African-American hair, according to Nubian Message at North Carolina State University, is often naturally dry and difficult to keep moisturized. Treatments such as chemical relaxing and heated styling tools cause even more damage to the hair, causing breakage and further drying. To keep your hair natural and soft, use a homemade daily conditioner that keeps your locks moisturized and healthy. This can be done with a scalp conditioning oil that you can make at home in your own kitchen.
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Wash your hair with a moisturizing, sulfate-free shampoo and rinse. Apply a moisturizing conditioner to your hair and let it sit for about two minutes, then rinse with cool water. Gently towel-dry your hair.
Mix together equal parts lavender, jojoba, rosemary and jasmine oil into a small bottle. Add one part frankincense oil and mix thoroughly.
Use the tail end of the rattail comb to section your damp hair into workable sections about 2 to 3 inches thick. Clip each section into place.
Unclip one section of hair on the back of your head at the bottom. Comb through the section with a wide-toothed comb–being careful not to pull or yank–to remove tangles.
Apply a very small amount of the oil mixture to your scalp around the section of hair, massaging it into the skin. Lightly smooth over the section of hair any oil left on your fingers.
Brush the section of hair with a boar bristle brush to spread the oil over the entire piece. Clip the section back in place. Repeat the process for each section of hair.
Blow-dry each section of hair separately, unclipping each section one at a time. Do this for your entire head to finish your look.
References and ResourcesNubian Message: The Battle Between Relaxed and Natural Hair
"Textured Tresses: The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining and Styling Hair"; Diane DaCosta; 2004
University of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training: Hair and Skin Care for African American and Biracial Children