Never comb dry hair. Always mist your hair with water or apply a small amount of pomade to your tresses to help the comb glide through your locks. Go slowly and if you come across a tangle or knot, try to detangle it with your fingers first before going for a comb. Avoid small combs with sharp teeth, which can tear the hair. Instead, use larger combs with rounded teeth and smooth edges.
• Don’t overbrush. Forget the old saying about brushing 100 strokes a day! The truth is, over-brushing can lead to breakage. Regular, gentle brushing is okay, but be sure to invest in a brush with firm bristles with rounded ends.
• Get your beauty sleep. Sleep wearing a satin scarf or bonnet, or if you prefer to sleep with your head uncovered, purchase a satin pillow case. Wool and cotton strip the hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. If you live in a cooler climate, protect your hair from wool and cotton hats and scarves by wearing a satin scarf underneath your cap or by purchasing silk-lined winter accessories.
• Treat your scalp. Take a few minutes each day to give yourself a scalp massage “This simple practice increases the circulation in the scalp area and promotes healthy oil production,” says Jill Scott’s go to stylist Syreeta Scott, owner of Duafe Holistic Hair Care Natural Hair Salon in Philidaelphia.
• Turn off the heat. Blow dryers and curling irons can cause considerable damage to the hair and, in some cases, can permanently straighten your natural texture. Instead of heat styling, consider natural styles such as braids, twist-outs or a puff, which can be achieved without causing major damage to your hair.
• Keep your ends protected. Once your hair reaches shoulder length, the constant friction caused by your hair rubbing against your clothes often results in dryness and breakage. You can avoid this by wearing protective hairstyles, which don’t leave your ends exposed, and keeping your ends well condtioned.