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African-American hair is as different from woman to woman as their eyes and smiles. Whether your silky black hair is all natural or chemically treated, it needs gentle handling to stay that way. Curly or straight, African-American hair tends to be fragile, so don’t whip your hair; try a little tenderness -- and a lot of moisture -- to keep your hair silky smooth.
Have your stylist trim split ends the second you see them. Splits keep going once they start, turning silky tresses into tattered frizz. In fact, make trims a regular date with your stylist -- every six to eight weeks.
Wash your scalp with a mild shampoo -- sulfate-free is best -- to keep your pores and follicles clear without stripping away the natural oils that give silky hair its supple shine.
Smooth a deep moisturizing conditioner through your mane every time you shampoo. Conditioners hold the tiny scales on the outer layer of your hair down, helping seal in moisture and reflect light. Silky African-American hair can also be fine, and keeping it soft and moisturized can help avoid breakage.
Coax tangles out of wet hair with a wide-toothed comb. Brushing silky hair when it’s wet can make it break and frizz. Work in small sections, from the ends up to the roots, after applying the conditioner.
Treat your tresses to some extra lovin’ with a once or twice monthly hot oil treatment or deep-conditioning treatment. Use a kit, or gently heat some almond or coconut oil in a small bowl until it’s only a degree or two warmer than your skin. Work it through your hair, wrap your head in plastic wrap and let it sit for at least an hour. Bonus points for sitting under a hooded dryer!
Add a little extra moisture and shine with a daily application of a light, natural oil like argan, sweet almond or rosemary oil. They're known for boosting shine. Concentrate on the ends, which tend to be the driest parts of your gorgeous tresses.
Wrap your head in a silk scarf at bedtime. Braid it first, if it’s long. Fragile, silky hair can break and frizz due to friction with the pillow when you turn over at night. A silk scarf protects it from being rubbed the wrong way. A silk or satin pillowcase will also do the trick.