How to: Get hair like a diva

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Ethnic hair is generally sensitive and can be drier and more brittle than other hair types. For hair like a diva follow our top 10 tips for ethnic hair and say goodbye to bad hair days.

1. Use a good quality shampoo and conditioner. A flaky and dry scalp is a common problem that can be easily treated with a moisturising shampoo and conditioner. For a moisturising boost, try Dark and Lovely’s anti-breakage healing treatment. After washing, apply a generous amount, leave on for five minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

2. To maintain your scalp’s good condition, use an oil spray. But remember it’s important not to use too many oils on a daily basis or your hair can become greasy. There are a number of good quality oil sprays on the market. We like Motions Oil Sheen and Conditioning Spray and the Dark and Lovely anti-breakage oil moisturiser.

3. Only wash your hair twice a week. Washing too frequently can strip your hair of its natural oils and weaken it.

4. Don’t relax your hair more than four times a year as it can cause unnecessary strain and damage to your hair. It’s also important to use a hot oil or deep moisturising treatment once every two weeks if you do relax your hair. Try Dr Miracle’s Deep Conditioning Treatment or Dark and Lovely’s new anti-breakage hair butter – it has a delicious texture!

5. To avoid a receding hairline, do not braid your hair too often or too tightly. A heavy weave can also cause this problem. The hair at the hairline is very fragile and breaks easily so it’s a good idea to give your hair a break in between plaits or weaves to give your hairline time to heal and regenerate.

6. If you want to grow your natural hair, it’s best to avoid relaxers and dyes containing ammonia and peroxide as these can all weaken your hair. You could also wear your hair in twists or dreadlocks, to protect your hair while it grows.

7. If you wear a weave remember it isn’t attached to your scalp, and doesn’t receive any of your body’s natural oil so it’s prone to dryness. Only wash it every one to two weeks and use a mild shampoo and conditioner.

8. Remember, you can only apply heat to a weave from a hair dryer or straightening iron if it’s made from 100 percent human hair. Always use the lowest setting.

9. Only keep your weave in for about two months and ideally give your natural hair time to recover between weaves. Don’t relax your hair for at least 10 days afterwards and use a conditioning hair and scalp treatment as a weave can leave your hair fragile afterwards.

10. Enjoy your hair! It might drive you crazy at times but treat it right and it will help you look every bit the diva!

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Written by

Susan Newham-Blake has worked in the magazine industry for 12 years on titles such as Woman’s Value and Femina. She is currently the editor of Clicks ClubCard magazine and spends lots of time testing beauty products and writing about beauty trends.

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  1. Nomahlubi

    I’ve cut my hair short short. I was suffering from receding hair line due to weave and braids. I’m now starting a fresh.

    5 years ago •

  1. Nwamba

    I have been sticking to these tips for about 6 months and I can see a great difference. Thanks for the article!

    6 years ago •

  1. Dhlamini

    Great tips, recently cut ma hair want to start them all over

    7 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    Hi, Janice my response to your sore scalp, i experience it as well and this is the advice i got. i mixed the following oils together and every 3rd night i base my scalp with it. here the recipe: Lavender oil , tea tree oil, castor oil, olive oil and coconut oil. these products are natural and dont have any chemicals in them and therefore are great for all ethnic hairtypes. they also aid in growth and other things. enjoy Janice, good luck! :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Janice

    i have thick, dry hair. When my hair gets dirty like after three days my scalp gets sore and then I can’t even comb my hair properly. I started to wash my hair every second day in order to avoid this but my hair dries out. what can I do to avoid my scalp from getting sore?

    7 years ago •

  1. The Ferosh 1

    Where was this article b4 I shaved off all my hair,because of a receding

    7 years ago •

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