Whether it is natural, permed, pressed or locked, hair is an essential part of one’s style and personality. Hair can accentuate one’s mood and complement any attire. Though it can be formed into what is trendy and fashionable, it is often overlooked and neglected.
“As wonderful as it is to have your hair looking great, it is even more important to invest in keeping it healthy,” says Dirk Evans, “The Hair Care Doctor”. “If it is not healthy, it’s not hair.”
Evans, a licensed cosmetologist from Detroit, Michigan recently released “Home Hair Care Help,” a book targeted to young African American women regarding their hair care. The 96-page book guides women to necessary instruction for maintaining and obtaining healthy hair. Using his twenty six years of hair care knowledge, Evans gives advice on such topics as how to prevent hair breakage and how to produce hair growth.
He acknowledges that everyone is different in the type of maintenance they need. According to Evans, people with chemically treated hair should moisturize their hair daily because of the mixture of heat and chemicals. Those with natural hairstyles and fine textured hair should moisturize as well but not as much.
“Because overheating is a common problem of black hair, chemical and stress protein and moisture binding products are the best for black hair. Currently there is a product line that is available by Soft Sheen/Carson called Breakthru; this product is enhanced with a new technology called Ceramide.”
“I have had a problem of consistently maintaining my hair while at school,” says Courtney Battle, a sophomore at HowardUniversity. “I can’t always rely on the salons in the area to do a proficient job, so I do it myself when I can.
Tonie Stovall, a freshman of FloridaA&MUniversity agrees. “It is hard and expensive trying to keep my hair up at school. If I did have the proper education, I would do my hair a lot more but until then I will go the salon.”
Dirk Evans, the “Hair Care Doctor” says he wrote “Home Hair Care Help,” with the college student in mind. He suggests that students study his tips and instructions and work together in applying them to one another’s hair in order to cut down on cost and products.
Many students have found alternative ways to cut down on the cost of hair maintenance.
Pearl Plumboy, a legal communications major of Howard University says “when I can’t get my hair done, I will wear cornrow braids, which saves me money and cuts down on the amount of heat applied to my hair.”
Evans always advises that women educate themselves on the techniques and products that are applied to their hair.
“The sooner African American women know how to care for their hair, the better because their hair’s healthiness will have longevity.”
For more information on hair care, contact Dirk Evans at www.HomeHairCareHelp.com