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Just a few months ago, it was Summer and you made the big chop, natural or just plain ‘ol short, that you had been thinking about for months on end. Everyone was excited, surprised, and inspired, including yourself. But now it’s Winter, and that short cut has been working your last nerves. It’s growing back irregularly or too fast, and now you don’t know what direction to go in. Should you let your hair grow back or keep cutting? Should you put braids in to avoid the harsh Winter wind? Why is your hair so boring all of a sudden? These thoughts are prevalent around this time of year when a fluffy hat is your best friend and your hair is dryer than a cactus. So to help alleviate the stress, here are a few options for styles short haired ladies can try for the rest of this season. Some you’ll like, some you’ll hate, but whatevs, at least you now have options.
Many African American women choose the ease of keeping their hair short. However, while short hairstyles may not require as much time to maintain as longer ones, one must still work to make sure that her tresses are in good shape.
Keep Hair Moisturized
Regular deep conditioning treatments can protect Black hair from breakage and help to repair the damage that can be caused by heat styling. Choose a conditioner with natural ingredients that is free from excessive alcohol based additives (search the ingredients list for words ending in ‘-0l’, i.e. glycol) and sodium laurel sulfates that can dry the hair out even further. Select a styling product designed for Black hair that is easily absorbed without weighing your hair down or flaking up; again, choose one that is low on alcohol and fragrances that may smell nice, but will dry Black hair out.
Black hair should be trimmed on a regular basis, in order to promote healthy hair growth and eliminate split ends. Natural hair should be trimmed every six to eight weeks, while chemically processed Black hair should be trimmed every four to six weeks.
To keep your short hair soft and prevent breakage, sleep with a silk or satin scarf or bonnet or on a satin or silk pillowcase. Cotton scarves and pillowcases can promote split ends and absorb much needed moisture from Black hair.
Madame Noire caught up with 21-year-old beauty Bria Murphy in New York where she was presented as the new face of Dark & Lovely hair products. Bria’s dad Eddie Murphy, her mom Nicole Mitchell and her little sister Shayne were all on hand at the red carpet event. Nia Long, Tyson Beckford and a host of other black Hollywood insiders were also in attendance.
What’s your definition of natural hair?
We hear you talkin’. In the past two hair articles, How to Grow Long African American Hair and Biggest Myths about African American Hair, you asked us, or each other, for a list of products or ingredients that produce healthy hair. Well wait no more that list is here. Here are some ingredients you need to look for, ones you need to avoid, and which products may work for you.
Goodness knows we spend a lot of money on haircare. Between salon visits, hair products and accessories, hair maintenance can be a nice chunk of a modern girl’s monthly budget. In these tough economic times, we all want to find ways to cut costs without sacrificing in the looks department.
Here are ways to save a few bucks on haircare and still be cute!