Maintaining healthy Afro-Caribbean black hair involves protecting it from unnecessary stress, adding moisture and monitoring your existing styling regimen. Once your hair gets to a healthy status, it will become more manageable and flowing. With proper care and maintenance, styling will become easier and the length of your hair will increase.
Protect your hair before going to bed. Tossing and turning throughout the night could wreak havoc on unprotected Afro-Caribbean hair. Decrease the chances of this happening by covering up with a satin scarf. Your hair won't experience as much friction and break off while you sleep. If you don't like the idea of covering up, consider replacing your regular pillow case with a satin one. It will help protect your hair while you move around at night.
Detangle your hair each night to prevent unwanted tangles in the morning. Carefully comb out any existing tangles with a wide-tooth comb. Begin combing from the bottom and work your way to the roots. Apply a detangling product or spray a light mist of water to manoeuvre through the tough tangles in your hair. Braid the hair in each section to keep it in place. In the morning, undo the braids and style your hair as usual.
Apply oil to your scalp regularly. To prevent breakage and dandruff, keep your scalp hydrated at all times. Use oils such as jojoba, basil, lavender or peppermint to promote healthy hair growth and for a soothing dry scalp treatment. For extra moisture, add some shea butter to your fingertips and gently massage it into your scalp. Although scalp maintenance is important, you'll also need to pay special attention to your ends. Frequently add oil or conditioner to the tips of your hair to reduce the chance of split ends.
Read the labels of styling products before you use them. Some products contain alcohol as their main ingredient. Adding an alcohol-based product to your Afro-Caribbean hair will cause it to become overly dry and damaged. Only use a shampoo that has alcohol when you need to get rid of built up styling products in your hair.
Decrease the amount of heat you use while styling your hair with a blow dryer, flat iron and curling iron. Frequently styling your hair at a high temperature will cause irreparable heat damage. Split ends, breakage and brittleness are some of the most common symptoms of this type of damage. While using these styling tools, apply a heat-protecting spray or cream to reduce the impact.