4 Tips to Grow Longer, Stronger, Healthier HairMarch 8, 2018
Hi. I am Arenetta Hall-Jackson and have many years of experience in true haircare. During these years of taking care of many clients with different hair textures, I have noticed that certain textures require specific maintenance. Basically, the care given will depend upon the diameter of the strand itself, the density of the strands on the scalp, the curl pattern, and if chemically treated or not. As a general rule, the tighter the curl pattern consider this hair to possibly require more hydration. Hair that has a loose curl pattern typically doesn’t require as much hydration, unless the strands are chemically color treated to a level eight or higher. However, I will say this that hair textures with more of a wave pattern instead of tighter curls does maintain moisture better. I just wanted to give a brief hint of the thought process behind what professionals may take in consideration before deciding what product could work best for you as an individual.
Having said this, let’s discuss some general haircare tips:
- Choose a Shampoo and Conditioner that is best for your texture. (Example..Fine texture hair requires less oil)…If still unsure of which product would work best for you, consult a professional. Always make sure to thoroughly rinse all residual lather or product from hair before proceeding further.
- Next use a leave-in conditioner to make sure curls maintain a certain level of moisture, especially during the winter months. I recommend water based for finer hair textures and if necessary a cream for curlier coils of hair. However, a water based one will usually work on all textures.
- Section hair and Comb strands with a wide tooth comb with blunt or rounded ends to avoid pulling the hair during the detangling and combing out process. If you are totally natural, I find that working from the ends first to scalp works best. For those that are transitioning, start to detangle or comb at the area where the natural meets the relaxed (line of demarcation). This will help to lessen the chance of breakage, if combed gently. Avoid Aggressive Combing During the Detangling Process to Avoid Unnecessary Breakage.
- Avoid using too much heat. Too much heat will possibly break the bonds in your hair leaving it straight, as if you relaxed it. If you plan on blowing your hair dry use medium heat or even when you silk press avoid using too high of a temperature setting. Certain textures do not require a lot of heat. If you are uncertain of what is safe for your hair, please consult a professional to avoid detriment to your curls. (Tip: Do Not use heat of any kind on your hair to re-silk or otherwise damage your strands…instead wrap hair or pincurl only and tie with satin or silk scarf to keep in place while you sleep. As a back-up in case scarf comes off use a satin or silk pillow case. Also Remember, cotton scarfs will absorb any oil or deplete any hydration from your strands…Avoid Cotton to keep your hair Healthy and Happy)
- Finally, natural styling will always work best for your natural coils. CHOOSE WISELY!!!
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