You would think in 2015 that the fashion world should have some knowledge and/or understanding on how to take care of the most sought after black models’ hair, right? Wrong. Jourdan Dunn recently revealed to Hello magazine that she lost most of her hair due to damage caused by hairdressers.
“My hair has been so damaged with heat and styling because most hairdressers still don’t know what to do with Afro hair,” she told the magazine.
“I mean, I had no hair around my hairline – it was like baby hair, it was so damaged” she added.
Her hair stylist, Renda Attia, insisted that she needed to give her hair a break and start wearing wigs, but can you look and see she’s wearing a sew-in, which is a protective style. After giving her hair a much needed rest, and conditioning it regularly, she says her hair is growing back.
Charlotte Mensah, celebrity hair stylist and owner of the award-winning salon in London offers her tips on not over-processing afro textured hair:
If you’re experiencing hair damage and loss, the only option to minimise this is to begin a strict weekly regime of deep conditioning treatments such as the MIZANI Fiberfyl in-salon Strengthening Treatment, which contains filloxane technology to instantly penetrate the hair fibre, filling into weak areas, giving stronger, fuller results.
Supplement Haircare with Diet
I’d also recommend following a balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables that provide the body with the natural and necessary vitamins and minerals that are the basis for healthy skin and hair. You need to balance the topical products you are using with a healthy lifestyle including the right foods, 6-8 glasses of water a day and enough sleep to help from the inside out as well.
Use Natural Oils
Avoid products that are heavy in mineral oil as this can block the pores. There are natural oils that do the same job and yield great results. You can massage natural oils into the hairline where breakage is happening to stimulate the blood circulation in these areas and promote regrowth.
Let Hair Breathe
While it’s understandable why women may want to wear a wig to cover up hair loss or breakage, I’d highly recommend taking it off when indoors and overnight to allow the scalp to breathe.
Colouring Afro Hair
Colouring any hair type can be damaging to condition, however ammonia-free formulas like L’Oréal Professionnel INOA are much gentler on the hair. These formulas also tend to amplify shine, which gives the appearance of healthier hair.
When your hair is weaker or suffering from breakage, make sure you choose combs that have wide teeth and no seams, which can snag the hair. Kent Handmade Combs, which are made from a single sheet of cellulose acetate, a non-petroleum based plastic derived from plants that has been found to create less static in the hair. They are then hand polished and buffed to create soft, rounded teeth that will not damaged the hair or scalp. Due to the way the teeth are cut rather than moulded, they are much less likely to snag causing split ends, but instead stimulate the natural oils inside the hair cuticle encouraging each strand to lie flat, creating healthy, strong and shiny hair.
Ensure you are coupling your deep condition treatments with regular trims every 6-8 weeks to encourage healthy hair. While hair loss often happens around the hairline, a lot of damage occurs through the mid-lengths and ends, so ensuring they are in the best condition will give the illusion of an all-over healthier, fuller head of hair.