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Understand your Afro Hair – It’s More Than Hair Texture (Part 1)

Understanding Afro-hair is the key to unlocking its full potential and achieving healthy, thriving locks. Whether in its natural form or chemically altered, Afro-hair requires specific care to maintain its health and beauty. By embracing this understanding, you can tailor your hair care routine to provide essential moisture, minimize breakage, and promote optimal hair growth. Other things you can do include gentle handling of your hair, protective styling, and using nourishing products designed for Afro hair to unlock its true potential and beauty.

Individual variations exist within African hair.

Often referred to as Afro-textured hair, our hair has a unique structure that distinguishes it from other hair types. These are the key characteristics of Afro-textured locks:

Hair Texture:

African hair is known for its tightly coiled or curly texture. The curls form a distinct pattern that can range from tightly coiled to looser curls. This texture is the result of the shape of the hair follicles and the angle at which the hair grows out of the scalp.

Hair Density:

African hair tends to have a higher density compared to other hair types. This means that there is a greater number of hair strands per square inch of the scalp. The high density contributes to the voluminous and full appearance often associated with African hair, and styled as the afro.

Hair Diameter:

African hair strands have a smaller diameter compared to other hair types. The strands are typically fine to medium in thickness. However, individual variations exist, and some individuals may have thicker strands known as “coarse” hair.

Hair Porosity:

African hair is often characterized by high porosity. The tightly coiled structure can create gaps or openings in the hair cuticle, allowing moisture to enter and escape more easily. This can lead to increased dryness and vulnerability to damage. Proper moisture retention is crucial for maintaining healthy and hydrated African hair.


A notable characteristic of African hair is its ability to shrink significantly in length when dry. This shrinkage occurs due to the tight curl pattern and elasticity of the hair. The actual length of African hair may not be immediately evident when in its natural state, and stretching techniques are often used to showcase its true length.

Scalp Sebum Distribution:

The distribution of natural oils, known as sebum, is a key factor in hair health. In African hair, the tight coils make it more challenging for sebum to travel down the hair shaft, resulting in drier hair. As a result, African hair often requires additional moisture to maintain its health and prevent dryness and breakage.

The Best Approach to Care for African Hair

The most important thing you can do to keep Afro hair healthy and thriving is to prioritize and maintain proper moisture balance. 

Here are some steps you can follow to maintain optimal moisture balance for your afro hair.

Hydrate Regularly: Moisturize your hair consistently using water-based products. Water is the ultimate moisturizer, so spritzing your hair with water or using moisturizing leave-in conditioners helps to infuse and retain moisture.

Deep Conditioning: Incorporate deep conditioning treatments into your hair care routine. Deep conditioners provide intense moisture and nourishment, helping to restore and maintain the health of your hair.

Seal in Moisture: After applying a water-based product or deep conditioner, seal in the moisture with natural oils or butters. This creates a protective barrier that helps to retain moisture in the hair strands for longer periods.

Protective Styling: Embrace protective hairstyles that help to minimize manipulation, reduce friction, and protect your hair from external elements. Styles like braids, twists, buns, and updos can help to retain moisture and reduce breakage.

Avoid Overwashing: Washing Afro hair too frequently can strip away natural oils and lead to dryness. Aim to wash your hair no more than once or twice a week, or as needed based on your hair’s unique needs.

Use Gentle Detangling Techniques: When detangling, be gentle to avoid breakage. Start from the ends and work your way up using a wide-toothed comb, your fingers, or a detangling brush. Detangle your hair while it is wet and conditioned to minimize damage.

Protect Your Hair at Night: Sleep with a satin or silk bonnet, scarf, or pillowcase to minimize friction and moisture loss while you sleep. These materials help to maintain the moisture balance in your hair and reduce breakage.

Consistency is Key: Maintaining proper moisture balance is not a one-time task but an ongoing process. Regularly moisturizing and protecting your Afro hair will go a long way in keeping it healthy, vibrant, and flourishing.

Seal in the moisture with rich natural oils or butters

Understanding the unique structure of African hair allows you to tailor your hair care practices that address its specific needs. Remember, individual variations exist within African hair, and embracing and celebrating the diversity of textures and characteristics present in this hair type is important.

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