking to get braids done such as micros and kinkys etc...even just a relaxer would be really helpful!!
    PLEASE HELP!!

    • ANSWER:
      Try this site to see if there are any stylists listed in the area:

      http://blackhairsociety.com/

      It's a site created with forums, stylist profiles and general information about hair. Otherwise, you can google, "black stylists des moines", or "black hair des moines", and you can compose a list of stylists. Then you can call and see if any offer free consultations (which I do, but I'm in Portland) and you can sit down with someone and hopefully fnd someone that can provide what you need.

      Good luck on your hunt!

  36. QUESTION:
    black hair care?
    I got a Matrix relaxer from a white hair salon and my hair is now falling out by the handfuls. My scalper is sore...and I don't know what to do? Have you heard of Matrix hair products? Is it for black hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I have heard of Matrix and it can be used for black hair. They probably left the relaxer in too long, didn't wash all of the relaxer out, or didn't use any or enough neutralizer.
      You may need to get some neutralizing shampoo and wash your hair again. You need to stop the chemical reaction. But, by now it is probably too late to save your hair. And what in the world made you go to ANY hair salon for the first time and not know if they can do a relaxer, let alone a white hair salon. Usually, white people do not get relaxers. I used to work for my cousin who was a stylist for about 6 years when I was a teenager.

  37. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Care: Frizzy Ends Help !!!!!?
    I've tried everything to stop my ends from frizzing up (Frizz buster products, getting my ends trimmed, cutting my hair short, bumping the ends in the morning, switching hairdressers, wrapping at night, etc.). Now, i always have to wear my hair in braids, twists and weaves all the time because nothing works when ever my hair is out the ends frizz badly. When I go to the hair salon for a relaxer, the hair is frizzed by the next day. What should I do? Do you think it may be a scalp condition instead of hair condition? Please Help!
    My hair is in kinky twists now!

    • ANSWER:
      Try puting castor oil on them.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is there any good African American hair salons near or in Dayton Ohio?
    I moved near Dayton with my mom back in August. So I don't really know my way around Dayton. My hair is relaxed and I'm going to want a re-touch soon. My mom's hair is natural. We are both looking for a salon. Of course we prefer a salon that knows about black hair care.
    It doesn't have to be a African American salon but that is what I'm used to.
    I tried looking up hair salons on the internet but the only hair salons that came up is in Cincinnati and that's an hour away. Any recommendations?

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    I am in desparate need of finding a good hair salon!?
    My hair has not grown right since I became pregnant three years ago. Hormones and stress and just plain ignorance has taking a toll. I want my beautiful hair back. I am even willing to cut it short. How do I find a good black hair care salon in my area? I've been to three in the past two years and no luck. Thanks for all your help.

    • ANSWER:
      The next time you see a woman with an awesome haircut, just ask her who her stylist is! It might help to call all the salons in your area and find out which ones specialize in african-american hair. It also might be a good idea to interview the stylist before she cuts your har, ask to see pictures of her past work, etc. If you are not comfortable with her, don't feel obligated to get your hair cut there.
      I've heard that taking vitamin and mineral supplements can help restore hair, too.

  40. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Salons London?
    I'm looking for a very good Afro Caribean Hair salon in London that will help me care for my hair and most importantly grow it as i have been trying to grow it for at least 2 years.

    Thanks
    I am from Brixton (originally) but the salons down Brixton, Peckham, Camberwell etc aren't great even Hype... and lets not mention Crown and Glory ( worse customer service ever!) I want I high quality one like Errol Douglas...I emailed his salon the other day (the website didnt have any phone numbers) and they havent emailed me back so I was wondering if there is anywhere else.

    • ANSWER:
      The Business hair salon in Dalston Lane hackney e8 is highly recommended, I have been getting my hair done there for a few years now and its brilliant with reasonable prices and good customer service.

      Also Identity Uk in Shoreditch Hackney e2 is also said to be good but a little bit on the expensive side.

      Hope this helps a little.

  41. QUESTION:
    Black hair care in South Korea?
    I'm an Afro-Caribbean woman who wants to live in Seoul working as an English teach for a year. The only thing that really bothers me is that I think I will have problems finding somewhere to get my hair done. Does anyone know if there are any hairstylists/salons in Seoul (near Itaewon-dong) that do Black hair.

    • ANSWER:
      I know I really cant help you but if all else fails try to go to the military base. Maybe you can meet friends with other black girls from the military base. I am white but when I was in the Army stationed in Korea all of the black girls did not mind getting their hair done on base because the hair stylist while Korean really knew how to take care of black hair. If that does not work may be you can get the number of a hairstylist from one of the girls and they can help you. The base near Itaewon is Yongson and on South post there is a nice hotel with a beauty shop in it called the Dragon Hill. They are great and very inexpensive, you can get manicures and pedicures as well. You have to get someone to sign you on base but you do not need an Id card for the beauty shop and the restaurants last time I checked but you do need a military Id for the shoppette and commissary. I know it is not exactly what you asked for but I hope it helps and good luck:)

  42. QUESTION:
    A natural hair care salon in Salt Lake City?
    I am an African-American and moving to salt lake city. I wanted to find a salon that knows how to take care of my dreadlocks. If anyone knows of a black hair place in the SLC please let me know.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Go to Travel on Y! and scroll down to Salt Lake City and post there. Someone locally might see your post and respond.

      Go to Craigslist under Salt Lake City, and scroll to Community & post one there, too. Then post another under Services under Beauty.

  43. QUESTION:
    Black women's hair care?
    Ok, I'm looking for some great hair maintenance tips to begin doing my own hair. I want to use some professional, retail products, but I don't know where to find them. I also need some stying tips. Like, how to curl, flat iron, etc. I have a problem when I flat iron my hair, it tends to break off easily. I have thick, shoulder-length, relaxed, healthy hair (from going to the salon for the pass two years). I need some professional black hair care tips! Please and Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      For strenght since you want pofessional products try:aphogee two step protein tretment (can be found at sallys).For taking care of your hair try keracare products they are really good (you can find them at JCPenney,or a local beauty salon store and of course online)
      http://www.avlon.com/keracare.html
      http://www.metrobeauty.com/cart.cfm?cart_action=search_results&search_phrase=keracare

      about flat ironing try keeping it to the minimum :appl a heat protector on 80 % or 100% dry hair the blowdry and flat iron thin parts of hair for silkier look.ceramic irons are always good.

      you can curl hair with rollers or barell irons.Rollerset is better.For the barel iron :Wash and condition hair. Apply setting lotion, and then comb using a wide-toothed comb.

      Set blow dryer to a warm setting when hair is about 80% dry (for less damage) . Blow dry hair, working from one section to the next. Relaxed hair has a lot of texture, so start at the root of your scalp and work your way down. Run the blow dryer through your entire head, making sure to get hair as straight as possible until dry.

      Plug in your curling iron. While it is warming up, divide your hair in sections using hair clips. To prepare for curling, start at the back of your head and release one clip. Use a fine-toothed comb to smooth out any kinks in your hair.

      Close the curling iron around the top portion of the hair. Slide the curling iron down the length of the hair until the iron reaches the end. Next, curl hair under and hold for about 20 seconds. Release hair from the curling iron. Avoid disturbing the curl. Continue this process throughout your entire head, being careful not to touch your scalp.

      Lightly spray your hair with an oil sheen spray. Use your fingers to style your hair. Do not use a comb or you will lose your curls. Once you have finger-styled your hair, use a holding spray to help your style stay in place

  44. QUESTION:
    How to take care of Black hair without a salon and without it breaking out?
    Okay I have been wearing my hair short for the past four months. My hair was damaged to begin with so I decided to cut it off and start all over. The first couple of appointments were going great and I was even starting to like my brand new "Halle Berry" hair style. The problem came when I couldn't afford my hairstylist anymore. The salon was very upscale and the shampoos and touch up's were way out of my budget and not only that she wanted to see me every two weeks. Things got even worse when I found out I was pregnant again and SO put us all on a strict budge and he doesn't believe me when I tell him how fragile a black womens hair is (He is Asian). So needless to say I haven't been to the salon in about 2 months and my hair has been highly affected. I try to do my best with it I wash it once a week, and when I am at home or running errands I wear a satin scarf so I don't have to apply any heat to style my hair (still too short for rollers). Now my hair is breaking badly in the middle. Its gotten really bad to the point I feel like I am starting to see a bald spot. I honestly don't know what to do, I can't cut it because I am already as low as I am willing to go any more and I think I would be totally bald.
    Is there anything I can do to stop the breakage until I am able to find a new hair dresser. Is there any products anyone can recommend so I don't have to go to the salon every two weeks and more like once a month. I feel like unless a professional is dealing with my hair it will never be healthy on its own. I must be doing something wrong.
    Yes I do have a relaxer and feel like I am probably in need of a new one. My last was three months ago. I use Palmers Palm Olive shampoo and conditioner. The only heat source I have in my house is a hot iron which I use to bump my hair about four times a week. I feel like a see a bald spot which is only visible when I part the hair in a certain direction. The rest of my head seems fine except the middle I feel like its thinning. I can honestly say I don't put anything as of moisturizers except Pink Lotion when I wrap it. I want to get to the point were I only go to the salon for relaxers and take care of it at home. But, when I take care of it, it usually just breaks out.

    • ANSWER:
      If your hair is breaking off badly then you've probably gone as long as you can go between touch-ups. Is there a hair school in your area? If so, then they'll do relaxers for a cheaper price.

      Until you can get a touch-up I suggest you put your hair in a protective style - a style that doesn't require you to style, heat, comb, or brush your hair too much. Start finger combing because it's gentler on your hair. Black hair is very fragile compared to other hair types and chemicals like relaxers make it much weaker and more prone to breakage. If you must use a comb then use a wide-tooth comb and detangle your hair only when it has plenty of conditioner in it. Your best bet is to handle your hair as little as possible because it's very fragile and more prone to breakage at the new growth.

      Pink Lotion isn't a moisturizer, in fact, you might notice that your hair gets dry if you use it. Stop shopping in the black hair care isle and using those crappy products. Most products marketed toward blacks contain some of the worst ingredients you can put in your hair, and Pink is no different. Look for products that are natural, organic, and raw. Those are healthier for your hair. Buy organic shampoo and conditioners because they won't dry out your hair as much as regular shampoo does.

      If your hair is unhealthy and damaged to the point that your not able to grow it long and you have to cut it very short to get rid of the damage then you might want to consider going back to your natural hair and leaving the damaging relaxers behind. Unfortunately, relaxer chemicals are so strong that it doesn't matter if you take good care of your hair, because after a while the chemicals will take a toll and your hair will break. Relaxers are the culprit for why it's much harder for black women to grow very long hair (mid-back to waist length), and it's because of the constant breakage and damage.

      When I was relaxed I only went for relaxers for several years because I didn't have the money to go, and my salon was pretty cheap. I conditioned my hair every week, kept it well moisturized, and never used heat. I got tired of the constant breakage and burning relaxers.

      I suggest you visit some hair care forums where you can get advice from other ladies about how you can better take care of your hair. If you're planning to keep on relaxing then it might be time for that touch-up, before the breakage becomes worse. Good luck.

      http://www.motowngirl.com
      http://forum.blackhairmedia.com
      http://www.longhaircareforum.com
      http://www.nappturality.com

  45. QUESTION:
    Best salon in Houston? Diverse or Black hair care... I need your input!!?
    I'm moving to Houston, and want to work at a highly visible salon with good walk-ins- I'll need them in the beginning, since I will be starting from scratch. I do very good work, I'm from one of the HAIR CAPITALS- DETROIT!!! My clients are actually UPSET at me for leaving.

    I am looking for a professional place- I'm 23, been licensed for 4 years, and been practicing for 17. I am educated as well, graduating with honors in Accounting! Not just a kitchen-tician! (Although I have had to do that too, earlier in life-lol)
    So I prefer a salon that is NOT GHETTO, friendly people, and has a good vibe!!!

    Thanks for all your help!

    • ANSWER:
      look over the internet!

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the best black hair salon in the atlanta area please help me?
    I would like someone that will help me take care of my hair not just make it look good so please help me thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Alpharetta - Scruples Hair Design

      Athens - Sophisticated Shapes

      Atlanta - Bob Steele Salon Aveda
      Hair care and nail services. Pictures of hairstyles & makeovers.

      Atlanta - Stan Milton Salon
      Fashion hairdressing. Pictures of haircuts & makeovers.

      Augusta - Michelle James
      Hair productions and modelling agency. Salon and spa services. Webcam in the hair salon.

      Canton - Studio 5 Hair & Tanning Salon
      Hair cutting for men, women and kids. Also tanning.

      College Park - Another Look Salon
      Professional black hair care. Owned by DeShwan Bullard, one of the worlds' most sought after
      sylists. Pictures of makeovers and African American hairdos on the website.

      Duluth - Ricardo Pacé Hair Studio
      Women's and men's haircuts. Hair extensions.

      Kennesaw - Raven Loche Hair Salon & Day Spa
      Designer haircuts and hair coloring.

      Marietta - Claiborne's Hair Salon and Day Spa
      Hair care, make-up and nail care.

      Savannah - The Salon at Wilmington
      Master stylist and colorist. Photos of haircuts and makeovers.

      Woodstock - Studio 301 Hair
      Hair services for men, women and kids. Also chemical and ion straightening and hairstyling
      for special events.

      Woodstock - Studio 6 Salon @ Salon Suites
      Towne Lake Hills. Full range of services and products to meet all hair care needs. The latest hair
      colour techniques and processes.

  47. QUESTION:
    My Hair Is In Terrible Shape! What Do I Do?
    So basically my hair is now done.

    My hair is probably neck length, but it's so thick that it looks like a mushroom on my head, it doesn't move, it's really dry & crackly, and the amount of dandruff that falls from it is like a snowfall! My hair falls out so much now there is hair everywhere. I hate getting relaxers; it's been 3 months since my last relaxer, and they make me so uncomfortable, plus some parts of my hair have like, no new growth at all, it's just flat and not growing. I wash it like I supposed to, but the straightening iron doesn't do my hair any good either, so I try to just put it in a bun. Bad News: I've recently discovered large chunks of my hair falling out, so now I've got patches of really short hair.

    The reason why I have decided to end relaxers is because that's what got me in this mess in the first place. I have been attempting to go natural 5 times now, but always give in. So thanks to those failed attempts at going natural, I now have large thick clumps of hair that wouldn't take relaxer, wont straighten, and are a big batch of frizz. My ends are so split that I don't even know the true length of my hair.

    I am about to move to an area with no black hair care salons, no braiding salons, and where a blowout cost 0. Right now I can't afford braids or other hairstyles, I suck when I try to do them myself, and I want to get a blowout, since it's the only thing I can afford (where I live right NOW it's only ), but I don't want to walk in and they become so confused with my hair that they give up, and if I chopped all my hair off my mom would kill me. What do I do?

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    What salons do black women with curly hair go to in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago?
    I'm a black female who resides in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and I'm looking for a hairstyle change. The natural texture of my hair is a combination of curly and wavy.

    I have not had chemicals in my hair for over 10 years, and I'm trying to decide if I should get a relaxer, just a deep conditioner, or other. I'm making a few lifestyle changes, and my hair regime will be a part of that. I usually just wash, dry, slap a little gel on it to keep the curls down, and throw it in a ponytail.

    If you are a black female in my area, where do you get your hair done, and how do you care for your hair? What style do you have? Many people tell me all I need is a deep conditioner, which I've never had. I usually just shampoo and condition at home.

    In the past when I've had relaxers, they were very mild, and my hair rarely held any curls made with rollers or curling irons. It tends to poof easily which is why I use hair gel to keep it down now.Thanks
    NOTE: When time has expired for responses to my question, please contact me by email if you have any suggestions for me. Yahoo will not reveal your email address here on yahoo answers if you're concerned with privacy. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Even though this salon is a bit expensive, I would suggest going to any Aveda salon. The people at Aveda has an extensive knowledge about all hair types. I'm a natural also and I absolutely love them. See if there is one in your area.

  49. QUESTION:
    Afro American Hair Salons in Germany?
    Hello,
    I will be relocating to Germany and would be in need of a good black hair salon. A reputable one that takes care of the hair and does not just give me a style. I have close to shouldre lenght natural (no relaxor) hair. I usually wear it in double strand twist w/o weave. I don't prefer weave because it tends to cause more damage to my hair. Can anyone help please. I will be located in the Schweinfurt area, but will travel.

    Thanks
    Oh I am in the military and will be statined there on base.

    • ANSWER:
      I am in Germany currently and contemplating a move here. The previous poster is pulling your leg, I think.

      However, what does seem to be true is that there aren't very many places to get your hair done, here. Further there aren't many stores that offer boutique brand hair supplies (i.e. Curls, Carol's Daughter, Myhoneychild, etc.) and the products that I have seen aren't quality (i.e. they have petroleum etc. in them). I haven't seen many healthy heads of relaxed hair and besides braids, I haven't seen anyone other than myself wearing natural styles.

      I think its telling that most of the "afro" salons have weave in the windows or their websites have pictures of white ladies getting extensions. If you are adventurous, you might try inquiring about the US military bases or in the larger cities. IF you are really willing to travel, I would suggest a plane trip to London. There are lots of salons there, I hear.

  50. QUESTION:
    Black hair care please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    ok i am black. my hair is very course i am extremely tender headed and i have eczema of the scalp. i can control it for a short time scrub my scalp with head and shoulders and then condition. then put greas on my scalp and it's good for about 3 days. then it flares up again. i cant put perms(relaxers) in my hair because they eat away at my scalp even if i get the kiddy perms. My hair is prone to breakage even following my moms old hair routine for my hair the in two days it's really dry like the scalp doesn't even acknowledge (sp?) the fact that there's grease on it. ive given up on the salons because they don't get it. please help! I am 20 years old and im going insane!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Stop using grease and start using oils like castor, olive, coconut, sweet almond, and etc. Mixing these oils with an oil from the mint family like tea tree (stops itching, promotes growth) or rosemary (helps blood circulation, promotes growth) will heal your scalp. Be sure along w/ this mixture to add in a little aloe vera gel, the aloe moisturizes the scalp and helps relieves eczema.
      You will eventually notice your scalp beginning to get better since you stated that you are laying off the relaxers. The harsh chemicals in relaxer can cause your eczema to flair up and temporarily make your scalp worse. Try washing your hair with african black soap, you can order it online from amazon.com or try an indian shampoo bar. Those are sold at most indian/pakistani groceries for less that 5 bucks. Stick to only washing your hair once a week, you might not want to wash it anymore than that, wetting your scalp will cause it to dry up more often.
      Here are some helpful hair sites for you to look at, hope they help:
      http://www.growafrohairlong.com
      http://www.healthytextures.com
      http://www.motowngirl.com
      http://www.napturality.com
      http://forums.blackhairmedia.com
      http://www.maneandchic.com


Black Hair Care Tips For Relaxed Hair

From years of experience as a stylist of natural hair, I have discovered that natural hair thrives best and remains more moisturized and manageable when natural products are used on the tresses and scalp. Of course, you may be confused about where to start. There are so many companies claiming to be anaturala or placing key phrases like olive oil, jojoba, shea, aloe, honey, and tea tree on their bottles that it is hard to not be seduced by all the minutia. Well, have no fear, I have some simple tips and a great product that is all natural and proven to work wonders on ethnic natural hair.

When first going natural, my clients often complained about their hair texture, softness, and manageability. They often encountered frizziness, dryness, flyaways, and dullness. How can you combat this? Moisture. Moisture. Moisture, Moisturize the ends of your hair and scalp 2-3 times a days with light natural oils. Olive and jojoba oil are fabulous for thirsty ends and scalps. But, make sure you get the pure stuff. Only use cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil and cold pressed jojoba oil, as they contain the most nutrients.

Finding a high quality, detangling shampoo and conditioner can also be tough. What should you do? Only use natural shampoos. You can either make your own or purchase one. Often, natural hair stylists recommended washing natural hair with conditioners to avoid placing hair-drying sulfates on the hair. However, you have to worry about more than sulfates damaging or drying your hair when using traditional conditioners---parabens, silicones, alcohols, glycols, and phosphates also pack a powerful punch to natural hair. Your best bet is to purchase a completely all natural product, such as Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead Silky Smooth for Ethnic Hair or Hair Organix Systems for Ethnic Hair. For the past year, I have used the Silky Smooth shampoo and conditioner on my natural clients' hair and noticed tremendous results. Because the shampoo and conditioner contain natural oils such as shea, jojoba, wheat germ, coconut, and avocado, natural hair, even hair that is kinky or more coarse, is left separated and soft. It uncoils tight curls while still giving the hair body and texture. It also makes the hair hang slightly longer. This is a benefit, especially when I set my natural clients hair. Although Beauty 4 Ashes makes products specifically for salons, you can also find many of their products on their website, wwwdiscoverb4acom.

You may be thinking that all this information is fabulous, but how can I style my hair from home. There is hope. You can create nice, professional styles by simply parting your hair into 12 even sections and twisting each of those sections. Leave the twists in overnight and loose them in the morning. You will wake up to a nice, full, wavy head of hair. There are also many sites devoted to providing hair styles for natural heads. So, don't be dismayed. Your life is not over. Your hair is still fabulous and now you can moisturize it, shampoo it, condition it, and style it, without using chemicals whatsoever.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Black African-American Girls' Hair----- Hair Care Question?
    What are some basic hair care tips for washing and styling for black little girls? How often do you have to wash it, and what type of product is safe for kids? Do you have to relax it to style or braid it? Or, can you just braid it with the natural curl?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I think once a week is good to wash the hair. After you wash it you should comb it out into four sections (two on the side, Two in the back braided) Go throuh each section part and lightly grease (with hair grease) after you braid each section rebraid it after you have finished a blow dryer with a comb attatchment is what you should use to dry it. Just undo each section one at a time blow dry it and after your done style how ever. They have childrens shampoo at the store make sure you use conditioner and don't use gel. If the hair is not straight enough you can flat iorn. You do not always have to do a relaxer see how managable the hair is afer you wash and blow dry or flat iorn and make your decision. Good luck! If worse comes to worse take them to the beauty shop.

  2. QUESTION:
    black relaxed hair site?
    simple i want a really gooooood black hair care site my hair is healthy but wen i try 2 look 4 new tips or hairstyles its had 2 find a good site so i turn 2 youtube but i need a little more i have neck lengh hair cause i got it trim becuase it was uneven but anyway its relaxed also my hair is black not brown im looking for a good site dat isnt looking jus for money a healthy hair care tip and idea site

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Relaxed hair care/product questions?
    Soo. I got my hair relaxed at Olives in Chestnut Hill MA (idk if shes famous or what but people always saying WOW u go to olives?!?! can someone explain??) and they did a great job my hair felt so good. I got it relaxed a total of...hmm maybe 3 or 4 times...and i did not realize until YESTERDAY! (after a year and 2 months) that i should have been roller setting my hair. None of the stylists ever told me how to care for my hair, they just did it, made it look good, bam bam. Done. I'm dissapointed cause i love them so much <3 Anyway i have bad breakage, which is thankfully not TOO short.Its at about my eye/top of my cheekbone level. I have a side part, so the breakage looks lik some thin bangs. So i was thinking ohh I'll just get bangs cut to make my breakage look better. But my issue is tht when my hair is wet, its curly curly curly and i dont want to use heat on my hair (or as little as possible) If i set my hair, wrap it every night, deep condition all that good yummy stuff will i be able to wear it straight throughout the week?

    also, i have no idea what shampoo/conditioner/deep conditioner/ moisturizer/ setting lotion/ oils, anything that gets put on hair. I have no idea which brand to use, and i just dont have the time to be experimenting with all this stuff. I have a lot of hair. The hairs themself are very very very fine, but there is TONS of hair.
    I'm bi racial, my moms white my dads black. My hair is more of the african american texture (techinically my dads from barbados and antigua but who cares??) and its curly. Any products would be soo helpful and Care tips are so appreciated since Olives didnt tell me anything >.<

    If it matters i'm 14...

    • ANSWER:
      Just go to hairlista.com website. You have to sign up but it's worth it for the help you'll receive. Or just look on youtube for videos that say how to care for relaxed hair. Hope I helped some.

  4. QUESTION:
    URGENT (black) hair HELP....how to stop the damage (ITS BAD)?
    For about a year and a half I would wear sew in weaves (cornbraids under)...I would not relax my hair at all. This past summer I finally took out the weave and got my hair professionally relaxed at a salon...the lady who relaxed my hair said my hair was weak and that I would have to condition it regularly...so I began using "Pantene Pro V Relaxed and natural shampoo and conditioner" which I would use once a week and I would oil my hair with "Pink moisturizer" daily also.....I seemed to make my hair nice....but I think its making my hair really dry at the roots and "matted"...2 months after I had my hair relaxed..I went back to the salon for a retouch and the lady could barely comb through my roots! it was embarrassing and not to mention a big part of my hair fell out because the roots were so matted together....
    Its been about 4 weeks since I last had my hair relaxed..and it seems that my hair is breaking alot more and is fragile. I keep using the Pantene Pro V but I think this is causing my hair to be so tought and damaged because of the sulphur.... and I have read that sulphur may be bad for black hair

    SO MY QUESTION(S) ARE:

    what are the best (reasonably priced) black shampoos/conditioner/ hair oils around?
    How often should I condition and wash my hair? Everyday? Once a week?
    Is sulpher really bad for black hair?
    Am I combing my hair too hard(my mom says this is causing my hair to break...but i do it because the roots become so matted)
    what should I do to help the breakage stopp (I have a huge bald spot the size of my palm but Im luck because my hair is dark and thick so u cannot see my scalp)
    ****ANY OTHER (BLACK)HAIR CARE TIPS WOULD BE APPRECIATED

    • ANSWER:
      1. buy the cheapest hot oil treatment in a drugstore. they make your hair and scalp soft, shiny, and strong. I always use this when I am getting split ends or my hairs getting damaged. Always works. Also for that damaged hair, you can use Garnier 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, Dry or Damaged Hair. You can get this in any drugstore too.
      2. I have almost black hair and I have been using conditioner everyday and its made my hair greasy. never dry though. i think it just depends on what type of hair you have. Thick, thin, soft, etc. Just dont use it anymore. See if your hair gets better after that.
      3. I think you are combing your hair way to hard and its falling for two reasons: you either are very stressed, or your hair is really damaged. or both. what you should do is go to your hair stylist and ask him/her what to do to make the breakage stop, or ask a professional any other questions. You can also use a large, more gentle brush so you can brush without hair falling out. Remember, the smaller the bristles, the more hurtful it is to brush.

      tips:
      1.when you go out, you can buy this special sun block for hair. Its a spray you can spray it all over you hair so it can be protected and not become more damaged than it already is. you can buy this at any drugstore.
      2. when your hair is already becoming more healthy, get vitamins that help your hair grow, never artificial hair growth products, because they slow down hair healing.
      3. Don't use straighteners or anything that burns your hair, it damages hair.
      4. Also, where you get your haircut, you can ask your hairstylist to point out some good products. Where I live they have a bunch of hair products right where I cut my hair and they are professional which really help.

      and remember, your hair will eventually grow out dont worry. again, my best advice is to go to your hair stylist or a professional and ask all these questions. They will have answers, trust me. Remember, dont curl, blow dry, straighten, or anything that uses heat for hair.

      I wish you good luck, and hope your hair gets better! Dont make the same mistake again!

  5. QUESTION:
    Black women's hair care?
    Ok, I'm looking for some great hair maintenance tips to begin doing my own hair. I want to use some professional, retail products, but I don't know where to find them. I also need some stying tips. Like, how to curl, flat iron, etc. I have a problem when I flat iron my hair, it tends to break off easily. I have thick, shoulder-length, relaxed, healthy hair (from going to the salon for the pass two years). I need some professional black hair care tips! Please and Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      For strenght since you want pofessional products try:aphogee two step protein tretment (can be found at sallys).For taking care of your hair try keracare products they are really good (you can find them at JCPenney,or a local beauty salon store and of course online)
      http://www.avlon.com/keracare.html
      http://www.metrobeauty.com/cart.cfm?cart_action=search_results&search_phrase=keracare

      about flat ironing try keeping it to the minimum :appl a heat protector on 80 % or 100% dry hair the blowdry and flat iron thin parts of hair for silkier look.ceramic irons are always good.

      you can curl hair with rollers or barell irons.Rollerset is better.For the barel iron :Wash and condition hair. Apply setting lotion, and then comb using a wide-toothed comb.

      Set blow dryer to a warm setting when hair is about 80% dry (for less damage) . Blow dry hair, working from one section to the next. Relaxed hair has a lot of texture, so start at the root of your scalp and work your way down. Run the blow dryer through your entire head, making sure to get hair as straight as possible until dry.

      Plug in your curling iron. While it is warming up, divide your hair in sections using hair clips. To prepare for curling, start at the back of your head and release one clip. Use a fine-toothed comb to smooth out any kinks in your hair.

      Close the curling iron around the top portion of the hair. Slide the curling iron down the length of the hair until the iron reaches the end. Next, curl hair under and hold for about 20 seconds. Release hair from the curling iron. Avoid disturbing the curl. Continue this process throughout your entire head, being careful not to touch your scalp.

      Lightly spray your hair with an oil sheen spray. Use your fingers to style your hair. Do not use a comb or you will lose your curls. Once you have finger-styled your hair, use a holding spray to help your style stay in place

  6. QUESTION:
    black hair help and tips!!1?
    ok well last year i had alot of hair when i relaxed it it was full it was everything i got complemnts it was up to my sholders lyk touching it. it lasted like that for a good 4 weeks until it started truning back to how it was pooffy ends everything i didint know what to do til i found out the flat iron and i flat ironed it every week ( didint know about hair protectents then) till i found out my hair was falling out but i dint care. wellll i braided my hair and kept from late june lyk june 30 til agust 9. my mom was lyk oh you got new growth you need a relaxer so i got a relaxer and my hair was teriable i was lyk wat happend 2 my old hair . it was thin short not full my ends when puffy. so i got some black hair questions if you dont mind answwering.

    1. ok how do you cut you hair cause my ends are puffy and idk i see all there youtube videos and there ends are nice and trim and straight so how do i get it lyk that.

    2. what relaxer do you used i know they are bad and all but just tell me for info

    3. how to tell damaged hair and split ends

    4. how to get your hair full

    5. is wraping your hair good and wats the benifits cause i just go to bed with my hair lyk that

    6. whento retouch lyk what is that i just did a full relaxer kit and on the box it said retouch every 6-8 weeks lyk wat is that do you think i should do it.

    and finally what is your black hair care regimen am thinking of cutting all the puffy ends to the straight ends and starting there i want my hair long and flowing and do you go to a hair salon i used 2 go but am kinda scared now since my hair is messed up am afraid they are gona mess it up more.
    please help i i posed some pictures what my hair kinda looks now and how i want it to look after my hair jorney and srry for my spelling i was in a rush

    my hair now
    http://blog.treasuredlocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/straightening-hair.jpg
    straight hair i want kinda

    http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/8628731/2/istockphoto_8628731-long-straight-black-hair.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      1. just go to your hairdresser and tell them to trim the dead ends.. they'll be able to tell what they need to cut off
      2. i use the elasta qp relaxer for sensitive scalp
      3. the way i tell split ends is i hold a piece of my hair up to the light and you'll be able to tell if your ends look unhealthy compared to the rest of your hair, and damaged hair is usually rough and stringy and stuff
      4. don't use too much heat, use a wide tooth comb, and handle your hair gently (just try to prevent breakage)
      5. wrapping your hair is good because your hair will be straight the next morning so you won't be using flat irons everyday, and if you use a satin scarf or bonnet your hair won't break and dry out from cotton pillows (if you use cotton pillows)
      6. every 8 weeks is a good time, i stretch to about 12 weeks its best to stretch as long as you can to avoid over processing

      i use elasta qp products and my regimen is:
      i wash (shampoo and condition) every week (following with a deep conditioning treatment for 30 minutes with shower cap under heat)
      i do a hot oil/ honey treatment (heat up olive oil and honey, put in hair, let it sit for 30 minutes with a shower cap) once a week before i shampoo
      co-wash (conditioner only) twice a week (following with a conditioning treatment for 10 minutes)
      moisturise and seal (with moisture-sealing leave in) everyday
      oil my scalp -not grease- with olive oil every 2-3 days
      always air dry never blow dry (trying to limit heat as much as i can)
      comb everyday with wide tooth comb (to avoid knots and breakage)
      use ceramic flat iron (ghd) once a week
      do no heat styles after co-washes (like braiding and scrunching to get a curly style)
      wear satin cap when i sleep
      do a protein treatment whenever my hair is feeling weak (apply one egg white into hair, let it sit for 30 minutes with shower cap and NO HEAT)

      i relax every 12 weeks and get a trim every 6 weeks

      i know it looks complicated but once you've gotten the hang of it its not :)

  7. QUESTION:
    Healthy tips and styling ideas for bi-racial hair?
    I'm mixed with black and white so it's kinda hard to take care of my hair and I have it chemically relaxed. So if you have any tips for styling it or keeping it healthy it would help me so much :)

    • ANSWER:
      Black hair care is completely different than other culture hair care so if you're black or you hair is more like youre black side this should help you.

      First thing to do is go buy some vitamins. I take a supplement called Biotin or a hair and nail vitamin. This won't make your hair grow faster but it makes you hair stronger. With stronger hair you have less breakage and there for longer hair.

      Cut the number of relaxers/perms you get in half for example I use to get a per about 4 times a year now I get them 2 times and year. This will also make your hair stronger, and the hair that is growing is less likely to break.

      Conditioning your hair is like lotion for your skin. If your hair is dry it will break. I like cholesterol hair mayonnaise

      Healthy diet, and Water isn't only good for your hear but for every aspect of you body.

      About 8 years ago I was in the same situation you where in desperate for longer locks . These things have been my practice since then and my hair is down my back. I'm sure part of it is my genes but the other part is proper hair care

      Also always sleep with a hair scarf

      Oh and get them ends cliped

  8. QUESTION:
    i need help taking better care of my hair(help people with Black Descent)?
    please give me tips if you have been in this situation and have seen good results afterwards..

    I am african American and I have been getting my hair relaxed since I was really young. I hate that my mother had me relax my hair at a young age. I am planning on not getting any relaxers for a while because my hair is really thin and becoming unmanageable and it looks awful. My hair used to be medium length and healthy and with all of the relaxers I feel it’s damanging.i cry all the time because my hair is so thin and short.it just touches my shoulders. I just go my split ends cut so I am hoping my hair gets strong and I use olive oil hair spray. I haven’t been blow drying my hair or anything because I don’t want to put heat on it.i get so depressed..hair is a pretty essential look when wanting to look pretty and it emphasizes how you look.with my longer hair was pretty and with it being pulled back in a bun I look like a guy with a gorilla face. I am very hard on myself because others are and because I know it is true.

    I don’t really drink much water but I am going to get into the habit of doing so..does drinking water eating fruits and veggies really help? I get enough protein I think because I eat chicken and fish. What fruits and veggies should I eat. I love pineapple,watermelon,blueberries,and strawberries..what else should I do to thicken out my hair? Will it work if I just stop relaxing my hair? I feel like crying right now.

    do you think it will help if i just grow the relaxer out to my natural hair for a while? and what products should i use to maintain my hair and keep it looking nice?

    please tell me if this will work. my hair has always been medium long when straightened so it's not like i am trying to create something that was never there..but even if I someone were to try do you think it would work or would there hair just be the length it naturally was?
    african american women or women who have knowledge to african american women's hair,please answer..others don't because products that are normally for non african americans do not work on our texture. yes it does matter. of course we get the short end of the stick when it comes to hair.aha...i wish i was mixed with something else more dominantly.

    i also feel if i don't keep my hair soft hair spray my hair gets really hard and course where it feels like it will break off easily..so i use the hair sptay that is known to be very healthy and that's olive oil hair spray

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, if you wanna carry on relaxing your hair you need to deep condition your hair with every wash either using protien conditioner (organic root stimulator hair mayonaise) for strengh or a moisturising one(keracare humecto) . And you also need a daily moisturiser at the moment i use organic root stimulator carrot oil. Actually this goes for both natural and relaxed hair but natural hair may not need so much protien.
      Also check out this website this is where i found out most of my info and it's helping with my hair
      http://www.longhaircareforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=6

  9. QUESTION:
    How to take care of this hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    I'm so sick. My best friend Alecia keeps going on about how ugly and unhealthy and stupid her hair is. I am getting sick of telling her it looks just fine. Although I think it's really unhealthy too cause it's crusty. She has that black type hair i think, and she relaxes it, but it's short and it's been that short for years she says. I need you guys to help me find products and tips on how to take care of her hair. (I'm talking to all africa people)
    - Ashley the awesomest blonde girl.

    • ANSWER:
      well mabye if she dosnt already, it usually helps if you shower once a day, and sometimes if your hair is REALLY bad, wash it 2 times a day, also you could go to a hair dresser and ask him/her what to do.

  10. QUESTION:
    Tips for relaxing and repairing my hair?
    First off, I'm part African American. If you're black yourself, or you work with black hair, then you know how stressful and exasperating trying to manage it can be.

    Naturally, my hair is so thick it's crazy. It's curly, but you can hardly see the curls through all the friz. And while the first few inches of my hair are (believe it or not) quite soft to the touch, the ends are stringy and very, very frizzy. As my hair dries (after I wash it) it poofs up a considerable amount on it's own, and if I so much as dare to run a brush through it, it looks like I'm sporting an afro.

    Afro-styles looks great on some women. It doesn't look good on me, it irritates my neck and face, and it certainly doesn't feel good.

    So I pull out my flat iron. The newer growth straightens fine and dandy, and it's once again the ends that pose the problem. Straightened, my ends noticeably split and fray. But I do, however, wear my hair straightened from day-to-day because it's simply unmanagable otherwise.

    So here are my questions:

    1. Shampoos and conditioners. I use a line from Garnier because it smells good. I used to use Cream of Nature, as recommended by a African American hairstylist. But I don't think I had the proper hair care routines at the time for it to make much of a difference. Maybe I should go back to that in the future? Looking for some suggestions...

    2. Heat protetorants? I don't want to give up straightening all together. I like my hair striaght. But flat irons only make unhealthy ends worse. Don't get me wrong, I do cut off my split ends. But it's like using an iron once can undo so much work in just a few minutes.

    3. What can I put on my hair between washes? When I decide to leave my hair straightened for a days at a time, what products can I use that won't undo the straightening job? I've used hair greases before and without going into details, I won't be doing that again. Other suggestions? I know oils are an option, but not sure how to go about using them.

    Thanks.
    My hair is also long - reaches pretty far down between my shoulder blades when wet or straightened.

    • ANSWER:
      The more you put heat on your hair, the more it will be damaged and have split ends and your hair will be heat damaged and just stay straight (trust me, it happened to me as a kid).

      1.) Use a shampoo that doesn't contain sulfates in it. These are very damaging to black hair and cause breakage, frizziness, dullness, etc. Use a sulfate free shampoo like JASONS Naturals or Organix shampoo and conditioner.
      2.) Organic Root Stimulator makes a good heat protectant. But if you are going to use heat on your hair every single day you may as well get a relaxer. Make sure you read on how to care for relaxed hair as it can really damage your hair causing it to break off and be really short with split ends. Do protein treatments every month to repair damaged hair and to return the protein that relaxers strip out of the hair.
      3.) Use a styling serum that is high in silicone, silicone blocks out humidity and moisture which keeps the hair from reverting to its natural state. Grease doesn't work for our hair, actually grease is very damaging to our hair and has no purpose what so ever. Yet black people commonly use them (including my mom).

