How To Manage Dry Nappy Unmanageable Black Hair

The way we describe the texture and look of hair may be complimentary to another and hurtful to the next. Words carry many connotations so calling someones hair kinky may be of the highest compliment or not to others. Even with the term thick, Afrocentric, course, nappy, all of these adjectives hold different meanings to different people. No matter what we call our hair, the #1 thing we want to know about our African American hair is how to care for it! There are times when everything seems to be going great with our hair and then boom, its out of control, hard to manage and maintain, and it just doesn’t feel or look the way that it used to.
“My hair is unmanageable, why? No matter what I do, it doesn’t stay moisturized, styles won’t hold or look nice either!”

There could be a number of reasons why your hair won’t cooperate with anything no matter what, or, there could be one culprit. Figuring this out means that you have to be conscious of everything that your hair comes in contact with such as water, hair products, hair supplies, even the fabrics you sleep on. I know it may sound like a lot, trust me it will become easy when you pay attention instead of slathering Product A or Product B on your head to fix your hair.

Dry Nappy Unmanageable Black Hair Reason #1 Hair Is Not pH Balanced
Having pH balanced hair keeps the cuticle scales on the outside of your hair, flat against your hair strands. Cuticle scales react to temperatures and pH levels by either raising/lifting (exposing the inner parts of your hair strands) or constricting to protect the hair strands (keeping in moisture). The perfect pH balance for hair is between 4.5 – 5.5. Test your hair products and make sure they are balanced. This will greatly help you with your unmanageable hair issues.
Dry Nappy Unmanageable Black Hair Reason #2 Hard Water

Depending on where you may stay in the world, there may be a build of of mineral deposits in your water. Sulfur, calcium, and some metals may be in your water and once they touch your hair, they have a pretty strong bond. My best suggestion is to use baby water (distilled water) to wash your hair or invest in a water filter. Maybe even one that can adjust to your shower head. But, if you cant afford to make these purchases, its time to starting incorporating a deep cleansing (clarifying or chelating) shampoo into your hair regiment (if you haven’t already). When I have mineral buildup in my hair I like to use Organic Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo. It gets the job done every time.





Dry Nappy Unmanageable Black Hair Reason #3 Overuse/ Overkill Of Sulfate Shampoo

Please check your hair shampoo to make sure that it isn’t full of sulfates or anything else that may end in “ate” or “ates”. It is literally “eating” away at your precious hair as it robs you out of what your hair needs are with every wash. Using shampoos with sulfates in them are to harsh an unnecessary for African american hair since they strip away natural oils to the point of dryness and eventually hair damage. Using the wrong shampoo is usually the reason why black hair is unmanageable the wrong shampoo can be really hard on your hair. Use gentle natural shampoos like the hair shampoos recommended below.




I personally have two hair shampoo staples for my natural hair. Ever since I have been natural, I have always used Dr. Bronners Lavendar Shampoo for a regular shampoo and If I need a good wash because of mineral deposit or product build up on my hair, I use Organic Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo. These two shampoos below work best for my hair!


Dry Nappy Unmanageable Black Hair Reason #4 Insufficient Protein or Moisture

Does your hair appear to be extremely elastic? What about if it feels very hard and brittle to the point where it breaks off? Making sure that your hair is balanced with protein and moisture is important. Figuring out how to achieve this does not require an in depth scientific experiment, you simply want to go by look and feel.

You need more protein in your hair if your hair feels gummy, limp, or too stretchy.

You need more moisture in your hair if it feels hard, brittle, and you happen to be experiencing breakage.

To restore moisture into my hair, I like to coat my hair in either olive oil or coconut oil with an intense 20 minute session under the Heautiful Hair Steamer. I also don’t have problems with protein so I do not use protein treatments to balance my hair, instead, I use Africa’s Best Braid Sheen Spray With Conditioner that I spritz on my hair about every other day, give or take.





Dry Nappy Unmanageable Black Hair Reason #5 Hair In Contact With Moisture Absorbent Materials

The main culprits that like to steal moisture from your hair are materials made of cotton or wool. This is probably why your hair feels so “nappy” and unmanageable! The best preserver of moisture would be materials made of silk. Sleep on silk pillowcases or with a silk bonnet or hair scarf to prevent your cotton pillowcases from taking moisture from your hair. Also, make sure that your hair doesn’t brush against the shoulders of your clothes so much. This will cut back on the breakage that you may be experiencing with your hair as well.



Dry Nappy Unmanageable Black Hair Reason #6 Damaged Ends Have Not Been Cut

Its probably about that time ladies! Holding on to those dry, crusty, flimsy ends gets you nowhere in your hair journey. If you want to regress with your hair growth hair care regiment, just simply never cut, trim, or dust the ends of your hair. Trimming the ends when necessary will reveal the true health of your hair in most cases. If you have tried everything above, you probably haven’t tried this solution. Please don’t run from this, just snip off the very itsy bitsy ends if that’s all you have the courage to do. The more damaged hair you trim, the better your hair will look. Please take care of this when you only have a little bit of hair to cut off rather than waiting so long that it seems like now, you have to have a haircut.Make sure to use stainless steel hair cutting shears to cut your ends. The best trim happens when you only use stainless steel hair cutting shears for your hair. You will have clean cuts and better hair quality.

Speaking of nappy hair, has anyone read the book, “Nappy Hair” ?
I hear its a great fun read for children and families about African American hair!



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  • Anne

    Moisturize is the key. Thanks for the tips. Enjoy your day! :)