Hair texture varies according to one’s ethic background. African American hair requires different care than Caucasian or Asian hair. It’s important to use products that are designed specifically for African American hair. Fine hair also requires additional care as it is more prone to damage and breakage. If you have fine African American hair, you must be gentle with it. With proper care, your hair will look healthy, shiny and beautiful.

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Shampoo your hair every two to three weeks. Due to its delicate texture, fine African American hair does not need frequent washing. If you shampoo your hair too often, it will both dry and damage it. Use a shampoo made for dry hair. There are also shampoos designed for African American hair specifically.

Comb your hair daily, using a wide-toothed comb. Since your hair is fine, it is prone to breakage. If you use a comb that is fine-toothed, it may snag on your hair, causing it to break.

Trim your hair every eight to 10 weeks. Regular trims will keep your hair healthy. If you leave split ends untrimmed, the damage can continue up the hair shaft and eventually spread to your entire head of hair.

Apply oil or hair lotion to your hair once a week. African American hair has less oil than other hair types. As a result, you must apply oil or hair lotion to it to keep it looking shiny and vibrant. You can find hair oil and lotion at any beauty, cosmetic or drug store. In addition to adding sheen, African American hair oil and lotion also keep your scalp healthy and free of dandruff.

Use a deep conditioner on your hair every month. Choose a conditioner that is deeply moisturizing and designed for African American hair. Wrap your hair in a plastic bag and let the conditioner work on your hair for one to two hours before rinsing it out.

Roll your hair in traditional foam curlers. Do not use a curling iron, straightening iron or hot rollers on your hair. These heated devices are incredibly drying. Since your hair is already fine and susceptible to damage, hot appliances will reek havoc on your hair.

Wrap your head in a silk scarf before bed. African American hair can break when it rubs against cotton pillowcases. Conversely, your hair will gently slide against the silk scarf, thereby preventing breakage.