  11. QUESTION:
    Hair products?
    Does anyone know of any great non-expensive hair care products for blacks(not always the most expensive is the best). Because at the moment I have relaxed hair, a short hair cut I've been trying growing out and my hair is limp with no body(cause I recently got it relaxed). Any suggestions.
    Also I use to use motions it was okay for a while.

    Also as a side note: does anyone know of any great websites I could find hairstyling tips for people with short haircuts growing out their hair.

    • ANSWER:
      I am black with relaxed hair. I really like the Cantu line of products. It's made with Shea Butter and they have some great leave ins to help with breakage. I also love their Daily Oil Moisturizer. My hair isn't relaxed stick straight and so it's curly when wet and the oil moisturizer is the only thing that keeps it from getting frizzy when it dries curly. Cantusheasoft.com

      I also really really really like Organic Root Stimulator hair care line. They have a replenishing conditioning pack that's amazing and very moisturizing. As well as their Hair Mayo which is great for damaged hair and breakage.

      P.S. Didn't realize folks were still using the word colored. Some folks might be offended by that. Next time try "friends of color."

  12. QUESTION:
    Relaxing Your Hair At Home ((Calling all black women))?
    any tips on self relaxing?

    I bought a box of kiddie perm and I wanna touch up my roots. I have more than enough new growth and I am tired of paying salon money for them just to jack my hair up anyway. I've gone to different places for touchups and I've had perms combed through my entire head to make it straighter, my damaged ends not being cut properly....I think its time to learn to take care of my own hair I think I could do a better job...

    • ANSWER:
      Your 4 Step Game Plan
      Preparing your hair for a relaxer is one of the best things you can do for your hair.You can follow these pre and post relaxer strategies whether you self relax or see a stylist for your chemical treatments. Ensuring your hair is in top physical condition prior to the relaxer service will give you better results with the finished product.

      Step 1: Clean it Up!
      Your final shampooing should take place on the last 3-5 days before your relaxer. At this wash (particularly if you desire a straighter, more thoroughly processed result), you should use a clarifying shampoo to remove any deposits or product buildup on the hair. A clarifiying shampoo, or any "stripping" shampoo containing the detergents Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate or Ammonium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate will be strong enough to remove buildup and maintain a clean and clear head of hair. (Assuming you use minimal or non- heavy products leading up to your hair service.) I highly recommend Pantene Pro-V Purity Shampoo (-5) for clarifying purposes. If you do not wish to have a bone straight look and prefer some texture, then you may continue to apply your products in their normal ratios up until the relaxer.

      Step 2: Toughen it Up!
      You should treat your hair to a protein treatment the final wash before your relaxer. Follow up the treatment with a good moisturizing deep conditioning. Giving your hair a protein treatment in the days leading up to your relaxer application gives your hair little more protein to work with going into the relaxer. This prevents the relaxing process from totally compromising the strength of your hair when your inner protein bonds are manipulated. To determine which strength of protein reconstructor to use, I would first do a breakage assessment of the hair. If you are already having some breakage, I would go with a moderate to heavy treatment for damaged hair. I recommend the Aphogee Treament for Damaged Hair (under ) for heavy protein conditioning. If you don't have any noticeable breakage, then a lighter/milder treatment should be fine. I recommend Aphogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor or Motions CPR Conditioner for light protein conditioning. Both products are less than at any beauty supply store. You can substitute whatever brand of protein reconstructor/conditioner you like to use. Do not proceed with the relaxer application if you are still having noticable breakage or shedding. After you have completed steps 1 and 2, do not wash, scratch, or do anything to disturb your scalp.

      Step 3: Protect It!
      The day of relaxer, pay special attention to the length and ends of your hair. The hair shaft and ends are especially vulnerable to damage from the relaxing process unless you protect them. Applying a light coating of something like olive oil, castor oil, a thick conditioner, grease or vaseline to your scalp and hair past the new growth prevents the rest of your hair from being "re-relaxed" as a result of overlapping and runoff during the final rinsing of the relaxer. Protection for the length and ends of the hair is essential because the short, compact nature of the new growth makes it is virtually impossible to avoid overlap. This "chemical run" and lack of protection for the shaft and ends is one of the many reasons quite a few relaxed ladies have thinner, and thinner ends.

      Also remember, that oiling the new growth itself may leave you underprocessed because the relaxer has to penetrate through the layers you have put on. If you want a straighter turnout, be sure that you do not coat your new growth-- only coat your scalp and hair shaft past the new growth. As always, apply protective base (vaseline, oil, grease) to your scalp, tops of ears, and other sensitive areas . The base will give you an extra layer of protection between the relaxer crème and those areas.

      Step 4: Stand Test It!
      Perform a strand test before applying any relaxer (or hair coloring chemicals) to your hair, even if you have previously used the chemical in question. Our bodies change, and so does our tolerance and allergies to certain products. Also, it is not uncommon for companies to alter formulas over the years as well. A chemical that may have worked well for you for years may suddenly fail to give you desired effect it once did. Performing a strand test will always let you know where you stand.

  13. QUESTION:
    I need tips on caring for color-treated hair(African-American)?
    Ok my hair is healthy and grows at a pretty good pace. It's to my shoulders now. It's thick and kinda coarse. I get relaxers about every 6 to 8 weeks but not at all during the summer time. I'm thinking about dying it jet black next school year but I heard that coloring your hair makes it fall out if you don't take care of it right. I know you have to wait 2 weeks after a relaxer to color but here are my questions:
    1.What are the best products to use on it before and after coloring? 2.What would be better to color it with: A dye, rinse, or henna?
    3. Is it true that you can safely do a rinse or henna immediately after relaxing?
    4. How can I maintain it without going to a solon all the time?
    I've never been to a professional styler. My mom is the only person I trust in my hair.
    Should I go to a pro for this or can I just do it with a box color?
    What is the best color brand to use? My grandma said use Clairol but yea her hair is different than mine.

    Sorry I know that's a lot but I've never colored my hair before and I want to make sure I don't end up bald-headed afterwords ha ha. Any info would be appreciated Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You can't use henna to dye relaxed hair. Dying your hair a darker shade shouldn't damage it as much as lightening it. Darker dyes stain the hair instead of lifting and bleaching the color.
      Invest in protein conditioners since the structure of your hair is changed, and a deep moisturizing conditioner because too much protein can dry out your hair. Keep your hair moisturized with products that do not contain mineral oil or petroleum because these products clog the pores and don't benefit the hair at all and can cause hair to become dry and break off (once I stopped using these products my hair grew from neck length to its current length of waist length)

  14. QUESTION:
    Biracial, looking for a hair care routine for strengthening hair?
    If anyone is wonder I put that I'm biracial so that others with my hair type may look in here to see if they could help since I know not all hair is the same.

    I'm Portuguese and black and have curly hair. Not kinky curly or wavy like corkscrew curls. I've heard that curly hair tends to be weaker than straight hair so that might be part of the reason why I have so many problems.

    My hair is pretty damaged and now only comes a quarter way down my back (used to be a little past half). I want to grow it out and get it healthy again, no hairs littering my brush or falling out all the time.

    I've read of a number of things I can do with my hair but I don't know in which order or how often or what I should do.

    I HAVE to relax my hair and use a straightening iron (maxiglide) to get it straight, I only wear it curly in the summer and I don't know how to manage my curly hair other than wetting it. So I need to know what products I can use to protect my hair from the heat a little and if there's anything I can use to help as well.

    So far I figured that I should do a hot oil treatment once or bi-weekly. Today, I just bought V05 Hot Oil but haven't used it yet. And I guess I'm supposed to use heat protective hair stuff (don't know any brands) when I shampoo, condition and straighten. So far I only use Olive Oil relaxer and their oil shin when I'm straightening my hair.

    Any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes I have a lot of tips for you. I'm biracial too (black/Italian/native american).

      I found out from the following websites I have 4A/B texture and why my hair does the things it does. I love the products advice and curly support too. Damaged curly hair needs moisture and lots of it. I would stop relaxing but that's your choice. And I HIGHLY recommend the CG method. You have to read the book Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey to fully understand it but I outlined it below:

      CG METHOD:
      1. No brushing
      2. Only comb hair with a wide tooth comb with conditioner in it.
      3. Do not wash every day. Opinion differs but it can anywhere from every other day to once every two weeks. Curly hair is easily dried out and needs natural oils to help curls clump. Focus on scalp when you do wash. Hair gets clean from run off.
      4. Eliminate sulfates/silicones from hair products, they build up in curly hair causing frizz.
      5. Curly hair eats up moisture. Deep treatments every two weeks, condition every time you shampoo or even co wash (wash hair with condish) and have a leave in condish every day.
      6. Twist/braids at night to avoid tangling.
      7. Apply gel after washing hair or a humectant, This prevents frizz.
      8. Plop hair with an micro fiber towel rather than terry cloth.
      8. Touch hair very little throughout the day.

      PROOF:
      1.Naturallycurly.com
      2 Curltalk section
      3 the general discussion about curly hair forum
      4 the before and after CG method thread w/ pics
      AMAZING RESULTS!!!!!

      TERRI'S METHOD:
      If you don't want to get rid of your sulfates/silicones. It can be hard to find products without them or teh CG method doesn't work for your hair I like this site and Terri's method:
      http://biracialhair.org/CurlyPrimer.aspx

      PROOF:
      Terri's photo history. Amazing!

      The only difference between these two methods? Not much besides the products and plopping. Any method that decreases frizz and makes curly hair healthier will include
      1. Some type of humectant to hold curls together in humidity
      2. lots of conditioner
      3. no brushing
      4. shampooing less
      5. combing hair only when it has conditioner in it and NEVER DRY.

      But nothing can repair hair that is too far gone. I would cut off damaged parts and start over. The reason curly hair can be weaker is becuase it gets dryer quicker. It tangles easier. When you comb it without conditioner this causes breakage. And tangling can expose the inner layers of strands weakening it. Plus those of us with curly hair tend to relax it and flat iron it causing heat damage. Naturalhairgrows.com is a great site for understanding how curly hair grows.

      Good luck

  15. QUESTION:
    African American Women Who Have Natural Hair?
    I am attempting to go natural once again. This is like my 3 or fourth attempt. I originally went natural by just getting rid of all the relaxed hair. However my natural hair type is coarse but very wavy. So it was so difficult to have afro textured styles bc of my hair type. This time I am going to try to just transition so I won't lose all my growth.

    When I try 2 go natural my problem is that my scalp is just so oily. Like when I don't use any product in it, it becomes oily and starts 2 smell. So I cannot wear extensions or weaves bc my hair won't still be clean like a normal black person.

    I am just looking for some tips for my hair texture. Right now I don't have a lot of new growth, but it's so hard taking care of 2 textures. My roots are wavy and the rest is straight. I need some advice.

    Also, please tell me about co-washing the hair. Does that really work?
    Like I said, I cannot transition by braids or any other kind of weave bc my scalp gets oily really quickly. Even right now, I have to shampoo my hair about everyday 3 days or I get a smelly scalp. When it was natural.. it was too wavy too be easy to work with, but at the same time it was too straight to do afro textured styles.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you black?

  16. QUESTION:
    What do I do with my daughter's hair?
    I'm white, my daughter's father is black. She inherited is hair. What's the best way to care for it? Any tips on styling it? It's super curly. Should i get it relaxed? If so, should I wait until she is a certain age? She's 4 1/2 now.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a daughter who is 3 and her father is white. She has mid-back length hair that is all over the place when she wakes up in the morning. Its a curly grade, not frizzy or "nappy" but it is still kind of poufy. What I do is use a wide tooth comb and a little hair lotion like BB, its a really good brand for little kids, and a bit of spray on detangler like Just For Me. First I spray on the detangler, then comb from the ends of her hair and work my way through until all of the tangles are out. After that I put in the hair lotion and she has perfect spirals that need no more styling unless I choose to put her hair in a ponytail or two french braids. Mixed race hair isn't all that much of a matter, its only becomes an obstacle if you see it as one. Also, don't wash her hair everyday, that only increases the dryness, if you rinse it and condition it every other night that should suffice.

      But if its really curly, find a braider.
      Do not use greases or anything with mineral oil or petroluem in it, it'll only complicate the hair.
      Don't comb it while its dry, it'll snap off.

      Never relax a child's hair, it could cause extreme damage and baldness. Its better to wait until she is about 12 for those harsh chemicals.

  17. QUESTION:
    mixed girl hair problems! help!?
    am 50% black 25% german and 25% irish.
    my hair has to be some of the absolute thickest, coarsest, poofiest hair there is. i have exteremely tight curls (about the width of a #2 pencil!) and when my hair gets wet they all tangle together and my hair gets all matted, exteremly tangled, and very very VERY nappy, it like a bird's nest! when i'm done washing my hair and it comes time for me to style it, it's like trying to tame the beast. I have to shampoo, condition, and then use cholestrol plus twice, i put in heat protector spray, and john freida temporary relaxer smoothing serum(which only helps slightly, but if i don't use it's practically impossible to style my hair) then i blow dry, and flat iron. all of this takes me about 3 hours to do, and the next morning i have to straighten my entire head again, cuz it poofs up in my sleep, becouse of this, i avoid washing it for as long as i can stand it, which makes my scalp itches from being dirty. i have to flat iron my hair every morning when i wake up or else it looks awful! i've treid to go without straightening it, but if i don't do it, i look like a bumb whith nappy uncombed hair! i do get my hair relaxed, which helps, but not enough, cuz it's still as unmanagable as ever! i've had my hair dyed many diffrent times and bleached in some areas, so i could put crazy colors like hotpink and neon yellow in it, which i kind of regret now becouse my hair is really fryed and breaks of like crazy! when i finish brushing my hair in the morning, my shirt gets covered in broken strands of hair. the breakage is the worst in the in the middle of my head, the hair on the sides of my head have to be at least six inches longer! becouse of this, the only style that i can wear my hair inis pigtails. also my hair is very short towards the sides nxt to my bangs. it only goes down to the lobes of my ears in this erea! over all in the parts where my hair is longest, it only reaches the base of my neck! please help with my hair! i can't take it anymore, it's driving me crazy! please give me some advice on products to use that will tame my curls, keep my hair healthy, help it grow, give it strength,and try to reverse some of the damage. please make sure they are products geared towards african american/ mixed hair. i found that products geared for white people's hair (like pantene, granier fructis, etc.) make my hair even harder to work with! any other advice and tips on how to take care of my hair would be very helpful! thankyou!
    p.s. i got cream of nature shampoo, procailm olive oil conditionar, and silk elements deep condtiona today, do you think they'll help?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, your hair is not nappy, it sounds gorgeous! It just sounds like you've greatly damaged it. You need to stop using harsh chemicals on your hair (bleaching and colors) and REALLY cut back on the heat if you want your hair to stop breaking off. I can tell you now, part of your problem is being caused by heat damage and dryness. I, too, made the mistake of coloring my hair and using way too much heat and it became puffy, uncontrollable, dry, and damaged. Begin practicing basic hair care techniques, like these:
      *Wash your hair regularly with sulfate free shampoos.(at least once a week)
      *Moisturize your hair regularly with a quality leave in conditioner.
      *Seal in your moisture with oils (like coconut oil or olive oil)
      *Protect the ends of your hair by cutting back on heat styling and wearing hair in protective styles (like buns and ponytails)
      *Trim your hair as needed to get rid of split ends.
      *Eat a healthy balanced diet and take vitamins
      *Deep condition your hair regularly
      *Do protein treatments to strengthen the hair.
      for more information, check out these two sites:
      http://www.ehow.com/how_5533126_grow-long-healthy-africanamerican-hair.html

      There are a lot of products out there that are geared towards African-American hair, however there are only a small amount that are actually good for your hair. Unfortunately, African-American products are oftentimes filled with cheap ingredients like mineral oil and petroleum that do NOTHING to moisturize your hair. When you are buying a product for your hair, don't limit yourself to products targeted towards African-Americans. Also, be sure to check out the ingredients. If there are cheap ingredients (like the ones i mentioned above) or too many chemicals, chances are it will not be good for your hair.

      Last, cut back on the heat girl! Flat ironing African-American/mixed hair everyday is waaaaaayyy to often. Try following this guide on how to straighten your hair
      http://www.ehow.com/how_5540921_straighten-africanamerican-hair-relaxer.html
      I suggest you cut down to once a week, and preserve your hair at night by "wrapping" it, and covering it with a satin scarf. When you wake up, remove the scarf and unwrap your hair. It will look exactly how it did the day before. Here's what "wrapped" hair looks like:
      http://i.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto/Articles/4619796/newpics097-main_Full.jpg
      http://i.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto/Articles/4760430/111356-main_Full.jpg

      Cream of nature is a GREAT shampoo, i'm not sure about proclaim olive oil conditioner, but I think it's heavy in protein. Be careful with protein, too much can cause your hair to become stiff and break off. At the same time, your hair may need protein to strengthen it. I'm not sure about silk elements either, but it sounds like a great start. Try
      "organic root stimulator olive oil replenishing pak" it's a great conditioner, and it works wonders.
      Hope this helps! ( :

  18. QUESTION:
    Does Doctor Wonder Anti-Breakage Gro Cream really work? Plus, how can I grow my african american hair out?
    I just bought Doctor Wonder's Anti-Breakage Gro Cream. No, it's not the strengths cream, it says on the container anti-breakage gro cream.My question is does it actually work? I have pretty bad breakage and I want to stop that breakage. I want to grow my hair longer than it is.My hair is thick,shoulder and length and it's relaxed. I want to grow my hair to be about back length. Any hair products recommended for hair growth? When I got about in 5TH grade my hair grew out to be pretty thick then, all of a sudden it stopped growing? What am I doing wrong? I use this oil therapy shampoo, I use Shea butter leave in conditioner. Then I also use carol's daughter leave in black vanilla leave in conditioner spray. Recently I started putting coconut hair grease on the ends of my hair. How long will it take me to get my hair to about back length? By the way I'm 13 and I'm in 8th grade, so what grade would I be in til my hair gets that long if i take care of it? I tried going natural but that broke my relaxed hair off because I didn't know you had to cut all your relaxed hair off. So, can anybody give me tips to help my hair growth, how to take care of it properly,and does the Doctor Wonder Anti-Breakage Gro cream work. Thanks:)

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    Help about relaxed/straightened hair?
    Hi. I'm going to get my hair straightened in the next few days. However, a lot of girls at school also have straightened hair, but it's really damaged and short and this odd rusty colour, and they sometimes wear weave to hide it.
    I don't know how to describe my hair type (I'm mixed), but it's like black hair, but a lot softer and wavier (lol odd I know). It comes down about 4 inches below my shoulders.
    So how can I properly care for my hair when it's straightened? I'm sure that the hairdresser would tell me, but you can never be too safe. I would also like to put in a temporary streak of semi-permanent dye for the summer.
    Any tips, names of products and anything would help. 10 points to the best :)

    • ANSWER:
      I got my hair permanently straightened too....and it damaged my hair. It was really long, but it looked really bad and damaged...

      I know, i wanted them really badly too, but now my hair is short and i don't like it short...

      My advice would be to flat iron it yourself every other day instead of getting it done for you. This is way healthier for your hair and will look a lot nicer.

      Hope I helped!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. QUESTION:
    Should I relax my natural biracial curly hair?
    I have extremely think, course, corkscrew curls, because of my half white/half black heritage. I've tried a relaxer in the past, but did not like it and only kept it for about 4 months, but hated having to go through the long and tedious process of growing it back out. Now that Im older and have become more fashion conscious I wanted to do more with my hair then just wear it curly. Im tried of the constant frizz, and would like to wear in a style other than a ponytail. I try to straight iron it but it takes FOREVER because of my thick natural hair texture :( I feel like I've tried ever natural hairstyle there is and style am unhappy with how it look and I take very good care of it. I just want a change and was thinking about getting a relaxer of texturizer so I can blow out my hair moeasilysly, but Im afraid that I wont like it and damage my hair and then how to go through the long process of growing it out. Can any one give me any advice on if I should keep it natural or relax/texturize it? Any tips or suggestions are welcome thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    my hair got messed up/ issues with hairdresser?
    long story short-- i am pissed.

    i got my hair done at salon that i've been going to since i was 14 i haven't been there in about two years because i moved about 40 miles away...but my parents still live around there so it was convenient for me. i haven't been able to find a hairdresser i like here, and since its a major city its ridiculously expensive as well. this place also has my hair color on file...the one that i loved before, and i don't really feel like explaining to someone else what color i want and don't have any pictures of it anymore...but i guess now i can take pics. anyway i also can't find anyone who cuts my hair the way i like it.

    so i went to the salon i was about 5 minutes late but the salon was very slow so it didn't seem like a problem...in fact my hairdresser didn't have anyone else there. anyhow she didn't talk to me the entire time she colored my hair. this is a girl i haven't seen in about 2 yrs but i knew her when she first started at this shop about 7 years ago! anyhow...she leaves my color in and starts with another client...she offers me nothing to read no magazines like i see the other stylist offering her client. i literally sit there for 40 minutes practically staring at the floor as my chair is faced away from everyone else. meanwhile this is my first hair cut in about 6 months and my first dye job since i was there last 2 years ago. i haven't been taking very good care of myself and wanted to look good again and get myself all fixed up. so i had hoped the salon would be a relaxing experience...and it was anything but. so then when she finally comes over to rinse me, she practically scratches the sh*t out of my skull and it hurts...BAD. then she keeps telling me to relax and let her do the work, so i'm trying but my skull is on the verge of bleeding...she has acrylic nails fyi so maybe that was the problem. anyhow while she's rinsing me she asks me if i wanted her to do my eyebrows...normally if i had been taking care of myself regularly like i used to this would be absolutely no problem..however i have THICK black eyebrows and natural blonde hair that i was dying brown for that reason...they were also extremely bushy and i am extremely self-conscious about them...i was getting them done later by an actually esthetician as they are a lot of work when they get like that. i just felt extremely offended and like it was extremely rude and uncalled for...i was on the verge of tears for the rest of the rinse and had to keep my eyes shut to keep myself from crying. she then put me back in the chair and asked me what i wanted for a cut...i said i was open to suggestions and she just started cutting my hair without even telling me what she was doing. it turned out she did a good job but it was kind of a lazy quick haircut...nothing really different from what i already had and i mentioned that i had side bangs from my last haircut...she didn't give me any either. overall i'm ok with the haircut so i guess no problems with that although i think she should have told me what she was doing before she did it.

    when i was checking out...she asked me what i wanted to leave for a tip...MY STYLIST checked me out...which i thought was a little unprofessional. i asked what to give because i hadn't been in a while and i am not good at math and didn't have my phone with me to calculate it ,and she answered with "i never answer that question" so she let me totally overtip her...i tipped her for a hair cut aka 30%...maybe thats ok i don't know...anyway at least i hope it gets the point across to pay attention to me next time she does my hair....if there will ever be a next time. i noticed when i got home and was straightening my hair that there is a horizonal STRIPE of blonde in the front framing piece of my newly brown hair...and definitely noticeable. i have already returned home is the problem and now i'm 40 miles away...i don't know what to do. to go back and make them fix it might not be even worth the time and money...and i don't know if i should ever go back there again...as i'm pissed about the whole situation today...it was probably the most miserable salon experience of my life. but i like the cut and no one cuts my hair the way i like it really ever. i also like the color a lot too...if the whole thing was colored right. also my stylist felt like arguing with me on a subject she knew nothing about and supports all the things that i hate most from an ethical standpoint...i'm opening a rescue for pit bulls and she has a pit bull and knows nothing about them...claims that there is such thing as a AKC pit bull and thats what her pit is, a few clicks on the akc website will tell you otherwise and also wants to "breed it just once" ... apparently she doesn't care where those dogs will end up...also she cropped the ears of her dog and feeds it food with steriods she was telling me....honestly i wanted to punch her in the face....UGH

    i just don't know if i should complain to

    • ANSWER:
      well its ok may b sh ws just pissed of....anyways since only dat salon gives u ur choice....next time b careful dat shes not d one who attends u ...

  22. QUESTION:
    Makeup ideas and tips for a 12 yr old girl going to 7th grade?
    I just got out of sixth grade and i will be going into junior high. (our twon has intermediate, then junior high). I have been experimenting with makeup for a while. I just started wearing makeup. Next year i dont plan to wear alot, but please give me tips and advice, and good brands that are AFFORDABLE for a 12 year old girl to wear. Please dont tell me im to young, because there are far more worse things 7th graders are doing (not to be rude). I am a pretty good student and i am respectful. I started wearing makeup in the end of sixth grade, to experiment for 7th grade. Again im just a beginner. How I look like- Shoulder length black hair (not relaxed, i flat iron and wrap it), Copper skin, dark brown eyes.i am black. Thanks for reading my question and please answer it if you can. I also would like tips from girls in 8-12 grade also. I dont care if ur older than that though. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!! And remember I am not asking if i can glob it all on.

    • ANSWER:
      Makeup is to enhance your natural beauty so try eyeliner, mascara, and gloss.
      Those are all you need for school, anything else would be too much.
      Foundation is not nessarary because your still young. Just use concealer & powder, ONLY if you need it, like blemishes. But other than that, don't put anything else on your face.
      For SPECIAL occasions, you can add blush & eyeshadow :) .
      But you should remember to apply it LIGHTLY and ALWAYS take off your makeup at night no matter what.
      Goood skincare is a good tip too :)

  23. QUESTION:
    Makeup tips and advice for a 12 year old girl going into 7th grade?
    I just got out of sixth grade and i will be going into junior high. (our twon has intermediate, then junior high). I have been experimenting with makeup for a while. I just started wearing makeup. Next year i dont plan to wear alot, but please give me tips and advice, and good brands that are AFFORDABLE for a 12 year old girl to wear. Please dont tell me im to young, because there are far more worse things 7th graders are doing (not to be rude). I am a pretty good student and i am respectful. I started wearing makeup in the end of sixth grade, to experiment for 7th grade. Again im just a beginner. How I look like- Shoulder length black hair (not relaxed, i flat iron and wrap it), Copper skin, dark brown eyes. Thanks for reading my question and please answer it if you can. I also would like tips from girls in 8-12 grade also. I dont care if ur older than that though. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!
    Okay people calm down. I never said i wanted to glob it all on!

    • ANSWER:
      I hope this will help you!

      You shouldn't need any foundation unless you've already started to get acne. If you need it, try Clinique. You can get it at BonTons.

      Eyeliner- Have your basics, black, and brown. Also try light blue, which looks great with brown eyes. Midnight blue is cute too. Other colors are optional. Try L'Oreal & Avon/Mark.

      Eyeshadow- Try Flirt. You can buy Flirt at the (obviously) Flirt makeup stand at Kohl's. If you can afford it, Urban Decay. Try light colors, and once you get more experienced, try brighter neons. Also try Willi Smith palettes (TJ Maxx)

      Mascara- Try Model Co FATLash in black (TJ Maxx), or Dior Diorshow if you can afford it. Also GREATLASH mascara works wonders for six bucks @ Rite Aid.

      Blush- You shouldn't be worried about blush. Subsitute it with a shimmer powder. Try wet 'n wild @ drugstores.

      Lips- Don't try lipstick. Gloss lasts longer and is so much cuter for 7th. Try L'Oreal's Lip Polish, and Bath & Body Works' LipLicious. Also I reccomend Sally Hansen's mini lip plumpers, and Soap & Glory's MotherPucker lip plumpers.

      I hope this helped a lot!

  24. QUESTION:
    African-American females that are natural or transforming into natural?
    okayy im transforming from relaxed hair into natural hair.
    & i want to do the Bc(big chop)soon.But my last perm was in Feb. of this year and I want enough hair to braid when I decide to do the Bc and I want to take good care of my hair while im transforming so there wont be any problems in the long run.What are some tips for hair care while transforming that are facts,websites can be a great help.And also i need pix of black females w/ short natural hairstyles not boy short haircuts.thanks if you can help.

    • ANSWER:
      Sites:
      http://www.nappturality.com/
      http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/

      Styles:
      (love this forum. so many =])
      http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=177961

  25. QUESTION:
    I need a title for my short story! HELP!?
    I am planning on entering this in a contest. Please help me with a title, and extra tips or comments would be great. Star * :)

    Ever since I started my job at Espresso-2-Go, she was there right from the beginning. At first, she would just come in once a week, ask for her Mocha Latte and find a comfortable chair. Every week, she would have brought a new book with her. It was usually something filled with fantasy worlds, like Harry Potter, and the Lord of the Rings. You couldn’t tell she was a bookworm by just looking at her.
    Brianna had shoulder length blonde hair, the kind of hair that shines when the sun hits it just right. Her blue eyes twinkled underneath the lamp of her favourite reading chair, and when she would look up at me from behind her latest novel, my heart would skip a beat. She knew just how to reel me in.
    Pretty soon, she would be showing up every day. Her routine never changed, and it was nice to see her all the time. But I could tell that when she would come through the door, there was pain on her face, and fear in the way that she walked. This coffee shop wasn’t just a relaxing place to hang out after school every day. It was her sanctuary, her own piece of heaven.
    I finally got up the courage to talk to her one cold Saturday afternoon. I had to deliver her latte, since the machine had broken down, and I told her to go sit while she waited for it.
    “Here you go, one mocha latte,” I said, a little tremor in my voice.
    “Thanks, this will warm me up,” she replied. Brianna had the most amazing voice. Almost angelic, like she had been born in the heavens.
    “Do you…do you need anything else?” I stammered. Why was I shaking? And why was my face turning red?
    “No, I think I’ll be fine,” she answered. She turned towards her purse, which she had left at the side of the chair. I never noticed how many buttons she had on her purse until that day; she had everything from a little black button screaming Rock Star, to a green Save the Earth button.
    “Hey, those buttons are cool,” I exclaimed. I watched as her face changed from pale white to a deep cherry red. She glanced down at her purse and quickly hid it behind her back.
    “Uhm, thanks,” she whispered. “I have been collecting them for a while…” she started, but was quickly interrupted by my boss yelling at me to get back behind the register.
    “That’s me, I have to run,” I said, as I turned around. I accidentally stepped too far and slid on some ice that someone had brought inside with them. I fell to the ground with a crash, and Brianna leaped from her chair to make sure I was alright.
    “It’s okay, I’m fine,” I mumbled over and over.
    She looked me in the face and said, “You have a huge gash in the side of your head Zach, you need to go to the hospital!” The way she said my name suddenly woke me out of my coma-like trance. She knew who I was, she cared.
    * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    Twenty-three stitches later, and I was back behind the register. Back to my boring job. Brianna was still a regular at the shop, so that made it easier to arrive on time. I noticed now that she would stay later and later and usually wouldn’t leave until my boss told me to tell her we were closing for the night. She would always look at me with those sad eyes and she would walk out. I knew something was bothering her, but I didn’t find out until the next day.
    Brianna walked in, tears streaming down her face, and carrying a little box of tissues with her. She didn’t even order her latte like expected, she just went and sat in her chair, and wept quietly. I walked out from behind the register, looked over my shoulder to assure that I had some time, and I began talking to her.
    “Hey, what’s wrong?” I asked her in my most sympathizing tone.
    “Nothing, don’t worry about me. Go back to your job, Zach.” I knew there was something wrong. I knew it in the way she said don’t worry. I was worrying.
    “What happened? Did you get hurt? Did you fail a test?” I was questioning her too much and probably stressing her out.
    So I was surprised when she answered calmly, “It’s my parents. They have been fighting a lot lately, and I didn’t get here in time to not see what my dad does to my mom!” I didn’t know what to say. Was her dad beating her mom? I didn’t want to ask Brianna, she seemed upset enough already without having to relive it. It all clicked in my head at that moment. The reason why Brianna always came at the same time. The reason why she had that pain on her face, and that fear in her walk. She felt helpless and alone in the world.
    “Calm down. I’ll get you your latte, and I’ll tell my boss I am taking my break early. We’ll talk about this, alright?” She simply nodded her head. I went go to fetch the latte, when I realized my boss was out of town for the day, and the assistant manager was busy cleaning up a huge mess in the back storage room. I was free to talk with Brianna until closing.
    As I brought the latte back to where she was sitting, she burst out

    • ANSWER:
      "Cup of Sorrow"

  26. QUESTION:
    How to feel confident about giving a presentation if I suffer from Paranoia/ phobia of people judging me?
    I have a presentation that'll be about 5 minutes long (I know what I'm doing topic-wise) but I'm really nervous of speaking in front of people. It's for my AS Textiles group, and there'll be 11 16 yr old girls (my age) + my teacher watching. Only one of them is a friend (only one of my pals decided to take textiles). Even though I've never been diagnosed or anything, I know I suffer from paranoia extremely badly in pretty much every part of my life. And I have quite a few phobias too. Pretty much all the girls in my textiles group are really confident and stylish, and a few are like the 'plastics' in the MeanGirls movie. I'm paranoid that they'll all be thinking I look horrible, or that they can see that I'm nervous, or that they don't think my actual presentation is very good. I'm extremely paranoid of them all judging me, for whatever reason. I've never been a confident public speaker, and I've had to give the odd 5 minute talk in English classes over the years I've been at secondary school (we had to do 1 talk a year for 5 mins). I used to feel so nervous for them, as everyone would be staring at me (& I hate the sound of my own voice as I sound like a child). My english classes were always 25-ish students, and I still feel nervous about my textiles presentation, even though there'll only be 11 other students watching! I have a really nice textiles teacher who's a really confident woman, nd I'm in awe of her as she's a really nice, funny, weird (in a good way!), confident woman, but I'm paranoid that she'll be really eagle-eyed about my presentation, and will spot the tiniest little criticisms (even though I know she won't be mean about them as she likes me and isn't mean like that). I hate feeling nervous, and I know I'll have to speak loudly in front of everyone, and I'm paranoid that everyone will be able to hear my voice going shaky from nerves.
    If you know of :
    any tips that'll help me feel calm and relaxed,
    or tips on giving presentations,
    or tips on how to feel confident and how to deliver a presentation in a confident manner,
    or even tips on how to look confident i.e. my outfit (we have to wear black office wear for 6th form but can choose blouses etc) or 'confident' hair & makeup ideas, that'd be great! If you can help with any of the above, I'd be so grateful :D
    The weirdest thing is, I wouldn't be very nervous (if at all!), if I was to give a presentation to hundreds of people, as I wouldn't know any of them and they'd be less likely to judge me, and they wouldn't get the opportunity to bitch or gossip about me, and chances are I wouldn't see any of them again, so who cares what they think? I feel totally different though having to speak in front of 11 people I have to go to school with everyday, and who are basically judging and gossip-machines!!!!!!
    Help! Thankyou xxxxxxxxxx

    • ANSWER:
      What do you do with unwanted emotions? What do you do when you are nervous?

      Stop trying to deal with them, and start pushing them away from you.

      If any fear bubbles to the surface of your consciousness, with your mind push it away from you like it doesn't exist and continue to focus on the main task at hand.

      Try this before you go up in front of people. If you feel nervous exert the emotion outward using your brain. Right behind your eyes, you will find a muscle that contracts and exerts the force. The primary thought I think when ever I become nervous is "irrelevance" and then crunch up my forehead in strain to do away with the provoking thought that had slipped in. It works wonders.

  27. QUESTION:
    Your opinion of the beginning of my book please?
    It wasn’t too decent a place. But, in its defense, not much was to be expected of a fifty year old bar on the back roads of New York.

    There was the familiar sounds of people chatting idly, occasionally broken by the guys shouting in approval or anger at whatever game was playing on the TV. The walls were plain, and some upbeat 50s song was making white noise in the background of peoples’ laughter and conversations. And as always, a level cover of some form of smoke drifted through the air, giving the place itself a hazy look.

    And there I sat, on one of the run down stools, absentmindedly tracing the rim of my wine glass with the tip of my black gloved finger. The bartender stood a little ways off. Some old guy with nasty sideburns, but a nice smile to make up for it. I personally didn’t care how he looked or how jolly he was. Just so long as he didn’t kick my underage ass out.

    Not that I was really drinking, I admit. No, I was just sitting, first glass still in hand, only half empty. Ripped jeans, converse, and my usual long sleeved violet top. Nothing special.

    But I was finding it damn near impossible to pass for nonchalant.

    I couldn’t exactly blame them for staring. I mean, some gothic girl with ghost pale skin and two colored hair is bound to look a bit out of place. They could just be more subtle about it, ya know?

    I sighed, pushing some of my purple bangs behind my ear where it rested with the rest of my night black hair. I’ll just keep my cool, relax as long as I could and get the hell out of there.

    Right. Like anything is ever that simple for me.

    Either way, some terrible high-pitched noise threw me off for a second, but when I turned all that was there was some blond bimbo, tequila glass in hand and laughing like an idiot.
    I almost felt bad for her, seeing the guy who eagerly got up to ‘help her get home safe’, but I shrugged it off. Not my problem if some skank who couldn’t hold her liquor decided to go out and drink like a fish. You’d think people would learn!

    So the girl left with the guy (most likely going to get a nasty surprise in a month or so after she wakes up with a hangover. Idiot.) and I went back to just staring at my own drink, debating whether or not just to leave now or wait. I didn’t really enjoy sitting around the STD infested drunk house, but it was nice to just sit down for once. To not be running. I figured I should enjoy that as long as I could before it was time to bolt. Nothing bad had happened so far, right? No one had recognized me, no one had even come up to speak with me. Maybe, for once, I could be in and out of a place without a problem.

    “Bonjour chere.”

    Hellooo problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Is it okay if I give you a few notes??

      * When you say "By the guys" I feel like it should be "by men". It seems a little odd to use the word "guys" in that sentence.

      *For the end of the first paragraph, maybe take out the "and" in "and as always"

      *For describing the bartender, you should try something like "He was older, with nasty sideburns, 'another definition describing his poor care', and 'another definition', but his nice smile seemed to make up for all of that."

      * You might want to change up a few words. "I mean, any gothic girl with ghost pale skin and two colored hair is bound to look a bit out of place in such a venue. They could just be more subtle about it, ya know?"

      That's just a few things, though. Hope I was helpful :)

  28. QUESTION:
    Thoughts on my writing/story?
    Hi, Im twelve years old (I promise) and I love writing!! Can you please give me any thoughts/suggestions or tell me what I did well? Don't be afraid to criticize my writing...
    You don't HAVE to read the WHOLE thing. However I would appreciate it if you did.

    “Kill me, just kill me now!” I shrieked, rummaging through my drawer, “Where is my necklace?!” Well, actually, it wasn't really my necklace. It used to belong to my mother, but...I shook away the thought as I plopped down from my kneeling position and pouted at the sight of my clothing lying in heaps scattered around the room. I heard a creak coming from the other direction. My body twisted towards the noise to find four russet-colored paws shuffling through the doorway. “Ugh! Go away Zeus!” I moaned, as I picked something off the floor and chucked it at the cowering Cocker Spaniel.
    “Quiet down Alaira! What’s going on in there,” my dad questioned.
    “Nothing, Zeus is bothering me. Can you get him out of my room, he never leaves me alone.”
    He whined as a necklace lassoed around his neck. I glared at him and screeched, “My necklace!” I scurried off of my knees and raced towards Zeus.

