If you’ve ever looked up hair care for men, black hair care definitely isn’t the first, second, or third option that pops up in google. When you get specific and put in the “for Black Men” it’s better but there’s still a lot to be explained. Don’t freak out, we’re here to help! As a woman, I too can get overwhelmed by the hair and skincare choices that are out there, so I can totally put myself in the shoes of a man who wants his hair to look smooth and moisturized but just doesn’t know where to start. Even finding the right shampoo can feel like a challenge at times, especially if you have damaged or dry hair. Anyway, what I am trying to say is that if you’re interested in crossing over the borders of Head & Shoulders All in One into more luxurious territory then continue reading as I try to break it down.
The first thing you need to know is your Hair Type. Knowing your hair type will guide you on the type of products that will work for your hair. Different types of hair absorb products differently, even if they are luxury hair products. You need to choose carefully!
Once you have determined type then you will need to know your hair texture. There are 3 hair textures Fine, Medium & Coarse. You can have 4C hair that is fine and 3A hair that is coarse. A fun & frustrating fact to know is that you can have more than one hair texture. So invest in the research and it will make a lot of the guessing game simple.
Once you’ve figured these out it’s time to find products! I did a little research, here are some products available locally.
Asherlee Naturals: This Jamaican made hair care line is creating waves. Their products are simple and easy to use. The names are pretty self explanatory and a nice how to use section. We recommend the whole line but if we had to use one thing we’d Nourishing Daily Hair Butter Cream available at Earth Elements or on their website.
One major issue that affects both male & female is dandruff. Dandruff is usually a result of dry scalp. Men get dry scalp from the frequent washing of their hair without re applying moisture. One shampoo that’s great for fighting dandruff and also helping to get rid of it is Shea Moisture African Black Soap Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize:
A simple oil or aloe vera juice for hair can be applied to the roots of your hair to make your hair look softer and help you avoid flakes and dry scalp. Try sweet almond or coconut oil the amount added will be determined by your hair texture & type. When it comes to caring for your hair during the night, it would be beneficial to switch to silk bedding instead of cotton, as silk will allow you to retain the moisture in your hair without it getting dry and matted. You want to keep all those oils in to keep your hair moisturized.
Eden Body Works Coconut Shea Hair Oil
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil this is actually good for the skin as well so lather up and get that glow from head to toe
Eden Body Works Almond Marshmallow Split End Repair masque is great for split end relief and hydrating your hair
Mielle Organics Babbasu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner
Surely after using these products your hair will be looking and smelling great but if you want to add an extra oomf for a date, party, or your just fly like that you can define your curls. You’ll find that there is NO shortage of Curling cremes, custards, gels. Like every other products, this will be trial and error to see which one works best for you. Here are a few well-reviewed ones I’ve found so far:
You can also use the Curl Sponge which is the quickest way to achieve defined curls. A brush sponge contains small textured holes that help in creating and defining the curly and twisted hair look. All you have to do to attain the wanted curls is rub the sponge onto your head for about 1-5 minutes in a circular motion. Here’s a tutorial on how to use it Click Here
This is just the tip of the natural hair care iceberg we can delve deeper into hair care for men and women (let me know in the comments if you want more). I tried to give the basics for starters so that my male readers would not get overwhelmed. Ladies, if some of these products look familiar this is because I absolutely used products for women that I’ve been told by men work for them (we know we get the good stuff). So there you have it. Let me know if this helped and If you want more.
Faith & Love,