It’s pretty obvious to most people that black men’s hair is different, both in look and feel.  It should then come as no surprise that our hair care should be different as well.  Let’s take a look at the reasons.

It’s Dry

We’ve all heard that black hair in general is dryer than other hair, but why?  This is mostly because of the curls in our hair.  The natural oils that are in everyone’s scalps travel down straight hair much more easily than curly hair.  This alone makes black hair more dry and subject to breakage/loss.  The natural oil just doesn’t get to most of our hair.

There’s nothing that can be done about this since the curliness of our hair is determined by the bulb shape of the hair follicle, which is determined genetically.  Hooked bulbs cause curly hair, round bulbs cause straight hair.


Due to the unique nature of black hair, we men must be more conscious about the drying effects of most shampoos.  Shampoos tend to contain chemicals that strip the existing oils off of your hair, which may be fine for straight hair, but can be overly damaging to curly hair, which doesn’t replace the oils as easily.

While you’ll need to take into account how curly your hair is, generally washing 1 – 2 times a week achieves the desired cleaning effect without overly drying out our hair.  It is also ok to condition hair daily.

With this knowledge and these tips you should be set to get the look you want without any troubles.