Dominican hair tends to be curly, dry and prone to breakage. The average person grows one-quarter to one-inch of hair a month, but if your hair breaks at the same rate it grows, then it will seem like your hair is not growing at all. Dryness leads to split ends, damage and ultimately breakage. The key to growing dry, curly Dominican hair is to retain the hair you have through faithful moisturizing.
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Use a clarifying shampoo. This will remove any buildup that might block moisture from reaching the hair shaft.
Deep condition with a moisturizing conditioner. Apply the conditioner, cover the hair with a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer for 20 to 25 minutes. Heat helps the moisture penetrate the hair follicles.
Rinse out the conditioner and blot excess water with a towel. Blotting gently will leave your hair less frizzy than rubbing.
Apply a leave-in conditioner. Leave-in conditioners keep the hair moisturized between deep conditioning treatments.
Rub a dime-sized amount of oil in your hands and smooth it through your hair. Oils protect the hair, add shine and seal the moisture into the hair shaft. Olive, coconut, meadowfoam and avocado oils are beneficial to hair and provide additional conditioning, according oo The Beauty Brains website. These oils are available in grocery and health food stores.
Repeat the process of shampooing, deep conditioning, applying a leave-in conditioner and sealing with oil every three days, or as needed to prevent dryness. Keeping the hair moisturized will help prevent damage and breakage and allow the hair to grow.
Avoid using blow dryers, flat irons and harsh chemicals like hair dyes whenever possible. These things can damage, dry out and break off the hair.
You can use a creamy sulfate free shampoo instead of a clarifying one on days when your hair doesn’t have buildup.
If you don’t have a hooded dryer, use a hot towel.
References and ResourcesWebMD: Top Ten Foods for Healthy Hair
Mowtown Girl: Deep Conditioning Tips
The Beauty Brains: Two Natural Oils That Make Your Hair Shiny and Strong