We explore three of the most common hair textures, and share a few tips and tricks to help with your mane goals.
Natural hair should be considered a national treasure. A rich leave-in conditioner can be the difference between frizzy and defined coils, which will determine your overall shape. Also, go easy with hard bristles on your brush, as this can cause unwanted breakage. Rather go for a gentle approach – your hands and fingers, and a soft-bristled toothbrush for edges or a buzz cut.
Wash your hair less frequently to preserve and regulate the natural oil production and keep the scalp hydrated. Use a gentle cleanser, or try washing with conditioner. This will involve a bit more massaging, light detangling and really working the product thoroughly into your scalp. Alternatively, use diluted apple cider vinegar as a cleansing rinse instead of shampoo, and condition as normal.
You may associate fine texture with thinning hair, but this is not always the case. You can have thick hair, meaning lots of it, but the individual hairs are smaller in diameter, which means your hair is more prone to breakage than those with a coarser texture. The word ‘fine’ only really describes the texture of the hair, and not the amount you have.
Generally, your hair will get oilier quicker, because it is less porous than other hair types, which means you may have to wash a little more frequently. It’s how you wash it that will make the difference. Only wash the roots, and simply rinse out the ends. Then, condition just the ends, and leave the roots clean. This will ensure you keep some volume and that no product build-up will occur quicker than it should. Stay away from oil-based products that could add to the weighing down of your delicate hairs and stick to volumising mousses, mists and sprays that will expand the shaft and boost volume.
Frizzy hair usually gets associated with tight curls, although other, straighter textures can also fall victim. What it comes down to is dryness. When hair is dry, the top layer of the hair’s cuticle gets raised, allowing humidity through, resulting in the swelling of the shaft, and voila! Frizz.
With your next wash, try adding a little bit of hair oil to the lengths of the hair while still wet. Use this to detangle, and then rinse if necessary. This will calm down the frizz, smoothen it out and lock in some moisture, all without compromising texture. When it comes to drying your hair, it will totally depend on exactly how curly your hair is, as the humidity around you plays a big role here. To play it safe, let your hair air-dry, or use a diffuser. If natural volume is your thing, try a matt wax to define the curls and lock in more moisture.
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