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How to Care for Dry, Damaged & Weak Black Hair

author image Celeigh O'Neil
Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.
How to Care for Dry, Damaged & Weak Black Hair
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Textured hair is naturally prone to dryness, and it becomes damaged and brittle when overexposed to heat. Whether you've passed your strands through the curling iron one too many times or indulged in a dye session or two, treat your hair to maintain manageability. Care for dry, damaged and weak black hair in your daily and weekly styling routine.


Fragile hair needs to be gently cleansed to keep its natural oils intact. Work a sulfate-free and silicone-free shampoo into the roots of damp hair with your fingertips. Allow the shampoo to drip through the ends as you rinse instead of scrubbing them to avoid split ends. Wash your hair a maximum of three times a week, spritzing the roots with a sulfate-free dry shampoo or baking soda in between shampoos to absorb oil.

Deep-Conditioning Treatments

Intensely condition damaged hair to repair and improve manageability from the inside out. Natural products like coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter deliver pure moisture and protein for lasting results. Coat your hair from roots to tips in your deep conditioner of choice and cover your hair with a shower cap. Wrap a warm towel around the shower cap to help the treatment penetrate the cuticle. Leave it on for at least 1 hour and then rinse completely. Deep condition your hair once a week.

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Styling Products

Reach for smoothing products to tame hair between washes. After cleansing, work a cream-based deep conditioner through the bottom 3 inches of your hair. Gently comb it from root to tip with a wide-tooth comb to detangle without causing breakage. When your hair is 90 percent dry, coat it in an anti-frizz serum. Serums act as a barrier against humidity and other drying elements. Pull a pomade through 2-inch-wide sections of hair when they are dry, to add shine and define texture while locking in moisture.

Styling Tools

Limit heat to prevent drying out your hair and causing further damage. Reach for tools that will set your hair naturally instead. Wrap hair around self-adhesive rollers when it is 90 percent dry and remove them when your hair is completely dry. Use 3-inch self-adhesive rollers to straighten hair and 1/2 inch rollers for waves and curls. Brush your hair once a day with a natural bristle brush to distribute natural oils from roots to tips. Avoid brushing your hair in excess to prevent breakage. If you need heat tools, coat your hair with a keratin-based heat protectant first to strengthen hair and use the lowest heat setting.

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