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Smoothening Out The Kinks: A Complete Guide For Black African Men’s Hair Care

Tips to encourage hair growth, avoid hair loss and balding, dandruff, hair breakage , dry scalp and brittle hair for black African men

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A guy’s relationship with his hair is either pretty intimate, indifferent or non-existent. In either case, hair is a pretty public thing, so people will sort of know if you are the dude who’s been shirking your hair hygiene duties.

From a young age, the unique and varying textures of our African hair present as many  unique challenges during combing sessions as they do endless possibilities to style our hair in countless ways.

There just aren’t many products in these shelves created specifically for the textures, shades, curliness, kinkiness, funkiness and unpredictable-ness  of our hair.

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Getting it right: We got this picture at the iconic Legend’s Barbershop spot in Soweto, with full feature to premiere here soon!

Add to that the fact that the hair care industry has tended to be focused on women’s hair – information and products for black African men’s hair remains a scarcity. Why that is the case, despite evidence that we can pretty much rock the dopest, most visually captivating, fashionable and experimental haircuts on planet Earth, is strange.

ALSO READ: 10 DOPE SOUTH AFRICAN CELEBRITY HAIRCUTS AND THEIR NAMES 

Despair no longer. A good place to start attending to the unique needs of our almost-always natural hair starts with us giving you tips on how to maintain healthy hair.

USING A COMB TO DETANGLE YOUR HAIR IS NOT THE WAY FORWARD 

Our hair can become really frizzy, dry and curly. For many guys, the answer is simply using a brush or comb to get things looking neat again after getting your hair wet. After all, it’s usually softer and more willing to be a sport after some encounter with water. Right?

Wrong. Combing your hair while its wet can actually lead to all kinds of problems later. Fortunately, African hair dries up pretty fast, especially with the help of a piece of cloth to help out. But as you would probably know, combing dry African hair might as well be sometimes a near death experience. Solution? You shouldn’t be relying on combs to detangle your hair, as it can lead to significant hair loss. Ever seen the amount of hair that gets left around on those ‘Afro-combs’? That is where your hair goes. Get oil that works for you.

CHECK AND UNDERSTAND THE LABELS 

Far too hair products out there make serious claims of catering to black hair, when in fact, they kinda really don’t. Most of them will also cost you a small fortune.

The trick is to check the labels, which can a bit laborious. But if you are reading this article, you are most likely interested in taking ample time to care for your hair to avoid hair loss, accelerated balding, dry scalps, breakage, dandruff, not looking on point and – God forbid – other weird ish that can actually result from poor hair hygiene.

Now, the labels… What you should be doing, according to Frederick Benjamin, is look for products that do not contain alcohol, mineral oil or petrolatum. Stuff will look nifty up there, but the hair will be dried out. A good barber should be able to assist with the more technical questions around which products you should be looking at for your hair type, and then do good and check the labels to make sure you are not subjecting your hair to short term and long term damage. Deal?

GET A GOOD BARBER

While it may sound silly at first, a good barber can actually play a pretty big role in not only a good execution of great hair styles, but also recommendations on products and tips on routines. I stumbled upon this one barber in Braamfontein a few years ago, and really stuck with him for a while. For one, he never left my edges scarred. He always knew what cuts worked for my head and, more importantly, he was happy to dish out some much needed advice on the do’s and do’s of basic hair care. The few times I ignored his advice, repercussions were dealt.

I’ve since moved on to getting my head handled at a hair salon. An expert in these things can also go a long way.

KEEP YOUR HAIR MOISTURISED 

It’s probably safe to say most people would agree that your hair needs moisture to make it through the day. You don’t want to start seeing flakes on your scalp, which, on our hair, can easily sprint up to the tip of your hair to create a weird looking flake fest up there. Keep your scalp hydrated to encourage hair loss and give your hair resilience against unfavourable weather conditions.

STYLE SELECTION 

It’s nice to get experimental with your hair, but it’s also not secret that certain hair cuts can put a lot of unnecessary strain to your hair. The importance of really taking care of your hair is that later you have more styling options to play with.

Find what works for you, and let us know in the comments section below if you’ve figured out a few tips you’ve found really help.

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Africa’s Biggest Hairstyling Competition Returns!

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Africa’s trendiest hairstyling competition-Sofn’free Hair Xperts Masters Challenge- is back with bigger, inventive and more extravagant highlights this year. Seeking the most innovative talent in South Africa, the hunt for Mzansi’s hair genius has begun.

Trailblazers in the hair industry across provinces have a chance to submit their entries from today until September 16th for a spot in the contest. “This is the fourth year the competition has been running and it has created a huge platform for hairstylists to showcase their talent, gain exposure and learn more about the art of hairstyling. Not only does it give hairstylists an opportunity to grow their skills, it also positively contributes to professionalising their natural gifts and nurtures their portfolios,” explained Sofn’free Brand Manager Noeleen Burger.

Participants can anticipate more challenging tasks, from hair trends to hair colours while blending in their unique touch. The competition is divided into two segments which is the HairXperts Main Competition which is for already practising stylists (18 years and older) and YoungXperts which is open to student stylists between the ages of 16 and 26.

“We expect more entries this year, and as usual, we anticipate seeing the greatest hair fashion talent in South Africa. Stylists will go head to head to showcase their technical skills in relaxing different types of hair, while flaunting their styling creativity to create an overall look that would leave the judges and the audience in awe. It is always a super exciting affair,” enthused Burger.

The top 18 contestants will be announced on September 24th, which will be followed by a style off leading to the top 8 finalists. With R250 000 up for grabs, who will be the next Ultimate Sofn’free HairXperts Master?

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Hair: One Barber Spills All About Legends Barber

We spent a day at South Africa’s hottest haircut barbershop spot in Soweto, Legends Baber, to get a feel of what the buzzing space offers, as well as all the relevant info on the most celebrated barbershops in their country. The biggest names in the entertainment business frequent Legends Barber to maintain star looks, but what is Legends Barber all about! Watch to dive deeper!

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