Afro-textured hair is a term used to refer to the natural texture of Black African hair that has not been altered by hot combs, flat irons, or chemicals, (through perms, relaxers or straightening).
Each strand grows in a tiny spring-like, helix shape (a type of smooth space curve, such as a curve in three-dimensional space).
The overall effect is such that, despite relatively fewer hair shafts compared to straight hair, afro-textured hair appears and feels denser than its straight counterparts.
It is possible that its flat cross section strands convey a dry or matte appearance, and because of its unique shape sometimes make it very prone to breakage when combed or brushed.
Locking your hair is a commitment to a hairstyle that cannot be easily reversed. Depending on your hair texture, locks are considered matured after a year of growth. Proper care should be administered in order for locks to grow looking clean and neat.
Locks can be roller set or twisted set to achieve many fabulous hairstyles. Before going to bed, it is necessary to wear a silk or satin bonnet to secure the style and prevent lint from setting in.
To keep locks in good condition:
- Check daily, making sure to remove any lint that may accumulate.
- Shampoo hair once a week or every 2 weeks and using a diluted sulfate free shampoo.
- Refrain from using a conditioner especially if locks are not fully dreaded. This will cause locks to soften and take longer to mature.
- Rinse and towel dry hair.
- When hair is matured, use a leave-in conditioner which provides moisture to the hair shaft, such as Infusium 23.
- Use a light gel or oil (jojoba, olive oil, etc.) to tighten new growth and stray hairs by rolling locks in the palm of your hands and secure with pins until dry.
- To add sheen, use a spray oil sheen or rub a small amount of oil down to hair ends.
P.S. Always cover hair when cooking to void food odor in hair
Marie Walker, Natural Hairstylist
Operating in the Silver Spring area for the past 20 years