Be wary of hair care products marketed towards black hair or natural hair products. These are hoping on a fad and are misleading about their products. Buy 100% shea butter, coconut oil and castor oil or even olive oil from food stores, these ingredients are especially good for your hair. If you can eat it, it is good enough to put on your hair. Your skin soaks up everything, that is we can not leave bleach on our hands too long without washing it off. Bleach is a poison.
Avoid rubber bands, not just African American girls, but people with long hair in general. Instead use a ponytail holder without a metal clip.
To reduce damage to the rest of your hair, try trimming your split ends. It is not necessary to obsessively cut if the ends are not frayed.
Oil natural hair (not straightened, permed or relaxed) about once each day. Oil straightened hair no more than twice a week with an extremely tiny dab of the stuff only after putting on a moisturizing leave in. This is called sealing. The oil seals in the moisture of the leave in and ensures that the hair stays healthy. If you use a light oil, your hair will not be greasy. Petro Oil makes your hair greasy not oil!
While some people believe that just washing with affordable conditioners works best, the truth is conditioners do not do a good job of removing dirt from hair. It is best to wash hair (focusing on scalp, rub don't scratch) with a good sulfate-free shampoo and then condition.
Make sure you don't wear your hair in one style for a long time or else everyday your hair will break off or begin to lock.
Stretching your relaxer til after 8 weeks give thickness to your hair and less chance of overlapping on previous relaxed hair.