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Black History Month – Afro Hair Through The Years

Black afro hair has been an integral feature of black history - from African tribal styles to dreadlocks and the afro. In this post, we explore the rich history that is behind our hair and our styles. In early African civilisations, hairstyles could indicate a person's family background, tribe and social status. "Just about everything about a person's identity could be learned by looking at the hair," says journalist Lori Tharps, who co-wrote the book Hair Story about the history of black hair.

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3 Ways For Black Men to Avoid Hair Loss

As Black men we take a lot of pride in our appearances and this includes our hair. As such, most of us fear losing our hair and do everything we can to stop this from happening. The fact is, hair loss is a part of life and a part of the aging process, meaning it is an inevitability. However, this does not mean that there aren’t ways to slow down the process and in some cases completely prevent early hair loss. Depending on the causing factor, there are different techniques that can be applied.

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How Black Men Can Grow Thicker Hair

Hair is something that needs nurturing, patience and a lot of effort. Particularly when it comes to Black men’s hair. Did you know that hair grows on average ½ inch per month, without you even doing anything. So in essence, at the bare minimum, all you have to do is protect your hair from damage and breakage in order to promote growth. Building on this, adopting a consistent hair care routine will further boost your hair growth. How...

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3 Reasons Black Seed Oil Is Perfect For Black Men’s Hair

When we formed Aaron Wallace we knew we wanted to create something special, so we dedicated ourselves to researching and finding the best natural ingredients with known benefits for Afro Hair. This led us to the discovery of the famed Black Seed Oil. Almost mythical in nature it is commonly referred to as Nigella Sativa, and known as “The cure for everything except death” due to its amazing health benefits. Black Seed Oil has been used for thousands of years for healing and medicinal purposes, having been mentioned by Greek...

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Why Do Black Men Have Dry Scalp?

Because of our afro-textured hair, we are extremely prone to dryness. This is why black men need a lot more hydration to keep their hair healthy and to prevent getting a dry scalp, which is what ultimately leads to breakages. How can you recognise that you suffer from a dry scalp? Dandruff is your number one tell. Dandruff indicates a dry scalp. When your scalp is dry it is much harder to get waves or have a clean finish to your haircut, so...

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8 Tips for Black Men with Grey Hair & Beards

Getting grey hair is inevitable and although for many black men having grey hair feels like a sign of maturity, wisdom, dignity and power, for some it is viewed as an unwelcome sign of ageing. Whatever your feelings are towards having grey hair, making sure you take good care of them is going to make a huge difference to their appearance. We often get asked how to take care of grey hair and what products to use to keep it healthy. Grey hair does require a different approach to care and here...

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How Black Men Can Care for Hair & Beards During Lock-Down

In the UK we are now nearing week 6 of lock down. With no clear exit plan in place, there is little in the form of clarity as to when we can all start planning our next trips to the Barbershop or what that would even look like as part of the “New Normal” we will all have to adapt to. The closing of Barbershops has a profound effect on the black community for many reasons. Firstly, many are independently owned and rely heavily on their chairs being occupied at all...

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5 Signs Your Hair/Beard is Healthy and Strong

The most damaged hair is easy to spot but how do you know that what you’re doing works? How can you tell that your hair is healthy? or at least on the right track. Healthy afro textured hair has tell-tale signs that indicate whether your hair is healthy or damaged. When black hair is healthy, it becomes stronger and this leads to less breakage. Here are the 5 signs to look out for when checking the health status of your hair. 1. Shrinkage Although many...

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Why All Black Men Need Hair Conditioners

Washing your hair is important and black men should try to make sure they shampoo their hair at least twice a week to prevent product build up, which in turn affects your hair growth. What often gets overlooked is the importance of conditioning your afro textured hair. Ideally you should be conditioning it daily, either using a washout or leave-in conditioner. The reason conditioners are so essential to black hair is because it locks in much needed moisture, nourishes the follicles and repairs/prevents damage to the hair. Afro hair is...

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HOW OFTEN SHOULD BLACK MEN WASH THEIR HAIR

It Is no secret that afro hair is different. The look and feel are strong indicators of that fact. Taking care of Afro hair is not difficult but requires a good understanding of what works and what is damaging to afro hair. This means that the way in which we take care of our hair is different. It’s Dry We’ve all heard that black hair in general is drier than other hair, but why?  This is mostly because of the curls in our hair. The natural oils that...

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