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Tips for Styling & Caring African American Hairstyles

Styling the hair of African-American men and women can be a little more challenging because of the natural texture and kink. Some women tend to spend so much time straightening their hair using an iron. Others go through several salon treatments to eliminate the curls. For men, they also venture into getting highlights and hair color. Yes, these procedures will help you get the look that you want. Problem is, they sometimes cause some permanent damage on the strands too especially when treatments are done frequently.

African American natural curly hairstyles

African American natural curly hairstyles

When the strands are weak and damaged, achieving the hairstyle that you want becomes even more difficult. For example, you can not get the micro-braid that you want because of excessive hair fall. If you would like to avoid hair problems which could seriously hinder you from getting the cut and style that you want, here are some of the best tips:

Daily Care and Conditioning

African American hairstyles for women

African American hairstyles for women

Contrary to what others think, it is important to wash your hair daily or at least every other day. By doing this, the dirt that clings on to the strands will be eliminated since these could also cause damage. It also removes the dead cells on the scalp and promotes the production of natural oil.

For black hair of both men and women, it is important to choose a shampoo that has oil extracts like grapeseed, jojoba or rosemary. This will soften the strands and moisturize your hair. After washing, follow through with a moisture rich conditioner. If you do not have that much time to spend on washing your hair, especially in the morning, do not forget to apply leave-in conditioner.

Styling Your Hair

African American Short hairstyles

African American Short hairstyles

Whether you are opting for a braid, twist or just letting the curls take its natural wave, keep in mind that you should never pull too hard. African-American hairgenerally have finer strands. When detangling after shower, it is better to use your fingers or a big tooth comb to avoid strand breakage.

If you hair has been previously treated with chemicals, the strands might be even more fragile. Go for hairstyles which do not require much pulling like a cork twist, half updo or a tousled bun. For treated hair of African-American men, be cautious with the products that you use too. Pick a product that has less chemicals or better yet, buy the organic ones.

Essential Styling Tools

It is not just the women who need a complete set of the styling tools that they could use. Men also have to pay enough attention to their hair too.

For starters, a fine tooth comb is a big no no! This will ruin the natural kink of the hair and could also cause hair breakage. Go for combs with bigger tooth. If you want to massage your scalp especially before going to bed at night, a paddle brush is the ideal tool to use. Bigger bristles with rounded tips are the most recommended.

Your blow dryer has to have a low setting which will not give off too much heat. The heat will just cause the strands to become rougher. The ones with gentle warmth work best. You can find more African American Hairstyles here

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  1. Phillip123 says:

    I’m 18, in case that’s important… 🙂 I have naturally curly/wavy hair. After sleeping on it once, the curl settles down and it becomes more wavy. I was kind of wanting to grow my hair out a bit, partly because it has been a while since I’ve had long hair, and partly because that’ll make it easier to put up when I play soccer. I would love bangs, but I have kind of a small forehead, so I’m not sure if that would work…
    As for colour, the only thing that I’ve ever done colour wise is highlights. Only about four times though, and always the same thing. That’s what the little bits of lighter colour in my hair is. My natural colour is really dark brown. It looks almost black. I also have no tan right now, so I’m finding that I often look washed out.
    Sorry if that was a lot of info… I tend to get carried away, but I would really love some suggestions, and pictures would be great!
    Thanks!

    This is me – http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/ww315/moptop197/012.jpg

  2. ScRSC says:

    this is pretty much what my hair looks like only about 2in shorter and its very thin…
    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://mylt.ltcdn.com/files/images/hts-315×371-lilydonaldson.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.mylifetime.com/all-the-looks/hairs-the-scoop-blog%3Fmode%3Darchive%26date%3D200805&usg=__nUzZnVLrTmtoqmk3CJOKgFac2OE=&h=371&w=315&sz=43&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=PG-9ak34HVfQqM:&tbnh=132&tbnw=116&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dlong%2Bthin%2Bblonde%2Bwavy%2Bhair%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1436%26bih%3D701%26gbv%3D2%26tbs%3Disch:1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=1186&vpy=197&dur=3455&hovh=244&hovw=207&tx=156&ty=270&ei=BsnWTJ6vLIrAnAfFsYCsBQ&oei=BsnWTJ6vLIrAnAfFsYCsBQ&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=38&ved=1t:429,r:18,s:0
    i dont know what i should do with my hair. i dont want really short hair.
    usually i take a shower in the morning and then blow dry my hair but i could start taking showers at night if that would be better.
    When i blow dry my hair it gets really frizzy looking but then i use anti- frizz cream and it gets soft and shiny but when i use the cream it looks super thin. When i dont use the cream its kinda frizzy and rough feeling.
    so i just dont know what i can do with it!
    so basically i’m just looking for options for how i could cut it, style it (if a side bang would look good), make it look thicker (is there a color that would make it look thicker?) ANYTHING!
    btw straighting looks really flat and bland on me
    and do extensions work for curly hair? (i’m not gonna get them i’m just wondering)
    btw i’m really bad at styling so keep it simple and natural (videos help)

    thx.

