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Expert Q&A: African-American Hair Care From WebMD

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webmd logoWhether you wear your hair straight, braided, loose, or curly, you deserve a great hair day, every day. That can mean cutting through myths about how to care for your hair.

How is African-American hair different from other textures?

One common myth is that there is just one type of African-American hair, New York stylist Ellin LaVar says. “African-American hair isn’t just very kinky, coarse texture,” says LaVar, who has worked with celebrities including Angela Bassett, Naomi Campbell, Whitney Houston, Iman, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Oprah.

Though the texture may vary, says Philadelphia dermatologist Susan Taylor, MD, there are some similarities that make African-American hair different from other types. Generally, the hair contains less water, grows more slowly, and breaks more easily than Caucasian or Asian hair.

Why is it so difficult to style my hair?

Product labeling can often be confusing and you don’t want to buy something that’s too heavy or wrong for you.

“Look for products that describe the texture of your hair, not the color of your skin,” LaVar says.

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