Many African Americans spend time and money on their hair, not because of vanity, but ethnic hair care is so costly and time-consuming because of the natural structure of the hair.

For starters, African Americans have very dry hair because the curls and the textures make it hard for the natural oils to travel from the scalp down to the ends of each hair strand. This dryness makes the hair more prone to breakage and other kinds of hair damage.

In an attempt to make their hair more manageable, they may try to straighten their hair using blow dryers, straightening irons and all sorts of chemicals which, quite ironically, damage the hair even further.

By following the right ethnic hair care procedures, it is possible for any man or woman to have beautiful and healthy hair without having to spend a fortune on salon fees every single time.

Easy Ways to Have Beautiful, Healthy Black Hair

It might surprise you to know that the best ethnic hair care procedures have nothing to do with shampooing, combing, styling or even touching your hair. Instead, the most important things you should do is to eat a healthy balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, get plenty of exercise, drink 8-10 glasses of water daily, and get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. You should also try to avoid stressful situations as much as possible because stress is a large contributing factor to hair damage.

Of course, you do need to learn some ethnic hair care tips that have to do with grooming your hair as well. You can start by ditching your ordinary hairbrush or any small combs — use a wide-toothed comb instead because this will cause the least damage to your hair.

Or if you still prefer using a hairbrush, buy one that will not snag at all. Massaging your scalp lightly before bedtime is also helpful, after which you should wrap your hair in a silk scarf to keep it from drying out while you sleep.

The above-mentioned tips are just general ethnic hair care tips. For more specific hair care and treatment procedures, you will have to consider your own hair type.

For example, oily hair needs to be washed two or three times a week, while dry hair should only be washed once a week.

Finally, make sure you use the right hair care products and only work with a stylist who truly understands the special needs of caring for ethnic hair.