    I untangled it from Zeus’s shaggy fur and he nipped me. “Bugger off,” I said as I put on my washed-out jeans and the ivory shirt, which enhanced the tan color of my summer tinged skin. The stairs caved slightly under my feet as I sprinted to the door, for my house was very old. The brisk, fresh air splashed onto my face and weaved through my light brown locks as I stepped through the doorway. The morning dew tickled my feet as my toes curled over the doorframe and onto the grass. The south-bound wind didn’t slow me down as I ran north towards the stream by my house.

    I gazed out towards the cabin as the vast grassland surrounded the boulder where I sat. As I shifted to face the stream on which the boulder rested, I saw that my petite feet had green bits of grass on them. When I immersed my slim body into the stream, the water turned my hair from a shade of auburn to black. Yeah I go swimming with my clothes on if you were wondering…I really don’t care about getting them wet. The refreshing water crawled up my back, tickling the tips of my shoulders. My legs felt heavy from the weight of my soaked jeans.

    I swam a few laps around the lake, relaxing in the water. After some time, I got up and lay on the grass, the sun's rays evaporating the water off of my goose-bumped skin. All my muscles loosened up and I felt at a complete state of calmness, not like it used to be.

    I sit waiting everyday, just waiting for fate to unravel, but it never does. When I was a little girl, my mother used to tell me to look up at the clouds and pretend I was the sun, and I had the responsibility for brightening the sky. I would imagine my puffy yellow dress hoping up and down as I played hop-scotch on the clouds. If I missed a cloud, people would be freezing cold with no sun! My curls would bounce as my blissful face brightened up the sky, step by step. My mom said that I was just like the sun in real life, every day I would warm her up with my cheerful smile and dimples that drilled holes into my scarlet cheeks. Up until she died that is. She died a week before my seventh birthday. I’ll always remember that day… how I sat there screaming on my bed, the tears pouring down off my eyelashes like drops of water running down a salt-scarred cliff. I remember finding my birthday card. It said: You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. I will always be with you even if I’m not…You will always warm up my heart no matter where I am. I love you. Goodbye
    For now…
    I remember thinking that she knew she was going to die, and I got mad at her for not stopping it. But how could she stop it? It’s not like she knew it would happen. I also had an idea that it hadn't been a car crash like Daddy had said. The secretive look on his face told me that there was something he was not telling me. The looking down, the strange tone in his voice, and fear in his eyes all gave it away. Every night when I was little I would sleep in mommy’s bed, alongside with daddy, dreaming of her coming back…but she never did.

    My skin was cold from the wind. I splashed some water on my face. It sent a chill crawling down my spine.
    “Alaira! Get back inside right now, it’s starting to rain!”
    “OK dad I’ll be inside in a couple of minutes.”

    A tiny drop of secrecy fell from the sky; it plunged its way down but paused in mid-air. I swear I saw the ocean, the cobalt waves crashing against the shore, But it spun itself around and collapsed onto the dirt. Before I knew it, the impatient sky poured down, bringing tons of water towards the ground.

    • ANSWER:
      Using "?!" isn't considered professional to a publisher.

      "He whined as a necklace lassoed around his neck."
      I'm not sure I understand this part. The dad lassoed the necklace around the dog's neck, or the dog was wearing it all along?

      "I saw that my petite feet had green bits of grass on them." Nice detail. But is there a point, really? Preferably, descriptions should add to the characters or plot.

      "My mom said that I was just like the sun in real life, every day I would warm her up"
      The comma should be a period. I noticed you use commas instead of periods in a number of places.

      "I would imagine my puffy yellow dress hoping up and down as I played hop-scotch on the clouds."
      Cute story. So sad!

      "It’s not like she knew it would happen"
      You just mentioned shortly before that your mother knew it would happen. Maybe just cut the sentence out.

      Get back inside right now, it’s starting to rain!”
      Uh oh, another comma when there should be a period :-)

      Your writing is very good. There isn't much of a plot, only a memory. But maybe that was your intention, to use the memory as a writing exercise? I think you have the technical part of writing down, except for a few grammar corrections. Just apply your technical expertise to a solid plot and solid characters and you will be a published twelve year old! Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading it :-)

  29. QUESTION:
    Help, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    This is a very rough draft of a scene of one of my chapters. I would appreciate it if you could look it over and offer any advice on how it flows, and how realistic is sounds. Any tips would be appreciated. Harsh criticism is preferred. Thanks :)

    P.S. the (i) indicate the words are in italics and are thoughts and the dotted lines indicated a character change

    Arriving at the house I stop at the front, and wipe my feet. I open the door and step inside. The house is dark and quiet as a tomb, I grope along the wall trying to find the light switch, finally managing to fumble it on. The light illuminates the living room. Walking past the black leather couch and plasma TV, and the numerous bookshelves filled to the brim with books, I head for the stairs to my room.

    Entering my room I drop my bag on the floor.

    (i)"Margaret, can we switch now?" (i)

    "Sure, just give me a sec ."

    I head into the bathroom, stripping off my clothes, taking out my pigtails, and finally taking off my glasses. I clumsily make my way to the shower banging my knee in the process. Turning on the shower I instantly start to feel my muscles relax as the hot water pounds my body. I stand under the water for a few minutes just to feel the water, and then start to clean myself.

    After about 15 minutes I step out of the shower and reach for a towel. I miss a few times but finally manage to grab one. Wrapping it around my body I move cautiously in the direction of the counter. Fumbling around on the counter I manage to find my glasses and shove them on my nose.

    I look at the ring on my finger. I guess I better switch with Adonia now, she's not exactly a patient person. Sighing I slip the ring off my finger and place it on the counter. Feeling myself start to fade I close my eyes and surrender.

    ..............................................................................................................................................

    Opening my eyes I notice that my eyes are all blurry, reaching up I take off Margaret's glasses and gently place them on the counter. Glancing around I realise that I must now be in the bathroom at home. Briefly wondering how I got there, I decide that I don't actually really care. Shivering I finally realise that I'm standing in a towel and that there are beads of water on my skin. Margaret must have had a shower. Reaching for another towel I slowly start to dry my hair. After thoroughly drying off I finish getting ready for bed.

    I head into the bedroom, now dressed in my favourite blue nightie. Glancing at the calendar on the wall beside my bed I notice that Margaret has a big test tomorrow and that Sapphire has a photo shoot scheduled for right after school. Which means that again I won't be able to be out much. Pouting in frustration I turn off the light and get in bed. I'd serve both of them right if I didn't go to bed. Then they'd both be tired for tomorrow. But eventually I drift off to sleep.

    A buzzing sound wakes me up the next morning. I glance over at the table beside my bed 6:30 am flashes back at me from the alarm clock. Pushing the snooze button I roll over to go back to sleep.

    (i)"Hey, we have to get up now!" (i)

    "Nnnn, five more minutes."

    • ANSWER:
      Okay...i really like the idea. It's very interesting...i haven't seen it done this way before...so good for you for being original.
      I found it a little hard to get through tho. It doesn't flow as easily as i think it should. When you write you do a lot of...i walked up the stairs, i turned on the light, i fumbled for my glasses, then i took a shower...
      i think you should try not starting so many sentences with " I ". Um, that should help a little bit.
      Perhaps push some of your sentences together....

      "I step out of the shower and reach for a towel. I miss a few times but finally manage to grab one."

      ...As i got out of the shower my hands clumsily fumbled for the towel. It took me a few tries but i finally got it off the rack....

      you see what i mean? It flows nicer...don't you think?
      Hope i helped.

  30. QUESTION:
    Story help, please!!!!!!!!?
    This is a very rough draft of a scene of one of my chapters. I would appreciate it if you could look it over and offer any advice on how it flows, and how realistic is sounds. Any tips would be appreciated. Harsh criticism is preferred. Thanks :)

    P.S. the (i) indicate the words are in italics and are thoughts and the dotted lines indicated a character change

    Arriving at the house I stop at the front, and wipe my feet. I open the door and step inside. The house is dark and quiet as a tomb, I grope along the wall trying to find the light switch, finally managing to fumble in on. The light illuminates the living room. Walking past the black leather couch and plasma TV, and the numerous bookshelves filled to the brim with books, I head for the stairs to my room.

    Entering my room I drop my bag on the floor.

    (i)"Margaret, can we switch now?" (i)

    "Sure, just give me a sec ."

    I head into the bathroom, stripping off my clothes, taking out my pigtails, and finally taking off my glasses. I clumsily make my way to the shower banging my knee in the process. Turning on the shower I instantly start to feel my muscles relax as the hot water pounds my body. I stand under the water for a few minutes just to feel the water, and then start to clean myself.

    After about 15 minutes I step out of the shower and reach for a towel, I miss a few times but finally manage to grab one. Wrapping it around my body I move cautiously in the direction of the counter, fumbling around on the counter I manage to find my glasses and shove them on my nose.

    I look at the ring on my finger. I guess I better switch with Adonia now, she's not exactly a patient person. Sighing I slip the ring off my finger and place it on the counter. Feeling myself start to fad I close my eyes and surrender.

    ˜™

    Opening my eyes I notice that my eyes are all blurry, reaching up I take off Margaret's glasses and gently place them on the counter. Glancing around I realise that I must now be in the bathroom at home. Briefly wondering how I got there, I decide that I don't actually really care. Shivering I finally realise that I'm standing in a towel and that there are bead of water on my skin. Margaret must have had I shower. Reaching for another towel I slowly start to dry my hair. After thoroughly drying off I finish getting ready for bed.

    I head into the bedroom now dressed in my favourite blue nightie. Glancing at the calendar on the wall beside my bed I notice that Margaret has a big test tomorrow and that Sapphire has a photo shoot scheduled for right after school. Which means that again I won't be able to be out much. Pouting in frustration I turn off the light and get in bed. I'd serve both of them right if I didn't go to bed. Then they'd both be tired for tomorrow. But eventually I drift off to sleep.

    A buzzing sound wakes me up the next morning. I glance over at the table beside my bed 6:30 am flashes back at me from the alarm clock. Pushing the snooze button I roll over to go back to sleep.

    (i)"Hey, we have to get up now!" (i)

    "Nnnn, five more minutes."

    • ANSWER:
      It doesnt really sound realistic sorry. You need to make it present tense, sometime you swich between present tense and past tense, and your character needs to interactc with her environment more. Here I re-wrote your first paragraph jsut as an example of how you can improve it:

      The familiar jingle of my keys sounded as I shoved the key in the lock, pausing momentarily to wipe my muddy shoes, I then pushed the heavy wooden door open with my shoulder. The darkness of the house almost hurt my eyes to readjust to, as I blindly groped the wall until I found the light switch and flicked it on. Two dim lights flickered on then illuminated the large rustic living room and the narrow hallway. The house was as silent as a tomb, except for the high pitch buzz from the plasma TV which was was irritating my ears so I climbed over the black leather couch and past the enormous overflowing book shelves, and poked the red button to turn it off. I continued up the staircase to my bedroom, snatching up some mail addressed to me on my way, but with one glance at the sender I made a mental note to rip it to shreds.

      sorry i know its not perfect but its just to help you understand what I mean. You need to tell us more about the character and make her seem like a real person by intertwining small deatails into your sentence structure that tell us more about her surroundings and about how she orieantates herself in her environment.

      But I like where its heading, it sounds like you have in interesting story to tell, so keep at it :) Never forget that all authours had to start somewhere :)

  31. QUESTION:
    How is the beginning of my story?
    I heard Tia’s shaky breaths come in and out through her nose. Her lips were pursed, so tightly that the skin around the visible line of pink was pure white. So were her knuckles, except for the marks where her nails had cut into them.
    Tia has ear length blonde hair and ocean-blue eyes. She’s generally a buoyant, hilarious, and determined girl. She does care what others think of her, I can tell. But tonight it seemed like an opposite day for her. It made me nervous to see her pained.
    “You look like you’re about to break.” I said, raising one eyebrow. She vacuumed her lips in further, and blinked. A tear overflowed and streaked down her now blushing cheek. She shook her head, sending two more tears tipping out of her eyes.
    I wondered if this had to do with the tae kwon do class we were in at the moment. She was still in bending ready stance A, stiff as a board.
    I stepped toward her, she kept her eyes aimed at the floor. As my hands rested on her shoulders, she glanced up, and promptly turned to stare at my right hand as another tear dripped onto her uniform.
    “You alright?” I whispered. Again she raised her eyes to me. I tsked at myself. “Course you’re not.”
    Sniffle. “Yes I am.” She mumbled, reaching up through my arms to brush away another drop from the bridge of her nose.
    I lowered my arms, refusing to take her bull-shit. I was genuinely concerned, and wanted to make her better. Tia like this was an oxy-moron, it didn’t match; and was just plain wrong.
    “No, you aren‘t ok, Tia.” She didn’t try to lie to me this time. Her controlling breaths paused for a second as she swallowed. “Now,” I grabbed the tails of her green belt, tugged on them playfully, and asked, “what’s got you all worked up?”
    She swallowed again, and a few more tears escaped. She let them be, and I stared at them making a trail down her face as she stuttered, “I-I’m not exactly sure. It’s just ev-everything has to g-go wrong at once. I-’ she voice broke and she looked away from me.
    She took a deep breath and tried again. “I-I know it’s no ex-excuse. I shouldn’t-t let it get to me, this-s is reall-ly bad.” She was determined to hold back as much as possible, I could practically feel the burn in her throat.
    She was still beating herself up, her word’s slurring. “Whoa, hold up.” I interrupted. Tia flinched as though I had wound up for the punch. “I see you always striving for perfection. You’re so tense! It‘s painful to watch. You just gotta let loose.” I mimed letting go of something and blowing it away.
    She rocked back and forth of the balls of her feet like a kid getting scolded. I tried to steer the conversation in a different direction for her sake.
    “Smile!” I demanded in fake bossiness. She quarter smiled, if that, and let loose a new stream- no, river of tears out of both eyes.
    “I-I’ll just to m-my pattern.” Squeaked. She coughed into her arms a few time, then returned to her tense stance and showed me her pattern.
    Despite the episode before, her hands were steady and her tempo was perfect. Her uniform snapped just as mine did, and I’m a fourth dan black belt compared to her green belt. She amazed me each time I got to watch her; grace as she set up and flexed, then a furious power at the point of impact.
    She finished her last move, and froze perfectly like a statue. “Allright, come back.” She returned to her ready stance; I waved my hands, telling her to relax. She did to some extent.
    “Tia,” I murmured gently, “You are a head and shoulders above where you need to be.” She needed to understand this. I swear, it’s the people who could should be a bit cocky and proud. Are the most humble. Normally people like that piss me off, but this one was a different story.
    “Just don’t think so much.” I touched her chin as it started to sag back toward the floor. “You know the moves by heart. We both know this, just let yourself perform them.”
    She started her pattern again, and four moves in I felt a familiar warm hand on my shoulder. I twisted around and saw Master Yordan watching Tia’s pattern from behind me. He nodded in approval and purred “Tell her nice work.”
    Master Leonard, or Lenny, Yordan is a black man, with thinning black hair. He has tan eyes, and they are massive, always wide. He has noticeable dimples and a round face, but not even close to being like a child’s. He’s stock full of charisma, and is never caught without a smile except for dramatic effect. But he could get intense, it was scary to see him that way. Yet absolutely breath taking, like being in the redwood forest, or the grand canyon. It make’s you feel incredibly small.
    Master Yordan changed his mind for his moment about leaving, and watched Tia’s pattern intently. She turned toward us, and Master Yordan faltered for a second as he saw her blood shot eyes, Tia’s face turned crimson. He understood; Master Yordan seemed to have an exceptional talent for that. I saw him nod at Tia, size her up as she turned away embarrasse
    oops! I guess it was too long there was more! oh well haha

    • ANSWER:
      Really cool. I love the amazing descriptions. Really cool, I am able to picture all of this in my head as if I'm watching it. It's GREAT! If you want, e-mail me at evangelinegirl17@yahoo.com and I would be very happy to read more. :)


Black Hair Care Relaxed

The Magic Ingredients
Carol's Daughter's website actually does not list the magic ingredients. I found this quite disturbing since the company had long been touted as all natural. Once finding the ingredient listing on Sephora, I felt more comfortable about purchasing. Call me obsessive compulsive, but I wanted to guard against any allergic reactions before spending $24.00 for a 16 oz supply of shampoo. To my surprise, however, Carol's Daughter's products are not all natural, but do contain many all natural, hair healthy ingredientsa"at least much more than your traditional beauty supply or drugstore shampoo.

Is it for you?
It really depends. I think this shampoo is excellent, although I am not certain whether it is the most moisturizing or detangling shampoo on the market. I also was disappointed that the product was not all natural, yet it was far superior to most hair care products on the market for ethnic hair, especially the so-called reputable lines. Overall, it was wonderful. It had a nice minty smell and wasn't too harsh. Yet, I also feel I get the same, if not better results from using Beauty 4 Ashes Godhead Silky Smooth Shampoo for Ethnic Hair. This product is completely all natural and contains many of the same ingredients as the Rosemary Mint and Herbal Shampoo. It also has a few more natural oils for dry, tangled hair, such as shea, jojoba, avocado, and wheatgerm. But, this product is a bit pricier since it is all natural and includes extra ingredients. You can learn more about it at wwwdiscoverb4acom.
The Final Word
There is a scarcity of quality ethnic hair care products. Carol's Daughter is truly a breakthrough. Of course, you should do your research and determine what works best for you. I did. I looked at every ingredient included in the product, especially for my own safety. Would I use this product again? Most likely. But since I can achieve the same results without being exposed to chemicals, I will probably purchase GodHead Silky Smooth over the Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo.

Recommended:
Yes
Amount Paid (US$): 12.00 + tax and shipping
Hair Compatibility: Not too harsh, easy to apply, left hair feeling decent
Fragrance: minty, lemony fresh

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Black hair care regime for relaxed to natural transition?
    So I've been growing out my relaxed hair for about 5 or 6 months now and my natural hair is really really really thick! I can't even put my hair into one pontytail with out lumps and bumps on the side, even with gel, damp or any other products!
    I use a ponytail puff to wear my hair everyday and now the ends are breaking off and the hair is becoming dry.

    Is there a hair care regime to soften my hair and to make it more managable?
    (preferably organic)

    How do you manage your natural hair/ new growth?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, I am a hair dresser. My advice to you is to get your hair braided so your ends don't break off. When you have new growth, you comb harder than you do with just relaxed hair and that puts unneeded tension on the relaxed hair. To soften your hair, comb your hair with a wide tooth comb while you are conditioning after you shampoo. Use hair lotion or blow out cream when you dry your hair. Try using hair oil and not hair grease and wrap foam instead of gel. Hair gel can break your hair off also. Hope this helps!

  2. QUESTION:
    1 does anyone know good websites for black hair care both relaxed and natural hair?
    2 has anyone tried naturalaxer? growyourownhair.com
    it does not break the bonds so your hair is still a little curly. is it looking ok with your previously straightened hair?

    • ANSWER:
      you can visit http://www.blackhairmedia.com and go to the forums section, they offer a lot of tips to maintain and care for your hair whether relaxed or natural. they have sections for all hair types in the discussion board.
      I have never tried a naturalaxer before i do know that if you underprocess your hair, meaning wash the perm out before suggested time you will get the same results( still a little curly) if thats what you were looking for.
      Hope this helps

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the best hair care products for relaxed black hair?

    • ANSWER:
      The best I've ever used is Wen by Chaz Dean(fig is the most moisturizing so I use that one). I dunno if you've heard of it but it's been great with my hair. I relax and flat iron my hair too and that's made my hair even more damaged and unruley but ever since I've started to use it my hair is soft and shiny and it moves kinda like a white chick's hair now. Never thought that would happen. It's not a shampoo. It's a cleansing conditioner and it's awesome. I'm never shampooing again. You get it from chazdean.com, qvc.com, wenhaircare.com and I think some other places but I don't remember. It's a tad expensive but worth it for me. Hope that helped :)

  4. QUESTION:
    Help!!! I need a nightly Black Relaxed Hair Care Routine?
    Ok well I have relaxed hair and it is a little past my neck. Also I have blunt bangs in the front. I just need to know what do I do to my hair every night before I go to bed, because lately I haven't been doing anything and that's causing breakage. Can you also include what products to use and about how much they are.

    Oh and P.S. I already know how to wash and condition so you don't have to include any of that. I just need to know what I need to do every night (like wrap, oil, brush, braid, etc.)

    Thank you very much!

    • ANSWER:
      When I was relaxed I never wrapped my hair, so I can't give you instructions on how to do that, but I heard that's a good way to keep your hair at night.

      What I would do before bed was moisturize my hair, section it into 8 parts, and plait each part. When I woke in the morning my hair would be wavy when I took them down. You can use a wide-tooth comb to gently comb your hair. When I didn't plait I would put my hair in a balled up ponytail with a scrunchy, and this would actually make the ends wavy. It was weird because I got a lot of compliments on my "good hair," lol.

      Other times I would use soft rollers and sleep on those.

      Whatever you do make sure you cover your hair with a silk/satin cap or scarf, even if you don't wrap, plait, or put it in a ponytail. The scarf keeps your cotton pillowcase from drying out your hair, which leads to dry brittle hair and eventually breakage.

  5. QUESTION:
    Black hair care from relax to natural?
    I have black hair. I have decided to go natural I am tired of relaxers. Does anyone know of a product I can use that is not chemically based that will straighten, smooth my hair but helps to promote growth. Thanks. STK

    • ANSWER:
      You can try the Herbalaxer from Mineral Indulgence. It's a 100% natural hair "relaxer" made from herbs and essential oils that loosens the curl pattern in hair, strengthens hair and promotes hair growth, and detangles it as well. I've tried it and it worked fabulously on my 4b hair type.

      http://mineralindulgence.com/Hair_Care_Products.html

      http://mineralindulgence.com/

  6. QUESTION:
    black relaxed hair site?
    simple i want a really gooooood black hair care site my hair is healthy but wen i try 2 look 4 new tips or hairstyles its had 2 find a good site so i turn 2 youtube but i need a little more i have neck lengh hair cause i got it trim becuase it was uneven but anyway its relaxed also my hair is black not brown im looking for a good site dat isnt looking jus for money a healthy hair care tip and idea site

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    What are good black hair care products for natural and transitioning hair?
    I am currently transitioning and am 3 months in. I still have a ton of relaxed hair left. I have a dry scalp and I am looking to find ORGANIC hair products for natural and transitioning black hair.

    • ANSWER:
      You will need a moisturizing shampoo (without sodium laureth sulfate, commonly known as sls; it dries the hair out and strips it of it's natural oils and moisture) you may want to try aubrey organics products for this (can find them at whole foods stores); next you will need a protein deep conditioner: organics hair mayo (in a jar) or organics replenish packs. both of these work great for me (i've been transitioning for 7 months) and they help tame my natural hair. also, invest in a moisturizing leave-in conditioner and a protein leave-in conditioner. I use giovanni direct leave-in for my protein conditioner and i'm still on the lookout for a moisturizing leave-in (I'll probably invest in pure shea butter or aloe vera with glycerin). this is what works for me; there's so much information out there for properly caring for hair, especially when dealing with two textures. the key is to have patience and to learn and understand your hair and what it's telling you. if you would like more detailed information you can email me at my yahoo address.

  8. QUESTION:
    Black hair care advice please for my hair. It is not relaxed but flat ironed out straight. I want to know...?
    what I should put on my hair in order to spiral curl it. My hair is medium length and thick so sometimes its harder to get it curled the first time. 1.)How do I spiral curl it? 2.) I want to use a curling iron 3.) how do I keep it in?

    • ANSWER:
      i've never done it before but i've seen somone hold it vertically while u wrap the length of hair around it, but iunno

      heres a video that teaches you how to do it anyway

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oZpZA_6ANA&feature=related

  9. QUESTION:
    How to take care of short, relaxed black hair?
    I want to cut my hair very short all around and have long side bangs. Just like this..

    http://www.hairstylesdesign.com/gallery/rihanna_3238.php

    However, before i commit to such a drastic change in my hair I would like to know two things from women who have short hair or have had their hair short...

    first, after washing your hair, what did you do to style it back to the original style? what products, instruments, tools.. anything.

    second, what did you do with your hair at night time? (this question is directed more towards African American woman who usually wrap their hair at night)

    thanks !
    :)
    a few more details,

    my hair is currently relaxed and medium length. my hair is generally healthy and I have a good hair care routine, i just wanted something fresh and new so I am going to cut it...

    • ANSWER:
      Is your hair longer and relaxed, or are you relaxing natural hair?

      If you're already relaxed then you'd continue taking care of it like you normally would. If you're switching over from natural hair to relaxed then you'll take care of it completely differently and you might use different products to take care of your relaxed hair. I recently went natural after 13 years of relaxing.

      I could never really duplicate the styles I had, but my beautician wasn't much of a stylist anyway, lol, so I didn't really loose anything from it. Whatever you do just don't use heat on a regular basis. This can give you heat damage and will break off your hair and give you tons of split ends - been there, done that. If you do use heat then make sure you use a good heat protectant, but this will not protect your hair 100% against heat damage. I used rollers for the last two years I was relaxed because I didnt' want to risk getting heat damage again, and I learned to live with frizzy hair, which wasn't so bad. I've had my hair short many times, and two of those times was because of an over-processed relaxer that took my hair from shoulder-length to ear-length in a week. And, currently, because I cut it short to go natural, and now it's a little past my ears.

      http://www.longhaircareforum.com - you can get many tips on how to maintain your hair here.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can you give me basic tips on how to take care of relaxed black girls hair?
    I need help...I'm going off to college. My hair has always just been sort of there, so I need to know how to take care of it. Please don't convince me to stop relaxing it, I only do a few times a year and it's a personal choice. What are so basic everyday things I can do to take care of it? I don't really like doing any crazy hairstyles, sometimes I curl, wear it in a ponytail, or let it down. Any good help is loved.

    • ANSWER:
      Whoop whoop college student, lol! ME TOO!!

      Well, one thing you will learn when you go to college is that you have little to no time to be worrying about your hair unless you're going out!

      On class days, I wear my hair up (to give it a break) and when I am going to a party I wear it down.

      My hair is bra strap length. True statement. =)

      You should:
      Wash and deep condition your hair once a week.
      Use a leave-in conditioner.
      Buy some rollers and learn how to rollerset your hair when its wet.
      When its dry wrap it and you'll be good to go!

      I usually air-dry b/c I realized that when my hair was shoulder length to much heat was causing my hair to break and dry out!
      *And if you decide to flat iron your hair use a heat protectant.

      Oh, here's a youtube video if you want to learn how to rollerset your hair: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odj2d4XyBHQ

      Good luck with your hair and college!

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there a difference in Black Hair Care Products such as relaxers and conditioners?
    After two years of being natural I went back to relaxing my hair. So far the products I've been using seem to work but is there really a difference between products by lets say Dark n Lovely and Mr. Miracle. If so which is the best product to use.

    • ANSWER:
      Dr. Miracles has the best relaxer out there. I just re-did my hair last night. My hair is really straight and whatever is in their product promotes hair growth so that is why I prefer Dr. Miracles.

      I also love Doo Grow hair care products. I have notice a big difference in the length of my hair after four months of use.

      Revlon Realistic is the next best thing. Your hair stays straight for a long time.

      Dark n Lovely products and Motions are just a waste of money.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend any good natural black hair care salons in Atlanta, GA?
    I'm newly natural and I have no clue what to do with my hair. I wear my hair in an afro from time to time but other than that and braids, I don't know what to do. My former hair stylist only deals with relaxed hair and I stopped going to him a while back when I started to transition. So does anyone know of a good salon in Atlanta where I can go to have my mess of a head taken care of!?! lol Please n' thank you! :)

    • ANSWER:
      check out these sites:

      blackstylists.com
      atlantacitysearch.com

  13. QUESTION:
    Can someone who knows about black hair give me links to black hair care forums because i need some advice?
    on how to protect my hair when it is straightened (not relaxed just a flatiron) from humidity.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.pressing-hair.info

  14. QUESTION:
    Can someone recommend some websites that sell African-American hair care products?
    I am looking for websites that sell black hair care and skin products of various brands, not just one particular brand.

    P.S. My hair is relaxed.

    • ANSWER:
      Amaka beauty sell a range of products (skin/body/hair care, cosmetics and more), including "kings and queens" and have a informative Q and A section.

  15. QUESTION:
    I have black hair but I want to take care of my hair to the fullest?
    I am a black women who wears my hair in braids. I am thinking bout changing it up by keeping it out of braids just for a change. I want to know how to keep my hair growing and looking healthy like how to treat it proper. I just need a good technique thats easy for a daily routine basis. I had my hair relaxed befor but that was long time ago and my hair kinda got damage by all the chemicals.

    • ANSWER:
      I have stopped relaxing my hair and have gone natural for a year and 6 months. I use carrot oil and olive oil cream. I use those daily for moisture. I wash my hair once a week. Any more then that my hair gets really dry. I use a deep conditioner treatment once a month. Or you can make your own out of avocado and coconut milk. Also at night I wrap my hair with the olive oil cream and a satin cloth. I hope this helps. Also check out
      fourm.blackhairmedia.com

  16. QUESTION:
    Black hair care regime?
    Any sistas on yahoo answers with RELAXED hair.. that have a good hair care regime.. I'm working on improving mines.. Whats yours? Do you have any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      I use a perm called design essentials it doesnt burn and they have sensative scap in the perm. I always use a conditioner every week and sometimes I sit under the dryer with a plastic cap on head. I use products called seba its a black line and its great. I always use products that I can get from the beauty salon. So when I am not able to go to the salon I atleast can have the same products in my hair. Try not to use a chi irons or curling irons in your hair all of the time. If you can with short or long hair wrap it every night.

  17. QUESTION:
    Relaxed hair care/product questions?
    Soo. I got my hair relaxed at Olives in Chestnut Hill MA (idk if shes famous or what but people always saying WOW u go to olives?!?! can someone explain??) and they did a great job my hair felt so good. I got it relaxed a total of...hmm maybe 3 or 4 times...and i did not realize until YESTERDAY! (after a year and 2 months) that i should have been roller setting my hair. None of the stylists ever told me how to care for my hair, they just did it, made it look good, bam bam. Done. I'm dissapointed cause i love them so much <3 Anyway i have bad breakage, which is thankfully not TOO short.Its at about my eye/top of my cheekbone level. I have a side part, so the breakage looks lik some thin bangs. So i was thinking ohh I'll just get bangs cut to make my breakage look better. But my issue is tht when my hair is wet, its curly curly curly and i dont want to use heat on my hair (or as little as possible) If i set my hair, wrap it every night, deep condition all that good yummy stuff will i be able to wear it straight throughout the week?

    also, i have no idea what shampoo/conditioner/deep conditioner/ moisturizer/ setting lotion/ oils, anything that gets put on hair. I have no idea which brand to use, and i just dont have the time to be experimenting with all this stuff. I have a lot of hair. The hairs themself are very very very fine, but there is TONS of hair.
    I'm bi racial, my moms white my dads black. My hair is more of the african american texture (techinically my dads from barbados and antigua but who cares??) and its curly. Any products would be soo helpful and Care tips are so appreciated since Olives didnt tell me anything >.<

    If it matters i'm 14...

    • ANSWER:
      Just go to hairlista.com website. You have to sign up but it's worth it for the help you'll receive. Or just look on youtube for videos that say how to care for relaxed hair. Hope I helped some.

  18. QUESTION:
    Black women's hair care?
    Ok, I'm looking for some great hair maintenance tips to begin doing my own hair. I want to use some professional, retail products, but I don't know where to find them. I also need some stying tips. Like, how to curl, flat iron, etc. I have a problem when I flat iron my hair, it tends to break off easily. I have thick, shoulder-length, relaxed, healthy hair (from going to the salon for the pass two years). I need some professional black hair care tips! Please and Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      For strenght since you want pofessional products try:aphogee two step protein tretment (can be found at sallys).For taking care of your hair try keracare products they are really good (you can find them at JCPenney,or a local beauty salon store and of course online)
      http://www.avlon.com/keracare.html
      http://www.metrobeauty.com/cart.cfm?cart_action=search_results&search_phrase=keracare

      about flat ironing try keeping it to the minimum :appl a heat protector on 80 % or 100% dry hair the blowdry and flat iron thin parts of hair for silkier look.ceramic irons are always good.

      you can curl hair with rollers or barell irons.Rollerset is better.For the barel iron :Wash and condition hair. Apply setting lotion, and then comb using a wide-toothed comb.

      Set blow dryer to a warm setting when hair is about 80% dry (for less damage) . Blow dry hair, working from one section to the next. Relaxed hair has a lot of texture, so start at the root of your scalp and work your way down. Run the blow dryer through your entire head, making sure to get hair as straight as possible until dry.

      Plug in your curling iron. While it is warming up, divide your hair in sections using hair clips. To prepare for curling, start at the back of your head and release one clip. Use a fine-toothed comb to smooth out any kinks in your hair.

      Close the curling iron around the top portion of the hair. Slide the curling iron down the length of the hair until the iron reaches the end. Next, curl hair under and hold for about 20 seconds. Release hair from the curling iron. Avoid disturbing the curl. Continue this process throughout your entire head, being careful not to touch your scalp.

      Lightly spray your hair with an oil sheen spray. Use your fingers to style your hair. Do not use a comb or you will lose your curls. Once you have finger-styled your hair, use a holding spray to help your style stay in place

  19. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Care Help!! Damaged beyond Repair?
    HELP! My hair is a couple inches below my shoulder, fine and very damaged. Once a year, for the past 8 years I cut it off to my earlobes thinking I'm cutting away the damage. But for some reason, the damage comes right back, starting at the same place, then I'm back cutting it again. From the roots down about 2-3 inches doesn't look to be damaged. The rest is super frizzy, breaks and looks awful. I only get my hair relaxed and when it's wet, it looks as if it's not relaxed at all. Looks like virgin hair. My mom's a beautician and I've been to other beauticians and they just can't seem to figure out what's wrong. They've tried this and that, the "best shampoos and conditioners", but it's still the same. I can remember around the time it first became damaged I was using a high frequency comb (scalp massager). I was wondering if this is what could have caused this damage. Anyone know what could possibly be the problem and how I can get my hair back healthy? Or is this permanent damage?

    • ANSWER:
      Okay try this it might be a little expensive but it prob will work.
      1st- use the clay esthe shampoo, it is made from sea clay and seaweed, it was made to restore balance.
      and also use redken smooth down shampoo

      2nd use the redken smooth down conditioner

      3rd- use bumble and bumble antifrizz and striatening, then but in redken all soft velvet wip

      4th use redken smooth down smmoth butter once a week

      maybe get a japanese perm

      last when it is dry put citruss fuzz anti frizz and gardier frutus smoothing milk

      last put bed hed after party and your hair will be sily shiny and smooth and soft.

  20. QUESTION:
    any curly hair products to use for relaxed hair?
    my hair is relaxed, black women, so i have a relaxer in my hair, but hair is naturally curly...i am tired of wearing it straight i want a change for a week, so i want to wear it curly, but a natural curly look....ANy good products that will revive my curls, but will not break my hair off or dry it out...basically any good black hair care products, but any will help..but it has to be good for relaxed hair.
    thanks
    my hair is relaxed, black women, so i have a relaxer in my hair, but hair is naturally curly...i am tired of wearing it straight i want a change for a week, so i want to wear it curly, but a natural curly look....ANy good products that will revive my curls, but will not break my hair off or dry it out...basically any good black hair care products, but any will help..but it has to be good for relaxed hair.
    thanks

    i have really good, passed my shoulder hair, not nappy or kinky,if it helps

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure if this will help but I would try the perms and relaxers page and I would also try the product recommendations page at http://www.the411onhair.com and see if you find any useful information there.

  21. QUESTION:
    Black hair care...?
    On relaxed hair what's better to use: a flat iron or a pressing comb? I thought you werent supposed to use either, but my hair dresser uses a flat comb after relaxing because my hair is still not straight. I also have very thick hair. I have to do my hair at home now for a while, and I wanted to know the best way to keep it nice and healthy between relaxers. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Use a ceramic flat iron, it is better for the hair. Don't use a pressing comb. That is designed for natural hair. Try wrapping your hair or rolling it at night.

  22. QUESTION:
    black hair + care?
    What can be done about fizzies on the ends with relaxed hair. This happens 1 -2 days after a shampoo and set. Is menapause contributing to this change in my hair?

    • ANSWER:
      hot oil treatments, deep conditioning, and clipping your ends after every relaxer treatment and keeping your hair from getting dry will work. menapause does does cause dryness and some thinning and for most women

  23. QUESTION:
    black hair care and relaxers?
    I relaxed my hair about 4 saturdays ago(as of may 16 2009)....I noticed certain parts of my hair like the center front, and the middle wasn't processed as well as I thought and is noticable if looked at properly....... what I want to know is...can I do I slight touch up to my hair with the parts dat weren't relaxed right.....or should I wait a week or two more and do the touch up? I really need ur opinions thanx......

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    How to care for black hair?
    I'm a 15 year old African American girl and I have nice long pretty healthy hair. I go to a black beautician about every 3-4 weeks. I've gone to her since I was little but she is very old school and I want a change to the way I care for my hair. My hair is relaxed and sometimes when she straightens it it looks puffy and volumized, which I don't like. I want to start washing and straightening it on my own with Pantene Pro V for relaxed hair and a hair straightener. I heard you shouldn't put a lot of heat on african american hair so would it be okay if I did this? And if I do it on my own will my hair look straight and flat or puffy?
    She blows dries it and then uses a straightner.

    • ANSWER:
      for one, pantene is the worst for you hair! it has wax based oils that don't wash off everytime, and since highly textured hair needs oils added in, when you do add shine, the wax will make a horrible build up! i'd suggest using mizani or paul mitchel shampoo and conditioner, then use a press it creme, like regis' get it pressed before flat ironing. if you use a heat protectant before you flat iron, it wont damage your hair that badly. also, using a gloss like paul mitchel's gloss drops or mizani's silk drops help add a shine and sleekness to your hair that will keep it straight and non-puffy! hope that helps! *oh, and even us white girls can do amazing ethnic hair (-:

  25. QUESTION:
    Why is it that White adoptive/foster care parents don’t know how to care for Black hair?
    Saturday I was going to the gym and saw two Black children with a White lady. Just by guessing she appeared to be an adoptive/foster parent. The two Black children, a girl and a boy, both had very nappy hair and they were ashy. For those who don’t know ashyness occurs when your skin is dry and you have not put any lotion on.

    I don’t know how it is in other states but in Arizona I’m starting to see a very disturbing trend. The Black children who are in foster/adoptive care with White families are looking very homely. It is very easy to spot out a Black child being raised by foster/adoptive parents in this state because the kids just have nappy hair. For those who are not hip to what this is let me explain. Nappy hair is the little annoying hairs that grow in a dodgy direction from your hairline. The majority of foster/adoptive parents don’t bother to invest any time into learning how to do Black hair. It appears they have some miss conception that they can do a Black child’s hair the same way they do there’s and that’s wrong.

    To maintain healthy hair is little more complex than some may think. Number one misconception is Black people don’t wash their hair everyday. The way to maintain "Black hair" depends on the style if it is natural it is different from curled, texturized, relaxed hair.

