What Can I Use to Make My African-American Hair Silky and Smooth?

Actress Tika Sumpter shows off her silky hair at the Moet Rose Lounge in New York in July 2011.

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Dry, brittle hair is more than just a bad hair day. Not only does it not look its usual best, but it'll also lead to breakage if you don't take care of it. If you're striving to make your African-American tresses smooth and silky, all you have to do is learn how to care for your hair. The healthier your hair is, the smoother it'll be. Just follow a few simple tips.

Ionic Combs and Flat Irons

If you want to straighten your hair but still keep it smooth and silky, the ionic comb and flat iron both can pull it off. They both help to straighten strands while holding on to shine. If you can, try not to use these products every day. Putting too much heat on your hair can lead to damaged, unhealthy locks, an unhealthy hair is usually challenged in the shine department.

Argan Oil

Not only does Argan oil help to repair dry and damaged hair, it also gives your locks an instant shine. If your hair is overly dry, it's not going to get instantly healthy. So while you're waiting, Argan oil is a fab way to get an immediate boost of shine while working to repair your hair.

Moisturize

The better conditioned your hair, the silkier it's going to be, so make sure not to skimp on the conditioner. Keep your locks extra sleek by doing a deep conditioner once a week. Just apply your conditioner, slip on a shower cap and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. If you have a hooded dryer, spend your 15 minutes under it. The heat will help your hair to really absorb all that great moisture from your conditioner.

Protect Your Hair

Before you go to bed, make sure to wrap your hair in a scarf or a silk bonnet. Cotton sheets will just sap the moisture from your hair, leaving it dry and unmanageable in the morning. So, even if you're really sleepy and just feel like falling into bed, force yourself to cover up your hair every night. It'll make a world of difference.

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