Discover key principles of effective hair care and unleash the true potential of your hair from A-Z.
Written by Amari Hair Care.
A- African hair grows on its own monthly. The pace at which it grows is predetermined by genes.
B- Breakage is the reason a lot of people don't experience longer hair.
C- Common causes of hair breakage include hair styling, lack of moisture, protein overload, and heat.
D- Deciding what hairstyle you should do should depend on your hair thickness/type. For example, fine hair will break easier than thick hair. Some people's hair cannot tolerate braids, while others can.
E- Experience is a very good teacher in hair care. You may have noticed what your hair likes and dislikes. If your hair dislikes braids, there's nothing wrong with your hair. Let's stop blaming our hair instead of the "man-made things."
F- For instance, if your hair doesn't relax after using a relaxer, don't take your hair as stubborn. Tag the relaxer as not good enough. Change your mentality. Do you get it?
G- Going forward, if you don't know much about your hair, actually take a break from hair styling. It could be as little as two days and as much as a month. It depends on you. Note your frustrations, gain more understanding, and make relevant changes.
H- Hair care is not complicated; however, many Africans have a lot of bad hair habits and little understanding. Did you know that workouts and diets depend on you as an individual, your lifestyle, medical history, etc.? That's the same for hair care.
I- If it seems overwhelming in the beginning, it's okay to have a coach. Just like you have a fitness coach, you can have a hair coach.
J- Joining a hair care community or following hair care pages is good for direct or indirect coaching if you don't want to hire a coach.
K- Knowing the basics of hair care is all many people need: stopping breakage equals increasing hair length. What makes my hair break, and how can I reduce it?
L- Learning about the general peculiarities of your hair type is helpful. For example, relaxed hair is more prone to breakage, and natural hair thrives more with moisture.
M- Misinformation is the major reason why hair care can seem overwhelming and fruitless. Avoid brands or people that sell quick fixes without education.
N- Narrow down your sources of information to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Find brands or creators that share similar values with you, whether it's in terms of lifestyle, quality, health and safety, environment, etc.
O- Over manipulating your hair could include things like combing too frequently, styling too frequently, or applying chemicals/products/treatments too often. Over manipulating your hair can cause damage.
P- Protective hairstyles, as defined by Amari Hair Care, are styles that require low manipulation over a period of time while still allowing for moisture or any relevant hair care within that time.
Q- Quality can be relative. For us, quality hair care (products and education) should mean more than money for the brand involved. We have creators who would promote anything for a paycheck and brands who would sell anything to make a profit. Be patient in assessing the quality of any product or service you are using. Don't be sold on just the results of other people.
R- Reaching your hair care goal isn't overnight. Like everything else in life, shortcuts are not always sustainable.
S- Solely depending on hair products may end in tears. Products are made to aid hair care, not to be the beginning and end of hair care. Thanks to cosmetic chemistry, we have amazing products that have taken hair to the next level. For instance, using a protein treatment before styling your hair monthly will reduce or stop breakage over time. However, this does not mean you should over manipulate your hair. Another example is that water moisturizes the hair. However, moisturizing your hair with water 2-3 times a day is not realistic for many people. But with a good moisturizing product, you don't need to moisturize your hair as frequently.
T- Taking your hair more seriously means giving up short-term desires for long-term enjoyment.
U- Understanding your hair is the first step in good hair care.
V- Verifying any information is your right. With new tools like Chat GPT or even Google, information is at your fingertips.
W- When and how to care for your hair is mostly up to you. For instance, we know we are to shower twice daily, but you know that there are days you may shower more or less due to many factors. That's the same for your hair. We can say moisturize 2-3 times weekly, but depending on your environment and your hair, you may find that your hair only needs moisture once a week. It boils down to understanding.
X- Xanadu is a term that can be used figuratively to describe the dreamlike state your hair can achieve when properly nourished and cared for.
Y- Your hair, just like everything else in life, will get better when it is cared for compared to being without care.
Z- Zeal is great when it comes to hair care, but it is important to focus on your hair's potential and Xanadu. Without hair care, you won't experience the full potential of your hair. Regardless of how good it is without care, it can only get better with care.