A woman’s hair tells a lot about her personal style and outlook on life. Dry and brittle is not the way you want to be perceived. Relaxed hair takes nurturing and care to remain strong and beautiful. The following tips will steer you toward putting you best, mane forward.

Don’t shy away from hair oil.

Oil is excellent for relaxed hair. It serves as a heat protectant, nourishes the scalp and eases dryness to help eliminate breakage. Some people fear that using oil will give locks a heavy greasy look, but this is not true. Coconut oil, jojoba oil, argan oil and olive oil are all lightweight. It’s all about the amount of oil that is used and how it’s used. Always take the less-is- more route when applying oil to hair and scalp.

Wash hair at least every 10 to 12 days.

Clean hair is the foundation to healthy hair. Depending on whether your hair is healthy or damaged, how often you wash can vary. If you feel the need to wash hair more often, try doing a co-wash; that way, you’re locking in moisture and not stripping hair of essential oils and nutrients that can be lifted with shampoo.

Condition, condition, condition.

Whether it’s a daily or weekly formula, your hair craves conditioner. Choose a daily conditioner that’s lightweight and meets the specific needs of your hair, for example if you have a dry scalp look for shampoo that’s specifically for that problem. Deep condition hair a minimum of once bi-weekly. If you use conditioner on wet hair, be sure to use a wide-tooth comb during the detangling process to avoid breakage.

Limit the amount of heat you use.

Some of the worst hair horror stories that I’ve heard are those involving heat damage. Using too much heat on tresses is never a good idea. Instead of blow drying hair right after a wash, try letting it air dry. If you are on-the-go, let hair dry for about 15 minutes and set the blow dryer on medium or low heat. Ceramic hot rollers are also a nice option for a style that’s full of body, but not to taxing on your hair’s health.

What tips do you use for healthy relaxed hair during the winter months, Clutchettes?

-Margaret Francois

  • kamille

    I think that was the most troubling thing about his comment. It suggests that beautiful dark-skin women can’t be authentically black, but “white girls dipped in chocolate.” That says a lot about what he deems truly beautiful at the top of the totem pole. So beautiful black women aren’t black…they’re ‘white’ dipped in chocolate. So white girls equal the most beautiful and the most desired? So therefore, all these beautiful black women (African, West Indian, American etc.) running around, must have like 1/4 inch of white blood in them.

    Every time Perspective comes on here it makes me vomit with speckles of blood in it because he has nothing truly deep and meaningful to add to the conversation other than a. black women are ugly b. black women are single and lonely c. black women got attitudes d. nobody wants black women e. black men should and could pick other women

    Oh and f. black women are single mothers who are destroying the community.

    For a man who thinks black women are shitty, he sure trolls this site so much and makes 1hr+ length audios on Gen X about us. smh Guess I would be making 1hr+ length videos if I wasn’t gettin any and didn’t go to school nor had a job and lived with mami and papi. lol

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