    I don’t want anyone to think this is a personal attack on White foster/adoptive parents. I think that foster/adoptive parents are doing a great job by providing a better environment for Black children as well as other children of color. However, I do think that they are doing the children a disservice by having they out in public looking homely. They will get teased at school when they get older and they will be lacking a major area of their culture. If there not taught by there foster/adoptive parent they who will?

    The next time I see another child of color with nappy hair in the care with what appears to be foster/adoptive parent, I will politely educate them on what I know and plant a seed with them. I encourage others who found this quest interesting to do the same if you have the opportunity. Why is it so, are they just concerned about the dollar and want to invest as little as possible in the kids they are getting paid to raise? I just want to leave this open to anyone, foster/adoptive parents, people who agree or disagree. 10 cool points to the best answer.

    I ran out of space for my question and folks don’t bother to read in this day and age. It’s obvious why White people don’t how to do Black hair. I want to why they don’t bother to invest any time in learning?

    Hi haters

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, the demographics of potential foster parents and actual foster children are not equal. There are a disproportionate number of minority children in foster care, and on the other end, there are disproportionately fewer prospective foster parents who are people of color. This results in interracial foster families, which I am a part of,and it has some very unique challenges, but is also very rewarding.

      Honestly, I think this is so important... if white parents are to be responsible for the care of a minority child, particularly a black child, they should have some cultural training, and learn some of the obvious basics in care. White families may not always have black friends who can give them advice, but there are definitely basics to be learned. Personal care is of course a necessity, black hair texture is different and thus requires different care. Also even broader, white parents should learn about what's okay to say and not say to their black children, what kind of advice they should be giving them, etc. Generally, I would think a white foster parent would be very thankful if you were to give them some advice on things like haircare, or your general knowledge, especially if you do so in a friendly and noncondescending way. Good foster parents are great human beings, regardless of the "getting paid" they make significant sacrifices.

      I think a good idea would be to simply take the kids into a hairdresser (one that specializes or has knowledge with working with black hair) and simply ask for advice and tips. There's no shame in a white person not knowing how to take care of black textured hair, but if you have black kids, then of course you gotta learn. I think people are generally appreciative of help, and are almost always willing to help as well. I understand the black community has varying opinions on white people adopting black kids (of course there is serious varying of opinion in the "white community" as well), but at the end of the day, we're taking care of kids and that's important.

  26. QUESTION:
    Black HAir care help?
    This Is what i want my Hair Regimen to be:
    Every saturday i wash my hair with Aphogee products i use Olive oil wrapping lotion on it when it is wet after i wash it after i let it air dry and i flat iron it or when it is wet i roller set. then wrap it at night

    would this be a good thing to do to my hair (no my hair is not relaxed and im not planning on relaxing my hair) would this give my hair body and other products i was plan on using was doo gro and dr. Miracle to grow my hair would this give my hair body and make it grow Please tell me any other products that you think will work

    • ANSWER:
      yes it sounds perfect your doing everything right
      dont change a thing

  27. QUESTION:
    I'm in search of a hair salon that serves black women with relaxed hair, but also cares about it being healthy
    I live on the southside of Chicago, so anywhere in Chicago (no suburbs) would be okay.
    I just want a salon that's not too expensive (-) for a relaxer with hairstylist that actually care about taking care of your hair. The people I go to now - Nefertiti's - are careless with the blowdryer and not that great with the relaxer.
    Thank you - I'm new to this :-)

    • ANSWER:
      uh...im not farmiliar with chicago so idk google it maybe.

  28. QUESTION:
    Best Shampoo for African American Relaxed Hair?
    My hair isn't that thick and doesn't get that nappy i get relaxers every 8 weeks and wash my hair every week then use wild growth hair oil 3 times a week.It just seems to eat up the moisturizer. What would be the best Shampoo and Conditioner for my hair i want it to be healthy. Also would brands like Tresemme that market to Caucasian people work for my hair also? I live in a small mostly white community were the selection for black hair care products is small and there usually out of my way

    • ANSWER:
      You'd be surprised that many products that do not market specifically to blacks can be used by any hair type. I haven't used products marketed towards blacks in years because they usually contain bad ingredients (IE: petroleum), so don't limit yourself to what you can use. I will usually try a product unless it mentions it's for a certain hair type (blonde, wavy, relaxed, natural, etc). There are many products you can try for your hair from the cheapies like Sauve and V05 (I have V05 moisture milks shampoo) to products like Paul Mitchell, which can only be found in a salon; I used to use Dove and Pantene when I was relaxed. I use natural and organic products, like Wen and Giovanni, olive oil, shea butter, etc for my hair. Wen is a natural hair care line, and Giovanni is a certified organic product line. I have no longer have relaxed hair, but many people with relaxed hair use them, too.

      BTW, blacks usually have a very dry hair type that needs more moisture than other hair types. Relaxers also dry out the hair, which is why many have to keep their scalp oiled/greased.

      http://www.longhaircareforum.com is where you can get product recommendations.

  29. QUESTION:
    URGENT (black) hair HELP....how to stop the damage (ITS BAD)?
    For about a year and a half I would wear sew in weaves (cornbraids under)...I would not relax my hair at all. This past summer I finally took out the weave and got my hair professionally relaxed at a salon...the lady who relaxed my hair said my hair was weak and that I would have to condition it regularly...so I began using "Pantene Pro V Relaxed and natural shampoo and conditioner" which I would use once a week and I would oil my hair with "Pink moisturizer" daily also.....I seemed to make my hair nice....but I think its making my hair really dry at the roots and "matted"...2 months after I had my hair relaxed..I went back to the salon for a retouch and the lady could barely comb through my roots! it was embarrassing and not to mention a big part of my hair fell out because the roots were so matted together....
    Its been about 4 weeks since I last had my hair relaxed..and it seems that my hair is breaking alot more and is fragile. I keep using the Pantene Pro V but I think this is causing my hair to be so tought and damaged because of the sulphur.... and I have read that sulphur may be bad for black hair

    SO MY QUESTION(S) ARE:

    what are the best (reasonably priced) black shampoos/conditioner/ hair oils around?
    How often should I condition and wash my hair? Everyday? Once a week?
    Is sulpher really bad for black hair?
    Am I combing my hair too hard(my mom says this is causing my hair to break...but i do it because the roots become so matted)
    what should I do to help the breakage stopp (I have a huge bald spot the size of my palm but Im luck because my hair is dark and thick so u cannot see my scalp)
    ****ANY OTHER (BLACK)HAIR CARE TIPS WOULD BE APPRECIATED

    • ANSWER:
      1. buy the cheapest hot oil treatment in a drugstore. they make your hair and scalp soft, shiny, and strong. I always use this when I am getting split ends or my hairs getting damaged. Always works. Also for that damaged hair, you can use Garnier 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, Dry or Damaged Hair. You can get this in any drugstore too.
      2. I have almost black hair and I have been using conditioner everyday and its made my hair greasy. never dry though. i think it just depends on what type of hair you have. Thick, thin, soft, etc. Just dont use it anymore. See if your hair gets better after that.
      3. I think you are combing your hair way to hard and its falling for two reasons: you either are very stressed, or your hair is really damaged. or both. what you should do is go to your hair stylist and ask him/her what to do to make the breakage stop, or ask a professional any other questions. You can also use a large, more gentle brush so you can brush without hair falling out. Remember, the smaller the bristles, the more hurtful it is to brush.

      tips:
      1.when you go out, you can buy this special sun block for hair. Its a spray you can spray it all over you hair so it can be protected and not become more damaged than it already is. you can buy this at any drugstore.
      2. when your hair is already becoming more healthy, get vitamins that help your hair grow, never artificial hair growth products, because they slow down hair healing.
      3. Don't use straighteners or anything that burns your hair, it damages hair.
      4. Also, where you get your haircut, you can ask your hairstylist to point out some good products. Where I live they have a bunch of hair products right where I cut my hair and they are professional which really help.

      and remember, your hair will eventually grow out dont worry. again, my best advice is to go to your hair stylist or a professional and ask all these questions. They will have answers, trust me. Remember, dont curl, blow dry, straighten, or anything that uses heat for hair.

      I wish you good luck, and hope your hair gets better! Dont make the same mistake again!

  30. QUESTION:
    Natural black hair care?
    Hi. I have been natural since November 2007 when I made the big chop. I currently have a TWA about 2 inches long. Anyway, I've been using Aphogee shampoo and conditioner and tea tree oil on my hair and scalp. My mother thinks I should be using Pantene Pro-V Relaxed and Natural. So my question, is Pantene good for natural black hair?
    I have 3b hair and I used Pantene when I was still getting relaxers. I just don't know if it would affect my hair differently without the relaxer.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi! I have natural hair as well, since Sept 2005. I would say to use what works best for your hair. I have done the whole thing were you switch because people think it will be the best for your hair, what happened for me was I spent money on products that didn't work for me. I would thank your mother for the advice, but if you the Aphogee is working for you then I would stick with it. Hope this helps :-) .

  31. QUESTION:
    How do I take care of my black hair?!?!?
    I have VERY thick hair. It was damaged but I had a one year treatment and now its fine. I do go to the hair dresser to get it relaxed, and when she does it, its really thin and easy to handle... as soon as i wash it it puffs back up, and when i use the hot iron it takes me all day to straigten my hair!!! Even then, its not thin- stilll puffy!!! I use an Organic shampoo and hair mayonnaise, recommended by the hair stylist. Today I tried to put gel in it when i wet it( my hair is knida curly when wet) but as soon as it dried it poofed!!!I cant go to school like this! i need ideas plzzz!

    I am almost 13 in Dec. and my hair is currently relaxed.

    P.S. Remember I have thick, thick, black, frizzy hair!
    I am African American so by black hair I mean afro hair not that my hair color is black.

    • ANSWER:
      OK baby girl I am a mid age women with thick thick hair and i found it best for me when i washed my relaxed hair i condition it and i do not wash out the condition and then i apply wrap setting lotion comb it to the back and let it set that way i sit under a hairdryer until it is dry then i blow dry my hair finish it off by applying hair grease though your hair and finish blow drying i also do my daughter hair in that manner she is ten with thick hair i know it sounds like alot but it will leave your hair straight and shiny with a lot of body. good luck i hope this helps.

  32. QUESTION:
    BLACK HAIR CARE Question?
    Do you perm/relax your own hair or get it done professionally... is it ok to give it a relaxer yourself when you can't see the hair in the back while your relaxing it??

    • ANSWER:
      I don't relax anymore, but when I used to, I always used to go to a professional; I made that commitment after letting a family member, who lied by telling me she knew what she was doing, put a relaxer in my hair. My hair went from shoulder-length to above my ears in a week's time (literally); it fell out every time I combed it and I everywhere I looked I saw strands of hair, including on my clothes, in the sink at school, on table tops... I had two bad relaxers that made my hair fall out, so be very careful about doing it yourself or you could be bald the next week.

      Another option is to see if there's a hair school in your area because they'll do it cheaper if money is a problem. They're not allowed to work with chemicals unless they are closer to graduation, and they are overseen by an instructor. You can also check youtube to see how other girls self-relax. Just be careful, though, because any fool can put a video on youtube giving you bad advice; yes, I've seen some horrible self-relaxing videos, and the girls wonder why their hair doesn't get longer.

      http://www.longhaircareforum.com has a few members that self-relax and you can get information about how they do it. You'll have to search the forum, because you have to pay to post. Keep in mind that if you can't see what you're doing then you might end up overlapping the relaxer and your hair will fall out, so make sure you have a lot of new growth so you can easily tell between the already-relaxed hair and the new growth.

  33. QUESTION:
    What is a good hair care regimen for my relaxed hair?
    My hair is relaxed and is between my neck and shoulders. I am Black British but my hair is the same as an African-American. (Its all african hair). My hair is very kinky and i get re-growth super quick. My hair is also quite thick compared to other Black peoples. My hair is starting to break not massive amounts but its breaking. I relax my hair every 7-8 weeks, even though it would have grown by then. I am currently using organic root stimulator hair products. i wash my hair every Sunday but it does get quite greasy. I would like my hair to grow to its full potential. I want it to grow! when I was four which was a little over a decade ago it was waist length. I would like to know which hair products are really good. They sell the same products in London. I would appreciate if somebody could help me with the following:
    How often i should be washing my hair, how often to deep condition, how to Style it so it looks longer, how often to trim and the best shampoo to use or hair products. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend stretching your relaxers for a couple more weeks to retain more length. You should also wash your hair every two weeks and i would deep condition with every wash. I personally like the aussie moist conditioner. Trim every 3 to 6 months to prevent split ends. Moisturize your hair with a moisturizer fantasia ic olive oil hair lotion is good and seal with a oil i like coconut oil because it absorbs in your scalp. You should also do protein treatments on your hair every month to strengthen it and prevent breakage Aphogee is a good one. If you must use heat on your hair make sure you put a heat protectant on first also. I like the aubrey organics honeysuckle rose moisturizing shampoo you can usually get it at like the whole foods store. i cant recommend a hair care line since different things work for different people you should try things to see whats best for you.

  34. QUESTION:
    Do you have advice on black hair care products?
    My boyfriend is black and has a 9-year-old daughter whose mother is white. The girl (I'll call her H) lives with her mother and is happy, well-behaved, and does well in school. We have her every other weekend and we all get along well. I have no problems with the situation...except H's mother seems to make little or no effort to use helpful products on H's hair. Her hair is always very dry, snarled and matted and H is getting to an age where she's aware of it. She likes for her father and I to play with it and try different things with it while she's with us. My question is: What is something we can use that would make it easier for H to take care of her hair and that would have a lasting effect? I don't want something that will relax it, be complex to use, or only last a few hours. I've looked at products in the store but I don't have any personal experience and they all promise miraculous things and perhaps world peace as well. I'd really like some guidance from someone who can tell me what to look for and what to stay away from. Thanks to anyone who read all the way through this and who has something constructive to offer!

    • ANSWER:
      Sindy gives a lot of advice. Unfortunately, many blacks don't know the products they for their hair are not good for their hair. I only learned this after going back to my naturally curly hair after 13 years with a relaxer. Don't use products that have petroleum in it, especially when it's near the top of the ingredients list. Lanoline and mineral oil are also bad ingredients. Petroleum is most often found in black hair care products.

      For her dry hair try this: Moisturize with a daily moisturizer (I use Nexus and Neutregena Tripple Moisture, and sometimes only water) and seal in that moisture with a natural oil like olive oil - the same kinds that are found in grocery stores. I use pure olive oil because my hair needs the heaviness of the oil. Just moisturize the hair like usual and rub the natural oil throughout the hair. This will keep her hair moisturized for a longer period of time - compared to hair without it. There are many different natural oils you can use ranging from jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, and coconut oil. Many can be found in a local grocery store or in a health foods store.

      I've also started using natural and organic hair care products because these usually contain better ingredients. Right now, my hair LOVES Giovanni Direct leave-in hair conditioner. You most likely will have to experiment with different hair care products, moisturizers, and oils before you find the best ones for her hair. Natural and organic hair care can be found health foods stores and also stores like Walgreens and Krogers.

      There are also products on the market that are specifically made for natural and curly hair. Miss Jessies, Mixed Chicks, and Carol's Daughter are just a few.

      http://www.motowngirl.com
      http://motowngirl.com/content/Natural-Hair-Tips/Staying-Natural.html

  35. QUESTION:
    (Black Girls) How can I get my Hair Like This?
    Hey guys! I am 13 years old and in the 7th grade, and I kind of want my hair naturally curly, but not the thick, kinky roots! I also am definatleu NOT CUTTING MY HAIR!!! haha thats a no no for me :) but I think the relaxers are getting a little old. I want my hair to have those tight curl that go to my shoulders, NOT an afro! And if I'm black (with a little Cherokee Native Amercian), do I have a chnce of my hair turning like this? I want it exactly how it is in these two pictures, sleek roots and everything! Is this a relaxer? By the way, I am currently using "Carol's Daughter" products on my hair, which are great for natural and relaxed hair. Thanks guys!!!

    Pics of How I want my hair: (The second pic moreso)

    http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1R2ACAW_enUS408&tbs=isch:1&q=black+natural+curly+hair&revid=527000405&sa=X&ei=BE8aTbr3AoO78gb6_vXUDQ&ved=0CDIQ1QIoAA&biw=1345&bih=555

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor.com/image-files/natural-black-hair-care-01.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor.com/natural-black-hair-care.html&usg=__0WHrFV97BdjPvrF_C8X3c6Ho_Yw=&h=336&w=266&sz=9&hl=en&start=0&sig2=BxEcKBaaTQvs8jcD3rOTUQ&zoom=1&tbnid=U10lIrOZWiKexM:&tbnh=129&tbnw=102&ei=g1AaTc66KcP58Aa7h-iwDg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dblack%2Bnatural%2Bcurly%2Bhair%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DX%26rlz%3D1R2ACAW_enUS408%26biw%3D1345%26bih%3D555%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=687&vpy=192&dur=780&hovh=252&hovw=200&tx=70&ty=243&oei=DU8aTYjHBcL78Aa7xJTVDQ&esq=12&page=1&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:24,s:0

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor.com/image-files/natural-black-hair-care-01.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor.com/natural-black-hair-care.html&usg=__0WHrFV97BdjPvrF_C8X3c6Ho_Yw=&h=336&w=266&sz=9&hl=en&start=0&sig2=BxEcKBaaTQvs8jcD3rOTUQ&zoom=1&tbnid=U10lIrOZWiKexM:&tbnh=129&tbnw=102&ei=g1AaTc66KcP58Aa7h-iwDg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dblack%2Bnatural%2Bcurly%2Bhair%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DX%26rlz%3D1R2ACAW_enUS408%26biw%3D1345%26bih%3D555%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=687&vpy=192&dur=780&hovh=252&hovw=200&tx=70&ty=243&oei=DU8aTYjHBcL78Aa7xJTVDQ&esq=12&page=1&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:24,s:0

    Pics of me:
    (By the way how long would my hair be if I did this thanks

    http://s957.photobucket.com/albums/ae52/katibugi14/

    • ANSWER:
      ok 1st off. you don't have to be mixed to get hair like that... EVERY black woman has hair like that but they get their hair relaxed and it starts getting all nappy.

      you have to stop getting relaxers and grow all that perm out your hair and then you will see hair texture like in those pictures in about 5 or 6 months.

      i know you don't want to cut your hair, so another way is to get a weave that looks like that. or you could grow your hair out ( and it will grow longer without relaxers) and when you see that your hair has grown out of being straight.. cut the Straight tips off and i swear to you your hair could be down to your BUTT in about two years.

      it's a long process but Natural hair is way better than relaxed hair. and think you could have the kinky hair and you could flat iron it Natural really long hair.

      um your photobucket account is private btw.

      here are some videos:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRuyshc7FSk

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLkXNB_wbVQ&feature=related

  36. QUESTION:
    African American Relaxed Hair Care?
    I'm getting my hair relaxed this weekend and I'm mixed (half-asian, half-black). I was wondering like after i get my treatment done like what do i need to do to keep my hair healthy with a flat iron and blowdryer? How can I cut off using the flat iron and just using a blow dryer? How long do I have to wait until my first wash? What products do I use? What do i do to my hair on the first wash? You know those types of things. It'd be a great help if you all could help me and answer these questions for me :) Please don't be rude :D

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    i need help with black hair care?
    Hi, my hair has been in weave and braids for the past year. I thought the most damage was in the front from keeping it the most exposed. however, I got it relaxed a couple days ago and the roots through about 3 inches of my hair are silky, smooth an healthy.

    However, the rest is curly, damaged, and unstyle-able. (picture 1) I have never had curly hair after a relaxer. One probably would not even be able to tell i recently went to the salon. How do i get my hair back to the way it was? (picture 2)

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b148/backyardigan/Snapshot_20100830_1.jpg

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b148/backyardigan/meandtrumps.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      Thats how my hair was! you probably flat iron your hair? if so make sure you use something that protects your hair from heat

      i recovered my hair its allot healthy now when i wash it its so naturally curly
      but the hair products i use is OLIVE OIL
      you may seen their commericial?! but those hair products help recovered my hair my best advice is buy the olive oil hair lotion http://images.buzzillions.com/images_products/03/28/organic-root-stimulator-olive-oil-moisturizing-hair-lotion-8-5oz_1850397_raw.jpg and moisturize your damage parts

      DO THIS AT NIGHT IF YOU TAKE MY ADVICE just giving info on how i recovered mines
      part your hair in 4 sections like you would for a perm
      for each section take about 2 quarter sized squirts of the hair lotion in the palm of your hand rub your hands together and rub it on the ends of the damaged hair and wrap your hair with SILK SCARFS cotton and etc scarfs are not good for the hair (it will take some time to repair your hair)

      or instead of the olive oil the PINK moisturizer works to but its more thick and weighs the hair down

      also cut you ends about every three months

  38. QUESTION:
    How to take care of my black, dry, flat yet puffy hair.?
    i know i wrote this earlier today but i wanted to see if i could some other answers.
    so i am biracial (if it helps mom is white/brazilian and my dad is black) and i have black dry, frizzy hair. that has been relax but its still puffy when straighten
    over the past few years i probably have gotten my hair relax about 5 times (i dont do it any more though). now my once curly hair is straight (which is fine by me)

    anyways so after i wash my hair (i do that once a week) in like 10 minutes it is dry and puffs out. so i just straighten it with a flat iron. it is straight but is is still puffy. its not flat. i mean i dont want it too flat but i want it not puffy. if u know what i mean. so i just put it in a pony tail.

    i used a product call cantu and i use the leave in conditioner (that has shea butter) and shampoo. i want something else though. what do u used and how do u take care of ur hair on a day to day basis.

    see i want a product that will make my hair not dry and most importantly not greasy. i hate when i use my leave in conditioner (or any product that i have used in the past) and then run my hand in my hair and my fingers are greasy. is there a product that i could use that doesnt do that.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      http://keepitsimplesista.blogspot.com/search/label/Moisturizing

      check out this site and there are sites all about taking care of bi-racial hair.

      You could use aloe vera juice and rosewater mixed, it works really well, also you could add a bit (like a tablespoon or two) of glycerin to a cup of water and spray it on your hair.

  39. QUESTION:
    Relaxed hair care?
    I want product recommendations! No, I need them *lol*. What's the best relaxer, oil, shampoo, and conditioner? I'm black. And I'm young. My hair is short and dark. Like my avatar's! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a hairdresser and I would have to recommend Motions it is at local beauty supply houses like Sally's. It comes in steps like relaxer, shampoo, conditioner and treatments to keep your hair looking it's best.

  40. QUESTION:
    How to take care of relaxed hair?
    I got my hair relaxed on Thursday and am really happy with the results. However, she did not cut off all the damaged parts, and they are a dark brown, while the rest is black. I bought a bottle of Herbal Essance(it's red and has a pump) and it is supposedly for helping with split ends/damaged ends, etc.

    So how can I take care of my relaxed hair? I also know this girl at school who has had hers straightened for years, and it's this awful shade of brown...like rust coloured, and it lookes really damaged.

    How can I stop my hair from going brown?

    • ANSWER:
      You can't 'heal' split ends. Your hair is already just dead skin cells.You have to get them cut.
      Also relaxer is just going to wreck your hair and suck out all they 'life' in it. You can just on conditioning your hair and I mean ALOT.
      Pay alot of attention to your ends and scalp too.
      It would be good if you just didnt get them though. They wreck up your hair.

  41. QUESTION:
    black hair help and tips!!1?
    ok well last year i had alot of hair when i relaxed it it was full it was everything i got complemnts it was up to my sholders lyk touching it. it lasted like that for a good 4 weeks until it started truning back to how it was pooffy ends everything i didint know what to do til i found out the flat iron and i flat ironed it every week ( didint know about hair protectents then) till i found out my hair was falling out but i dint care. wellll i braided my hair and kept from late june lyk june 30 til agust 9. my mom was lyk oh you got new growth you need a relaxer so i got a relaxer and my hair was teriable i was lyk wat happend 2 my old hair . it was thin short not full my ends when puffy. so i got some black hair questions if you dont mind answwering.

    1. ok how do you cut you hair cause my ends are puffy and idk i see all there youtube videos and there ends are nice and trim and straight so how do i get it lyk that.

    2. what relaxer do you used i know they are bad and all but just tell me for info

    3. how to tell damaged hair and split ends

    4. how to get your hair full

    5. is wraping your hair good and wats the benifits cause i just go to bed with my hair lyk that

    6. whento retouch lyk what is that i just did a full relaxer kit and on the box it said retouch every 6-8 weeks lyk wat is that do you think i should do it.

    and finally what is your black hair care regimen am thinking of cutting all the puffy ends to the straight ends and starting there i want my hair long and flowing and do you go to a hair salon i used 2 go but am kinda scared now since my hair is messed up am afraid they are gona mess it up more.
    please help i i posed some pictures what my hair kinda looks now and how i want it to look after my hair jorney and srry for my spelling i was in a rush

    my hair now
    http://blog.treasuredlocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/straightening-hair.jpg
    straight hair i want kinda

    http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/8628731/2/istockphoto_8628731-long-straight-black-hair.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      1. just go to your hairdresser and tell them to trim the dead ends.. they'll be able to tell what they need to cut off
      2. i use the elasta qp relaxer for sensitive scalp
      3. the way i tell split ends is i hold a piece of my hair up to the light and you'll be able to tell if your ends look unhealthy compared to the rest of your hair, and damaged hair is usually rough and stringy and stuff
      4. don't use too much heat, use a wide tooth comb, and handle your hair gently (just try to prevent breakage)
      5. wrapping your hair is good because your hair will be straight the next morning so you won't be using flat irons everyday, and if you use a satin scarf or bonnet your hair won't break and dry out from cotton pillows (if you use cotton pillows)
      6. every 8 weeks is a good time, i stretch to about 12 weeks its best to stretch as long as you can to avoid over processing

      i use elasta qp products and my regimen is:
      i wash (shampoo and condition) every week (following with a deep conditioning treatment for 30 minutes with shower cap under heat)
      i do a hot oil/ honey treatment (heat up olive oil and honey, put in hair, let it sit for 30 minutes with a shower cap) once a week before i shampoo
      co-wash (conditioner only) twice a week (following with a conditioning treatment for 10 minutes)
      moisturise and seal (with moisture-sealing leave in) everyday
      oil my scalp -not grease- with olive oil every 2-3 days
      always air dry never blow dry (trying to limit heat as much as i can)
      comb everyday with wide tooth comb (to avoid knots and breakage)
      use ceramic flat iron (ghd) once a week
      do no heat styles after co-washes (like braiding and scrunching to get a curly style)
      wear satin cap when i sleep
      do a protein treatment whenever my hair is feeling weak (apply one egg white into hair, let it sit for 30 minutes with shower cap and NO HEAT)

      i relax every 12 weeks and get a trim every 6 weeks

      i know it looks complicated but once you've gotten the hang of it its not :)

  42. QUESTION:
    I'm mixed (black and white) I get my hair relaxed every 6 weeks and I'm thinking of going natural?
    I'm only 15 and I've been getting my hair relaxed every since I was really young. Should I go natural? If I do will my hair be curly? Would it be hard to take care of? How do I take care of it? Should I get it braided?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you should go natural. I am mixed and every so often I go natural and it makes my hair healthier. It will be curly but it looks cute on most people! It might be hard to take care of it for the first few weeks but you should get use to it. And getting it braided hurts.

      Tips: Was it every other week but condition it every other day.
      Don't but your hair up in a pony tail when it is wet, it will cause you to get a fungus.
      Use Paul mitchell foaming pommade and it's a 10, they both work really well!

  43. QUESTION:
    Doesn't the movie "Good Hair" reinforce stereotypes about black women?
    I saw the movie Good Hair a few days ago and I didn't find anything informative or funny (except for the hair show part, I chuckled twice maybe). I'm wasn't really a Chris Rock fan to begin with and I'm not now. These are my reasons why I think the film reinforced stereotypes and was a waste of time:

    -Most of the black people shown & interviewed where of the ghetto variety. Rock basically went into the hood for point of reference and opinions from dumb ghetto people from the south. He could have interviewed a variety of black women from all over the country & abroad but only chose them.

    -Rock made it seem like EVERY black woman on the planet wears either a weave or wig which is NOT true. Many DO relax hair though.

    -Rock told the "scientist" that black women straighten their hair to look white. That is not true for every woman who relaxes her hair... how dare he! Relax= manageability for most.

    -There was no discussion of natural hairstyles, history of black hair care, etc.

    So those are my main points. This film was mostly buffoonery & coonery... coming from a black man, how sad. I also shudder when I read some of these boards and people from other races say that they found the film "informative", "eye opening"... scary because they now think this is how the majority of black women are.

    • ANSWER:
      Wait....what?!?!? I wanted to see it, but if it's anything like you say, I think I'll pass. I thought it would give a history of black haircare and interview all types of black people from all types of socieoeconomic and educational backgrounds....but I guess not.

      On the other hand, anything that has more than two black people in it, people always say it's informative and eye-opening, because it's not like they know much about African-American culture anyway. They get their information about us from Lil' Wayne and Beyonce.

  44. QUESTION:
    do i have to oil my hair daily if i use wen hair care?
    im about to try wen hair care and i was wondering do i still have to oil my hair everyday and if so what wen product should i use i have thick black hair and im relaxed

    • ANSWER:
      you shouldn't have to

  45. QUESTION:
    how to take care of my black, dry, flat yet puffy hair.?
    so i am biracial and i have black dry, frizzy hair.
    over the past few years i probably have gotten my hair relax about 5 times. now my once curly hair is straight (which is fine by me)

    anyways so after i wash my hair (i do that once a week) in like 10 minutes it is dry and puffs out. so i just straighten it with a flat iron. it is straight but is is still puffy. its not flat. i mean i dont want it too flat but i want it not puffy. if u know what i mean. so i just put it in a pony tail.

    i used a product call cantu and i use the leave in conditioner (that has shea butter) and shampoo. i want something else though. what do u used and how do u take care of ur hair on a day to day basis.

    see i want a product that will make my hair no dry and most importantly not greasy. i hate when i use my leave in conditioner (or any product that i have used in the past) and then run my hand in my hair and my fingers are greasy. is there a product that i could use that doesnt do that.
    also i was reading on some other posts of a product called mixed chicks. should i use that. it seems though it is for people with curly hair and mine is straight.
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Mixed chics is for those with naturally curly hair, not relaxed. Its supposed to define the natural curls and keep the poofy-ness and frizz in check. You wouldn't have any use for this product.

      Switch to light-weigth products if you don't want the greasy feel. Products for relaxed hair are filled with ingredients that are not good for the hair and those same ingredients can give that greasy feel. Petroleum, lanolin, and mineral oil are examples. Petroleum is used in hair grease and that causes the greasy feel. Try to avoid products with those ingredients, especially when they're at the top of the ingredients list. Try to avoid petroleum altogether. I have only seen petroleum in ethinic hair care products.

      You might be better of switching to products that are for every hair type because they usually don't contain petroleum and lanolin, although some will contain mineral oil. You can also look into organic and natural hair care products, and these products will contain no harsh ingredients (if it's a 100% certified organic *product*). Giovanni hair care has mostly organic ingredients and they have a light-weight leave-in conditioner that I use in my hair almost every day. I also use Nexxus and Neutregena products. I sometimes use Dove, and it has a light-weight forumla.

      I'm natural now, and there is no way that I use ethnic hair care products because they are laced with bad ingredients. Most of these products are created by big corporate conglomerates that know nothing about proper ethnic hair care.

      http://www.organicconsumer.com - has a list of companies that sell 100% certified organic hair care products. You'll have to do a keyword search for "hair".

  46. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Care Regimen?
    My goal for the summer is to make my hair more healthy. My hair is dry and has a lot of breakage due to me relaxing, straightening (with a heat protectant) and living in a DRY climate.
    I'm not really sure on what products to buy or how often to use them so thats where I need help! I know what I need but just need help picking our the certain product. If you have any reccomendations that made your hair moisturizer soft and gave your hair movement please answer this question!

    I Need:
    Shampoo
    Conditioner (NEEDS TO BE VERY MOISTURIZING!) :
    Water based Moisturizer/leave-in:
    Oil : I want to try out coconut oil and castor oil. Any thoughts?
    Silicone based Heat Protector:

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Which products are best to used on relaxed/permed hair?
    i'm getting my hair (currently short and kinky , black girl hair ;) ) relaxed and i want to be able to take care of it. what kind of products should i use w/ what ingredients? (shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner, etc)

    right now i think that mixed chick's leave in deep conditioner might be best, but are there any other better options for leave in deep-conditioners?

    • ANSWER:
      I highly, highly recommend Carol's Daughter products for relaxed hair.
      All of their products are all natural and that's the best possible thing for permed hair.
      Just use their stuff like you would normal shampoos. It'll work. Trust me.

      It's a little on the pricey side, but there is a HUGE difference between drugstore and specialty store hair care products. (Sorry for stating the obvious...)
      There are Carol's Daughter shops all over the USA but if you live anywhere else, then you'll have to resort to online shopping.

  48. QUESTION:
    What would a texturizer do to relaxed hair ?
    I want to have curly type hair like this ...
    http://talk.blackhairmedia.com/uploads/avatars/20081115_183014_hair.jpg

    http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor.com/image-files/natural-black-hair-care.jpg
    But I try putting in small curls but it doesn't come out the same. I want natural looking curls but I don't want to grow out my relaxer because i think it it would take too long. My hair is at my shoulder . Any Ideas on what I should do ? Also if i did choose to grow out my relaxer how long does it actually take ?

    • ANSWER:
      a texturizer does nothing to relaxed hair except damage it even more. i know that transitioning takes a long time but its worth it at the end. you will have you own type of curl that you will love if your hair isnt the same texture as those pictures. my hair curls like the first picture but at the beginning i wished i had curlier hair, like the kind that stands up when it curls. but now, im in love with what curls i was born with. your hair is only at your shoulder so its not that long to begin with. im sure you wouldnt be too tramatized having shorter hair for a while as your natural hair grows. im sure you will be surprised how fast it seems to grow though. growing out your relaxer is all on you. you could only transition for a couple of months and rock a tiny afro or wait half a year so you can have some length. i wouldnt wait longer than eight months because then you may have breakage at the point where your relaxed and natural hair meets, leading to split ends and your natural hair being damaged. you can email me with more quesitons if you like.

  49. QUESTION:
    Black girls with long or healthy relaxed hair..please help !?
    Im suffering from short , lifeless hair.I get my hair relaxed about every 2 months.I usually have my sister wash my hair for me at home and rarely go to the salon.How should I care for my relaxed hair ? It's been getting relaxed for about 10 years now.How did you achieve healthy or long hair?At what age did you get your hair relaxed for the 1st time? Please help!! HOw long will I have to wait to get my hair l ong and healthy? Is it possible if your not from a family of long hair?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible, Jen!
      My hair wants to be super dry which means, brittle, breaking, not growing long. I've tricked it into growing long and healthy. You'll see what I mean!
      I stopped relaxing my hair because I was tired of seeing breakage and so much shedding. I've done this twice over the last 2 years. I "texturized" my hair recently and I relaxed it back in 2005.
      When my hair ISN'T relaxed, it takes longer (and it is harder) to make it look great unless I'm wearing a fro, weave or braids.
      BUT it grows so healthily and long and thick when there is no chemical in it.
      THE BEST THING I've done for my hair besides taking a break is taking Mikal Clay hair vitamins. http://www.mikalclay.com
      When I don't take them, I see the difference in my hair and nails. They were my prenatal vitamins, too. My baby has a head full of thick, shiny curls. (I can send pictures of us both if you like.)
      Be gentle to your hair. Be consistent with conditioning. Use Nexus products (Therappe and Humectress) as well as Carol's Daughter's products. They have made me LOVE my hair.
      Drink a LOT of water (1 gallon per day) and eat fruits and veggies. Detangle gently. Keep your hair and scalp well moisturized. I like Optimum Care moisturizer with avocado, jojoba oils, etc. Its affordable and smells nice. (Yellow bottle or jar).
      My sisters have long hair but only because they take great care of it. The 1st time I got a relaxer, I was 14. I hate the salon, too! Again, the best thing is the hair vitamins. My hair is down my back for the 1st time since I was 4 without a weave.
      Peace
      shape510@yahoo.com

  50. QUESTION:
    Can Black women that relax their hair grow it long or not because they are black?
    Why do i always see black women (term loosely) and there hair is all string looking. How can we encourage black women to take better care of their hair and stop the nonsense with all the relaxing

    • ANSWER:
      Can Black women that relax their hair grow it long or not because they are black?
      Yes they can many black women prefer shorter hair because there hair is thicker than white women hair if a black woman were to have hair down to her feet it would be harder to handle it would be heavy and WAY harder to work with.

      FACT:
      If the average black woman did not relax or put chemicals and washed her hair the same as a white woman her hair her length would be that of and native american woman.


Black Hair Care Regimen

Healthy hair is important for looking your best. Dry and brittle, or flat and dull--no one wants those to be the description of their locks.

Particularly as we age, our hair needs to be babied. In the midst of a busy life as a wife, mom, and writer--I don't have the time or the money to spend on expensive hair care regimes. I like simple and effective means to keep my brunette tresses looking "effortlessly" their best.

Hence, I want to share with you my SECRET recipe for great, naturally-cleaned, deep moisturized hair using, totally green, natural cleaning products, that get the job done beautifully and well within my budget.

Best Hair Care Treatment:

For Shampoo:
I wash my hair in African Black Soap imported from Togo. I get the soap ball wet and lather it in my hands, wash my hair, and then rinse with water. African Black Soap has such a gentle, natural, nutty aroma and it is a rich, natural moisturizer.
For the first rinse, I rinse my hair in a fresh Yucca solution, leave it on briefly, and then rinse off with water. This is a strengthening rinse and will make your hair have a natural, youthful sheen.

(This is a Native American Recipe from the Navajo Tribe)

Yucca Rinse Recipe:
Purchase fresh yucca root at the grocery store, usually very cheap, located near pineapples.
Cut off a 3 inch slice. Remove the brown skin coating.
Crush up the skinned yucca root to a grainy pulp.
Put into a small muslin/cotton drawstring bag or a clean knee-high and tie in a knot.
Add the yucca bag to 1 cup of water in a 2 cup container.
Swish around briefly and let sit 10-15 mins.
The yucca solution will turn cloudy and opaque.
Add 1 cup hot water to the yucca solution to give it some warmth, then rinse your hair with it.
Slowly dump the yucca solution on your head and work into your hair.
Leave on briefly, 2-3 mins., and rinse off with water.
Hang the yucca bag up to dry out thoroughly.
You can reuse the same yucca 3-4 times, if completely dried between uses so that it doesn't spoil.

For a second and final rinse, I use diluted white vinegar:

White Vinegar Cleansing/Conditioning Rinse:
Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 1 cup hot water.
Rinse your hair with it and work into hair with your fingers. Avoid getting it in your eyes.

This rinse will clean your hair from any pollution, toxins, and soapy residue from previous detergent-shampoos. The diluted vinegar also is a great softener for hair.

Leave on briefly 1-2 mins. then rinse with water.

If your hair tends to be dry, after towel drying your hair you can add straight olive oil to the ends of your hair and style as usual.

