Modern black men wear their hair in a variety of styles from long flowing dreads to low fade haircuts. Regardless of the style, an everyday hair care routine adds sophistication and a clean-cut appearance, not to mention the benefits on the health of the hair itself. At Freelon’s, our barbers are highly skilled to deal with all hair types, and we’ll get you looking fresh. We can examine the state of your hair and scalp to determine what routine will work best for you.
For All Hair Types
Moisture is key. As barbering professionals, we recommend beginning your hair care at night with a doo-rag or any covering that is satin in feel. The soft material works best to lock in moisture to your hair and scalp. You’ll want to full wrap any visible hair and scalp and sleep on it at night. This applies for any type of style or cut.
Short Cuts, Blended Fades, Afro’s or 360’s
If you have a shorter cut, we recommend applying a natural oil like coconut or sweet almond to your hair and scalp to reintroduce hydration. For close-cropped cuts, brush in the direction you want it to go. For a style, like 360 waves, brush in specific patterns, from the crown toward the back, front and sides of your head. If your hair is a little longer, pick it out, beginning at the ends of your hair and working your way toward the roots. Follow up with a gentle pat all over to keep your Afro nice and round.
Braids and Dreads
Braid and deadlocks are a good option for black men who prefer to wear their hair at a longer length— it’s easy and stylish. If your hair is very long and styled dreads, your daily care routine will be slightly less involved during the styling part. Dreads and braids don’t need to be brushed and don’t require regular trimming.
Do keep your hair covered at night, but all you have to do in the morning is remove the cover and shake out your dreads or braids. If your dreads start to loosen, palm roll or twist them back into place. Similarly with braids, just make sure they are still intact. Trapped moisture and a musty smell is common with these hairstyles, especially if they are frequently washed and not fully dried.
What About Shampooing?
Black hair (no matter what the style) is more susceptible to becoming dry and brittle and over-shampooing the hair can exacerbate the issue. Most retail shampoos contain a chemical called sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS. While SLS is a detergent responsible for cleaning the hair, it can also strip the hair of natural oils that protect it, leaving it dried and prone to breakage. We recommend shampoo your hair only once or twice weekly to hold in the natural oils in your hair. If you do end up shampooing more often, look for a shampoo that is free of SLS.