Afro hair in its natural state can range from very tight coils to more open looser curls and everything in between. These variations not only occur from one person to another but can often be seen within the same scalp. The bending/coiling of the hair shaft is due to the elliptical shape of the hair follicle from which it emerges. Afro hair is weakest at the areas along the strand where the bends occur and this inherent fragility can make it more susceptible to breakage from environmental factors and day to day handling.
Afro hair is subject to the same hair and scalp disorders and hair loss/alopecia as Caucasian and Asian hair, and varying degrees of hair shaft breakage will occur when Afro hair is exposed to heat, chemical or physical trauma, the same as for Caucasian and Asian hair. However, due to a weaker structure and a wider range of styling techniques and processes taking their toll, it is very important that a good hair care routine is maintained.
Afro hair is a dynamic structure that lends itself well to creating a myriad of different textures and forms, whether worn in its natural state, braided, plaited or softened/straightened with the use of chemical texturisers and relaxers. The last 10-15 years has seen an increasing shift away from chemical processing and the use of hot combing to straighten hair is now very rare.
Whichever way Afro hair is worn or the means by which the style is achieved the essential element for caring for Afro hair is ensuring and maintaining good moisture levels within the hair shaft at all times. This can be achieved by incorporating correct conditioning/deep conditioning practices as part of your regular hair care routine. Our clinics can offer the advice and support you need to maintain healthy hair and scalp.
With clinics in Northampton, Leicester and Milton Keynes we treat patients throughout Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and surrounding areas.
Our Clinic Locations:
Martin Hair & Scalp Clinic
Consultations are also available in Milton Keynes.
Ring 07531 326 692 to make an appointment.