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Why Black Hair Matters ?

The typical hair and hair follicles of those of African descent are tightly curled, thus producing hair that spirals. Black hair also typically has a larger diameter than Caucasian hair and retains less water, hence its relative “kinkiness.” The many styling methods utilized on Black hair cause concern with hair loss. Black hair is powerful, fortunately so because Black hairstyles cause a great deal of stress on the hair and scalp.

 
 

Hot combs and relaxers used to straighten hair can cause a great deal of heat and chemical damage to hair and scalp, which can also cause traumatic alopecia, and over time can cause permanent hair loss. This becomes especially true when the heat or chemically processed hair is pulled tight by rollers or a hot curling iron.

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Consider that hair relaxers commonly used on Black hair contain lye or similar chemicals that break down the hair shaft. Left on beyond the recommended time, these chemicals would eat right through the thread and cause it to fall out in clumps. This is why these same products are used in products like Drano® to clean clogged drains which often are clogged by hair.
No-lye relaxers are very popular today, mainly because it leads people to believe that the product is not caustic. This is far from the truth. The combination of calcium hydroxide and guanidine carbonate is combined to form guanidine hydroxide, which could just as easily clean a sink. Repeated use of such products can cause some degree of hair loss, and if scarring occurs while using these chemicals, the hair loss can be permanent in that area of the scalp. One must ask themselves, is it wise to place such caustic chemicals in the hair regularly for the sake of the desired appearance? The question must be answered by each individual. However, the facts should be known.

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Consider that hair relaxers commonly used on Black hair contain lye or similar chemicals that break down the hair shaft. Left on beyond the recommended time, these chemicals would eat right through the thread and cause it to fall out in clumps. This is why these same products are used in products like Drano® to clean clogged drains which often are clogged by hair.

No-lye relaxers are very popular today, mainly because it leads people to believe that the product is not caustic. This is far from the truth. The combination of calcium hydroxide and guanidine carbonate is combined to form guanidine hydroxide, which could just as easily clean a sink. Repeated use of such products can cause some degree of hair loss, and if scarring occurs while using these chemicals, the hair loss can be permanent in that area of the scalp. One must ask themselves, is it wise to place such caustic chemicals in the hair regularly for the sake of the desired appearance? The question must be answered by each individual. However, the facts should be known.

Dreadlocks are formed through a process, not merely by not combing or brushing the hair. Generally, one should start with hair about two inches in length, and the hair should be separated into even squares of hair and twisted gently together using a bonding or gel substance. Many use natural beeswax containing no petroleum, while others use loc and twist gels formulated explicitly for locks. Once the hair is separated and twisted into small locks, they must be left alone and allowed to bond naturally.

The length of time it will take to lock will depend on the coarseness of your hair, but one can generally expect to wait several months before locks begin to form. While the hair is closing, it will need to be washed. Here is where washing should be extended for a while if possible so that the hair can be allowed to lock for two weeks to about a month without manipulation. When you do wash your hair, use a stocking cap or “do-rag,” and low-pressure water to make sure that the newly forming locks do not come loose. It will be necessary to rinse for a much longer time than you usually do, because of the lower pressure of the water and the lack of direct manipulation of your hair with your hands. The water is right for your hair and locking process, so this is not a problem. It is also imperative as indicated before that you use a shampoo that does not contain a conditioner and leaves as little residue as possible.

Even though dreadlocks are mainly a hairstyle for Blacks, there are other ethnicities that have people that enjoy the hairstyle. In general, it tends to be a style of hair that in the long run will give the hair and scalp needed rest from the rigors of chemical and heat treatments and rigorous combing and brushing, and therefore can contribute to longer life for your hair.