Nate Bova

August 12, 2014
The internal structure of African-American hair is more susceptible to breakage than any other hair type. It must be nourished and treated with care to grow long, strong and luxuriant. Women with fine, coarse or very coarse hair that are looking for new growth should try adding a nutritional supplement to their beauty routine that is high in complex B vitamins and folic acid. Specially formulated supplements like Aviva Advanced Hair Growth System contain biotin (also known as vitamin H, for “hair”) a part of the B complex group of vitamins, which increases circulation to the scalp, thereby promoting hair growth. It is best to take a supplement (like Aviva) that has a synergetic complex of botanicals which help overall hair health as well as the follicle. This can support your growing locks with the nutrition they need, and often transform even the most lifeless strands into a fuller, more beautiful head of hair.

Organic coconut oil has a number of hair-healthy properties. In addition to shielding the hair protein, it also hydrates the follicles, ensuring shiny, lustrous strands—especially essential for over processed hair from relaxers and heat. Relaxers straighten the hair strand by breaking down protein bonds to loosen the curl pattern. The basic structure is altered, and necessary protein bonds are broken, stripping the hair of its strength and elasticity. However, the fatty acids in coconut oil protect the protein in the shaft as well as the root, and therefore fight breakage. Coconut oil also contains vitamin E, vitamin K and iron.

African-American tresses need lots of TLC. Hair can become brittle and break off, especially if not cleansed correctly. Prevent unnecessary damage by using a “gentle shampoo” that does not contain harsh sulfites like ammonium laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, or that is labeled as a “cleanse” shampoo. These products can strip the brittle hair of its moisture, leading to more breakage—especially when hair is already chemically relaxed. Try Macadamia Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo, specially formulated for sulfate-free cleansing.

Hair needs essential moisture to be more soft and manageable. Chemical relaxing and heat straightening add breakage to already delicate hair. To protect from damage, use protein and moisture treatments to help rebuild the structure of relaxed hair. Choose products that contain organic ingredients and try to avoid ones with mineral oils, as it can actually prevent moisture from penetrating the hair shaft. Try Lanza Keratin Healing Oil Hair Treatment to leave hair feeling sensationally soft and healthy.

To get hair feeling silky and smooth is every woman’s dream. Many turn to heat straightening for texture and manageability; however, avoiding excess heat is key for healthy hair. Try limiting heat styling on your hair to 2-3 times a month, and always use a heat protection serum or spray moisturizer on your hair before flat ironing or curling. When using your curling iron, dab on a tiny amount of Optimum Oil Therapy 3-in-1 Cremé to prevent it from looking greasy. Need a heat styling product? Try the ones from Miss Jessie or Carol’s Daughter.

African-American hair needs extra protection, so wrap you hair in a luxurious silk scarf or sleep on a satin pillowcase at night, especially if you have extensions! And to keep your new tresses clean, use KeraCare Gentle Cleansing Shampoo—it’s gentle on your scalp and keeps those add-ons shiny.

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