This hair care system has saved me tons of money and helps my hair look THE best that it ever has! Try it--It is a Natural Cleaning Star!!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Care Regimen?
    My goal for the summer is to make my hair more healthy. My hair is dry and has a lot of breakage due to me relaxing, straightening (with a heat protectant) and living in a DRY climate.
    I'm not really sure on what products to buy or how often to use them so thats where I need help! I know what I need but just need help picking our the certain product. If you have any reccomendations that made your hair moisturizer soft and gave your hair movement please answer this question!

    I Need:
    Shampoo
    Conditioner (NEEDS TO BE VERY MOISTURIZING!) :
    Water based Moisturizer/leave-in:
    Oil : I want to try out coconut oil and castor oil. Any thoughts?
    Silicone based Heat Protector:

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    black hair help and tips!!1?
    ok well last year i had alot of hair when i relaxed it it was full it was everything i got complemnts it was up to my sholders lyk touching it. it lasted like that for a good 4 weeks until it started truning back to how it was pooffy ends everything i didint know what to do til i found out the flat iron and i flat ironed it every week ( didint know about hair protectents then) till i found out my hair was falling out but i dint care. wellll i braided my hair and kept from late june lyk june 30 til agust 9. my mom was lyk oh you got new growth you need a relaxer so i got a relaxer and my hair was teriable i was lyk wat happend 2 my old hair . it was thin short not full my ends when puffy. so i got some black hair questions if you dont mind answwering.

    1. ok how do you cut you hair cause my ends are puffy and idk i see all there youtube videos and there ends are nice and trim and straight so how do i get it lyk that.

    2. what relaxer do you used i know they are bad and all but just tell me for info

    3. how to tell damaged hair and split ends

    4. how to get your hair full

    5. is wraping your hair good and wats the benifits cause i just go to bed with my hair lyk that

    6. whento retouch lyk what is that i just did a full relaxer kit and on the box it said retouch every 6-8 weeks lyk wat is that do you think i should do it.

    and finally what is your black hair care regimen am thinking of cutting all the puffy ends to the straight ends and starting there i want my hair long and flowing and do you go to a hair salon i used 2 go but am kinda scared now since my hair is messed up am afraid they are gona mess it up more.
    please help i i posed some pictures what my hair kinda looks now and how i want it to look after my hair jorney and srry for my spelling i was in a rush

    my hair now
    http://blog.treasuredlocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/straightening-hair.jpg
    straight hair i want kinda

    http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/8628731/2/istockphoto_8628731-long-straight-black-hair.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      1. just go to your hairdresser and tell them to trim the dead ends.. they'll be able to tell what they need to cut off
      2. i use the elasta qp relaxer for sensitive scalp
      3. the way i tell split ends is i hold a piece of my hair up to the light and you'll be able to tell if your ends look unhealthy compared to the rest of your hair, and damaged hair is usually rough and stringy and stuff
      4. don't use too much heat, use a wide tooth comb, and handle your hair gently (just try to prevent breakage)
      5. wrapping your hair is good because your hair will be straight the next morning so you won't be using flat irons everyday, and if you use a satin scarf or bonnet your hair won't break and dry out from cotton pillows (if you use cotton pillows)
      6. every 8 weeks is a good time, i stretch to about 12 weeks its best to stretch as long as you can to avoid over processing

      i use elasta qp products and my regimen is:
      i wash (shampoo and condition) every week (following with a deep conditioning treatment for 30 minutes with shower cap under heat)
      i do a hot oil/ honey treatment (heat up olive oil and honey, put in hair, let it sit for 30 minutes with a shower cap) once a week before i shampoo
      co-wash (conditioner only) twice a week (following with a conditioning treatment for 10 minutes)
      moisturise and seal (with moisture-sealing leave in) everyday
      oil my scalp -not grease- with olive oil every 2-3 days
      always air dry never blow dry (trying to limit heat as much as i can)
      comb everyday with wide tooth comb (to avoid knots and breakage)
      use ceramic flat iron (ghd) once a week
      do no heat styles after co-washes (like braiding and scrunching to get a curly style)
      wear satin cap when i sleep
      do a protein treatment whenever my hair is feeling weak (apply one egg white into hair, let it sit for 30 minutes with shower cap and NO HEAT)

      i relax every 12 weeks and get a trim every 6 weeks

      i know it looks complicated but once you've gotten the hang of it its not :)

  3. QUESTION:
    What products do you recommend for African-American (black) hair ?
    If you get the chance, please list all ?
    I need hair products for my hair care regimen.
    Shampoos & Conditioners
    Moisturizers (NO petrolatum or mineral oil)
    Detanglers
    Oils

    Products that I can easily find at drugstores or a Beauty Supply store ?

    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      I use Wen and Carol's Daughter's products. THe cheap drugstore crap is just that - cheap crap. I once thought the drugstore brands were great, especially the cheap junk like V05 until I started buying salon brands and then I realized, from better results, that salon brands truly are superior to that cheap crap.

      Oils I use coconut and sometimes olive oil. Make sure they're the real thing and not some product that has them included as an ingredient. The only ingredient should be the oil.

      If you want to go cheap then I recommend Nexxus products. I use their protein treatment (Nexxus Emergency) and that's perfect for my hair. I've also used their conditioner. I've used bioInfusion's natural shampoo and conditioner, which is okay, but not as good as the salon brands and definitely not as good as carol's daughter shampoo or the Wen Cleansing Conditioner.

      Moisturizers I use carol's daughter, shea butter, or wen.

      Detanglers I use a carol's daughter product.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do non-black curly-haired people care for their hair? Can you share your regimen?
    Just wondering. After years of struggling with my hair I am learning a lot about the extra care that afro hair needs - but apparently non-black curly hair also needs a special kind of care (not as much as afro though!)

    Can you share your regimen? Is your hair prone to dryness? DO you co-wash? Do you use a wide tooth comb or a normal hairbrush? WHich products do you use? Do you find natural products more gentle on the hair or it doesn't bother you (i prefer natural for my afro hair).

    Thanks
    Hi Maria, thanks for responding. WHat i mean is, how do you care for your hair? How often do you wash it, condition it, detangle it, style it. ANd what products do you use?

    • ANSWER:
      deep condition once a week
      shampoo only once a week
      use john frieda serum
      condition everyday
      use aubrey organics or giovanni shampoo and conditioner, they dont dry out ur hair
      dont blow dry or straighten
      healthy diet
      lot of water
      etc

  5. QUESTION:
    Black HAir care help?
    This Is what i want my Hair Regimen to be:
    Every saturday i wash my hair with Aphogee products i use Olive oil wrapping lotion on it when it is wet after i wash it after i let it air dry and i flat iron it or when it is wet i roller set. then wrap it at night

    would this be a good thing to do to my hair (no my hair is not relaxed and im not planning on relaxing my hair) would this give my hair body and other products i was plan on using was doo gro and dr. Miracle to grow my hair would this give my hair body and make it grow Please tell me any other products that you think will work

    • ANSWER:
      yes it sounds perfect your doing everything right
      dont change a thing

  6. QUESTION:
    Which products do curly-haired people use to care for their hair? Can you share your regimen?
    WHich products do you use?

    Can you share your regimen? Is your hair prone to dryness? DO you co-wash? Do you find natural /organic products more gentle on the hair or it doesn't bother you (i prefer natural for my afro hair).

    Just wondering. After years of struggling with my hair I am learning a lot about the extra care that afro hair needs - but apparently non-black curly hair also needs a special kind of care (not as much as afro though!)

    • ANSWER:
      I'm british white, with red hair, and it's veeerrry curly!

      I don't use any really expensive products, actually. I DO have to care for it more than all of my straight haired friends, though. My hair care pretty much follows these lines...

      I NEVER brush it when its dry unless I'm about to wash it. Ever. I brush it thoroughly before I wash it, then I use Pantene Perfect curls shampoo, and wash it off. I use Perfect Curls conditioner, and leave it on for about 10 mins to soak in, then wash it off. (I use quite a lot of conditioner because my hair IS prone to dryness, because I have to wash it often). Then I use a wide tooth afro comb, so that my hair stays in locks as it dries. If I use a normal brush/comb, my hair separates and goes super frizzy. I then use a diffuser to dry it -

      I tip my head upside down and scrunch my hair, at th same time drying it on medium speed, medium heat with the diffuser. I don't dry it properly, because it goes fluffy. I dry it until its damp. Then, as it air dries afterwards, I have to keep ruffling, otherwise it sticks to my head and looks greasy and flat.

      Overnight, I tie it in a knot on the top of my head to stop it from getting matted (because then I have to brush and wash it again). In the morning, if it's a little frizzy, I spray it with water to control it a little, and then shake my hair/head. Done!

      I never used to be able to control it up until I was about 12. Then I started to learn what I needed to do. I used to wash it every day, but now I don't. And I only brush it about twice a week!!! You'd probably understand that though. People used to think it was trampy, but they kinda get it now. Lmao :D

  7. QUESTION:
    What is a good hair care regimen for my relaxed hair?
    My hair is relaxed and is between my neck and shoulders. I am Black British but my hair is the same as an African-American. (Its all african hair). My hair is very kinky and i get re-growth super quick. My hair is also quite thick compared to other Black peoples. My hair is starting to break not massive amounts but its breaking. I relax my hair every 7-8 weeks, even though it would have grown by then. I am currently using organic root stimulator hair products. i wash my hair every Sunday but it does get quite greasy. I would like my hair to grow to its full potential. I want it to grow! when I was four which was a little over a decade ago it was waist length. I would like to know which hair products are really good. They sell the same products in London. I would appreciate if somebody could help me with the following:
    How often i should be washing my hair, how often to deep condition, how to Style it so it looks longer, how often to trim and the best shampoo to use or hair products. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend stretching your relaxers for a couple more weeks to retain more length. You should also wash your hair every two weeks and i would deep condition with every wash. I personally like the aussie moist conditioner. Trim every 3 to 6 months to prevent split ends. Moisturize your hair with a moisturizer fantasia ic olive oil hair lotion is good and seal with a oil i like coconut oil because it absorbs in your scalp. You should also do protein treatments on your hair every month to strengthen it and prevent breakage Aphogee is a good one. If you must use heat on your hair make sure you put a heat protectant on first also. I like the aubrey organics honeysuckle rose moisturizing shampoo you can usually get it at like the whole foods store. i cant recommend a hair care line since different things work for different people you should try things to see whats best for you.

  8. QUESTION:
    Best hair care products for African American hair?
    Well this last year or so I have really stopped taking care of my hair.

    As I get older (Just turned 19) I realize more the importance of taking care of my hair. Recently I have been asking around for some advice on the best of the best hair care products for Kinky (Nappy) Black hair.
    I haven't had a good relaxer on my hair in a while, mainly because I am trying to find the best relaxer also.

    This Saturday I plan on putting a relaxer on my head and starting my new hair care regimen.

    So some of the products that I have been recommended are:

    Optimum Anti- Breakage Relaxer (Super ... Due to the thickness of my hair)

    WEN Haircare

    Carol's Daughter

    LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU ALL THINK OF THOSE PRODUCTS AND IF YOU ALSO HAVE SUGGESTIONS PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

    • ANSWER:
      goldmedalhair.com has some really great hair products designed for black hair.

      one of my coworkers hair was falling out and i recommended the power gro hot oil treatment. her hair stopped falling out and it started growing. she was very happy with the results.

      they sell relaxer too. but she didn't try those so i don't know how well they work.

  9. QUESTION:
    NATURAL HAIR Regimen?!?!? Natural sisters please answer!! Sorry it's a tad bit long!?
    Hello hello!!

    I'm newly natural. Transitioned for only 3 months. 2 months on the 19th of February!! About 1 1/4 inches long.YAY!

    Okay I've been stalking youtube trying to find a hair care regimen that is very easy with only a few (CHEAP lol) products. I couldn't find one that I truly liked so this is what I came up with using black soap, suave natural and professional conditioner, leave in conditioner, coconut oil and castor oil.:

    Every 3 weeks I'll wash my hair with organic black soap then deep condition with a mixture of castor oil and suave professionals almond and shea butter conditioner for about 3 hours.

    In between the wash/ deep condition I'll co- wash my hair with suave naturals coconut conditioner then put some coconut oil to seal in the moisture weekly.

    Everyday i'll alternate between the two: One day I'll moisturize my hair with water since the day before i co- washed or deep conditioned my hair. I'll seal it in with castor oil. Or I'll put in some Giovanni leave in conditioner and seal it in with coconut oil.

    Oh and when my hair gets to a decent length I'll use eco styler gel or hollywood beauty olive oil hairdress for hairstyles like wet and go's, twists, braids, twist outs, braid outs, flat twists, puff, bantu knot out, etc.

    Is this a good idea?? I stayed away from SLS, mineral oil, and petroleum. It's about 8 products in total. Most are natural products and if not I checked the ingredients to make sure they were okay.

    Also, I was going to alternate between extensions (braids) and my natural hair to grow it out. March, May, July, and September I'll wear my natural hair. April, June, and August I'll have extensions in. By September 19th I'll be 9 months natural. How should I take care of my natural hair while its still in the extensions? I still want the weave to look nice since I'll be keeping it in for a month. If this works out how long and healthy do you think my hair will be when school starts again in early September?? I'll be a Junior! I want hair hair to be long enough to be in a cute afros, to do twists etc.

    Questions in a nut shell-
    1.Is this a good hair regimen??
    2.How should I take care of my natural hair while its still in the extensions?
    3.If this works out how long and healthy do you think my hair will be when school starts again in early September??

    Tips/suggestions will highly be put into play! I'm only trying to use products I can find in stores and that is cheap.

    Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      By this I am taking that you are an African American women. Well, I am an African American young teen and my hair is half way to my butt(lol). IF you are wondering yes I am full black both of my parents are full black. One thing I do all the time is just brush and massage my roots with a paddle brush NOT BRISTLE. Anyway, do this every day night and pretty much whenever you get a chance and you will see a major growth in your hair because it is opening up your roots allowing your hair to sprout. Additionally, if you ever see a split end pull it out from the root and three more heallthy hairs will sprout. Also, try to stay away from greases and gels and sprays for it clogs your roots to where your hair will not grow oh and avoid perms and relaxers as well. All my life I have never had one perm or relaxer. Good luck, hope your hair grows!!!!

  10. QUESTION:
    Body-Enhancing Hair Care Products?
    I was just wondering if anyone could suggest a few hair care products that 1) works well with black ("African American") hair, and 2) will add extra body and shine. I am also wondering if any of you could share your night/day time hair care regimen with me.

    Any answers you could provide will be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      I know that Kerastase make a really good volume line, i cant remember the exact name but it comes in a green bottle + my friends with afro hair all use it and it looks beautiful

  11. QUESTION:
    Vegan hair care for African American hair?
    Does anyone know of any good vegan hair care products for my natural (no chemicals) black hair that will make it healthy? I stopped relaxing about three years ago. I keep my hair braided or in double strand twists for the most part, and I keep away from heat. But I still have lots of breakage, knots, and split ends, and my hair always feels..."crunchy" is my term but it's really thirsty hair. Plus if there are any natural women out there can you tell me about your regimen?

    • ANSWER:
      You can boil flax seeds...in water...just take a cupful of them...boil them in like...two or three cups of water..and it will make a gel..then you strain the flax seeds out of the mixture.

      You can bottle the gel and use it on your hair. =o)
      All natural AND vegan!! =o)

      I hope this works for you!! Make sure to get the ends of your hair cut every few months to avoid split ends/or at least to get rid of them. Good luck!!

  12. QUESTION:
    Is this a good hair regimen for transitioning from relaxed to natural?
    I am 14 years old and I got my first relaxer three weeks ago. I really don't like it and miss my thick curly hair. I really regret getting it but I'm kinda glad I decided to stop getting relaxers before any damage could take place. My hair is actually in pretty good condition considering it's relaxed. It's a little bit past shoulder length, shiny, moist, soft and doesn't break, but I prefer my natural hair. So I have always had long hair which is why I don't want to do the Big Chop. So I figured I would do this regimen and every inch or two that my natural hair grows I cut and inch or a half inch off my relaxed ends. Heres the regimen:
    ~Wash my hair once a week with Joico K-Pak Conditioner
    ~Regular shampoo wash twice a month and deep condition once a month with Joico K-Pak Shampoo and Deep Penetrating Reconstructor
    ~Use the MotownGirl's Hair Growth Mixture to stimulate hair growth. Use it 2 or 3 times per week. The recipe:
    http://motowngirl.com/index.php/hair-growth-mixture.html

    Transitioning styles:
    ~Twist Outs
    ~Braidouts
    ~Bantu Knot Outs
    ~Blowouts

    In terms of moisturizing I will be using Organics by Africa's Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Growth Lotion. And I will also use a leave-in treatment but I haven't figured out the brand yet. Any suggestions would be good. The reason I will be using all of this is because my hair tends to thrive when it is given a lot of attention and care. My hair cannot and will not grow if I don't use lots of moisture and things like that with it.

    Tell me what you think of the regimen and feel free to add things if you like. Please only answer this if you have experience with black hair or if you have transitioned from relaxed to natural yourself.
    Thanks in advance :)
    My bad for the shampoo I meant to put the Burt's Bees More Moisture Shampoo because it is natural and doesn't have sulfates.
    Also if you could give me some products that would add moisture to my hair as well that would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      1) You have too much protein in your regimen. You need some more moisture. Remember to watch your moisture/protein balance (read here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/278612/the_fine_art_of_protein_and_moisture.html?cat )
      2) For styles you can also do pin curls, flexi rod sets, straw sets, wigs, weaves, braids, and kinky twists
      3) The hair growth lotion has a lot of protein so once again, watch your moisture/protein balance
      4) If you can afford it Kinky Curly Knot Today is amazing
      5) You should check out going-natural.com, naturallycurly.com, curlynikki.com, and nappturality.com for tips during your transition. Oh, and go on youtube and type in "transitioning hair"

  13. QUESTION:
    anyone share to me what's the best cure for excessive falling hair?
    i used to have a long healthy black hair despite extreme care and treatment regimen to my hair, i experienced excessive hair fall. have tried the anti hair fall shampoos but its not working. it even became worst.

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes hairloss/thinning is a hormone related problem. You can visit a dermatologist or an endocrinologist if you think there is an underlying medical factor.

      Perhaps try taking a hair, nails, skin suppliment as well as fish oil capusles, or saw palmetto. The last two are antiandrogens that might help balance hormones.

      Good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to use olive oil on my scalp daily as part of daily care regimen?
    I am Black African female and recently had hair chemically straightened (relaxed). I have heard that I need not apply any product to my hair except for shampooing and conditioning once a week. However, I am worried that my hair might break/scalp flakiness will occur from dryness if I do not oil it daily.

    • ANSWER:
      You can use olive oil or jojoba oil every day. Jojoba oil more closely matches the natural oils that the skin excretes. Olive oil used every day is fine. You should use more so in your hair than the scalp.

  15. QUESTION:
    For anyone who uses Organic Root Stimulator hair products is it safe to use on color treated hair?
    So ive recently discovered something that I never ever knew before. There are numerous ingredients/chemicals found in the everyday hair and skin products that us females use on a regular basis. ( For example;Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA,Parabens, Petrolatum,Mica etc.) So i was looking to start a whole new hair care regimen using Organic Root Stimulator hair products seeing as though they do not contain any of the above ingredients) however i also wanted to color my hair jet black using bigen but i need to find out if the ORS uplifting shampoo is safe to use on color treated hair If not what other shampoos/ conditioners are safe to use?? Thanx In Advance 4 All Advice/Opinions!!!!!!!!!!!
    Mermaid,i wanted to respond to your answer but my response was soo long it couldnt all fit in the "Additional Details Box". I notice you dont allow email otherwise i was going to email it to you. Possibly if you have AIM/ Yahoo Messenger you can email me ur Screen name and we can further discuss this topic....If not thats cool

    • ANSWER:
      It's definitely fine to use ORS hair products on color treated hair. My hair is not color treated but has a rinse in. The free hair care forum I subscribed to has tons of females on there who is relaxed & colored treated and have ORS as one of their top staple product(s). That is great you are trying to cut out products that have harsh and unnecessary ingredients like SLS. So far I am able to cut out alot of products in my regimen that have mineral oil, lanolin, petroleum, SLS and parabens. It's hard since more than half of all hair products have those ingredients, there are hair products out there that contain nothing but natural ingredients that are sold in salons like "Trade Secrets" but they can be expensive. As for the ORS Uplifting shampoo, this is a clarifying shampoo that should be used no more than once a month, twice if you get lots of build up quick, clarifying shampoos can be very drying because it clears out all the silicones from the products, oils and other stuff that are stuck on the scalp. This shampoo is also fine to use on color treated hair.

  16. QUESTION:
    I am an African American girl--should i get a pixie cut...w/wo perm?
    I am an african american with mixed wavy/curly kinky jet black hair. My hair has been through a lot. first, i'd like to say that i got my first perm when i was about 12 or 13. It was a Just For Me perm and it worked wonders on my hair--it straightened it, but it was still soft and manageable and had nice flow and body to it.
    I got my second perm after that, and it was an adult regular perm. It roughened and toughened my hair, but not the point to excess breakage. Then, my mom, being cheap, put in my third perm (these perms were all spaced out, about bi-annually) and it was an adult SUPER perm, and it showed my hair no mercy. first it didn't sit in very long because it burned the stuff out of my scalp. I had multiple scalp burns, and my hair was unbelievably uneven in terms of texture. I was very mad.

    Over the years, my hair has been breaking and breaking, to the point where i had to cut it short into a bob (last fall), and even then i got another "gentle" perm to maintain the hair style my bad stylist had given me. The breakage stopped after an extensive hair care regimen....and i decided to stop perming.

    so anyways, here i am with shoulder length hair even after several major hair cuts. Im in the transitioning stage and have about 4 inches of natural and the rest (about 8-9 inches) is the permed hair. The permed hair is dry and dull looking and brown and orangish(considering i also got highlights when i got it cut last fall), even though i deep condition it every week. The natural hair is a bit rough, but really strong and jet black. I found that when i straighten my hair, it gets really smooth, but im only heat damaging my ends even more (which is starting to break off--again.)

    Bottom line, i want to cut it all off and start over, into a pixie cut, but i cant decide if whether or not the style will survive with my hair type (wavy/curly kinky), I have really thick hair, but by hair strands are thin and i am tender-headed--basically i just have a lot of hair. So with all that said, should i just get a kiddie perm (Just For Me) like i did originally that worked very well with my hair to maintain the style, or should i just avoid perms at all costs and stick with a good straightener to maintain it everyday?

    • ANSWER:
      How about a third option. Cut the relaxed ends off and do a nice small fro. And when it gets longer it'll transform into this http://www.google.com/m/search?site=images&source=mog&hl=en&gl=us&client=ms-android-sprint-us&q=natural%20black%20hair&sa=N#i=36 don't straighten often, like once a month is healthy.

  17. QUESTION:
    Why do non-blacks take on concerns that do not have anything to do with them?
    Is blacks liking chicken, our hair care regimen, our weight and health, the music we like, whether our iq is high or low, who we find the most attractive, our beauty, etc. really that big of a concern to you non-blacks? I'm not talking about the trolls. In real life, non-blacks seem to worry about what we do.

    Non-blacks please answer tastefully.
    @ Stefano, who the hell are whites to determine whether something is of value to society? Get outta here!

    • ANSWER:
      I know right. There's something about us blacks that make us seem so mesmerizing.

  18. QUESTION:
    Natural black curly haircare basics ?
    I don't have a relaxer. but my mom straightened my hair all my life. I just recently stopped straightening it. It is very dry and brittle. i have to get it wet everyday to comb it out and when I run my fingers through it sheds a lot. The washing everyday just makes it even dryer than what is already was. I am going to cut my hair all off and grow it back natural and never apply heat. I want to wear it natural and grow it out healthy. First I want to know the basics on caring for natural black hair. I have curly hair. When I wash it, it goes into spirals but since it is so dry and damaged as it dries gets frizzy and untameable. So just fill me in on the basics of shampooing (i.e. what is a good shampoo for natural black hair and a regimen) and moisturizing, deep conditioning, switching shampoos and anything else that is a part of haircare such as protective hair styles for natural black hair. I would be glad to hear personal stories. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to give you a very basic run thru of how to care for your hair. Good luck with your big chop as well:

      a) Thou shalt not hair...at all. There are a number of techniques for drying natural hair without using heat such as twists and plaits. The blowdryer is evil.

      b) Thous shalt pre-poo. Pre-poo is a technique that lessens the drying effect of shampoo on you hair whilst moisturising it. A video of how to do this can be found on:
      http://healthytextures.typepad.com/my_journey_to_healthy_hai/2008/04/daily-discuss-1.html

      But it is basically applying oil(castor/olive/grapeseed/coconut) or a cheapy conditioner to you hair b4 you shampoo

      3) Thou shalt co-wash. Co-washing is what it sounds like. Using conditioner to wash your hair sometimes instead of shampoo. As long as you give it a good rub then it shoul leave your hair clean. Co-wash with the same product(to avoid bulid up) often.

      4) Thou shalt deep condition. Deep conditioning is essential for black hair especially when its not relaxed...therefore takes longer to absorb anything. Use a good moisturising conditioner, overnight at least once a week. Either sit under a dryer for a few hours or sit with a warm-hot towel over your head for an hour or two before you go to sleep...with the conditioner still in your hair, rinse in the morning

      5) When flat ironing,which you will only do every 6months to assess progress, always use a heat protectant. And make sure it's after you have washed and airdried.

      6)Get a good leave in shampoo or make you own. I use warm water and olive oil in a spray bottle with excellent results

      7) Moisture, Moisture , MOISTURE. Use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner, Use ur protein less so.

      My regimen:My normal hair regimen is a modification of the crown and glory technique that can be found on www.growafrohairlong.com:

      a)I get my hair braided every 4-8 weeks

      b) Spray my hair every day with either a mix of olive oil and water or Safflower oil and water for moisture

      c)I pre-poo for about 30 minutes using cholesterol/hair mayo or just plain vegetable oil twice a week after which I apply my conditioner which I leave on overnight and rinse out in the morning.I use hair remedy drench conditioner-australian formulation/charles worthington moisture seal treatment and rinse with cool water.

      d)I only wash my hair with shampoo when I take my braids out-every 4-8 weeks. When I do this I use a clarfying conditioner to get rid of all the product bulid-up

      This keeps my natural hair soft and silky and it looks amazing when I straighten it.

      I get it pressed about three times a year. I always used tonnes of john frieda thermal protection serum first.

      I also never blow dry unless i'm gonna straighten it.

      Anymore questions let me know.

  19. QUESTION:
    who knows A LOT about black/African American hair!!! and is WILLING to help me?
    i need help. i need to know how to take care of my hair. IM TRYING TO CUT DOWN ON MY HAIR BEING GREASY! i want my hair to be moisturized with little or no greasy feeling. im tryin to make my hair healthy and bouncy (all that good stuff). I get my hair relaxed but this time im going to texturize it instead. here are some questions.

    1.what should he shampoos and conditioners have in them? (im going to use treseme..is that ok?)
    2.how do u deep condition..and what type of deep conditioner is great?
    3.what do i put in my hair once i come out of the shower and its still damp?( what type of moisturizer?)
    4.how do i dry my hair? (before or after i put moisturizer in it?)
    5.i think i might straighten my hair so what is a good iron guard product b4 i straighten?

    P.S. i know this is a lot to ask but im really confused what to do.....and i don't use expensive products so if u tell me expensive products im probably not going to know them...so i wont get them. u can share your regimen too...maybe ill try it.......THNKS!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm willing to help :)

      1.what should he shampoos and conditioners have in them? (im going to use treseme..is that ok?)Since you hair can get oily i'll actually suggest organic root stimulator creamy aloe shampoo, but i believe tressemme might be ok also.
      http://www.sallybeauty.com/Olive-Oil-Shampoo/SBS-311102,default,pd.html

      2.how do u deep condition..and what type of deep conditioner is great?
      I deep condition by applying the conditioner on freshly washed and towel blotted hair.The i cover it with a plastic cup or use a regular supermarket plastic bad as a cap.I leave it on my hair for 30 min in a hooded dryer (a steamer is the best though) or 1 hr (or more without a dryer).I really love 'organic root stimulator replenishing conditioner' soo much and i know you will love it also!
      http://www.sallybeauty.com/ORS-Replenishing-Conditioner/SBS-311223,default,pd.html

      3.what do i put in my hair once i come out of the shower and its still damp?( what type of moisturizer?)You towel dry it then apply then moisturizer.Silk Elements Anti-Breakage Hair Repair Creme is good or GVP Leave-In Treatment: Compare to Sebastian Potion 9 from sallys.
      http://www.sallybeauty.com/repair-creme/SBS-373740,default,pd.html
      http://www.sallybeauty.com/hair-treatment/SBS-264061,default,pd.html
      4.how do i dry my hair? (before or after i put moisturizer in it?)
      I either air-dry or blow-dry. (after putting the moisturizer)

      5.i think i might straighten my hair so what is a good iron guard product b4 i straighten?
      tresseme heat tamer is good or beyond the zone turn up the heat.

  20. QUESTION:
    BLACK/MIXED GIRLS!!!!!?
    I need real help here!

    I'm black/white (look mostly black) and don't know WHAT to do with my hair!!! I was raised by my white mother who had no idea and my dad's a guy so he didn't care and didn't want me going to salons as a kid.
    I'm 20 now and have no idea how to deal with it. It's a very tight curl, I mean VERY, but not quite nappy.

    I don't have a lot of dough to spend, but it's REALLY dry! Like paper.

    Strong moisturizers that aren't too expensive (or too greasy)?

    I used to color it a lot but then cut it all off because it was so damaged. Now it's just my natural stuff.

    I was thinking about having it relaxed but I had that done once as a kid and was a disaster because I didn't know how to take care of it. And I've read about really healthy regimens for black hair but I'm VERY low maintenance and don't have that kind of time to put into my hair.

    Ideas? Alternatives?

    I'd really appreciate any input or advice, especially things that worked for you, ESPECIALLY if you have crazy, curly, almost-nappy, mixed hair like me!!!

    Thanks ladies!!!
    Also, know any high-quality black hair salons in the 916 ?!
    hotazzstylist is awesome-- apparently I am smack dab in the middle of a 3c and 4a. It's kinkier when it's shorter and I chopped a lot of it off so the curl has tightened a little. But a 3c is about right.

    • ANSWER:
      Very important to keep your hair trimmed and moisturized.
      Natural curls are sooooo beautiful.
      Soul search at
      www.naturallycurly.com
      Find your curl type- research - discuss and find the products right for you. Once you understand your curl type you'll start understanding your hair.
      I'm a 2c my daughters a 3b We both shampoo and condition with the same thing but our styling products are different her hair needs a lil heavier product than mine.
      The best site i've found so far.

  21. QUESTION:
    Why do black people generally have such little hair on their head?
    This is what my black friend told me:

    Its genetics. They grow very coiled kinky hair, that is very dry and hard to manage. The hair also grows at a very slow pace. The structure of the hair have a lot of weak bends which tend to break off easily. Blacks also tend to take their hair into extreme braiding, extensions, and chemical procedures in order to tame the hair. These kinds of "aesthetic" care tend to do more harm than good. They also have grooming habits or lack thereof, such as greasing the hair and scalp, and very infrequent hair washing. They do this in order to reduce dryness and breakage. I would imagine that this regimen adds little to an already unpleasant genetic trait. They have a tendency to do that to their biracial children too. causing hair-loss and traction alopacia. Biracial children generally have very different hair from their black counterparts. Is that true?
    Eden, are you biracial or mixed? That could be the difference.
    TheoMax, Those kids are more black (genetically) than biracial. Their exude it all over their phenotype. Some recessive traits from another race way back in time, but some of the photos appears to have children with recessive traits for hair that allows the hair to be somewhat curly instead of kinky.
    Corso, you are welcome - my pleasure.

    • ANSWER:
      thanks

  22. QUESTION:
    School/Everyday Beauty Rigimen?
    Ok, Um School is coming and i still haven't found a regimen for everyday makeup. I have brown eyes and black hair. I like natural makeup. (First i take a shower, then I do my hair, then my daily skin care, then I eat then brush teeth then do my makeup) I have 2 hours to get ready, so I need a something I can do really quick. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      The perfect look for everyday is natural but polished. Being a student myself (a college student to be exact!) with brown eyes and black hair (just like you), I need to look cute and pretty in a quick and simple manner - plus I am on a tight budget and need to get products that are inexpensive, but that WORK.
      So with that said, I've narrowed the "Perfect Everyday Look" down to 4 Basic Products. This look is so easy to acheive that it can be created in less than 5 minutes!

      Step 1. Tinted Moisturizer- Not only will this stuff hydrate your skin, providing the perfect base for makeup, but it will also help to lightly even it out. Unlike foundation, tinted moisturizer is very sheer and only covers what needs to be covered- it will not add layers upon layers of heavy product onto the skin. A great oil-free one to try is Cliniques Moisture Sheer Tint SPF 15 (). This stuff does not clog pores, and is suitable for all skintypes. As well, it also has SPF 15 to protect skin from the sun. It's pretty much 3 products in one compact tube! **By the way, you can apply this tinted moisturizer as part of your daily skincare routine to cut down on time!**

      Step 2. Concealer - For the extra heavy duty coverage, concealer is your bestfriend. Lightly dab on a bit of concealer on any areas that the tinted moisturizer did not cover up too well, such as your pimples and undereye circles (if you have any that is). A good one to try is Physicians Formula 4-1 Concealer Palette : It has a selection of colors you can blend with to acheive the right coverage, plus a green cream concealer that you can dab on to any pimples to treat redness

      Step 3. Highlighter - For that extra wash of color on your face, you can never go wrong with a pigmented highlighter. Try Wet n Wild Illuminating Cream . As a 3 in 1 product (a pretty pink blush - a shimmery eyeshadow - and a soft glossy lipbalm), this product is a real bargain. Just lightly dab this product on your cheeks, eyelid, and lips, for that pretty and brigthened look. By applying this, you enhance and "highlight" your features, but in a soft and subdued way.

      Step 4. Mascara - This stuff should be every girls bestfriend. Depending on what you are looking for , there are multitudes of mascara brands and products you can choose from - volumizing, lengthening, curling, seperating, priming, coloring, tinting , etc. However, to acheive the most natural look try Covergirls LashExact Mascara for the best lengthening and non-clumpy look. A few coats of this stuff should help you acheive that pretty- but polished look.

      And there you have it! The Perfect 5 Minute Face. Depending on what products you end up getting, this is a very quick, and affordable routine. You can even do this when you wake up late and are rushing to class (I know i have!)
      By the way, if you want to apply more makeup, this look is a great base to have! To bring out your brown eyes, try purple eyeshadows or eyeliners - the contrast really makes them pop!

  23. QUESTION:
    Which treatment for seborrheic dermatitis?
    I've recently developed seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp. So far I've used Selsun Blue (selenieum sulfide) and Neutrogena T-Gel (coal tar). Selsun blue seemed to just exfoliate, and the t-gel seemed to help a little, but I'm trying to rid the condition. I know people will say I should go to the dermatologist but at the moment I don't have health care because I'm a part-time student and full-time waitress. I've also heard of using tea-tree oil, Nizoral (ketaconazole), and steroid creams. I was prescribed a steroid cream (triamcinolone) for my eczema behind the ears over the summer (when I did have health coverage by my school) which worked in a matter of days. I tried applying it to my scalp, which might have worked a little, but it's hard to apply with my long hair.

    I especially want to rid the condition because I dye my hair on a regular basis (every month and a half or so). I think the last time I dyed my hair may have worsened the condition, when it was just a mild form of seborrhea dermatitis. It was at first hardly noticeable, then while dying, it stung a little, and since then, the condition has gotten worse. All the shampooing and not using a color-shield shampoo has given my hair an unflattering red tint (my hair is naturally black/brown and it's usually dyed to a medium/light brown). I really want to dye my hair soon (maybe darker this time) but am afraid it will sting and just make the condition worse.

    I'd like some help choosing which treatments and what kind of regimen I should take to treat this condition. T-gel? Tea-tree oil shampoo? Nizoral? Keep trying a steroid cream? (by the way, is hydrocortisone sufficient enough? I might run out of the triamcinolone) All of the above? Or does anyone have any advice about my hair dying predicament?

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    Do you have any comments to offer?
    The Park

    His snot is drying on his chin.
    It must be the dry weather we're having.
    His mother is trying to slam a wet wipe on his face,
    but he resists.
    He looks like he is in his 40's.
    I wonder if he has a strict regimen
    of washing his hair once per week
    and tomorrow is the day.
    He would never choose to do this himself.
    He is far too stupid to care.

    She stands up and tells him she
    is leaving and without turning around
    she tells him she will leave him behind this time,
    if he doesn't hurry up.
    She looks tired. Weary.
    He yells back, his voice leaping across the park's
    perfectly cut grass, telling her
    he's going to feed the squirrels.
    He pulls a piece of bread from his pocket,
    wipes his lips with a well stained sleeve,
    and throws the bread at the trunk of a tree
    and starts crying.
    His mother stands at the curb, smoking.
    She has a black and blurred tattoo on her forearm.
    It looks dirty in the sun's hot light.
    I sip my coffee and wait.
    Humanity circles the avenue
    in front of the park
    but nobody notices.

    He sees me smiling
    and I want to laugh with him
    but the space between us
    is broken
    and cold.

    • ANSWER:
      God bless the children, especially when they're old children. These are the ones who will always be stuck at a level of learning, except when it comes to learning fear and disregard. Yor words are wrenching my heart; I worked for a year with such as these. I did not 'baby talk' to them. I think they noticed.

  25. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Care Regimen?
    My goal for the summer is to make my hair more healthy. My hair is dry and has a lot of breakage due to me relaxing, straightening (with a heat protectant) and living in a DRY climate.
    I'm not really sure on what products to buy or how often to use them so thats where I need help! I know what I need but just need help picking our the certain product. If you have any reccomendations that made your hair moisturizer soft and gave your hair movement please answer this question!

    I Need:
    Shampoo
    Conditioner (NEEDS TO BE VERY MOISTURIZING!) :
    Water based Moisturizer/leave-in:
    Oil : I want to try out coconut oil and castor oil. Any thoughts?
    Silicone based Heat Protector:

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    NATURAL HAIR Regimen?!?!? Natural sisters please answer!! Sorry it's a tad bit long!!?
    Hello hello!!

    I'm newly natural. Transitioned for only 3 months. 2 months on the 19th of February!! About 1 1/4 inches long.YAY!

    Okay I've been stalking youtube trying to find a hair care regimen that is very easy with only a few (CHEAP lol) products. I couldn't find one that I truly liked so this is what I came up with using black soap, suave natural and professional conditioner, leave in conditioner, coconut oil and castor oil.:

    Every 3 weeks I'll wash my hair with organic black soap then deep condition with a mixture of castor oil and suave professionals almond and shea butter conditioner for about 3 hours.

    In between the wash/ deep condition I'll co- wash my hair with suave naturals coconut conditioner then put some coconut oil to seal in the moisture weekly.

    Everyday i'll alternate between the two: One day I'll moisturize my hair with water since the day before i co- washed or deep conditioned my hair. I'll seal it in with castor oil. Or I'll put in some Giovanni leave in conditioner and seal it in with coconut oil.

    Oh and when my hair gets to a decent length I'll use eco styler gel or hollywood beauty olive oil hairdress for hairstyles like wet and go's, twists, braids, twist outs, braid outs, flat twists, puff, bantu knot out, etc.

