When it comes to the gentle care of African American skin and hair, there are various ingredients that well-made products contain. These ingredients will help to rejuvenate your skin and hair and replace the nutrients that are lost in day to day living.
Shea Butter Cream
Shea butter cream has long been known for its effectiveness as an emulsifier and a moisturizing cream. It is especially valuable in treating wrinkles, skin discolorations, dark spots, blemishes, dry skin, acne, burns and for fading scars. Shea butter also helps to provide natural protection from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. It is easily absorbed into your skin, and it won't leave your skin feeling greasy, as some other types of products can.
Shea butter cream helps to soften your skin, and may sometimesbe found in hair conditioners in its butter form. It helps to revitalize and rehydrate brittle or dry hair. It will also keep hair from breaking as easily, and make it softer to the touch.
Shea butter aids in evening skin tone, and gives your skin back its natural luster. Since it absorbs quickly, it can penetrate deeply to promote the growth of healthy skin cells.
Herbal Shampoo Conditioner
African American women often tell me that they have a difficult time finding hair products to satisfy the natural needs of their hair. Many of the products you see in magazines or commercials cater to women who have colored or relaxed hair. This isn't helpful for those with unmanageable, curly, thick hair. An herbal shampoo, conditioner or rinse can help to revive dry and brittle hair. It usually has a clean smell, which makes it easier to use. It helps to promote a healthy shine, and aids in getting rid of frizzies.
There are other products that combine herbal shampoo conditioner and nut oils, which can be very helpful for dry, dehydrated hair. Your hair will drink in the moisture, and the proteins in the conditioner will add shine and a final luster to your hair. They will also leave it soft and manageable.
Organic Hair Oil
Many African American women have found that organic hair oil can help to leave their hair nourished and revitalized, and more protected from aging's effects. They may have experienced some level of hair loss, due to microbial effects on the roots of the hair and on their scalp. An antimicrobial oil will break the glycerol bonds that leave your hair weak and more susceptible to thinning.
Most types of organic hair oil will also contain vitamin E, which will help to keep your hair and scalp healthy and rejuvenated. Natural oils help your hair to retain moisture, since they don't break down easily, nor do they evaporate. Natural oils will keep moisture within your hair, leaving it soft and manageable. Hair can also benefit from organic hair oil that will melt when it is heated, and then condense on your hair as it cools. You can apply it to your hair and it will evenly spread throughout all areas of your scalp. African American women will benefit from the combination of Shea butter cream for their skin, and shampoos and conditioners, along with natural oils, that leave their hair full and healthy.
Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs
Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician, healthylocsblog.com