For the special 33rd Anniversary issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair—our big May 2017 issue—we gathered some of our “Hair Advice” guest columnists for another round of Q&A with SBH readers’ questions. Check out the May 2017 issue and get more insightful info about some of the most-often-asked questions about hair care. Here, celebrity hairstylist and “Cutting It In The ATL” reality TV star Mushiya tackles some coif-quandary questions…
What can I use for hair breakage? —Daramola
To stop hair breakage, one must make sure to get frequent trims. One must not excessively use tools that damage the hair. Instead, you must keep their hair well moisturized and make sure you are eating well and exercising. Water is important to our body for our hair to grow. Wash hair frequently—that’s very important. Black women feel as though they shouldn’t wash their hair frequently and sometimes they go a month or two weeks without shampooing. Washing hair twice a week or once a week is not excessive washing. Moisture begins with water; so let’s wash our hair!
If you’re putting a curl activator with chemicals on Natural hair, your hair is about to not be natural in six minutes. You’re about to alter your curl pattern and it will no longer be Natural. If you’re talking about a curl-activating pomade, or moisturizing cream, there’s no reason you should be blow-drying your hair because you’re aiming to get curls, not straighten the hair. Don’t blow-dry it; instead, allow the hair to air dry after applying the pomade or moisturizing cream.
First of all, the moment you stop using a perm, you’re already on your way to hair growth. The best products to use on Natural hair are shampoos and conditioners that are sulfate-free, because sulfate may actually strip hair of the natural oils it produces, called sebum. Moisture-based products and products with ingredients such as shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil, vitamin E and jojoba oil are important because they assist in creating healthy hair.