    Is this a good idea?? I stayed away from SLS, mineral oil, and petroleum. It's about 8 products in total. Most are natural products and if not I checked the ingredients to make sure they were okay.

    Also, I was going to alternate between extensions (braids) and my natural hair to grow it out. March, May, July, and September I'll wear my natural hair. April, June, and August I'll have extensions in. By September 19th I'll be 9 months natural. How should I take care of my natural hair while its still in the extensions? I still want the weave to look nice since I'll be keeping it in for a month. If this works out how long and healthy do you think my hair will be when school starts again in early September?? I'll be a Junior! I want hair hair to be long enough to be in a cute afros, to do twists etc.

    Questions in a nut shell-
    1.Is this a good hair regimen??
    2.How should I take care of my natural hair while its still in the extensions?
    3.If this works out how long and healthy do you think my hair will be when school starts again in early September??

    Tips/suggestions will highly be put into play! I'm only trying to use products I can find in stores and that is cheap.

    Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:


Black Hair Care Relaxers

If you've decided to go natural, you will probably want to know what's out there as far as the best black hair products for natural hair. A new product that store owners are having a hard time keeping on the shelves is the Eco Styler Gel with Olive Oil. This gel comes in a large container and is great for all hair types, especially natural hair that is short. Use it on the hair after you've done the BC (the big chop), and it is great for wash and wear styles. It goes on smooth when the hair is soaking wet and gives the hair a finished look with healthy shine. The gel can also be used on long hair and provides a certain amount of hold, and is great for up-do's. The Eco Styler Gel with Olive Oil is a great product for wash and wear styles because it's quick and easy to maintain. Cost-wise, it won't break your pocketbook and does not cost nearly as much as other natural curl enhancers.

I have used Cathy Howes' UBH Creme Moisturizer formula for many years which is an excellent product for black hair whether natural or relaxed. On natural hair, it works as a good moisturizer barrier on the hair before you apply the Eco Styler Gel. It will help keep the hair moisturized and prevent flaking.

I know experts say only to use SULFATE FREE shampoos, but Mane 'n Tail has worked wonders on my children's' hair. (One child has natural hair and the second is transitioning from relaxer to natural). Mane 'n Tail has created volume and softness in their hair, and has the added bonus of really thickening up the hair. Upon its first use, you will notice a BIG difference in how your hair feels, and it makes your hair more soft and manageable.

Diva Smooth is a new exciting product I stumbled upon and I am thanking God I did. Whether you are transitioning from a relaxer or curly perm to natural hair and want to use a healthy alternative to perms, Diva Smooth is the product for you. It is a natural straightening alternative to relaxers that is fully natural and does not change the makeup of the hair chemically. Upon applying the product to the hair as instructed, following the waiting period and washing and rinsing out, you will notice a difference even while blow drying your hair. Your hair will be very silky, and then when the flat iron or In-Styler is used, you will have instant silk and will be amazed at how soft and manageable your hair has become. Your hair will have a healthier gloss and shine, and will look moisturized compared to how your hair looks when you have a relaxer. Relaxers tend to dry the hair out, but Diva Smooth preserves moisture and locks it in. If you purchase the coconut serum with your Diva Smooth, it will protect your hair while you are straightening it and give your hair the moisture it needs. This is a revolutionary product I hope they never stop making. The only complaint is that so many people want this product that it takes, on the average, 9 to 10 business days to receive it. However, just be patient; it's worth the wait!

I purchased the InStyler as a healthy alternative to using the flat-iron. The InStyler has a ceramic rotating barrel and brush bristles that glide through the hair and calm and smooth the hair as it straightens it. As a result, you hair has a very straight look, and your ends are kept healthy as compared to how they look when the flat-iron is used which has the potential to instantly fry the hair and causes damage to the ends. It is easy to use and comes with an instructional DVD and booklet. It is great for medium to long hair, but can also be used on short hair too.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Hair Relaxers/ Black Hair Care?
    I haven't had a relaxer in my hair for two years. During this time my hair has mostly been in braids and ponytails, but in about two weeks im thinking about getting a relaxer and I was wondering if I should wait longer or not get one at all.

    *right now my hair is in micro braids
    * my natural hair is past my shoulders
    *my hair has never been dyed

    • ANSWER:
      if you know that the perm wont damage your hair then go for it!
      but before you put the perm on it make sure you wait until 2 days after you take out your zillions

      i am and african american to and i use realaxers!

  2. QUESTION:
    Where are black hair care products (relaxers, creams, chemicals, etc.) manufactured?
    I always thought a lot of the products were manufactured in China or in the Pacific Rim since Asians seem to have a pinhole on these wholesale market of these products. Anyone have a knowledgeable answer?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on the brand, they could be produced anywhere in the world. The best thing to do is either check the product box for a plant location or go to their website and see if you can find it there. I doubt seriously they are all made in the same place.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there a difference in Black Hair Care Products such as relaxers and conditioners?
    After two years of being natural I went back to relaxing my hair. So far the products I've been using seem to work but is there really a difference between products by lets say Dark n Lovely and Mr. Miracle. If so which is the best product to use.

    • ANSWER:
      Dr. Miracles has the best relaxer out there. I just re-did my hair last night. My hair is really straight and whatever is in their product promotes hair growth so that is why I prefer Dr. Miracles.

      I also love Doo Grow hair care products. I have notice a big difference in the length of my hair after four months of use.

      Revlon Realistic is the next best thing. Your hair stays straight for a long time.

      Dark n Lovely products and Motions are just a waste of money.

  4. QUESTION:
    Changing relaxers: black hair care?
    Is it a good idea to change relaxers. I used to use a kids relaxer and recently I used Motions which made my hair straighter. But Ive heard that Dark and Lovely is the best. Is this true? Will my hair become damaged if I frequently change relaxers or is this a good thing (I heard somewhere that Oprah said it was a good thing...) thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can change relaxers. Dark and Lovely relaxers did not do a good job for me. I loved how Revlon Realistic and Dr. Miracles works for my hair type and hair needs. I prefer Dr. Miracles or Revlon Realistic.

      Revlon Realistic relaxer made my hair soft gave it plenty of body
      plenty of shine, and my hair stayed straight for a while.

      Dr. Miracles did great things to my hair. It help promote hair growth. It also gave my hair body, shine , and my hair stayed straight for a good while. I love both products.

  5. QUESTION:
    Any1 know what the best hair care products are for black hair? I use relaxers so great conditioner are a must?
    I'm trying to save money by cutting out the hair dresser. I have the skill but lack the knowledge of the best hair care products. I would also love tips on what types of products stop breakage.....I know I'm asking a lot but your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      These are the brands I use, Im pretty sure you will find what you looking for,they have conditioners, shampoos, hair growth treatments, ect

      Dr.Miracles-http://www.drmiracles.com/home.php

      Softsheen Carson-http://www.softsheencarson.com/_us/_en/index.aspx

      Fantasia-http://www.fantasiahaircare.com/index.html

  6. QUESTION:
    black hair care and relaxers?
    I relaxed my hair about 4 saturdays ago(as of may 16 2009)....I noticed certain parts of my hair like the center front, and the middle wasn't processed as well as I thought and is noticable if looked at properly....... what I want to know is...can I do I slight touch up to my hair with the parts dat weren't relaxed right.....or should I wait a week or two more and do the touch up? I really need ur opinions thanx......

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    Can I get good black hair care in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, UAE?
    I am mainly interested to see if I can still get ethnic hair care products and relaxers such as Mizani??

    • ANSWER:
      yes of course
      dubai is like the paradise now

  8. QUESTION:
    Black hair care question : I intentionally underprocessed my relaxer because I did not want bone str8 results?
    Instead of leaving it on for 20 min , I left it on for 10 . I did this on purpose because I wanted my hair to be only a LITTLE BIT straight . Will the straightness last until my hair grows out ?

    Or because It was under processed , will it become kinky and unmanageable again a short time later?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what kind of hair you had and what kind of chemicals you used. If you used a box relaxer it will last longer than time for you to relax again but it will eventually go away completely if you don't apply chemicals for a long time. If you have really thick, coarse hair this affect will go away alot quicker. You can try using some Shea butter. Melt it and put on plastic cap and sit under the dryer like you are processing color. Sometimes we think our hair is worse off than it really is because it is very tangly. Kinky and tangles are two different things. You can manage kinky much easier than tangles. My daughter has Indian hair; but it is very easily tangled. These tangles combined with her African heritage is a nighmare. Conditioning and moisture works best.

  9. QUESTION:
    Black hair care from relax to natural?
    I have black hair. I have decided to go natural I am tired of relaxers. Does anyone know of a product I can use that is not chemically based that will straighten, smooth my hair but helps to promote growth. Thanks. STK

    • ANSWER:
      You can try the Herbalaxer from Mineral Indulgence. It's a 100% natural hair "relaxer" made from herbs and essential oils that loosens the curl pattern in hair, strengthens hair and promotes hair growth, and detangles it as well. I've tried it and it worked fabulously on my 4b hair type.

      http://mineralindulgence.com/Hair_Care_Products.html

      http://mineralindulgence.com/

  10. QUESTION:
    Why are Black women always featured on back hair care products always wearing weaves or wigs?
    It irritates me. They have relaxers or hair dye produts with a black woman on the cover wearing a big wig. Or the insulting 'Africian Pride' products that actually make your natural naps straight. How is that having pride for you hair?

    Someone wrote on a resolved question why Beyonce does those hair dye commercials when she wears pieces. I always thought the same thing. First of all those dyes probably aren't really made for black hair, and since when would those movie stars take that time to dye their weaves when they could order a piece that is the same color and isn't damaged from the dye? I guess it is just like any other commercial; use fake props to make the people think they will get the same quality from the product.

    • ANSWER:
      I guess a better question would be what black woman does not wear a weave? I have alot of "black" friends and most of them have ruined thier hair with relaxers and glue in weave. I think it looks beautiful natural and they should leave it alone.

  11. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Care Salons in France?
    I am moving to Angers, France (1.5 hours south of Paris) next year for 5 months. Right now I have a relaxer in my hair. Does anyone know of any salons in France that do Black American/ African hair? I dont want to have to carry relaxer stuff over there and attemp to do it myself. Also, cutting my hair off, getting a weave, going natural, and braides ARE NOT options. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello my friend,

      In France, of course there are many Afro salons, but most of them are in Paris and other big cities ( Marseille,Lyon,Strasbourg,etc...).
      In Paris, you just have to go to Metro stations called " Chateau d'eau " ( 10th arrondissement) or "Chateau rouge" ( 18th arrondissement) and you'll find plenty of salons everywhere...

      In Angers, there is not a huge Black population, so I suppose that won't be easy to find that.

      I just saw this one on the pagesjaunes site :

      Afrik Cosmétiques
      7 bd Henri Arnauld 49000 ANGERS
      Tel : 02 41 77 59 36

      http://www.pagesjaunes.fr/trouverlesprofessionnels/changerPage.do?crypt=4ndouKSQzf8xglDImyz32g==

      Have a nice day !

      Mamadou, a Senegalese in Paris

  12. QUESTION:
    To black females or who ever else? Which black hair care products do you use??
    Just wanted to see.

    My favorite brands are Mizzani and KerraKare and I think they are the best I think. Most black hair salons use Affirm and Mizzani relaxers and stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      I normally use the following:

      - Creme of Nature shampoo (I personally like the Ultra Moisturizing Formula)
      - Infusium 23 Leave-In Treatment (great leave-in conditioner)
      - African Pride Braid Sheen Spray (good for every day moisture, braided hair or not)
      - Vitale Hair Polish (right before blowdrying)

      As for relaxers, I've tried Mizani, but because my hair is very coarse, it wasn't the best relaxer for me. The only one that gets my hair completely straight is Vitale Concorde Relaxer.

  13. QUESTION:
    Black hair care please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    ok i am black. my hair is very course i am extremely tender headed and i have eczema of the scalp. i can control it for a short time scrub my scalp with head and shoulders and then condition. then put greas on my scalp and it's good for about 3 days. then it flares up again. i cant put perms(relaxers) in my hair because they eat away at my scalp even if i get the kiddy perms. My hair is prone to breakage even following my moms old hair routine for my hair the in two days it's really dry like the scalp doesn't even acknowledge (sp?) the fact that there's grease on it. ive given up on the salons because they don't get it. please help! I am 20 years old and im going insane!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Stop using grease and start using oils like castor, olive, coconut, sweet almond, and etc. Mixing these oils with an oil from the mint family like tea tree (stops itching, promotes growth) or rosemary (helps blood circulation, promotes growth) will heal your scalp. Be sure along w/ this mixture to add in a little aloe vera gel, the aloe moisturizes the scalp and helps relieves eczema.
      You will eventually notice your scalp beginning to get better since you stated that you are laying off the relaxers. The harsh chemicals in relaxer can cause your eczema to flair up and temporarily make your scalp worse. Try washing your hair with african black soap, you can order it online from amazon.com or try an indian shampoo bar. Those are sold at most indian/pakistani groceries for less that 5 bucks. Stick to only washing your hair once a week, you might not want to wash it anymore than that, wetting your scalp will cause it to dry up more often.
      Here are some helpful hair sites for you to look at, hope they help:
      http://www.growafrohairlong.com
      http://www.healthytextures.com
      http://www.motowngirl.com
      http://www.napturality.com
      http://forums.blackhairmedia.com
      http://www.maneandchic.com

  14. QUESTION:
    What hair care products do black people use ..?
    My hair is very dry , corse , curls , makes it look like i dont brush it..Im so sick of my hair , the only thing i can compare it to is african americans hair ..I Used a relaxer a few years ago and it melted the ends of my hair , causing me to have to cut 3 inches off...That Muary's palmade helps only in the front , the bang area , but i cant use it all over , because it cause my head to itch ..I just need to know some good tips and tricks that Black people use ..My hair literaly fro's up by the end og the day ..I'm constantly in the bathroom , spraying it and brushing it...How do black people like Vanessa Williams and Beyonce Knowles have such nice manangable hair ??
    wow so many racist black women ,,Instead of giving hair advice you show how racist you are ..and yes black people do have dry course hair , i seen it on the discovery ..It was talking about genes and hair , so dont be all getting mad because im just stating the facts..

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like part of the problem is that you brush it.
      Most people with curly hair never brush their hair, they pick or comb it.
      I would suggest getting some texture gel or cream and applying it as soon as you get out of the shower (in the morning) This should help form curls and keep them from seperating and causing a frizzy "fro" look.
      Talk to your stylist.

  15. QUESTION:
    How is black hair different from Caucasian hair?
    I notice in stores that black people have a whole separate line of hair care from white people...shampoos, relaxers, oils, etc. What is the difference between the two types of hair?

    • ANSWER:
      It has to do with the texture of the hair.

  16. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Care: Frizzy Ends Help !!!!!?
    I've tried everything to stop my ends from frizzing up (Frizz buster products, getting my ends trimmed, cutting my hair short, bumping the ends in the morning, switching hairdressers, wrapping at night, etc.). Now, i always have to wear my hair in braids, twists and weaves all the time because nothing works when ever my hair is out the ends frizz badly. When I go to the hair salon for a relaxer, the hair is frizzed by the next day. What should I do? Do you think it may be a scalp condition instead of hair condition? Please Help!
    My hair is in kinky twists now!

    • ANSWER:
      Try puting castor oil on them.

  17. QUESTION:
    Black hair care question....how long do I have to wait to get a relaxer? Or can I even get one?
    My hair has been natural for 3 years. I decided to go natural because I wanted to get back the health of my hair.

    But now I'm frustrated, lol. I don't wanna start dreadlocks, so maintaining the natural is frustrating and I want my relaxer back. But I just colored my hair (a light brown color...using a bleaching process) about 3 weeks ago. My question is, being that I've already permanently colored my hair....can I still get a relaxer?
    Well, see I don't know if I bleached it or not (I'm not a hair stylist by any stretch of the imagination, lol). But I got a blonde dye (made by Creme of Nature) and I was assuming that to get my black hair the light color, it had the bleach in it

    • ANSWER:
      Are you not enjoying your natural hair any more. Have you checked out natural hair sites www.nappturality.com or www.motowngirl.com.

      If you insist on relaxing, I would wait for another 4 weeks at a minimum. Go to a Beauty Supply Store and buy Porosity Control Conditioner to help balance out your hair after your chemical process.

  18. QUESTION:
    black hair care?
    I got a Matrix relaxer from a white hair salon and my hair is now falling out by the handfuls. My scalper is sore...and I don't know what to do? Have you heard of Matrix hair products? Is it for black hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I have heard of Matrix and it can be used for black hair. They probably left the relaxer in too long, didn't wash all of the relaxer out, or didn't use any or enough neutralizer.
      You may need to get some neutralizing shampoo and wash your hair again. You need to stop the chemical reaction. But, by now it is probably too late to save your hair. And what in the world made you go to ANY hair salon for the first time and not know if they can do a relaxer, let alone a white hair salon. Usually, white people do not get relaxers. I used to work for my cousin who was a stylist for about 6 years when I was a teenager.

  19. QUESTION:
    i need help with black hair care?
    Hi, my hair has been in weave and braids for the past year. I thought the most damage was in the front from keeping it the most exposed. however, I got it relaxed a couple days ago and the roots through about 3 inches of my hair are silky, smooth an healthy.

    However, the rest is curly, damaged, and unstyle-able. (picture 1) I have never had curly hair after a relaxer. One probably would not even be able to tell i recently went to the salon. How do i get my hair back to the way it was? (picture 2)

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b148/backyardigan/Snapshot_20100830_1.jpg

    http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b148/backyardigan/meandtrumps.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      Thats how my hair was! you probably flat iron your hair? if so make sure you use something that protects your hair from heat

      i recovered my hair its allot healthy now when i wash it its so naturally curly
      but the hair products i use is OLIVE OIL
      you may seen their commericial?! but those hair products help recovered my hair my best advice is buy the olive oil hair lotion http://images.buzzillions.com/images_products/03/28/organic-root-stimulator-olive-oil-moisturizing-hair-lotion-8-5oz_1850397_raw.jpg and moisturize your damage parts

      DO THIS AT NIGHT IF YOU TAKE MY ADVICE just giving info on how i recovered mines
      part your hair in 4 sections like you would for a perm
      for each section take about 2 quarter sized squirts of the hair lotion in the palm of your hand rub your hands together and rub it on the ends of the damaged hair and wrap your hair with SILK SCARFS cotton and etc scarfs are not good for the hair (it will take some time to repair your hair)

      or instead of the olive oil the PINK moisturizer works to but its more thick and weighs the hair down

      also cut you ends about every three months

  20. QUESTION:
    Asians owning most black hair care and supply stores. What do you think of this?
    I don't know how it is in other states, but here in NY mostly Asians own the Black Hair Care stores.
    No offense to Asians but don't you think it makes more sense if a black person owned a black hair supply store? What if you want to buy a certain product and you're not sure on which one works best for your hair type. A black person would be of more help because they know more about blacks hair texture and how to maintain it. What does an Asian person know about a relaxer? They don't use one. And I've never seen an Asian person styling a black persons hair.

    Save the offensive comments for another question. If you're going to be ignorant, earn your two points else where.

    • ANSWER:
      It is not about knowledge of black hair, it is about economics. The Asians, in particular the Koreans, saw that they could dominate and control the market by pretty much shutting out blacks. They pooled their money, sold what they had in Korea, and came to the US to capitalize on capitalism (it's the American way). They are able to control the production, the importation, and the distribution of products that blacks want. If the products are Korean made - they decide not to do business (allow blacks companies to buy wholesale) with blacks. The Asian stores can offer products at a cheaper price. Most people I know want to pay the lowest price and black owned businesses were not able to compete with that.

      Here in the good ole USA, doing what is morally right is not good business practice. The Asians are just taking care of their business - and once again, the blacks are screwed.

      It is unrealistic to think that blacks can come together, decide to start wearing their natural hair and only support black owned companies like Carol's Daughter. That's not going to happen. :-)

  21. QUESTION:
    Any tips for best place in Sacramento, CA area for black hair care i.e. braiding salons and supply stores?
    ...especially salons that cater to natural hair (and won't be trying to talk us into straightening it with relaxers). I'd especially LOVE to find experts in locs in the Sac area.

    • ANSWER:
      i'm not from there but ...i know Sally is worldwide to get products there...that's where i get my hair supplies

  22. QUESTION:
    black hair care question.... stretchting hair?
    Ok I am a black teenager and there is this girl at my skool who is also black whose hair comes down a little bit above her chest... i asked her how long she's been growing her hair out and she doesn't kno... then i started hearing that she stretches her hair to make and keep it long just like white ppl do.. now i've never heard of stretching hair no matter wat race... can someone plez tell me what it is and step by step on how to do it??? bcuz my hair barely comes 2 my shoulders... also is it ok to stretch hair when u hav a relaxer??

    • ANSWER:
      i dunno about stretching, i've never ever heard of that. but i normally dont relax my hair as often as recommended, what i do is wash my hair every week to every 2 weeks, then i'll let my hair airdry, blow bry it to get it managable, and then the next day i'll flat iron it. after about 8 months my hair just gets to much to deal with then i'll get it relaxed and it looks so much better. and if you want to flat iron, i would suggest getting a chi flat iron, its kinda pricey, but trust me it is very very worth it.

  23. QUESTION:
    Black hair care...?
    On relaxed hair what's better to use: a flat iron or a pressing comb? I thought you werent supposed to use either, but my hair dresser uses a flat comb after relaxing because my hair is still not straight. I also have very thick hair. I have to do my hair at home now for a while, and I wanted to know the best way to keep it nice and healthy between relaxers. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Use a ceramic flat iron, it is better for the hair. Don't use a pressing comb. That is designed for natural hair. Try wrapping your hair or rolling it at night.

  24. QUESTION:
    black hair care question?
    My hair is currenetly straighten by relaxer products, what products should I use to keep my hair in it's natural state like an afro. (without a lot of breakage)

    • ANSWER:
      You have a relaxer, but you want to WEAR a natural, or you want to GROW OUT your relaxer and go all natural. I'm confused. I grew out my relaxer and contrary to popular opinion, I did it WITHOUT cutting the relaxed hair off. You need the best moisturizing products on the market. I love Nexxus or Generic (same ingredients!) Shampoo and Conditioner. I like the "Therappe," but Humectress is good, too. I use the Silk products as well when I use a hot comb. There are some good websites like http://www.nappturality.com to give you help. When you condition your hair, put on a plastic cap and leave it in for 20 minutes. Also consider a good hair vitamin: these products are the best and I swear by the Vitastrand: http://www.mikalclay.com . That's all you need besides strong writst to comb through that funky stuff, girlie. Best wishes!!

  25. QUESTION:
    Where can a black woman get decent hair care on the North side?
    I usually get my hair done in the gold coast, and I pay about 150.00 for a relaxer and a trim. I know there has got to be a more reasonable alternative! I think I am paying for not waiting (If my appointment is at 11, I expect to be taken at 11), and the location. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      That's too much money for a relaxer and trim. That shouldn't run you anywhere near 100 bucks. I would try a smaller salon, or one that does walk ins.

  26. QUESTION:
    Black men, when it comes to black women do you prefer the ones with natural hair or with relaxers?
    by natural I mean like this
    http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lcrlduHnY51qzjlfro1_400.jpg

    or with locs, braids or whatever other style.

    From what I've observed most black men don't care as long as she looks good. Im asking this because one of female friends who wears her hair like the link above is convinced that black men hate natural hair. Just want to see what men on here say. Women can also respond.

    • ANSWER:
      Neither, because black women are more than their hair. I do find women equally attractive, whether it's locs, perms, braids, or low cut.

      For my taste, I find women with locs to be sexy but that's my opinion. And your friend need to realize there's a lot of black men, who don't have problem, with black women whose hair isn't chemically altered.

  27. QUESTION:
    BLACK HAIR CARE Question?
    Do you perm/relax your own hair or get it done professionally... is it ok to give it a relaxer yourself when you can't see the hair in the back while your relaxing it??

    • ANSWER:
      I don't relax anymore, but when I used to, I always used to go to a professional; I made that commitment after letting a family member, who lied by telling me she knew what she was doing, put a relaxer in my hair. My hair went from shoulder-length to above my ears in a week's time (literally); it fell out every time I combed it and I everywhere I looked I saw strands of hair, including on my clothes, in the sink at school, on table tops... I had two bad relaxers that made my hair fall out, so be very careful about doing it yourself or you could be bald the next week.

      Another option is to see if there's a hair school in your area because they'll do it cheaper if money is a problem. They're not allowed to work with chemicals unless they are closer to graduation, and they are overseen by an instructor. You can also check youtube to see how other girls self-relax. Just be careful, though, because any fool can put a video on youtube giving you bad advice; yes, I've seen some horrible self-relaxing videos, and the girls wonder why their hair doesn't get longer.

      http://www.longhaircareforum.com has a few members that self-relax and you can get information about how they do it. You'll have to search the forum, because you have to pay to post. Keep in mind that if you can't see what you're doing then you might end up overlapping the relaxer and your hair will fall out, so make sure you have a lot of new growth so you can easily tell between the already-relaxed hair and the new growth.

  28. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Care Question?
    As opposed to having a perm or relaxer , is there anyone else who blowdries their thick coarse afro hair daily in order to stretch it out , make it appear longer and straighter ?

    How do you protect your hair from daily blowdryer heat ?Also if there is humidity outside , how you keep your hair from reverting back to how it was before you blowdried ?

    • ANSWER:
      I'll answer your questions in order:

      1. Plenty of people use a blow-dryer on a daily basis. It's all in the technique, products, and basic knowledge.

      2. You protect your hair by limiting heat, when using heat using a heat protectant, not going pass 150 degrees Fahrenheit, not using oil prior to using heat tools, and upping on the moisture/protein balance.

      3.) If it's humid outside (actually it's the dew point) stay away from products that contain humectants such as glycerin and honeyquat. They draw moisture to the hair shaft causes it to get moisturized, that causes it to revert to curly. Another is using a product that prevent moisture from coming in contact with the hair like silicone. Sabino's lok and blok is a well known in the online black hair care community because it can keep the moisture at bay. Make sure to thoroughly coat the hair shaft, this works for all hair types including 4a/b/c.

      Hoped that helped!♥

  29. QUESTION:
    WANTED!! Hair Care Products that work EXTREMELY WELL for Black people!?!?
    Hello, :-) I'm havin some issues. I've always had long thick black hair but it seems ever since I got a relaxer(at the age of 10( I am 17 now) my hair has been breaking off and seems really dry. Does anyone know of any remedies or products that they know for a fact really works for them?

    • ANSWER:
      First and foremost if you use a no lye relaxer please stop the calcium from the calcium hydroxide builds up on the hair shaft and makes it so that your conditioning treatments won't work as effectively. Do not overlap the relaxer cream either- put conditioner on the previously relaxed hair, then do the touch up.

      Shampoo: Creme of Nature Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo
      Conditioner: Aphogee 2 min recontructor (protein) and Creme of Nature Repairing Conditioner (moisture).

      Alternate your conditioners use the protein first to repair the hair, then use the moisturizing conditioner to moisturize the hair.

      I condition my hair twice after a relaxer (by the way I use the Creme of Nature sodium hydroxide relaxer too) I use the Aphogee protein first, then I follow up with the Creme of Nature and sit under a warm dryer for about 20 minutes. I have no hair breakage and strong hair.

      Also, I use the B&B oil mosturizer before i blow dry and flat iron my hair.

  30. QUESTION:
    black hair care: braids/perm?
    I have a relaxer right now and i'm due for a touch up. but i want to get braids for the summer. should i perm my hair and then get braids? or should i braid it with out getting a touch up at all?
    My main concern is breakage. So i want to know the way that will prevent breakage.

    • ANSWER:
      braid it with out a touch up. you can get a perm first but some ppl hair breaks off when they do that. also it depends on how your hair is if you rather get a relaxer cuz your hair is tough to manage then do so. but there really is no point since your hair is going to be in braids anyways.

  31. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Salons in New York (Jamaica Queens or elsewhere)?
    I heard the best black hair care salons, with reasonable prices, are in Jamaica Queens, NY. In about a week, I will be in Queens and want to get a relaxer and hair extensions. Where are some of the best black hair care salons in this neighborhood, with reasonable prices, that can do this? Are there any in any other neighborhoods in NY that anyone suggest I look into? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks :)
    I recently just booked an appointment at Impulse Hair Salon in Queens, after a friend of a friend told me about this place. Has anyone been there before or heard about the level of service there?

    • ANSWER:
      Black Hair
      189 W 135th St
      New York, NY 10030, United States
      (212) 862-0789

      hope this helps : )

  32. QUESTION:
    Black women hair care?
    I think my friend is jealous of me because of the way I take care of my hair. My hair is soft, I havent had a relaxer in a year and will continue never having one. Since my hair tends to get dry, I shampoo and condition twice a week and carry a water spritzer to spray on my hair (people think this is odd, but it really helps my hair), I also moisturize my hair with shea butter and I use leave in conditions and always wrap it at night. I use heat appliances once a month. With this routine, I came to find that my hair grows faster and is smoother. But, my friend says that Im only damaging it and dont know it, she explained to me that I should wash my hair once every three weeks and use oils instead of moisturizers. Also, to stop putting water in my hair because it makes it dry, dull and brittle. I think she is astounished at the fact that I use few products and have a small routine that my hair cant be smooth. what do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, your friend is jealous. It's a shame, I find this happens so much with other black women. I stopped relaxing my hair several years ago and everyone always comments, 'I wish I had good hair like you'. It's a bunch of bs! When I first stopped relaxing my hair is was f*ckin nappy and tough, but after a while, like you, my hair started to grow faster and quite smooth (advancements in quality ceramic flatirons has helped a lot as well!).

      I try to minimize the amount of heat I put on it - only using a flat iron when I wash my hair (which is once a week) and wrapping it at night. The only 'oils' I put in is a lightweight olive oil moisturizing lotion to protect my hair before I use any heating products.

      I don't know about using a water spritzer (I've found that it makes my scalp flaky, and itchy) but I don't see anything wrong with what you're doing.

      Growing up, like most black girls, I was always told to only wash my hair every two weeks and grease my hair every few days, but in most black haircare tips they give in magazines like essence they discourage from using such products because it weighs down the hair follicles discouraging growth. I just think it's hard for a lot of people to let go of the old way of thinking...

      at any rate it'll be our little secret ;)

  33. QUESTION:
    Which Hair Care Products That Are Geared Toward Caucasians Are Best For African American Hair?
    I'm looking into buying new hair care products that are not geared towards black people because they tend to actually be worthless. I'm natural (I don't use relaxers in my hair). I need products that will make my hair soft,shiny and healthy. Right now it's dull and dry. I've heard that tresemme is pretty good. Thanks to all who answer my question.

    • ANSWER:
      Well it all starts with what you wash you hair with. Get a good moisturizing shampoo, and conditioner. most importantly, get a great moisturizing leave-in conditioner. i use the Cantu shea butter leave-in conditioner works great for me. you can find it at any Walmart. also get some sort of hair cream or lotion. the thing about having natural hair, (I'm natural 2) is that you have to see what hair products work for you. some really good products are olive oil, virgin oil, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and tea tree oil. as i said, its all about finding what works for you. hope this helps. XD

  34. QUESTION:
    black hair help and tips!!1?
    ok well last year i had alot of hair when i relaxed it it was full it was everything i got complemnts it was up to my sholders lyk touching it. it lasted like that for a good 4 weeks until it started truning back to how it was pooffy ends everything i didint know what to do til i found out the flat iron and i flat ironed it every week ( didint know about hair protectents then) till i found out my hair was falling out but i dint care. wellll i braided my hair and kept from late june lyk june 30 til agust 9. my mom was lyk oh you got new growth you need a relaxer so i got a relaxer and my hair was teriable i was lyk wat happend 2 my old hair . it was thin short not full my ends when puffy. so i got some black hair questions if you dont mind answwering.

    1. ok how do you cut you hair cause my ends are puffy and idk i see all there youtube videos and there ends are nice and trim and straight so how do i get it lyk that.

    2. what relaxer do you used i know they are bad and all but just tell me for info

    3. how to tell damaged hair and split ends

    4. how to get your hair full

    5. is wraping your hair good and wats the benifits cause i just go to bed with my hair lyk that

    6. whento retouch lyk what is that i just did a full relaxer kit and on the box it said retouch every 6-8 weeks lyk wat is that do you think i should do it.

    and finally what is your black hair care regimen am thinking of cutting all the puffy ends to the straight ends and starting there i want my hair long and flowing and do you go to a hair salon i used 2 go but am kinda scared now since my hair is messed up am afraid they are gona mess it up more.
    please help i i posed some pictures what my hair kinda looks now and how i want it to look after my hair jorney and srry for my spelling i was in a rush

    my hair now
    http://blog.treasuredlocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/straightening-hair.jpg
    straight hair i want kinda

    http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/8628731/2/istockphoto_8628731-long-straight-black-hair.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      1. just go to your hairdresser and tell them to trim the dead ends.. they'll be able to tell what they need to cut off
      2. i use the elasta qp relaxer for sensitive scalp
      3. the way i tell split ends is i hold a piece of my hair up to the light and you'll be able to tell if your ends look unhealthy compared to the rest of your hair, and damaged hair is usually rough and stringy and stuff
      4. don't use too much heat, use a wide tooth comb, and handle your hair gently (just try to prevent breakage)
      5. wrapping your hair is good because your hair will be straight the next morning so you won't be using flat irons everyday, and if you use a satin scarf or bonnet your hair won't break and dry out from cotton pillows (if you use cotton pillows)
      6. every 8 weeks is a good time, i stretch to about 12 weeks its best to stretch as long as you can to avoid over processing

      i use elasta qp products and my regimen is:
      i wash (shampoo and condition) every week (following with a deep conditioning treatment for 30 minutes with shower cap under heat)
      i do a hot oil/ honey treatment (heat up olive oil and honey, put in hair, let it sit for 30 minutes with a shower cap) once a week before i shampoo
      co-wash (conditioner only) twice a week (following with a conditioning treatment for 10 minutes)
      moisturise and seal (with moisture-sealing leave in) everyday
      oil my scalp -not grease- with olive oil every 2-3 days
      always air dry never blow dry (trying to limit heat as much as i can)
      comb everyday with wide tooth comb (to avoid knots and breakage)
      use ceramic flat iron (ghd) once a week
      do no heat styles after co-washes (like braiding and scrunching to get a curly style)
      wear satin cap when i sleep
      do a protein treatment whenever my hair is feeling weak (apply one egg white into hair, let it sit for 30 minutes with shower cap and NO HEAT)

      i relax every 12 weeks and get a trim every 6 weeks

      i know it looks complicated but once you've gotten the hang of it its not :)

  35. QUESTION:
    hair care products that work for caucasions as well as black people?
    not like shampoo and conditioner but like styling products are their any Caucasian products that will also work for a black girl with a relaxer like me

    • ANSWER:
      well im all natural, but when i wear my hair curly i use herbal essences toatally twitsed curl scrunching mousse and gel, i like them because they dont contain alcohols that strip my hair, but also keep i controlled but not stiff like some products. Also garnier's sleek and straight line has a new anti humidity spray and their antir frizz serum works really well and smells amazing.

  36. QUESTION:
    (Black Girls) How can I get my Hair Like This?
    Hey guys! I am 13 years old and in the 7th grade, and I kind of want my hair naturally curly, but not the thick, kinky roots! I also am definatleu NOT CUTTING MY HAIR!!! haha thats a no no for me :) but I think the relaxers are getting a little old. I want my hair to have those tight curl that go to my shoulders, NOT an afro! And if I'm black (with a little Cherokee Native Amercian), do I have a chnce of my hair turning like this? I want it exactly how it is in these two pictures, sleek roots and everything! Is this a relaxer? By the way, I am currently using "Carol's Daughter" products on my hair, which are great for natural and relaxed hair. Thanks guys!!!

    Pics of How I want my hair: (The second pic moreso)

    http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1R2ACAW_enUS408&tbs=isch:1&q=black+natural+curly+hair&revid=527000405&sa=X&ei=BE8aTbr3AoO78gb6_vXUDQ&ved=0CDIQ1QIoAA&biw=1345&bih=555

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor.com/image-files/natural-black-hair-care-01.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor.com/natural-black-hair-care.html&usg=__0WHrFV97BdjPvrF_C8X3c6Ho_Yw=&h=336&w=266&sz=9&hl=en&start=0&sig2=BxEcKBaaTQvs8jcD3rOTUQ&zoom=1&tbnid=U10lIrOZWiKexM:&tbnh=129&tbnw=102&ei=g1AaTc66KcP58Aa7h-iwDg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dblack%2Bnatural%2Bcurly%2Bhair%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DX%26rlz%3D1R2ACAW_enUS408%26biw%3D1345%26bih%3D555%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=687&vpy=192&dur=780&hovh=252&hovw=200&tx=70&ty=243&oei=DU8aTYjHBcL78Aa7xJTVDQ&esq=12&page=1&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:24,s:0

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor.com/image-files/natural-black-hair-care-01.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor.com/natural-black-hair-care.html&usg=__0WHrFV97BdjPvrF_C8X3c6Ho_Yw=&h=336&w=266&sz=9&hl=en&start=0&sig2=BxEcKBaaTQvs8jcD3rOTUQ&zoom=1&tbnid=U10lIrOZWiKexM:&tbnh=129&tbnw=102&ei=g1AaTc66KcP58Aa7h-iwDg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dblack%2Bnatural%2Bcurly%2Bhair%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DX%26rlz%3D1R2ACAW_enUS408%26biw%3D1345%26bih%3D555%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=687&vpy=192&dur=780&hovh=252&hovw=200&tx=70&ty=243&oei=DU8aTYjHBcL78Aa7xJTVDQ&esq=12&page=1&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:24,s:0

    Pics of me:
    (By the way how long would my hair be if I did this thanks

    http://s957.photobucket.com/albums/ae52/katibugi14/

    • ANSWER:
      ok 1st off. you don't have to be mixed to get hair like that... EVERY black woman has hair like that but they get their hair relaxed and it starts getting all nappy.

      you have to stop getting relaxers and grow all that perm out your hair and then you will see hair texture like in those pictures in about 5 or 6 months.

      i know you don't want to cut your hair, so another way is to get a weave that looks like that. or you could grow your hair out ( and it will grow longer without relaxers) and when you see that your hair has grown out of being straight.. cut the Straight tips off and i swear to you your hair could be down to your BUTT in about two years.

      it's a long process but Natural hair is way better than relaxed hair. and think you could have the kinky hair and you could flat iron it Natural really long hair.

      um your photobucket account is private btw.

      here are some videos:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRuyshc7FSk

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLkXNB_wbVQ&feature=related

  37. QUESTION:
    Which is a better product for damaged black hair? Carols Daughter or Ojon?
    I am currently considering either buying the Carols Daughter or the Ojon line of hair care products. I am currently growing out my relaxer and want to move toward more natural products to help with my dry/damaged hair. Has anyone tried both?

    • ANSWER:
      i would recommend the ojon line. i have been using the restoritive treatment 2 times a week for about a year and what it does is amazing. as it is a natural oil, it penetraits deep into the scalp, which will help with the new growth, and also, it will help repair the damage that is at the mid-lengths to the roots. i am a hair stylist, and i am pretty fussy about what i recommend to clients and use on own my hair. it is the best & easiest treatment to use!!!