  3. Mathew says:

    I’m going to be cutting my hair, but I really don’t want to cut it the same way anymore… i’m kind of bored of my hairstyle. I’ve had it for about a year & a half now… except now, once in a while, wear extensions to make it look like it’s long…

    my hair kind of, sort of looks like this:
    http://media.photobucket.com/image/medium%20hair/HairStylesx/Medium%20Hair/Medium8.jpg?o=34
    just with longer && thicker bangs…

    Any suggestions?? i’m 18…. && most likely will be wearing extensions with the new hair…. My real hair is about an inch past my shoulders…
    THNKS :]
    noope, my hair is really wavyy && THICK

  4. arronwrath says:

    I’m going to be cutting my hair, but I really don’t want to cut it the same way anymore… i’m kind of bored of my hairstyle. I’ve had it for about a year & a half now… except now, once in a while, wear extensions to make it look like it’s long…

    my hair kind of, sort of looks like this:
    http://media.photobucket.com/image/medium%20hair/HairStylesx/Medium%20Hair/Medium8.jpg?o=34
    just with longer && thicker bangs…

    Any suggestions?? i’m 18…. && most likely will be wearing extensions with the new hair…. My real hair is about an inch past my shoulders…
    THNKS :]
    noope, my hair is really wavyy && THICK

  5. Ray D says:

    To start off I am 18 and I wear glasses. I am getting my hair cut tomorrow and i have no idea how i should do my hair. Right now I have wavy dark brown hair that is right below my shoulders. I want something exciting and different but not to different. I want to be able to have a hair cut that is does not take a long time to make it look good. Also I need hair that’s easy to deal with since I do to college. Please show pics! Thanks.

  6. Lia-lu-li says:

    this is pretty much what my hair looks like only about 2in shorter and its very thin…
    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://mylt.ltcdn.com/files/images/hts-315×371-lilydonaldson.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.mylifetime.com/all-the-looks/hairs-the-scoop-blog%3Fmode%3Darchive%26date%3D200805&usg=__nUzZnVLrTmtoqmk3CJOKgFac2OE=&h=371&w=315&sz=43&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=PG-9ak34HVfQqM:&tbnh=132&tbnw=116&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dlong%2Bthin%2Bblonde%2Bwavy%2Bhair%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1436%26bih%3D701%26gbv%3D2%26tbs%3Disch:1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=1186&vpy=197&dur=3455&hovh=244&hovw=207&tx=156&ty=270&ei=BsnWTJ6vLIrAnAfFsYCsBQ&oei=BsnWTJ6vLIrAnAfFsYCsBQ&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=38&ved=1t:429,r:18,s:0
    i dont know what i should do with my hair. i dont want really short hair.
    usually i take a shower in the morning and then blow dry my hair but i could start taking showers at night if that would be better.
    When i blow dry my hair it gets really frizzy looking but then i use anti- frizz cream and it gets soft and shiny but when i use the cream it looks super thin. When i dont use the cream its kinda frizzy and rough feeling.
    so i just dont know what i can do with it!
    so basically i’m just looking for options for how i could cut it, style it (if a side bang would look good), make it look thicker (is there a color that would make it look thicker?) ANYTHING!
    btw straighting looks really flat and bland on me
    and do extensions work for curly hair? (i’m not gonna get them i’m just wondering)
    btw i’m really bad at styling so keep it simple and natural (videos help)

    thx.

  7. blarg blarg says:

    I’m 18, in case that’s important… 🙂 I have naturally curly/wavy hair. After sleeping on it once, the curl settles down and it becomes more wavy. I was kind of wanting to grow my hair out a bit, partly because it has been a while since I’ve had long hair, and partly because that’ll make it easier to put up when I play soccer. I would love bangs, but I have kind of a small forehead, so I’m not sure if that would work…
    As for colour, the only thing that I’ve ever done colour wise is highlights. Only about four times though, and always the same thing. That’s what the little bits of lighter colour in my hair is. My natural colour is really dark brown. It looks almost black. I also have no tan right now, so I’m finding that I often look washed out.
    Sorry if that was a lot of info… I tend to get carried away, but I would really love some suggestions, and pictures would be great!
    Thanks!

    This is me – http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/ww315/moptop197/012.jpg

  8. lcollier93sbcglobalnet says:

    To start off I am 18 and I wear glasses. I am getting my hair cut tomorrow and i have no idea how i should do my hair. Right now I have wavy dark brown hair that is right below my shoulders. I want something exciting and different but not to different. I want to be able to have a hair cut that is does not take a long time to make it look good. Also I need hair that’s easy to deal with since I do to college. Please show pics! Thanks.

  9. ibjammin44 says:

    I’m 18, in case that’s important… 🙂 I have naturally curly/wavy hair. After sleeping on it once, the curl settles down and it becomes more wavy. I was kind of wanting to grow my hair out a bit, partly because it has been a while since I’ve had long hair, and partly because that’ll make it easier to put up when I play soccer. I would love bangs, but I have kind of a small forehead, so I’m not sure if that would work…
    As for colour, the only thing that I’ve ever done colour wise is highlights. Only about four times though, and always the same thing. That’s what the little bits of lighter colour in my hair is. My natural colour is really dark brown. It looks almost black. I also have no tan right now, so I’m finding that I often look washed out.
    Sorry if that was a lot of info… I tend to get carried away, but I would really love some suggestions, and pictures would be great!
    Thanks!

    This is me – http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/ww315/moptop197/012.jpg

  10. balinderk2000 says:

    To start off I am 18 and I wear glasses. I am getting my hair cut tomorrow and i have no idea how i should do my hair. Right now I have wavy dark brown hair that is right below my shoulders. I want something exciting and different but not to different. I want to be able to have a hair cut that is does not take a long time to make it look good. Also I need hair that’s easy to deal with since I do to college. Please show pics! Thanks.

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