How to Soften African-American Hair

Keep your African-American hair soft and touchable.

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No one wants dry, brittle hair. It's tough to style and inevitably leads to breakage. If you're stumped on how to transform your African-American tresses from dry as the Sahara to soft and supple, don't worry. Just learn a few tips and tricks and you'll be on your way to incredibly soft and gorgeous hair.


Moisturize your hair. This seems obvious, but lots of women don't know how to best do this. Weekly deep-conditioning sessions are key to keeping your locks soft. Just apply conditioner to hair, put on a shower cap and hang out for about 20 minutes. If you want more bang for your buck, sit under a hooded dryer to really let all that good moisture seep into your hair.


Invest in higher quality styling products. Yes, this is an investment, but it's totally worth it. Cheap flat irons and curlers dry and damage your locks, so get yourself a good ceramic iron and use it. Your hair will thank you.


Take care of your hair while you sleep and make sure to wear a scarf or satin bonnet to bed. Cotton pillows drain the moisture out of your hair while you sleep, so keep all that great moisture in and make sure to protect your hair while you catch some Zs.


Try other techniques, such as hot oil treatments and nourishing hair masks. Follow directions on the container. There is such a thing as over-moisturizing your hair so don't do treatments more often than directed.


Talk to your stylist. He knows your hair better than anyone and can probably recommend products that will work best with your hair. Everyone's hair is different so what works for your friend might not work for you. Ask your stylist to suggest a routine that'll keep your hair soft and moisturized.

Tips & Tricks


When you can, avoid products such as hair spray and hair gels, which tend to dry your hair out.


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