  38. QUESTION:
    good hair care for black girls?
    i have a relaxer. so can someone give me some good hair products. and should i use wrap lotion everyday if im going to wrap my hair everynight? should i wash my hair once a week or every 2 weeks??

    i have healthy hair i just want to get others people opion on what products should i use

    • ANSWER:
      if your talking about wrapping your hair with wrap foam lotion everyday thats a no no because it has wet properties so you will only need to use it after washing. I am black with very long,thick,healthy hair and i wash my hair every sunday condition it . When its time to wrap my hair i use b&b wrap foam lotion and then the next day i take my wrap down. To maintain my wrap throughout the week i use optimum shine booster serum everynight its amazing, it silkens it and gives it incredible shine, you can find both the products at the beauty supply hope this help

  39. QUESTION:
    How to care for African American Hair?
    My husband & I are getting foster children. Some of those children could be black children. I've heard that black hair care is different than white hair care. We typically wash our hair daily with shampoo & conditioner. How often should I wash and what products should I use for the black children? I don't know anything about relaxers or perms or if those are necessary. I want to keep most things the same as in their previous homes, but if they're small children they won't be able to communicate those needs or special products to me. We're excited about expanding our family but we want to educate ourselves so we can plan for easy transitions for the children and us first. Good luck. 2D

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, I think it is wonderful that u and your husband decided to do such a noble and kind thing. Especially adopting a different race. That is so unselfish. Congratulations.

      Yes, black people's hair is very different from white hair. It does need special care, but is also very beautiful when cared of. U will need some good hydrating shampoos and lots of excellent conditioners. Since black people's hair is really dry and usually curly, and curls get very frizzy, take good care of your child's hair. It would be nice if u taught your child to love his/her hair, because straightening would damage it too much. Try to avoid everything that's not natural for hair, like relaxing and perms or straightening.

      I hope I helped u and your husband, and congratulations again.

  40. QUESTION:
    Have any recommendations for a hair salon that cares for black hair in Fairfax, VA?
    In particular, I'm looking for a reputable hair stylist who knows how to use a texturizer (not relaxer) tightly-coiled virgin hair to loosen the curl pattern and can maintain it. I haven't come across anyone in that area who has naturally coily hair in order to ask where they get it done. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      yoyo

  41. QUESTION:
    Does Ultra Black Hair products really work?
    Okay, so my hair lenght is about to my mid back. I want to grow it longer, the reason it is as long as it is because i dont use relaxers and perms and i never have. right now i use kinky curl, but i want my hair longer by 2012. So i was wondering, does Ulta Black Hair care products work? My friend says her niece uses it. Could you take a look at it? Or could you tell me from experiencee? i know thhealthiestst way to grow hair is to eat fresh fruits and veggies, but I've done that and now my hair is pretty long, but i want it longer. Thanks heres the link: http://www.ultrablackhair.com/ my hair thick and soft, but now i want it long:)

    • ANSWER:
      you have already preety long hair than how long you want to grow your hair

  42. QUESTION:
    Im havin a REALLLY hard time taking care of my black hair..?
    OKAY so lets get started. i have that natural, thick, neck length hair
    thats forever breaking off and never seems to grow i dont think it has grown any since like 9th grade that was 6 years ago for me. And i dont understand what im doing wrong. I understand hair grows like .5 " a month, but at the same time, it breaks off that much!

    I dont get perms. or relaxers.
    i wash my hair about twice a week.
    i dont use heavy oils on my scalp
    I use conditioners, deep conditioners, leave in conditioners
    i have a sulfate free shampoo
    i take my vitamins
    i drink PLENTY of water everyday
    i eat right.
    i wear a silk scarf over my hair each night before i go to bed.
    i only use heat - my flat iron- as soon as i wash it, and thats it. just once.
    i dont use a brush when my hair is dry.
    when washing my hair, i comb it through wit the conditioner in the shower.
    ive alread had it trimmed. AND STILL YET NOTHIN!!
    what am i doing wrong? :( im really getting aggravated, and im starting to hate my hair.
    i seriously dont know wat else to do. someone help me. pleaseeeeeee
    Okay well i need an answer from someone that can help me.

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    I am black and cherokee indian with curly/wavy hair. What are good hair products i can use?
    I am black and cherokee indian with a little white. I am having problems finding. good hair care products. My hair without a relaxer is curly and with it i still have alot of waves.please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      SUNSILK you won't regret it! Shampoo conditioner and 24/7 creme. You can get three for 10.00

  44. QUESTION:
    i hav black people hair n i want my hair striaght without havin a relaxer im not good at takin care of my hai
    my hair is thick and kinda nappy and i wont a flat iron without a relaxer and but not good with taking care of my hair and i need a heath product and good grease and shampoo also a nice and smooth conditioner and something that wont make my hair fall out and my hair is kinda short and uneven.......should i go with a flat iron and cut it in layers????help meeeee pleaseeee

    • ANSWER:
      If you have black people's hair then you will have difficulty keeping it straight if it is not chemically relaxed. If the hair is not chemically altered it will nap and kink right back up when the natural elements get a hold to it (any type of summer heat, wind, rain, humidity. . .).

  45. QUESTION:
    Best hair care products for African American hair?
    Well this last year or so I have really stopped taking care of my hair.

    As I get older (Just turned 19) I realize more the importance of taking care of my hair. Recently I have been asking around for some advice on the best of the best hair care products for Kinky (Nappy) Black hair.
    I haven't had a good relaxer on my hair in a while, mainly because I am trying to find the best relaxer also.

    This Saturday I plan on putting a relaxer on my head and starting my new hair care regimen.

    So some of the products that I have been recommended are:

    Optimum Anti- Breakage Relaxer (Super ... Due to the thickness of my hair)

    WEN Haircare

    Carol's Daughter

    LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU ALL THINK OF THOSE PRODUCTS AND IF YOU ALSO HAVE SUGGESTIONS PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

    • ANSWER:
      goldmedalhair.com has some really great hair products designed for black hair.

      one of my coworkers hair was falling out and i recommended the power gro hot oil treatment. her hair stopped falling out and it started growing. she was very happy with the results.

      they sell relaxer too. but she didn't try those so i don't know how well they work.

  46. QUESTION:
    Best Shampoo for African American Relaxed Hair?
    My hair isn't that thick and doesn't get that nappy i get relaxers every 8 weeks and wash my hair every week then use wild growth hair oil 3 times a week.It just seems to eat up the moisturizer. What would be the best Shampoo and Conditioner for my hair i want it to be healthy. Also would brands like Tresemme that market to Caucasian people work for my hair also? I live in a small mostly white community were the selection for black hair care products is small and there usually out of my way

    • ANSWER:
      You'd be surprised that many products that do not market specifically to blacks can be used by any hair type. I haven't used products marketed towards blacks in years because they usually contain bad ingredients (IE: petroleum), so don't limit yourself to what you can use. I will usually try a product unless it mentions it's for a certain hair type (blonde, wavy, relaxed, natural, etc). There are many products you can try for your hair from the cheapies like Sauve and V05 (I have V05 moisture milks shampoo) to products like Paul Mitchell, which can only be found in a salon; I used to use Dove and Pantene when I was relaxed. I use natural and organic products, like Wen and Giovanni, olive oil, shea butter, etc for my hair. Wen is a natural hair care line, and Giovanni is a certified organic product line. I have no longer have relaxed hair, but many people with relaxed hair use them, too.

      BTW, blacks usually have a very dry hair type that needs more moisture than other hair types. Relaxers also dry out the hair, which is why many have to keep their scalp oiled/greased.

      http://www.longhaircareforum.com is where you can get product recommendations.

  47. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Salon in Massachusetts?
    Hi,

    I am new in Massachusetts and I am looking for a good hairdresser who knowns how to really take good care of black hair. I would like to do a relaxer and have a haircut. Could you please help me.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      i go to muffins on blue hill ave the women that does my hair name is Sharron she has been doing it for about 2 years now she is very dependable but i am pretty sure that if you look them up online you can find the number i dont know it off the top of my head

  48. QUESTION:
    What salons do black women with curly hair go to in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago?
    I'm a black female who resides in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and I'm looking for a hairstyle change. The natural texture of my hair is a combination of curly and wavy.

    I have not had chemicals in my hair for over 10 years, and I'm trying to decide if I should get a relaxer, just a deep conditioner, or other. I'm making a few lifestyle changes, and my hair regime will be a part of that. I usually just wash, dry, slap a little gel on it to keep the curls down, and throw it in a ponytail.

    If you are a black female in my area, where do you get your hair done, and how do you care for your hair? What style do you have? Many people tell me all I need is a deep conditioner, which I've never had. I usually just shampoo and condition at home.

    In the past when I've had relaxers, they were very mild, and my hair rarely held any curls made with rollers or curling irons. It tends to poof easily which is why I use hair gel to keep it down now.Thanks
    NOTE: When time has expired for responses to my question, please contact me by email if you have any suggestions for me. Yahoo will not reveal your email address here on yahoo answers if you're concerned with privacy. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Even though this salon is a bit expensive, I would suggest going to any Aveda salon. The people at Aveda has an extensive knowledge about all hair types. I'm a natural also and I absolutely love them. See if there is one in your area.

  49. QUESTION:
    Where can I find African American hair care products in the Philippines?
    Most of the stuff for sale in malls dries my hair out too much. I've tried Bench Fix, but they just put a relaxer in my hair and killed the curl.

    I want to find stuff that black people use in the States.
    PS: I live in Alabang, but will travel anywhere in Manila to find the right hair care products. Also, I know some Filipino people have really thick, coarse hair. What do they use?

    • ANSWER:
      I live in India and face a similar issue. ONe thing you might do is find a college or university near you. Many schools have some African population and those women might be able to help find local versions of the products you need. That's what women with African textured hair have done out here.

      Also, the yahoo group black queen has a few expat posters. There might be someone in the Philippines who can help.

      Know anyone in the military out there? I'm told there are quite a few black soldiers of which some are bound to be female. They've probably faced the issue.

      If you find any pure shea butter, you might be able to make your own hair product if you're so inclined.

      Check out meetup.com too. Some Filipino expat orgs might have black woment hat you can connect with for hair tips. :)

      Hope one of these works! Good luck

  50. QUESTION:
    help!! i don't know how to take care of my hair!!?
    i'm black but i was adopted by Caucasians before i could walk and talk...and do my hair. i have to idea how to take care of it...right now its decent i guess but it used to be so long when i was little because my mom greased it like u were supposed to...but i have all the hair care products i just dont know what to do with them. i have shampoo and conditioner, hair lotion, a deep conditioner, and hair cream (olive oil brand). if someone can tell me when and how to use each of them i would be so grateful. i just want healthy black hair that i'm not ashamed of.

    p.s. if there is a product im missing plz let me know. and also can i do the at-home relaxers or do i have to go get it done?

    • ANSWER:
      Most black people don't know how to take care of their hair and they were raised by black people! I just recently learned 3 months ago and my hair has thanked me for it. It has grown from my neck... where it was for 3 years to my shoulder in that time.
      You don't have to grease your hair! Petroleum can actually block your pores and your scalp doesn't need any extra oils anyways. Your natural sebum does that for you!
      Now, for the shampoo I suggest using a natural shampoo or non-sulphate shampoo and also, most products designed for black people aren't good for us. So don't feel like you have to shop in the ethnic isle. Are you relaxed? If you aren't I don't suggest relaxing without knowing the consequences. It causes a lot of damage and breaks down your disulphide bonds. It's like dying your hair times 5. It dries it out, makes it hard to do, and easy to break off. I suggest going to longhaircareforum.com, blackhairmedia.com, hairlista.com, and k-i-s-s.biz for hair care tips. Those sites really helped me learn how to take care of my hair. And also, don't listen to other black people about your hair. Most of the time they are wrong. There are so many wrong ideas about things we have to do to keep our hair healthy when in truth we just have to moisturize it and lay off the heat!


Black Hair Care Products For Natural Hair

During winter the hair should not be wash often and in case you do need to do so, apply baby fine particles to your hair and use a comb on it. A drink made from honey, yogurt, bananas and skimmed milk prevents hair loss. Do away with stress, sleep well and rub down the scalp with rosemary essential oil. Dandruff can be removed by apply table salt on the scalp and then washing the hair with shampoo. Since different types of hair demand different ways of care, using a shampoo and conditioner specific to each type of hair becomes essential. Not every clean works for everybody. You might have noticed that the same brand of shampoo has various products for various types of hair.

Always ensure that to achieve effective hair care and one need to use the right products according to their hair type. Various hair care products are designed especially for particular hair types and so, it becomes highly important to know what your hair type is. Hair is of three types, which expand over oily, normal-to-dry, normal (healthy) and there is a wide variety of hair products available for all these different hair types.
Hair care should be considered when you are coloring your hair using hair color products that won't harm your scalp or injure your hair. Hair care coloring is not only fast and easy but the chemicals in products are much less caustic to the hair than they were years ago. Good-looking and natural looking hair color is as sought after as ever and with the proper hair care and color, you can bring out your eyes and make your skin glow. There are several different types of hair color. Some simply lay color on top of the hair and others require a chemical reaction that takes place inside the hair shaft.

To avoid all hair care disasters, follow these of great hair care: -

a Avoid unethical and over-the-counter hair care products whenever you can. Many of these only offer false hopes and promises.
a Do not cut your own bangs. Leave all of your cutting needs, even bangs, to your hair care professional.
a Do not use clarifying hair care products on your tresses more than one time per week. They can strip hair of damp and essential oils.
a Never stick with an outdated look because you are afraid of looking different. Styles change for a reason. Ask your hair care expert to bring you into this decade with a new style.
a Do not visit a hair care salon without first getting a referral from someone you can trust. Choosing a salon based on a poster or sale alone is very risky.
a Avoid excessive sun, chlorine and salt water during the summer months. Excessive exposure can cause severe damage that is irreversible even if you use the best hair care products.
a Don't brush your hair or put too much tension on it while it is still wet. This will cause breakage. Also, do not wear tight styles such as cornrows for extended periods of time unless you have ethnic hair.
a Do not purchase hair color that comes in a box.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are good black hair care products for natural and transitioning hair?
    I am currently transitioning and am 3 months in. I still have a ton of relaxed hair left. I have a dry scalp and I am looking to find ORGANIC hair products for natural and transitioning black hair.

    • ANSWER:
      You will need a moisturizing shampoo (without sodium laureth sulfate, commonly known as sls; it dries the hair out and strips it of it's natural oils and moisture) you may want to try aubrey organics products for this (can find them at whole foods stores); next you will need a protein deep conditioner: organics hair mayo (in a jar) or organics replenish packs. both of these work great for me (i've been transitioning for 7 months) and they help tame my natural hair. also, invest in a moisturizing leave-in conditioner and a protein leave-in conditioner. I use giovanni direct leave-in for my protein conditioner and i'm still on the lookout for a moisturizing leave-in (I'll probably invest in pure shea butter or aloe vera with glycerin). this is what works for me; there's so much information out there for properly caring for hair, especially when dealing with two textures. the key is to have patience and to learn and understand your hair and what it's telling you. if you would like more detailed information you can email me at my yahoo address.

  2. QUESTION:
    what are some good hair care products for natural black hair?
    need some products that i can get in beauty stores, drug stores and places like that. My hair is very dry and has some breakage so i need moisturizers, conditioners (wash out and leave in). my hair is a course kinky texture btw.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm having the same issue because I just went from relaxed to natural. You don't need the expensive 30 something products that websites sell for natural hair. My hair is course and kinky as well with no curl lol kind of like a Brillo pad. The best places to go are the places that sell hair (weave, braiding hair, wigs, etc) They have a lot of black hair products for natural hair. Anything that has coconut oil, olive oil, or shea butter (my favorite) is a good for your hair. Leave in de-tangling spray works good for combing your hair after washing it too. The product I use for everything is Organics (by Africa's BEST). They have a maximum strength extra virgin olive oil moisturizer, conditioner, and shampoo along with other products. It works wonders for the dryness and breakage. I apply the moisturizer before bed and wear a scarf. Hollywood Beauty also has good products as well.There are so many brands and you'll have to do some experimenting for yourself to see what fits your needs.

      Breakage can be reduced by trimming your ends and avoiding heat (which could help with the dryness) Avoid products with alcohol in them like spritz and use non alcoholic gels (if you use gel). Believe or not your scarf or pillow can also cause breakage. Cotton rips the hair causing split ends which cause breakage. Try using a satin scarf or pillowcase. When you comb your hair use a wide tooth comb and hold the part of your hair that your combing. Start from the ends and work your way up so you won't snag the hair. Remember that hair is at its weakest point when it's wet so be very gentle when styling while wet. That causes breakage as well.

      My hair is super dry so I found a recipe online. Take egg whites and olive oil, mix the two and apply it to your hair like a deep conditioner every two weeks. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse with cool water (hot or warm water will cause the egg to cook in your hair leaving bits of fried egg everywhere).
      Its a great conditioner!

      Good luck:)

  3. QUESTION:
    Do the Matrix hair care products work for natural black hair?
    I have extremely thick hair, of a fine -in the front and back- and coarse -on the sides- textures. My hair type is prone to shrinkage and easy breakage, so how easy would it be to style with their products? In order to amplify my fro, how well would these products work for me?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure, I've never used their products, however, if you are looking for 100% organic hair care product designed for Black women with natural hair...you can try Mineral Indulgence. Their Kiwi Coconut Hair smoothie deep conditioned, detangled, and accentuated the curls in my fro. It also helped with my hiar breakage problem.

      Good Luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some natural hair care products for black women.?
    I know that Carol's daughter is one, but is there anymore ?

    • ANSWER:
      Renpure Organics, and Mixed Chicks.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the best, affordable all natural black hair care product?
    I dont work for much but I love my hair and try my best to take care of it. I'm looking for something that is 100% natural and costs under .U.S. if possible.

    • ANSWER:
      save up and buy the more expensive stuff.
      cheap products are full of cheap chemicals.
      the more expensive products are so priced because it costs a little extra to do things right, with natural materials.

      i would recommend ABBA for natural hair.
      it's all natural, and very good for textured hair.
      my sister, who has been wearing her hair naturally for more than 10 years now swears by it.

      here are a few of their products:
      http://www.palmbeauty.com/storebrands/Abba/

      you can get this line in any beauty supply store.

  6. QUESTION:
    Natural Black Hair care Product Review!?
    Do u like these products?

    Organic Root Stimulator

    Carrot oil
    Jojoba oil
    Shea Butter
    Hair Mayo
    Olive oil lotion

    Just for me

    Curl Creme

    Soft & Beautiful

    Soft & Beautiful Sculpting Foam

    Elasta Qp
    Mango Butter

    Fantasia IC Gel

    • ANSWER:
      I want to try the essential oils and 100% shea butter. I heard they're really good. Here sre more sites for natural hair:

      longhaircareforum.com (designed mostly for black women and these women are all about growing hair long and the forums have great product and styling advice)

      naturallycurly.com (love the forums and articles and have prduct advice galore. Makes you love being curly)

      youtube.com (type in hair and you will find many women of all colors who have great advice about hair care and how to videos)

      nappturality.com (not really advice for relaxed sisters but still helpful in learning to love and care for your texture)

      fotki.com (many women have pictures detailing their hair journey, especially helpful for transitioning but really inspiring)

      biracialhair.org (terri has great hair and even though you might not be mixed her hair tips about how to wash and condition are invaluable for all curly textures)

  7. QUESTION:
    do you think there is a place for modern and natural black hair products on the high street?
    there are lots of new organic and revolutionary products on the internet but these are not available on the high street. do you think these products should be displayed to a wider audience where you can touch and smell them and gain advice from black hair care specialists.
    Just to make it clear, I am thinking about products like unrefined shea butter which is very popular with the new wave of people who want to grow their relaxers out. For example. I have a multicultural family and we all have different needs when it comes to our hair, I am very comfortable with this and do not need negative comments. When i open my company any one of any creed and colour will be welcome. Please lets not throw the "R" word about.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably. But i am not sure but I am pretty sure there probabaly somewhere.

  8. QUESTION:
    what are some of the best 100%pure hair products for natural black descent hair?
    i m also trying to grow my hair my hair ,looking for some purboil like coconut and rosemary i m looking to find any stores online where i can get them also feel free to give me some tips on how to grow and care for and also some homemade oil and how to soften

    • ANSWER:
      I have the PERFECT website for you. It's
      www.hairobicsallnatural.com
      The owner/founder is a natural black woman and all her products are all natural. You could eat it it's so natural. Unless you're in Cali, you'd have to have it shipped to you, but for me shipping was very quick.
      I got the scalp/hair booster which smells wonderful. I grease my scalp with this and it actually tingles because of the herbs. It's not heavy at all. I also got the hair oil, which also smells great and I use this to soften my hair, seal my ends, and add shine. Both these products have coconut and rosemary and you can read the other ingredients before you buy them.
      The prices are a little higher than say the "Discount Beauty" supply store, but the products are worth it. I had high expectations and those were met. I would def buy from Hairobics again. The product def lasts a long time too. She also sells shampoo/conditioner and skin products as well.
      Her website also features hair tips. One that I live by is rinsing out your shampoo and conditioner with COLD water. I use warm water to wet my hair and lather and then I make it cold to wash out the shampoo and leave it cold until I wash out the conditioner. This added extra shine to my hair and made it softer. Just like heat from a flat iron isn't great for your hair neither is the heat from water which makes your hair more brittle.
      Oh yeah, the owner's hair is down her back...

      Good luck with everything!

  9. QUESTION:
    If you have natural black hair, what types of products should you be using? ?
    I heard Pantene isn't the best. I've been natural for a while, but I'm not I'm still looking for hair care products will help my hair stay healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I think it is based on what works well for your hair. Depending on who you ask you can probably find someone to criticize any product that you put on your hair. The only ones that I would say are definitely bad are those that clog your hair down like petroleum or petrolatum. Try this website, www.nappturality.com. They have a forum on both homemade and commercial hair products. And between all the posters, you'll find someone with a review on any product that you can think of.

  10. QUESTION:
    Where can I find Alcohol free black hair care products?
    I keep reading that African American hair care products should not contain alcohol; yet every product I have for Black hair seems to contain some form of alcohol. And these products I have are'nt cheap dime-store stuff, either. I bought most of them at beauty supply shops. I live in a small town that doesn't have African American products, so I have to go to the nearest big city, and buy my hair supplies there. So where can I find natural, alcohol-free products that don't cost .00 a bottle? Thank-you, rebecca_480@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      Don't stress so much about "black" products. I use it all from Vo5 to Aussie. Also you need to be sure of the type of alcohol you are trying to avoid. Cetyl, I hear is fine. You really need to avoid mineral oil, petroleum, and sulfates. These are drying. I'm african american and have a hair blog. You can get ideas of products from my regimen where I list what products I use.

  11. QUESTION:
    Black hair care regime for relaxed to natural transition?
    So I've been growing out my relaxed hair for about 5 or 6 months now and my natural hair is really really really thick! I can't even put my hair into one pontytail with out lumps and bumps on the side, even with gel, damp or any other products!
    I use a ponytail puff to wear my hair everyday and now the ends are breaking off and the hair is becoming dry.

    Is there a hair care regime to soften my hair and to make it more managable?
    (preferably organic)

    How do you manage your natural hair/ new growth?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, I am a hair dresser. My advice to you is to get your hair braided so your ends don't break off. When you have new growth, you comb harder than you do with just relaxed hair and that puts unneeded tension on the relaxed hair. To soften your hair, comb your hair with a wide tooth comb while you are conditioning after you shampoo. Use hair lotion or blow out cream when you dry your hair. Try using hair oil and not hair grease and wrap foam instead of gel. Hair gel can break your hair off also. Hope this helps!

  12. QUESTION:
    NATURAL HAIR Regimen?!?!? Natural sisters please answer!! Sorry it's a tad bit long!!?
    Hello hello!!

    I'm newly natural. Transitioned for only 3 months. 2 months on the 19th of February!! About 1 1/4 inches long.YAY!

    Okay I've been stalking youtube trying to find a hair care regimen that is very easy with only a few (CHEAP lol) products. I couldn't find one that I truly liked so this is what I came up with using black soap, suave natural and professional conditioner, leave in conditioner, coconut oil and castor oil.:

    Every 3 weeks I'll wash my hair with organic black soap then deep condition with a mixture of castor oil and suave professionals almond and shea butter conditioner for about 3 hours.

    In between the wash/ deep condition I'll co- wash my hair with suave naturals coconut conditioner then put some coconut oil to seal in the moisture weekly.

    Everyday i'll alternate between the two: One day I'll moisturize my hair with water since the day before i co- washed or deep conditioned my hair. I'll seal it in with castor oil. Or I'll put in some Giovanni leave in conditioner and seal it in with coconut oil.

    Oh and when my hair gets to a decent length I'll use eco styler gel or hollywood beauty olive oil hairdress for hairstyles like wet and go's, twists, braids, twist outs, braid outs, flat twists, puff, bantu knot out, etc.

    Is this a good idea?? I stayed away from SLS, mineral oil, and petroleum. It's about 8 products in total. Most are natural products and if not I checked the ingredients to make sure they were okay.

    Also, I was going to alternate between extensions (braids) and my natural hair to grow it out. March, May, July, and September I'll wear my natural hair. April, June, and August I'll have extensions in. By September 19th I'll be 9 months natural. How should I take care of my natural hair while its still in the extensions? I still want the weave to look nice since I'll be keeping it in for a month. If this works out how long and healthy do you think my hair will be when school starts again in early September?? I'll be a Junior! I want hair hair to be long enough to be in a cute afros, to do twists etc.

    Questions in a nut shell-
    1.Is this a good hair regimen??
    2.How should I take care of my natural hair while its still in the extensions?
    3.If this works out how long and healthy do you think my hair will be when school starts again in early September??

    Tips/suggestions will highly be put into play! I'm only trying to use products I can find in stores and that is cheap.

    Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    What is a good flat iron for natural black hair?
    I have natural black hair that is very thick.I am going to college soon and need a good flat iron since I won't be getting my hair done as often Also any suggestions on hair care products to protect my hair from heat would be great

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend the Karmin G3 Salon Pro, it heats up to 450f with temperature control, dual voltage, tourmaline ceramic plates with rounded edges which makes it great for also curling your hair. Also has a 3 year warranty. You can buy from http://MyHairStylingTools.com , it works amazing with any type of hair, if u aren't so sure about it check the reviews at http://flatironsreviews.com . About the heat protector i suggest Pro Naturals Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment with Heat Protector, it is great.
      I hope this helps.

  14. QUESTION:
    any curly hair products to use for relaxed hair?
    my hair is relaxed, black women, so i have a relaxer in my hair, but hair is naturally curly...i am tired of wearing it straight i want a change for a week, so i want to wear it curly, but a natural curly look....ANy good products that will revive my curls, but will not break my hair off or dry it out...basically any good black hair care products, but any will help..but it has to be good for relaxed hair.
    thanks
    my hair is relaxed, black women, so i have a relaxer in my hair, but hair is naturally curly...i am tired of wearing it straight i want a change for a week, so i want to wear it curly, but a natural curly look....ANy good products that will revive my curls, but will not break my hair off or dry it out...basically any good black hair care products, but any will help..but it has to be good for relaxed hair.
    thanks

    i have really good, passed my shoulder hair, not nappy or kinky,if it helps

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure if this will help but I would try the perms and relaxers page and I would also try the product recommendations page at http://www.the411onhair.com and see if you find any useful information there.

  15. QUESTION:
    Taking care of black natural hair?
    I just removed my braids from my hair, and started going to school with my natural hair. its been two days now, and i have no idea what style to do next( i DONT want to go in a wild afro or anything) i did two different types of puffs for the 2 days. Can anyone please tell me what to do next that will look nice, and without having to straighten my hair or anything like that. also what can i use on my hair that will serve as shea butter, because i don't have shea butter. What products can i use to take care of it?? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hey starG,

      I just did a post about styling natural hair and natural hair products. Check it out.

      Styling: http://onyxroseonline.blogspot.com/2010/06/you-made-it-dancest.html

      Products: http://onyxroseonline.blogspot.com/2010/06/product-suggestions.html

  16. QUESTION:
    Taking care of black 'people' hair in ENGLAND???help!?
    ok, so obviously, im black and i have permed (straight) hair. my problem is, is that for 10 years, ive always had extensions in my hair so i have no idea how to take care of my natural hair now that ive decided to go all natural. I NEED HELP! is there any NON-OIL products that you could recomend for me like; type of shampoo? condisioner? creams?hairsprays (i have kinda 'scene' hair)? and i like to straighten my hair with hair straighteners so is there any heat resistant products i could use??? NON-OIL PRODUCTS PLEASE!
    thanks so much! your a life-saver! :)

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Why are Black women always featured on back hair care products always wearing weaves or wigs?
    It irritates me. They have relaxers or hair dye produts with a black woman on the cover wearing a big wig. Or the insulting 'Africian Pride' products that actually make your natural naps straight. How is that having pride for you hair?

    Someone wrote on a resolved question why Beyonce does those hair dye commercials when she wears pieces. I always thought the same thing. First of all those dyes probably aren't really made for black hair, and since when would those movie stars take that time to dye their weaves when they could order a piece that is the same color and isn't damaged from the dye? I guess it is just like any other commercial; use fake props to make the people think they will get the same quality from the product.

    • ANSWER:
      I guess a better question would be what black woman does not wear a weave? I have alot of "black" friends and most of them have ruined thier hair with relaxers and glue in weave. I think it looks beautiful natural and they should leave it alone.

  18. QUESTION:
    Do white products work in black hair ?
    I Im 19 years old with thick afro textured hair .And im going to be honest , I have tried black hair products and at one time they were all i used. My experience with them has been that they are ok, but i found that most of them made statments such as ' will have healthy thick hair' or 'will make yur hair grow'. However while i found that these products were ok, they often don't do what they say on the bottle. For some reason , i see the the majority of black hair poducts feel the need to print statements that tell the costumer that it will make their hair grow (because they think this is what every black women wants), when in actual fact I think that the only thing that determinds your hair growth is genetics and trim & treatment , just trying to look after your hair and not just going by what it says on the bottle. I suffer from dry itchy scalp , so i've used sulpher 8, i found this product really good, it would stop the itching immediatley (although the relief did only last for some hours), however the problem i found with this product is the fact that it is hair grease, and the problem with hair grease , is that i found that it does not get obsorbed into the scalp, but instead feels as if it is just sitting on the surface and making it very dirty, the more u put in it just builds up to a point where u scratch ur head and u have this black gunk behind ur finger nails. ( so i now use hair oil which i find is a lot better)

    so one day i fancied a change, and i used garnier fructis shampoo, and i found that it worked really well. garnier fructis claims to strengthen your hair from the inside an make it shine on the out side, and with continued use will allow u to obtain healthier a nd strongerhair. I have been using it for months now and my hair has never been in better condition, my sister and my mother tell me that it looks so much healthier and it has also grown ( which i think is also down to the combination of trimming and conditioning). I also started using kera care treatment ( which is considered as a black hair product), and found that it work brilliantly , so thumbs up for kera care, although i've only started using it recently) . As for conditioning , i decided to try charles worthington , moister seal conditioner ( considered as a white hair product) and found that it also worked very well and after using it my hair was soft and detangled , i didn't even need to comb it that much while i was blow drying. A ll i knew is that balck hair loves moisture and this conditioner said moistuer seal, so regardless of whether it was a black or white hair product it work very well for me.

    i just found it dissapointing that black hair products which tend to state that they can make your hair do this and that, in some cases tend to do neither , and products which are looked apon as white hair products done the very thing for my hair which black hair products said they would do, but didn't.
    There are some black women that will just say , ' no, white products do not work in black hair', but i can't help thinking thats its maybe because they haven't tried it. Im not saying that all white products work in black hair , because i did use a product by l'oreal , that didn't work very well. But im just saying , whats wrong with combining them. There are probably some some qualities in white products which u can't find in black and some in black products which u can't find in white. However i think that i have now found the right balance which works for my hair. my hair is still natural so i just use ghd's after i blow dry to straighten my hair. While i straighten i use a little of ' Charles worthington' heat defence spray and smooth in small amounts of cream gro by 'Triple gro', which gets my hair super straight. The cream grow doesn't actually say its for straightening but it works wonders for me and i don't use it for anything else. Im no expert in hair but all i know is that hair is hair, and while they may be completely different textures, if a white product says that it adds moisture to the hair , then i can't see why it can't do the same for the black.

    What do you guys think ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can use white products for black hair, but you have to do your research. Forget about whatever results the product is promising on the front label. Turn it around and check the INGREDIENTS!!!! Regardless of whether or not the woman on the front is white or black, the ingredients are what you need to pay attention to. Many so-called black hair products are not good for our hair. Our hair is generally more fragile than white hair, and requires a lot more moisture. Many hair products contain ingredients that dry the hair out. Also, many products contain chemicals that are not good for our hair. Try to find products that are as natural and moisturizing as possible. Don't get hung up on which race the product is made for.

  19. QUESTION:
    Which Hair Care Products That Are Geared Toward Caucasians Are Best For African American Hair?
    I'm looking into buying new hair care products that are not geared towards black people because they tend to actually be worthless. I'm natural (I don't use relaxers in my hair). I need products that will make my hair soft,shiny and healthy. Right now it's dull and dry. I've heard that tresemme is pretty good. Thanks to all who answer my question.

    • ANSWER:
      Well it all starts with what you wash you hair with. Get a good moisturizing shampoo, and conditioner. most importantly, get a great moisturizing leave-in conditioner. i use the Cantu shea butter leave-in conditioner works great for me. you can find it at any Walmart. also get some sort of hair cream or lotion. the thing about having natural hair, (I'm natural 2) is that you have to see what hair products work for you. some really good products are olive oil, virgin oil, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and tea tree oil. as i said, its all about finding what works for you. hope this helps. XD

  20. QUESTION:
    Black African-American Girls' Hair----- Hair Care Question?
    What are some basic hair care tips for washing and styling for black little girls? How often do you have to wash it, and what type of product is safe for kids? Do you have to relax it to style or braid it? Or, can you just braid it with the natural curl?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I think once a week is good to wash the hair. After you wash it you should comb it out into four sections (two on the side, Two in the back braided) Go throuh each section part and lightly grease (with hair grease) after you braid each section rebraid it after you have finished a blow dryer with a comb attatchment is what you should use to dry it. Just undo each section one at a time blow dry it and after your done style how ever. They have childrens shampoo at the store make sure you use conditioner and don't use gel. If the hair is not straight enough you can flat iorn. You do not always have to do a relaxer see how managable the hair is afer you wash and blow dry or flat iorn and make your decision. Good luck! If worse comes to worse take them to the beauty shop.

  21. QUESTION:
    Vegan hair care for African American hair?
    Does anyone know of any good vegan hair care products for my natural (no chemicals) black hair that will make it healthy? I stopped relaxing about three years ago. I keep my hair braided or in double strand twists for the most part, and I keep away from heat. But I still have lots of breakage, knots, and split ends, and my hair always feels..."crunchy" is my term but it's really thirsty hair. Plus if there are any natural women out there can you tell me about your regimen?

    • ANSWER:
      You can boil flax seeds...in water...just take a cupful of them...boil them in like...two or three cups of water..and it will make a gel..then you strain the flax seeds out of the mixture.

      You can bottle the gel and use it on your hair. =o)
      All natural AND vegan!! =o)

      I hope this works for you!! Make sure to get the ends of your hair cut every few months to avoid split ends/or at least to get rid of them. Good luck!!

  22. QUESTION:
    Transitioning natural black hair...help please!!!! Skin care help too :-) ?
    So I am 16 years old, and on/ around my birthday (Oct 2010) it will have been 2 years since I began my hair journey. I don't want to do the big chop, and even though I've had some results they aren't really moving along. I was doing some research and I found out that the products I have been using are a no-no. Also, I mix-match my products because I can't find a complete hair line that is cheap (it is a recession lol). I use nature fusion moisture balance by Pantene and sulfur8 oil moisturizing creme. For conditioner I use Dr. Miracle, which I'm out of so I'm not sure what ingredients it has. The Shampoo contains sodium laureth sulfate, and the creme has mineral oil and petrolatum. I also have dandruff so if you could mention any cheap, organic products that would be good for that I would REALLLLLLYYYYYYY APPRECIATE IT!!!!!! Also I am going out of town soon and I need some cute hairstyle ideas that will last for about a month and can be washed. I haven't really gotten used to doing my own hair, and as embarrassing as it is, my mom does my hair, lol. Also, I am trying to find some cheap, natural skin products to give me a glow and even my skin tone. Right now I have about 5 diff tones, any suggestions. Besides that I need a really good, affordable chap stick and lip gloss! The products I use always end up crumbling and there is white flakes more or less. I usually use chapstick, blistex, carmex(which def dries my lips even worse), and for lip gloss I use beautyruch from Victoria's Secret or Neutragena. I don't mean to seem cheap but it is a recession and my mom is a single parent. Thanks in advance!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      i would not worry about sounding cheap. all those products are no-nos. dr. miracle made my transitioning natural hair too strong and tough, so did the expensive all natural carol's daughter. pantene is probably not for your hair type. try what i use shea butter and olive oil/ or jojoba oils and shea butter shampoo, the entire line can be bought at wal-mart or target . each product is under . shampoo and leave the cream conditioner in with a little mix of the olive, depending on the condition of your hair, do two -strand twists while damp in small to medium sections (your choice ) all over your head. let it air dry.you can do that the day before your trip. the morning of take them apart touching each tip and hairline with the cream, then put an old-school fabric headband to pull the hair back and just let them stick up all over. now that's a look. use vitamin e for lips its in a lipstick tube.use nice oils and shea butters on your skin only. there are trial sizes of most anything .Oh yeah don't pull the strands all the way apart they might frizz. don't ever comb them out. use your fingers only.

  23. QUESTION:
    Which products do curly-haired people use to care for their hair? Can you share your regimen?
    WHich products do you use?

    Can you share your regimen? Is your hair prone to dryness? DO you co-wash? Do you find natural /organic products more gentle on the hair or it doesn't bother you (i prefer natural for my afro hair).

    Just wondering. After years of struggling with my hair I am learning a lot about the extra care that afro hair needs - but apparently non-black curly hair also needs a special kind of care (not as much as afro though!)

    • ANSWER:
      I'm british white, with red hair, and it's veeerrry curly!

      I don't use any really expensive products, actually. I DO have to care for it more than all of my straight haired friends, though. My hair care pretty much follows these lines...

      I NEVER brush it when its dry unless I'm about to wash it. Ever. I brush it thoroughly before I wash it, then I use Pantene Perfect curls shampoo, and wash it off. I use Perfect Curls conditioner, and leave it on for about 10 mins to soak in, then wash it off. (I use quite a lot of conditioner because my hair IS prone to dryness, because I have to wash it often). Then I use a wide tooth afro comb, so that my hair stays in locks as it dries. If I use a normal brush/comb, my hair separates and goes super frizzy. I then use a diffuser to dry it -

      I tip my head upside down and scrunch my hair, at th same time drying it on medium speed, medium heat with the diffuser. I don't dry it properly, because it goes fluffy. I dry it until its damp. Then, as it air dries afterwards, I have to keep ruffling, otherwise it sticks to my head and looks greasy and flat.

