Hair tips for alternative black girls
Let’s face it. White chocolate flavours (white people) can have troubles finding the right look – we all do – but it’s easier for girls with caucasian hair to strike lucky with their alternative style, because the typical hairstyles may have started off with caucasian hair in mind. Dark chocolate flavours (black people) who are alternative have to work their subcultural style that bit harder because they have less of a template available to follow in most magazines and alternative how-tos.
I love alternative style, but so many alternative beauty tips out there are for white women’s hair. So these are my tips based on personal experience!
Hair tips for alternative black girls
1. Try not to wash your hair too regularly with shampoo.
Once a week is fine. Every three days is not! It will thin your hair out too quickly and make it impossible to style or work with. Instead of washing your hair every three days, you can condition every three days. An example:
- Wash your hair and condition on Monday
- Just condition on Wednesday
- Wash and condition on Saturday.
And on the wednesday you can deep-condition to strengthen your hair for all the damage you do to it with straighteners, relaxers, and other stuff you might be using to keep your hair looking great.
2. Condition, condition, and oh yeah… CONDITION
Don’t ever forget to condition. If you don’t want to spend money on a conditioner, make your own. I even find making your own condition better, because you know what is in it. You can use almost any edible stuff in your kitchen to condition your hair. I find that mayonnaise and egg make the best conditioner for my hair. They leave it soft and shiny – and they’re cheap! There are no rules.
3. Want to relax your hair? Make sure you choose a great relaxer.
You may want natural curly hair. Then again, you may want to use a relaxer. When choosing a relaxer, make sure you know what’s in it and what it’s doing to your hair. Try to choose ones that will condition your hair at the same time. In my experience I’ve found that relaxers from the Softsheen-Carson Company are great relaxers. I personally use the relaxer “Dark&Lovely”. It leaves my hair soft, silky and never dry unlike other ones out there.
4. Don’t weigh your hair down with 100 different products.
BAD IDEA – trust me. You won’t get the look you want and it will get itchy. Just try a simple hair cream that will give your hair all the vitamins it needs.
5. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different hairstyles.
When you have time on your hands, give your hair a quick rinse just to get it fresh and… EXPERIMENT. Take your hair to the next level. And rememebr your hair can’t do it all, so enjoy feeling confident when rocking your hairstyle.
6. Oh noes! My hair is too short.
So what? My hair is short and I rock it to its fullest. Some of the most fantasic hairstyles in the world are short. But if you truly hate having short hair there is nothing wrong with a little hair extention here… and there… and everywhere else.
7. Don’t dye your hair everytime you see hair dye
Dyeing our black hair like there is no tomorrow will end up in split ends, breakage… and just ugly hair. When you dye your hair, stick to the colour for a while, retouching your roots every say two months.
And if you just want highlights, I find the best way to go is using clip-ons. There should be a fan club for coloured clip-on extentions. They totally rock and they can make you rock too.
8. Any hairstyle can be made alternative.
You can wear braids and be alternative. I’m wearing braids as I write. Braids will help undo the damage you have done to your hair and will help growth. And what’s more fun is you can use different coloured extentions for your braids. There are so many colours out there: pink, blue, white, green, purple, red, you name it. Just find the colour you like and rock it!