How to Moisturize Naturally Dry African-American Hair

Nutritionists may say mayo is a no-no but not for your 'do.

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According to Eli Mancha, lead stylist at Chicago’s Bang! Salon and the Professional Beauty Association’s 2011 North American Hairstyling Awards Hairstylist of the Year, hair can become dry for a variety of reasons, including exposure to chlorinated water, and overuse of heated styling products, straighteners and dyes. Natural African-American hair textures range from tight corkscrew curls to small coils – a structure that prevents the distribution of natural oils along the hair shaft, causing dryness. Your hair is a direct reflection of what you put in your body, so combine a healthy diet and hair supplements with his home-treatment from your kitchen for a winning recipe that quenches your locks.


Wash your hair thoroughly with a moisturizing shampoo. Mancha suggests a shampoo enriched with vitamin E, which has the best ability to infuse moisture into a dry hair cuticle.


Massage mayonnaise into your hair, starting from the scalp and working it down the hair shaft. Use a dime-sized amount for short hair, a tablespoon full for medium-length hair and 2 tablespoons for long hair. Extra-thick hair may require as much as 4 tablespoons to cover sufficiently. Natural ingredients in mayonnaise like olive oil and egg whites work overtime to moisturize the hair, says Mancha.


Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb to distribute the mayonnaise.


Don a shower cap, ensuring that all of your hair is tucked inside. For a less extensive mayonnaise treatment, leave it on your hair for 30 to 60 minutes with a shower cap, then remove the shower cap for an additional five to 10 minutes before washing. For a more profound treatment, sleep with the mayonnaise in your hair and the shower cap on.


Rinse out the mayonnaise and shampoo your hair.

Things You'll Need



3.Wide-tooth comb

5.Hair supplements


4.Shower cap


Tips & Tricks


Mancha recommends an all-natural hair vitamin supplement. His preference is Viviscal, made with vitamin C and AminoMar C -- a marine protein complex which has been shown to

nourish the hair follicles and to make hair look more vibrant. “It adds incredible moisture to the hair and improves hair growth allowing my African-American clients to wear their hair down more often, which prevents further breakage,” he says.

Don’t skip the wide-toothed comb – it’s gentler on brittle, dry hair than a narrower variety.

Allow your hair to air dry, since the heat associated with a blow dryer can wick away

hair's moisture.


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Eli Mancha; Lead Stylist, Bang! Salon; Chicago, IL

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