Fierce Hair: 8 Tips for Washing and Conditioning Your African American Hair

You can never get too much advice on how to take care of our hair ladies!  This time, I’ve recruited Eden Pereira, a stylist at Dieci Lifestyle Spa in Livingston , NJ to help us out on how to properly wash and condition our African American hair, regardless of how relaxed or natural it is.  According to Eden, good hair isn’t defined by its texture but rather on how healthy it is and I couldn’t agree more!  Here are great tips he gave me to help us wash and condition our way to healthy hair!


  1. Never wash your hair more than once a week, because African American hair will break from dehydration.
  2. Always use a moisturizing shampoo. Don’t use a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner, because they aren’t suited for dry hair.
  3. When washing hair rub only in one direction to avoid hair becoming tangled. 
  4. Use cool to warm water on hair because hot water will take the oil away and cause the hair to be drier and tangled.
  5. Always deep condition your hair every time you wash. Use a deep penetrating conditioner or mask to maintain a hydrated and silky look.
  6.  Always sit with a conditioner on for at least 15-30 minutes.
  7. Use a wide toothed comb to comb the hair while the conditioner is on.  This will allow the conditioner to be evenly distributed throughout the hair and make it easy to detangle.
  8. Don’t rub the hair with a towel because it may cause the hair to break and tangle.  Instead blot the hair with a towel to take away excess water out of hair.

A big thank you to Eden for sharing these great tips with us!

These hair products had to be put on Fierce Beauty Blast!

 Just for Me Hair Milk Conditioner

Optimum Care 3-n-1 Oil Moisturizer

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