Hair Blogger, Miriam Maulana on how to get those curly cakes right first time round.
Step-by-step, here are the products you need to care for your natural hair as you grow that awesome afro.
You’re the envy of every girl around you – your thick, luscious (and all-natural, by the way) hair is always pumped up with plenty of body and bounce. Thinning is never a problem, and a goddess-sized afro is a matter of a few seconds of styling. What’s not to love, right?
But they don’t realise that there’s a dark side to having thick hair. Tangles, dryness and general lack of manageability can quickly make this blessing feel more like a curse – unless you’ve got the inside scoop on how to keep it in check. A good routine goes a long way, and this 4-step care regimen is the perfect foundation for every aspect of your haircare. Take notes!
A good routine goes a long way, and this 4-step care regimen is the perfect foundation for every aspect of your hair care.
The best way to avoid tangles is to gently tease them out BEFORE they get stuck in place – and that means while your hair’s still wet. After washing, make sure you use a nourishing conditioner, like L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Conditioner, for thick hair. Use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to detangle while you wait for it to absorb, then rinse thoroughly – we guarantee combing and brushing will be a million times easier after taking this crucial step.
We hate to say it, but if tangles are your #1 gripe, it’s probably your own fault. The way you dry your hair has plenty to do with how easy it will be to manage once the water’s all gone, so while it might be tempting to rub vigorously with a towel (especially if you’ve got LOADS of hair that takes forever to air dry), a gentler touch is in order. Pat, dab, and squeeze your hair with the towel – NEVER rub – then leave it to dry naturally as usual.
Your hair is now clean, soft and almost-dry – time to tame those last few errant strands with a great serum for maximum frizz control. Try something like Redken Frizz Dismiss FPF 30 Instant Deflate, a powerful leave-in smoothing serum specifically designed for coarse hair. Apply evenly to towel-dried hair, before blow-drying, and style as desired.
Thick hair is known for both its big impact and the, erm, big amount of time and effort it takes to manage – but no more! All it takes is a great care regimen and a few products designed with your specific hair challenges in mind. And if you’ve got more questions about the right treatments to turn thick, coarse hair from frizz to fab, be sure to ask your favourite professional stylist – they’ve seen every hair type and tried out every product, and will be able to point you in the right direction.
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