Reposted from @sahelcosmetics - 7 Worst Things You Can Do to Black Hair
Too Much Heat
That daily "bump" with your trusty curling iron can slowly but surely fry your ends. Even one time that's too hot can permanently kill your hair.
There’s no doubt that bleaching makes your hair more porous. You’re stripping the melanin out of your hair and basically leaving your shaft “bare.” And after a few months your hair looks like hay and it often ends up breaking.
Relaxers are permanent—they change the chemical structure of your hair. Think about it like cooking an egg. Just like you can't uncook an egg, nothing will strip a relaxer.
Shampooing Too Often
Daily shampooing isn't ideal for any hair texture, but it's even worse on black hair. Even if you shampoo the recommended once or twice a week, make sure you're using gentle cleansers.
Pulling Hair Tight
A hairstyle shouldn't hurt, and if yours does, or causes tiny bumps to develop at your hairline, it's too tight. Braids are a wonderful low-maintenance, protective 'do when done correctly. When they're done incorrectly, they can be a fast track to sparse hairlines and permanent hair loss.
By now, you probably know not to apply relaxer or bleach to previously processed hair, but with so many people applying chemicals at home, it's still easy to make this mistake. Add permanent color to straightened hair and you often have a recipe for maximum breakage.
All hair gets tangled at some point, but it's how you handle it that determines whether you retain your hair or whether you pull it out. Instead of yanking at tangles, work through them with your fingers first, and then with a wide-tooth comb. Detangle while your hair is saturated with conditioner if necessary.
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