      Overnight, I tie it in a knot on the top of my head to stop it from getting matted (because then I have to brush and wash it again). In the morning, if it's a little frizzy, I spray it with water to control it a little, and then shake my hair/head. Done!

      I never used to be able to control it up until I was about 12. Then I started to learn what I needed to do. I used to wash it every day, but now I don't. And I only brush it about twice a week!!! You'd probably understand that though. People used to think it was trampy, but they kinda get it now. Lmao :D

  24. QUESTION:
    Hair care tips for torn-black hair, anyone?
    I have a natural black hair that is starting to turn really, really red. It doesn't look like it's dry, on the contrary it turns greasy very easily. I want it to be black-coloured again, is there any hair products/herbs that can help? Note that my scalp is a bit sensitive and can't take just any hair product, otherwise it starts to itch. Thanks!
    Torn just means the colour starts to fade.

    • ANSWER:
      You can mix some temporary black-dye into your conditioner and it'll keep the color richer. I say temporary because they generally aren't as damaging and don't need to stay on as long (since it'll wash out next time, but also be reapplied next time).

      You'll essentially have a home-made version of those "Brilliant Brunette" or "Sheer Blond" shampoos for black hair.

  25. QUESTION:
    Which is a better product for damaged black hair? Carols Daughter or Ojon?
    I am currently considering either buying the Carols Daughter or the Ojon line of hair care products. I am currently growing out my relaxer and want to move toward more natural products to help with my dry/damaged hair. Has anyone tried both?

    • ANSWER:
      i would recommend the ojon line. i have been using the restoritive treatment 2 times a week for about a year and what it does is amazing. as it is a natural oil, it penetraits deep into the scalp, which will help with the new growth, and also, it will help repair the damage that is at the mid-lengths to the roots. i am a hair stylist, and i am pretty fussy about what i recommend to clients and use on own my hair. it is the best & easiest treatment to use!!!

  26. QUESTION:
    about hair growth products for black woman?
    Ok. I am trying to grow my hair out, and lately i have been using the whole aphogee hair line products on my hair. I also use the Doo gro oil in combined with aphogee to add moisture to my hair. Well It is helping my hair grow, but I notice that aphogee hair products carry a lot of protein and i saw that it has alcohol in it too.

    I'm not sure if I should continue to use this product line because it has alcohol in it, and alcohol strips the natural oils in the scalp. So I came across Kera care products and I was wondering if the kera care line helps hair growth, and if so what kera care products would you recommend. My hair is currently relaxed, and I just want a product that will help continue to grow my hair out with less breakage. Any suggestions. Remember no alcohol products. Thank you so much and many Blessings.

    • ANSWER:
      DR.MIRACLES

  27. QUESTION:
    (Black Girls) How can I get my Hair Like This?
    Hey guys! I am 13 years old and in the 7th grade, and I kind of want my hair naturally curly, but not the thick, kinky roots! I also am definatleu NOT CUTTING MY HAIR!!! haha thats a no no for me :) but I think the relaxers are getting a little old. I want my hair to have those tight curl that go to my shoulders, NOT an afro! And if I'm black (with a little Cherokee Native Amercian), do I have a chnce of my hair turning like this? I want it exactly how it is in these two pictures, sleek roots and everything! Is this a relaxer? By the way, I am currently using "Carol's Daughter" products on my hair, which are great for natural and relaxed hair. Thanks guys!!!

    Pics of How I want my hair: (The second pic moreso)

    http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1R2ACAW_enUS408&tbs=isch:1&q=black+natural+curly+hair&revid=527000405&sa=X&ei=BE8aTbr3AoO78gb6_vXUDQ&ved=0CDIQ1QIoAA&biw=1345&bih=555

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor.com/image-files/natural-black-hair-care-01.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor.com/natural-black-hair-care.html&usg=__0WHrFV97BdjPvrF_C8X3c6Ho_Yw=&h=336&w=266&sz=9&hl=en&start=0&sig2=BxEcKBaaTQvs8jcD3rOTUQ&zoom=1&tbnid=U10lIrOZWiKexM:&tbnh=129&tbnw=102&ei=g1AaTc66KcP58Aa7h-iwDg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dblack%2Bnatural%2Bcurly%2Bhair%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DX%26rlz%3D1R2ACAW_enUS408%26biw%3D1345%26bih%3D555%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=687&vpy=192&dur=780&hovh=252&hovw=200&tx=70&ty=243&oei=DU8aTYjHBcL78Aa7xJTVDQ&esq=12&page=1&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:24,s:0

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor.com/image-files/natural-black-hair-care-01.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor.com/natural-black-hair-care.html&usg=__0WHrFV97BdjPvrF_C8X3c6Ho_Yw=&h=336&w=266&sz=9&hl=en&start=0&sig2=BxEcKBaaTQvs8jcD3rOTUQ&zoom=1&tbnid=U10lIrOZWiKexM:&tbnh=129&tbnw=102&ei=g1AaTc66KcP58Aa7h-iwDg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dblack%2Bnatural%2Bcurly%2Bhair%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DX%26rlz%3D1R2ACAW_enUS408%26biw%3D1345%26bih%3D555%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=687&vpy=192&dur=780&hovh=252&hovw=200&tx=70&ty=243&oei=DU8aTYjHBcL78Aa7xJTVDQ&esq=12&page=1&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:24,s:0

    Pics of me:
    (By the way how long would my hair be if I did this thanks

    http://s957.photobucket.com/albums/ae52/katibugi14/

    • ANSWER:
      ok 1st off. you don't have to be mixed to get hair like that... EVERY black woman has hair like that but they get their hair relaxed and it starts getting all nappy.

      you have to stop getting relaxers and grow all that perm out your hair and then you will see hair texture like in those pictures in about 5 or 6 months.

      i know you don't want to cut your hair, so another way is to get a weave that looks like that. or you could grow your hair out ( and it will grow longer without relaxers) and when you see that your hair has grown out of being straight.. cut the Straight tips off and i swear to you your hair could be down to your BUTT in about two years.

      it's a long process but Natural hair is way better than relaxed hair. and think you could have the kinky hair and you could flat iron it Natural really long hair.

      um your photobucket account is private btw.

      here are some videos:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRuyshc7FSk

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLkXNB_wbVQ&feature=related

  28. QUESTION:
    African American women and natural hair? Breakage?
    So I have been transitioning from relaxed to natural hair for quite a while now (6 months) and have heard rumors that once Black women begin to transition to natural hair, their relaxed hair must be clipped off or it will break off. I use 100% natural African American hair care products from this site (mineralindulgence.com) and have not experienced any relaxed hair breakage. In fact, both my hair textures seem to be healthy. So my question is, for those who have natural or are transitioning, did your relaxed hair break off? Is it normal for rlaxed hair to NOT break off during the transition period?

    • ANSWER:
      When I transitioned my hair never broke off...so i just cut it off slowly until it was all long and natural.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to get softer and looser curls in kninky hair?
    I have kinky hair (4a-4b) that's a couple inches below my shoulders, so its medium long and i really want my hair to look like this

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.emohaircare.com/wp-content/gallery/black-hairstyle/black-hairstyle-14.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.emohaircare.com/proper-hair-care-for-natural-black-hair-styles.html&usg=__Ubn_8KCbazD69FLZ-aT-qQpr_S0=&h=400&w=400&sz=143&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=Ex9-1C868Qmy-M:&tbnh=157&tbnw=157&ei=G5-xTcj5GtScgQe18NzkCw&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dafrican%2Bamerican%2Bnatural%2Bhair%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1R2ACGW_enUS359%26biw%3D1259%26bih%3D730%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=490&vpy=317&dur=461&hovh=225&hovw=225&tx=109&ty=114&page=1&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:9,s:0

    or this

    http://www.essence.com/hair/hot_topics_2/leonard_pitts_jr_your_natural_hair_is_be.php

    where its still curly but the hair has looser and more defined curls, and soft and moisturized
    how can i achieve this look? (products, tips, etc)
    I've had natural hair all my life and my hair isnt super long, is that weird? is there anything i can do to speed up the growth?

    • ANSWER:
      Oooh, kinky. I like it like that.

  30. QUESTION:
    How do non-black curly-haired people care for their hair? Can you share your regimen?
    Just wondering. After years of struggling with my hair I am learning a lot about the extra care that afro hair needs - but apparently non-black curly hair also needs a special kind of care (not as much as afro though!)

    Can you share your regimen? Is your hair prone to dryness? DO you co-wash? Do you use a wide tooth comb or a normal hairbrush? WHich products do you use? Do you find natural products more gentle on the hair or it doesn't bother you (i prefer natural for my afro hair).

    Thanks
    Hi Maria, thanks for responding. WHat i mean is, how do you care for your hair? How often do you wash it, condition it, detangle it, style it. ANd what products do you use?

    • ANSWER:
      deep condition once a week
      shampoo only once a week
      use john frieda serum
      condition everyday
      use aubrey organics or giovanni shampoo and conditioner, they dont dry out ur hair
      dont blow dry or straighten
      healthy diet
      lot of water
      etc

  31. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Care Advice?
    I've always had very thin, short and unhealthy hair and has never had anyone to help me take care of it.Now I'm 17 and I am finally trying to take care of my hair but I don't know how to. My hair is short, dry, very brittle and very thin.I first permed my hair when I was about 8 or 9 years old and I still perm it every two months.Before I would just put it in a pony tail, cornrows, individual braids (human hair) and I now sow weave which has made my hair worst then before.I used every type of hair product and read learned that natural products should work good for my hair type, I haven't yet used natural products but I read that Carol's Daugter and Beauty 4 Ashes are my best choice.
    I want to know should I continue to get my hair washed and set once a week and perm it every two months using natural products or should I cut it off and grow out the perm by either continuing to sow in the weave or get individual braids and get them done over every two months and what type of hair?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should buy motions CPR treatment and put it and and sit under a blowdryer for like 30 mins every two weeks and stop perming your hair just let the perm grow out and get you hair trimmed every two weeks. And if you want you hair to be straight like if you had a perm just flat iron it. Thats what i did but i usually keep it in individuals and it is growing and becoming more healthy. And another thing if you are going to get individuals dont let them stay in for more that 4 weeks

  32. QUESTION:
    Hair products for black child's hair and how to look after it?
    My daughter is fully black (as am I) and I'm having a real problem with her hair, I just don't know how to care for it. She's 6 and my sister plaits her hair for me but I'm really starting to worry about using grease/petroleum based products in her hair and would like to use natural essential oils. She has very thick coarse hair which grows very well but I have tried coconut oil and it seems to just completely dry out her hair, I'm starting Olive Oil hot treatments once a week. So my question is what is a good hair care regime and what products are good to keep in moisture please. Also I heard that Soft n Free curl activator lotion is good for natural hair, is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      Stay Away from PETROLEUM! Yes you can make your own hair products. The following essential oils are good:
      Rosemary
      Cedarwood
      Sandalwood
      Clary Sage
      Basil
      Thyme

      Depending on the texture of her hair or the thickness you can try some of these other carrier oils (I'm surprised Coconut oil does work)
      Jojoba oil
      Sweet Almond oil
      Avocado Oil

      However I believe if you add the right essential oils you will see results. You can visit my site www.youngliving.org/raqad for the only therapeutic grade essentials oils on the market that are not only good for hair and skin but also good for your health! Good luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    How should I style my natural African hair?
    I'm 100% black (to my knowledge) with super coily hair and angular kinks closer to my scalp. What type of styles and hair care products would work best with this type of hair? I'm thinking of getting a break from braids and going natural for a good while.
    I'm a girl, by the way, and I don't wan't a seventy style fro or straightened hair.

    • ANSWER:
      The key is to work with your particular texture of hair, and don't spend time trying to make it form into patterns it won't. That's step #1. Get a good shampoo, I reccommend the Khoret Amen Sea Moss shampoo from Carol's Daughter (Carolsdaughter.com or google it). It does not dry the hair and leaves is rich and soft (you won't believe it the first time you try it.) Try other things from her line, because they are made for natural hair. Also, I reccommend a leave in conditioner, and also a good oil to leave in, such as Coconut oil. A good very cheap conditioner is Suave--the Coconut flavor. Do NOT use petroleum based oils, only natural oils such as coconut, jojoba, almond because these can be absorbed by your hair. No gel, as it dries and strips, unless you use IC Aloe gel with no alcohol.
      As for styling, just let it fly free. If it tends to be round, just make sure you pat it down so it's round. Healthy, shiny hair will be more important than the style so much. Just accentuate your natural beauty with beautiful flowers or pins, maybe consider herbal or henna coloring or even a cellophane rinse for added pizzazz. Remember; no alcohol products, no petroleum based products, and try to get products without Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (this is what causes shampoos and conditioners to foam; it is highly stripping and drying and your hair will be healthier without it.)

  34. QUESTION:
    African American Hair Care Products?
    Sista's only please no offense but... I would like to know what good moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners and oils that you use. I mean the ones that are specifically made for black people. I'm looking for products with jahoba, olive oil, peppermint, ya know not ones with all those ingredients in them. Yep done tried Pantene Natural and Relaxed and guess what it does not provide what's really needed for our type of hair. I forgot detangler, a good detangler that will get the job done. I've tried everything on the market for yrs with no satisfaction. I'm tired of wasting money, I'm looking for products with no mineral oil or harmful alcohol too. I know that some alcohols (starts with c)can be ok for the hair but most are not. I know I'm being really specific but I'm looking to take care of my hair with stuff I know it needs. Thanks
    Thanks SweetMah, where can I find the products at that you mentioned?

    • ANSWER:
      I like S-curl as a moisturizer, but I prefer to use Givoanni products; they're all natural, and VERY moisturizing.

      As for oils, I'm natural, and my hair loves oil. I use and love: coconut oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, extra virgin olive oil, and I don't use it anymore, but the Indian oil, Amla oil, is a good one, too.

      For shampoo, pretty much anything without sulfates is good for you; sulfates dry out the hair. I use Elucence Moisture Benefits, because it's moisturizing, and it cleans the hair without stripping it. Also, it's all natural. =)

      I use pretty much whatever for conditioning my hair. I condition multiple times a week, and I mostly use V05. But to deep condition, I use BedHead for protein, and Redken All Soft for moisture. Sometimes I just put coconut oil on my hair, cover with a cap, and sit under the dryer; and that's my hot oil/deep conditioning treatment, there.

      ***As a tip, I hate to say it, but MOST of the black hair products ...I'm talking 75%+, have ingredients that aren't beneficial to black hair. Most of them contain fillers such as petroleum, mineral oil, and silicones, that do nothing to contribute to the hair's health. I learned that the hard way. There are products by black people, for black people, but those products are usually hard to find, and really expensive.

  35. QUESTION:
    Taking Care of Asian Hair (Filpino) ??? after dying several times?
    So basically I had long thick jet black hair back then when I was a kid. I moved to Canada and because everybody dyed their hair, I joined the trend... that was a mistake. Anyways, I bleached my hair, dyed my hair several times after that to red, then brown, then I finally decided to get my hair back again. So i dyed it black. But my highlights are showing, so I dyed it another time. Now my hair is short because I cut it, my highlights are still showing, but i'm not planning on dying it again because my hair is dead and it's been falling off now it's thin. Not like randomly but when I take a shower. My mom told me I'm crazy for dying my hair...

    So what I'm asking is, is there a solution or remedy or something for me to get my original hair back. Like are there natural hair products that I can use to help my hair grow (I'm not taking medicines or anything). What shampoos are good for my hair. I'm done with pantene, I don't plan on using Dove or Tressemee, I tried it & it didn't work. How can I get volume for my hair, what to do every month or how to take care of it. For example, I used to use mayonnaise or put coconut oil on my hair when I was a kid.

    P.s. My African friend who's obsessed with hair products told me that she uses henna, but African and Asian hair is different. Also, she told me there are a bunce of videos or blogs of how to take care of hairs, I see her watching those videos but as usual, they're talking about Afro hair, are there any for Asians?

    • ANSWER:
      well if u want u're original hair colour back then u should discolour your hair its when they take all the colour that u put into your hair and then thy out it back as u're original colour and if u want to add volume to u're hair then use conditioner.
      hope it helps! :)
      i use conditioner

  36. QUESTION:
    black hair care question....?
    ive been taking good care of my hair for years, but I'm feeling that theres more out good stuff out there that i haven't tried. i would appreciate some tips or just information on what you do to your hair to make it grow healthy. please don't give me any sites, ive been to a lot, and now am just searching for advice from random people out there.
    maybe theres something rare that you do to your hair and it really works..stuff like that. i don't want hair products either, unless they're natural and organic. ( ive used every product i thought might help, and now moving on to home recipes.)

    feel free to share any knowledge, advice or tips. thanks!

    (I'm biracial, so my hair is slightly curly, but very thick and difficult to manage. its shoulder length, if this helps)

    • ANSWER:
      You know I have tried everything everyone has told me to try and it was a disaster ALL of the time.All you can do is luck up on something every ones hair is so very different so what works for them may not necessarily work for yours.You are right to go with more organic or natural products or remedies though.
      example.I have heard people say they wash their hair very often and it grows quickly,then I hear some others say they wash theirs less frequently but,use less greasy products and they see a dramatic difference now they have come up with something for the hair called "MUD" .To show that this is probably a great product look at most African tribes they put clay and mud in their hair and it grows very quickly until they shave it for tribal purposes,weird huh? Well best of luck on finding your miracle cure,whatever you do to it just don't go extreme. ha-ha ;0)

  37. QUESTION:
    Black hair the big chop..How do i care for it and grow it without perm or chemicals?
    a little bit about me my ethnicity is black I am also different types of black african american Haitian/jamaican and caucasian(white) my mother hair type is different from mines.Her hair is silky curly and thin (also very easy to manage) My hair is thick kinky VERY DRY and difficult to manage...A few months ago i chopped all of my hair off because i have gotten tired from hair damage and breakage. My problem is that i can not find hair products that will keep my hair moisturised i also need to style my hair without perms and products with harsh chemicals im going 100% natural with my hair (only braid extentions ) nothing else added to my hair ..any ideas to care and straighten my hair?

    • ANSWER:
      I really like the Miss Jessie's Line, Kinky Curly is great, as well as the Mizani Textures line. Some natural remedies for dry curls would be coconut oil (I bought mine at a Vitamin store) jojoba oil (similar to the oil our scalp produces) and sweet almond oil (super moisturizing and smells delicious!)

      My favorite sites are http://www.UrbanSalonNetwork.com and http://www.CorporateNaturals.com

      Good luck

  38. QUESTION:
    Was Madam CJ Walker doing a disservice to black hair care?
    When Madam Walker first developed a chemical to straighten the texture of african hair, was she buying into a concept that feeds into the ideology that what comes natural to people of african ancestory is unattractive and pave the way for psuedo european imitations in the form of weaves and wigs on black women? Would it not have been better for people of African ancestory to embrace what comes natural to them by learning to cultivate their hair in it's natural state? That concept of beauty is so deeply rooted. Contemptuous, self denial is reflected in black women spending hundreds and thousands of dollars imitating the European hair texture rather than appreciating and cultivating their hair in it's natural state. Madam C J walker was the first black woman millionaire to earn her money and that is certainly comendable. Was she more of a sell out than an entrepenuer? Did she mass produce more than a product selling hair straightener to black people to 'tame' what was natural to them?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't believee so. I believ that she did give us options.

      As a black hair care professional she conjured the products that allow us such creativity with our hair. it is, to me one of our best features (besides the natural tan)!

      All in seven days i can wear my hair:

      braided
      wavy
      extended ponytail
      bob
      straight
      and in a natural afro.

      And even now that did lead to blacks creating products to naturaly care for our hair in its natural state!

  39. QUESTION:
    Black women self hating and trying to look like white women?
    Isn't that a fair assessment?

    The black hair industry is almost entirely focused on changing the natural texture of a black woman's hair. Most black women today either get hair straightening perms, straight hair weaves, wear straight hair wigs, or flat iron their hair. Hair straightening has become the status quo in black hair care. For a black woman to wear her hair natural is actually the freaking exception. Put that into perspective. For a black woman to not straighten her hair and let it be the texture that naturally grows from her head is the exception, that's insane! Now I am not saying it is wrong. After all it is their hair and they can do with it whatever they wish. But it is odd and they shouldn't be surprised if someone were to describe this phenomenon as self-hate.

    Imagine the reverse for white women. Imagine if the hair industry for white women was almost entirely focused on making their hair as curly as can be. Imagine if it was rare to see a white woman with straight hair. Wouldn't most people say that they were mimicking black women if most of them looked like this?

    http://static.fancydress.com/resources/ecommerce/images/products/653/104/img104653/product-enlarged.jpg

    I don't think that black women are trying to look like white women but I can see how one might come to that conclusion.

    • ANSWER:
      Simply put, it is human nature to try and fit in with the majority. It doesn't necessarily make you a self hater. If people think changing their appearance will give them an advantage in society, they will do it. It is part of the survival instinct we all have. If Blacks were the dominant ruling class majority, they would all be wearing afros and whites would be curling their hair and tanning more than ever before to try and fit in.

  40. QUESTION:
    I have puffy thick natural hair and never permed and want tight curls?
    I have puffy thick natural hair and never permed and I was just wondering if there was a way I could
    get tight curls without a curling iron. Do you have any hair care regimes or products you use for a healthy natural hair? Any tips and tricks will be nice. Thanks in advance. :-) And here's an example

    http://cdn.sheknows.com/filter/l/gallery/black_hair_tight_curls_chin_length.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      Wash and condition your hair and then use lottabody setting lotion with small hair rollers. I'm not sure if this will give you the exact look you want because that url didn't work.

  41. QUESTION:
    About Ears Piercing and Self-Bleaching Hair methods and products?
    Well all in one question i must say.
    Firstly i never had my ears piercing before i wanted one but i was too scared to do it.
    is it really hurt? if i want to do one on each side or only one first?

    Next question:
    About the bleaching i wanted to do platinum blonde hair color. i tend to have about the same hairstyle as the one on my display.
    -what product should i use?
    -what conditons or shampoos to help keep them healthy?
    -Do most guys look weird if they have regrow black hair and the rest is platinum blond?

    i don't really care if i don't look handsome but i want to know if my face would be lighter or if darker how so?
    because if it's too dark then i won't do it. i don't know what they call my skin color i guess it's honey-ish? (i went to the the beach so i got a little bit tanner so i can't tell what color did i have before). Please help me with the methods of doing it. i have seen the videos from the youtube. but they are not in Sydney(so it's hard to find the following products) and only a few videos talk about platinum blonde not many. And if possible i don't want to buy anything from the salons because if i have to buy all the products there i think i'll just go there and let them do it for me. THanks for all the helps and answers

    PS: i am curently having a black hair (i had natural black hair) which i dyed it myself. i used Loreal the one said without ammonia and the color will fade in 28 washes(can't remember the product's type)

    • ANSWER:
      Okay for your first question. Yes it hurts to get your ears pierced but really its nothing.
      It takes like 1 second for each ear and then its over, its just a bit sore thats all.

      And about the blonde.
      I will give you this advice and i guarantee you wont listen but ill try anyways.
      You cannot go platinum blonde.
      1) bleaching is the number 1 worse thing anyone can do to their hair
      2) Going from your colour to platinum blonde is not going to work
      3) Your hair is gonna turn ranga and im not lying, have you ever seen ppl who try to dye their
      dark brown hair (your is black which is worse) blonde, it turns orange, sometimes and only sometimes if its not that bad some good toner left in for 5 minutes can help but it wont for yours.
      4) Your hair colour suits you
      5) yes it will look bad if you have regrowth, but it wont be black regrowth with platinum blonde it will be black regrowth with ugly orange hair. i promise thats wat colour it will go.
      6) your eyebrows are a complete diff colour so that would look stupid, unless you planned on using bleach on your eyebrows, which you could only use the bleach that like girls use on their moustaches, and that still may not work.

      So here is my advice to wat to do. If you really really wanna go platinum you have to go to a hairdresser. Yes i know they are expensive and its easier to get pack from the shops but they will tell you if its possible and if it is they will do it properly. They have proper toner and thats even if its possible to do.

      I got my hair done just the other day i had gotten my hair dyed really dark brown 3 months before and i wanted to go lighter. They told me i couldnt go fully blonde because my hair was too dark at the ends so i would have to gradually go lighter, and next time i get it done i can go whatever blonde i want. So my hair wasnt even black and it was a few months after that i went to get blonde i cant imagine how your hair will work then. Before they put toner in my hair though it was really ranga, like the blonde bits. So id definetly say go to a hairdresser if they say they cant, ask them if you can gradually get lighter and lighter, they will probably start making you a lighter brown until your hair can cope with going fully blonde, and also they dont use bleach either , because it ruins your hair. Im not lying your hair will fall out. it happened to my friend heaps came out and after a year her hair is finally okay. so yeah i just read the part where yu said u will get it done at a salon. so please do.

      Sorry if i lecture or sound harsh but i just dont want you to ruin your hair.

  42. QUESTION:
    What to do about my natural hair?
    I am a black girl going natural. I am not doing the big chop however I am just growing it out. In the meantime I was keeping braids in my hair and now they are out and my hair is all over the place. I dont know what products to use how to care for it properly. I need help. My hair looks nice flatiron but it sweats out quickly. I need help!!

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Black Females? Favorite skin and hair products?
    Would you say you are light, tan, medium, or dark?

    What is your skin care regime? What are the best products for your skin? What about your hair?

    Are you relaxed or natural. If natural, do you wear the fro, or do you press your hair from time to time. What kind of different styles do you try out? What are your favorite products?

    I'm looking for some stuff to use w/o all those harmful chemicals? And then some of the products in the magazines, just fuck my hair up.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm medium dark.

      Skin Care Regime:Ambi Exfloiater,Toner,and Moisturizer w/ SPF 15,if I'm going outside.

      The best products for my skin is Palmer's Products,Proactiv(chill lol,only when I break out on a few spots,not overload),and Olay

      I'm natural,(mixed slick n wavy urban latina style and combined with kinky hair)but on my avatar my hair flat ironed.I press my hair from time to time.Different styles:twists with straight,wet n wavy or with drop curls,drop curls,braided mohawks,highlights.

      Favorite hair products:WGHO,Triple Gro products,my re-gro products,but best of all also my favorite moisturizer,damn forgot what it was called but it smells very good and smooths your hair perfectly even if it gets wet with a needing to use a blowdryer.

  44. QUESTION:
    How to make my hair go back to being naturally curly?
    Now im mixed with black and mexican but my hair is a lil crazy, when i had short hair my hair was real curly now i have long hair and its seems nappy because mainly i havent been taking care of my hair, but anyway everytime i wash my hair its seems to curl up, but it drys it seems dry so wat can i use to go back to my natural good grade of hair. I was thinking about Hawaiin Silky is that a good product for curls.

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    How to dye my hair from jet black?
    I know it is very difficult and damaging to remove black hair dye. Just wondering what my best option is? I have dyed my hair for about 4 years jet black, first I was using at home semi-permanent products (Clairol Natural Instincts), then I went to a hair dresser and they used semi permanent to dye my hair. More recently I went to a better salon and they used no-lye hair dye (which is supposed to be less permanent and better for your hair than permanent or semi-permanent hair dye). I have dark brown hair naturally.

    I desperately want to return to my natural color! My roots have grown out about 3 inches. How can I get rid of this black dye without causing too much damage? I have been taking really good care of my hair for the last 2 years and it is super healthy (and I REALLY wanna keep it that way). It is the best, longest and fullest it's been my whole life! I do not use heat products, chemicals (besides the dye) or other harmful products/styles/etc.

    Any recommendations from people who have done this or actually know what they are talking about? How bad would it damage my hair to bleach it then re-dye to my natural color? Should I just wait for it to grow out? This could take forever since my hair is down to my lower back. Also, idk if this makes a difference but I am mixed with very curly hair (type 3b).

    Thank you!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I would do a combination of growing it out and mildly bleaching the black parts to a brown. The important thing is to take your time. Don't do it too quickly because I got rid of my black hair too quickly and tried to go platinum blonde in one shot and it was a big orange mess.

  46. QUESTION:
    WHAT ON EARTH does a bi-racial (B/W) guy do with HIS natural hair!?!? NO MORE RELAXERS!!!!!!?
    Okay, so it's all well and ggod and what not that all the bi-racial girls in the world finally figured it all out okay. I've seen all the little sites about (mixed chicks.net comes to mind) and I happy for you all really, I was curious as to how you do it. However, I am so at the end of my rope. I'm so tired of having two styles WHEN I DON'T STRAIGHTEN IT! I don't like it black guy short, because that makes me look like e.t.'s stunt double. Or tiny curls, which are near impossible to manage anyway.
    Could someone (Preferably someone who is at least mixed, if not a mixed GUY) please tell me what my options are, and further more how I can take care of my curls past a certain length! I am so fed up, tired, and exhausted with my hair slowly becoming an AFRO! I'm bi-racial, and not black, I love my black family and my white family but I would rather die than have a fro, and I'd like to kill watching my white relative complain about there hair. White hair is easy, if you don't put just a little effort forth you'll get nothing out of your hair, simple.
    To save some face here i'm not a mean person, I'm just sick to death with answers that don't apply to mixed boys, I suppose because most of us just cut it short like black guys.And I'm really sick with answers from my black side, it all involves that thick grease and products like it, I know better than to put that on my half white people hair thank you. And my white side just sort of blinks repeatedly, shrugs, and then makes a funny joke (for which one day I will slap them).
    I am a vogue addict. A shopaholic. And an expert on the subject of all things designer. So I've tried all the little tricks, they just all tend to be for white guys, OR black guys, of which I am neither. I've also tried every product in the world, and things have helped, but not consistently. I'd like results.
    I'm some where between chaving and wearing various wigs for the rest of my life, and holding a stylist hostage untill there are some solutions.
    My hair is too short to braid or ponytail when wrapped, but when wrapped with nothing done to it, it just sort of... well it's not easy to describe, and it's not something I'd show to the general public.
    SOS....
    (Oh and please don't tell me to get braids, I'm not lil bow wow)

    • ANSWER:
      Boo-hoo-hoo, poor you. Apparently, you haven't taken a biology class in school, yet. My sister is mixed with black/japanese, do you think she has the same hair type as you?

      BTW, the ignorance is funny.

  47. QUESTION:
    what are some good hair products for really thick and curly hair for under ?
    i'm 17 and i really don't know how to fix my hair that well. i pretty much wear it in a ponytail when i'm out and i only wear it down after i wash it because that's the only time it looks good. i had my hair relaxed a few years ago but i grew out my hair and cut out all of the relaxed hair so now my hair is all natural and because i'm black and filipino my hair is thick, curly, really poofy, and gets tangled easily. i've tried samy products but they dry out my hair and i need to have some sort of shampoo that takes care of dry scalp too. right now i use head & shoulders and 2 pantene products (one is a leave in comditioner and the other is a gel that works alright on holding my curls), but i need a product or products that i can use everyday so that my hair isn't stiff or dry from product.
    i also need something like a bandana to use when i sleep so my hair doesn't get messed up

    • ANSWER:
      I'm from the UK, so iunno if they'll have this in the USA
      but
      I use Herbal Essences

  48. QUESTION:
    HELP for very curly hair!! i need to know of good products to manage it?
    i am African American. but i dont seem to have African American hair. i have tried all types of "black products" but they dont seem to work for me. my friends cant help me either.

    i have natural hair. i dont use perms or relaxers and i have very curly hair. i have sworn off heat and i need control of my curly hair. its not frizzy or unmanageable, i just want some definition to it. these are the problems i am facing
    1) i would like my hair to lay down a bit more, do you know of any products that helps manage curly hair
    2) do you know of any great deep conditioners (i dont want to use any home remedies or any kind i would have to make, i know about the mayo, egg yolks, and olive oil for hair, but i rather buy some myself)
    3)my hair is almost mid-back length when straight, but when my hair is curly, it barely reaches my shoulders. do you have any advice on how to lengthen my curls or how to keep them from shriveling up?

    i know all bout taking care of my hair and having it healthy, so i dont need any tips for that. but if anyone can help me in anyway i would greatly appreciate it :)

    BTW my hair looks something like this (DISCLAIMER: this is not me in the photos. i found them on the internet)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jackiew/2380278407/
    Beautiful African-American woman headshot

    • ANSWER:
      Oh TRUST ME -- check out www.tightlycurly.com. You're going to love this website.

      Teri (the woman who created the site) has AMAZING step-by-step instructions for how to wash, condition, define, and manage hair exactly like yours! Seriously...when you see where she started with her hair (relaxed, processed, damaged, and frizzy!) and where she is today (lots of before & after pics on her site), you'll be amazed both at how beautiful her hair is and how simple it is to use her technique once a week. She has perfectly defined curls all of the way down to her waist.

      My daughter and I used to struggle with finding the right combination of hair products and styling. Everything seemed to dry her hair out more, make it frizzy, etc. Her curls weren't defined and would get so poofy by the end of the day. She hated her hair. Once I found this website and started following Teri's technique, people literally started stopping my daughter on the street to comment on how beautiful her hair is. And her hair is naturally exactly like the pictures you included above. She's so proud of her beautiful curls now and has stopped asking me to straighten it all the time. There is nothing better than seeing my girl feeling good about her natural beauty!

      This website has EXCELLENT product advice, almost all of which is very inexpensive and available in your local drug store. Teri's done her research on the ingredients and will tell you very specifically which ones to use and which to avoid. I'm telling you....night and day difference between what my daughter's hair looked like before and what it looks like today. I can't stop telling women I know about this website...it's a God send for us :-)

      I really hope this helps!

  49. QUESTION:
    i need help taking better care of my hair(help people with Black Descent)?
    please give me tips if you have been in this situation and have seen good results afterwards..

    I am african American and I have been getting my hair relaxed since I was really young. I hate that my mother had me relax my hair at a young age. I am planning on not getting any relaxers for a while because my hair is really thin and becoming unmanageable and it looks awful. My hair used to be medium length and healthy and with all of the relaxers I feel it’s damanging.i cry all the time because my hair is so thin and short.it just touches my shoulders. I just go my split ends cut so I am hoping my hair gets strong and I use olive oil hair spray. I haven’t been blow drying my hair or anything because I don’t want to put heat on it.i get so depressed..hair is a pretty essential look when wanting to look pretty and it emphasizes how you look.with my longer hair was pretty and with it being pulled back in a bun I look like a guy with a gorilla face. I am very hard on myself because others are and because I know it is true.

    I don’t really drink much water but I am going to get into the habit of doing so..does drinking water eating fruits and veggies really help? I get enough protein I think because I eat chicken and fish. What fruits and veggies should I eat. I love pineapple,watermelon,blueberries,and strawberries..what else should I do to thicken out my hair? Will it work if I just stop relaxing my hair? I feel like crying right now.

    do you think it will help if i just grow the relaxer out to my natural hair for a while? and what products should i use to maintain my hair and keep it looking nice?

    please tell me if this will work. my hair has always been medium long when straightened so it's not like i am trying to create something that was never there..but even if I someone were to try do you think it would work or would there hair just be the length it naturally was?
    african american women or women who have knowledge to african american women's hair,please answer..others don't because products that are normally for non african americans do not work on our texture. yes it does matter. of course we get the short end of the stick when it comes to hair.aha...i wish i was mixed with something else more dominantly.

    i also feel if i don't keep my hair soft hair spray my hair gets really hard and course where it feels like it will break off easily..so i use the hair sptay that is known to be very healthy and that's olive oil hair spray

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, if you wanna carry on relaxing your hair you need to deep condition your hair with every wash either using protien conditioner (organic root stimulator hair mayonaise) for strengh or a moisturising one(keracare humecto) . And you also need a daily moisturiser at the moment i use organic root stimulator carrot oil. Actually this goes for both natural and relaxed hair but natural hair may not need so much protien.
      Also check out this website this is where i found out most of my info and it's helping with my hair
      http://www.longhaircareforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=6

  50. QUESTION:
    When I answer questions about a black person's hair being dry, or how to grow it is my answer too overwhelming
    Currently i have long hair and have been learning alot so...
    i do not have a relaxer i stopped getting them 5 years ago ( and i've only have 3 relaxers in my life time so this is all natural) so i can show you how to take care of hair without a relaxer. These are the basics, so i will answer your question totally. Often times there is many solutions to one problem.
    1. The shampoo, unfortunately many black women are using shampoos with alcohol and petroleum jelly. step away from them. Use Aveda's shampoo.. specifically the name is Brilliant...go to the website. I use it, i love it, it mouisterizes my hair and the products are natural. i have also heard that KeraCare is good.
    2. Okay, step two condition it and then it is time to comb it out, Do not use a brush on you hair when it is wet,,it will hate you for it then break off in revenge. Put your your sections use a big tooth comb, to untangle it
    3. Do a hot oil treatment atleast once a month with extra virgin olive oil...repeat..EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil..not the regular stuff. unfortunately i have yet to take this step however my hair is doing great.
    4. Okay on the daily basis you need to pay close attention to your hair...i recommend conditioning your scalp(3-4 times a week) and your ends(everyday) so that they will not get dry and unhealthy Petroleum jellly and mineral oil are weapons of mass destruction ( in other words do not use grease) it does so much harm to your hair it cannot be all explained here. So you ask what do I use...well natural oils grapeseed oil ( use it for hair it deflects heat so it is good for flat iron users like us)
    jojoba oil(i use this for my scalp), extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, emu oil, coconut oil...all these natural oils and more love you..i promise.
    I also use Aveda's Brilliant ( the name of the brand) emollient for my ends.
    5. Next,,if you want your hair straight but still be natural it is time to get a freakin good flat iron.,i have the Chi..it does the job but I recommend getting the Sedu because of the good reviews. make sure to protect your hair..i have so thermal protector from Aveda. When flat ironing your hair do not let the iron stay on your hair for too long, just 1-2 quick swipes.
    6. If you have a relaxer ( i have heard that Mizani and Affirm are the best relaxers) don't continue to relaxer all your hair everytime you go to the salon..just the new growth and try to stretch relaxers as long as possible.
    7. You do not need to trim your hair everytime you go to the salon maybe every 3 to 6 months.
    8. Wrap your hair in a satin or silk scarf to prevent damage before you go to bed.
    9. Eat healthy, drink lots of water,
    10 take multivitamins, and fish oil pills you can get from GNC.
    Follow these steps and life will be good..the best part about flat iron (which i do once a week or every two weeks not everday since it will kill your hair) is that it is not stringy but thick and healthy, yet straight and light enough to blow in the wind

    • ANSWER:
      Thank you girl, this is the best black hair advice ever!!! I came across your comment when I was searching for comments about aveda cause I'm deciding whether to use it, which I will now! I have damaged breaking hair, and got my "last" relaxer 3 weeks ago. I just bought a flat iron a few days ago and I'm gonna use your suggestions...no more relaxers!


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On-line options to insert a picture of your face beneath a hairstyle can provide you further ideas on how a particular style may work with your facial structure. Don't get stuck on one particular celebrity's afro hair style though. Work with your stylist to come up with a hairstyle which'll work with your facial structure as well as time constraints as well. Integrating accessories into the hair style is one of the other way to add focus and attention to the natural hair style.

The damaging effects of the environment arises when the styling products and even the appliances can work against the stylish afro. The up-keep of such a style is dependent on how well you keep your hair moisturized. Use organic products wherever possible, components which work with the balance of natural hair providing all the nutrients without the chemical build- up.