Black women, we are not created like European races and our hair is very easy to break off. When we were coming up, our mothers told us 'you have very coarse hair', but no, our mothers were referring to how thick our hair grew out when we wore it, natural. Either if our hair is natural or straightened, the strains are very fine compared to white women. It does not mean it is bad hair, it is more fragile and this is why a lot of women braid their hair, which we do not encourage. Therefore, each and every night before you go to bed and even when you are resting and taking a nap in the day time, always cover your hair with a satin cap.
About 10 years ago, we would even hear some black women encourage us to buy satin pillow cases, which is very good, but it is even better if you buy satin caps to prevent hair breakage. Now, mostly all we see is black women getting hair weaves or wearing wigs, so they will not have to care for their hair. If you have visited our sister blog, The Souls of Black Women, you will recall a few articles on Naomi Campbell and the latest one, Serena Williams allegedly developing Alopecia. Both of these two black women maybe very successful and wealthy, but no amount of money could ever buy their natural hair, back. After all of the hair weaves they have worn over the years, eventually what are they going to attach their tracks to? Some day, they both may not have any natural strand of hair, because they they mostly wore tight weaves and in Campbell's case, possibly some wigs that killed the hair follicles.
Getting back to covering your hair at night, many black women have been very guilty of going to bed on without wearing a satin cap. Whenever you twist and turn during the night, your hair possibly easily breaks off and eventually you are left with a spot or more of damaged patches of hair. This could be very frustrating after you have grown your hair to a certain length, but it has happened time and time, again. When you process your hair, it becomes more fragile, so you should make sure you cover it then, but even if your hair is natural, you should protect it to prevent breakage. Our hair easily breaks off, which leaves us with a damaged hair, after it has not covered as we lay on it. When this happens do not rush and go buy a wig to cover your hair or pay for a weave, just get the bad hair cut off and get it evenly trimmed by a professional stylist, then get into a good habit of covering your hair. Especially, if you are going to grow out your natural hair, you must learn how to manage it and it would be better for you to protect your hair whenever you lay on it.
You can buy satin sleep caps at your nearest beauty supply store or even online, like here at amazon.com.
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