Saving the Straightened Strands: 6 Tips for Taking Care of Relaxed Hair

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Moisturize your hair

I’d never seen so many women envious of a man’s hair than I did when “Hey Ya!” first came out.  Andre 3000 sang about… honestly, I can hardly remember, because I became enthralled by how much body and sheen his hair had.  It was beautiful, but it did something crazy to some of the women that I talked to afterward.

They were tired of their weighed down hair.  Women were saying that to achieve his hair flowage they were limiting how much moisture they put on their hair so their hair could swing like his.  Then, when their hair began to break off, they were confused by what they were doing wrong. (“Really?  You were confused?”)

Moisturizing is everything to black women’s hair.  Without it, it will continue to break.  Which one would you rather have?  Long, healthy hair that might not blow completely in the wind, or short breaking hair that every time the wind blows you have to check if you’re bald or not?

How to fix it?

What people don’t realize is that movement comes with HEALTHY hair.  If you want tresses that blow in the wind, or jumps as you do, then moisturize it.  If you’re still concerned by the weight, switch to something like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, yeah, the kind you cook with ( Personally, that’s what I use).  But the important thing is to just moisturize it.

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