Here are a few hair care tips from “Sisters on the Move”, a Sisters Together women’s health care initiative:
- Wash your hair care with a mild pH-balanced shampoo at least once each week to remove salt build up.
- Condition your hair every week with a moisturizing protein conditioner. A good conditioner disappears when you rub your hands together.
- Avoid over-processing! Limit your use of blow dryers and curling irons.
- Pull your hair away from your face and neck when you exercise.
- Leave part of your hair unwrapped to breathe. [265 Point: This tip made a big difference for me (before I went natural), try it!]
- Get regular precision cuts or trims to maintain style and shape
- Talk to your hair dresser to choose the right hair care products. If your hair is relaxed, you should use hair dressing that lists oil as the first ingredient. If your hair is natural, the first ingredient listed should be water. If alcohol is the first ingredient, the hair dressing may dry out your hair.
To flatten the edges of your hairline, rub a cream or gel into your hands and smooth your hairline. Tie with a cotton scarf for at least 15 minutes. After you remove the scarf, your hairline will be smooth. [265 Point: This tip came in really handy a few times, especially when I was a few weeks out from a relaxer!]
For more tips including hair style recommendations, go to:
Sisters Together was funded as a pilot project of the Weight-Control Information Network (WIN) and was supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to address obesity prevention.
Originally published: March 11, 2011