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Step-by-step, here are the products you need to care for your natural hair as you grow that awesome afro.
Straight hair is often viewed as limp, oily, lifeless and boring, but these are all easily treated issues. Perfect hair starts with washing, and you needn’t spend a fortune on styling products if you are buying the right shampoo. From straight hair to curly and everything in between, we all need to choose the best products for our hair types.
If you’re wondering which shampoo will work for your straight hair, you must first identify the texture of your locks. Straight hair comes in three distinct types:
Typically, fine and thin straight hair needs some very specific things from its shampoo. This hair type tends to be naturally oily, often resting flat against the head, so the right shampoo is essential for improving body, adding volume and increasing the thickness of each strand. Go with a lightweight shampoo that has a reviving action, like L’Oréal Professionnel’s Volumetry Shampoo, as this will lock in moisture, protect against damage and strengthen the fibres of your hair, without removing all the essential oils or weighing your hair down too much.
Richard Nienaber, Regional Education Developer for Redken, has a few further styling tips for women with fine, thin hair. He explains, “Finish your style with a dry shampoo to help the hair stay as clean as possible. Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender is an excellent choice as it will prevent hair from feeling heavy and getting oily.”
Coarse hair is prone to drying out, at which point your hair is facing serious threat of breakage. Coarse, straight hair
does best with moisture-rich, smoothing shampoos that work to improve your hair’s strength and ability to retain
moisture. Use L’Oréal Professionnel’s Nutrifier Shampoo or intense frizz-fighting Liss Unlimited Shampoo
to help make your thick, coarse hair more manageable and resistant to frizz, while locking in moisture for optimal health
and unbelievable shine.
Richard Nienaber adds, “In general, this hair type tends to be dry and brittle so moisture-rich products are key, whether cleansing, conditioning or applying an intensive leave-in treatment.” Richard recommends the rich but lightweight Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner due to their omega-6 and argan oil-enriched formulations.
Somewhere in between fine and thick hair there exists medium hair. This hair type has slightly more volume than fine hair,
and is far easier to manage than thick hair. Choosing the right shampoo for this hair type means identifying its strengths
and weaknesses, which isn’t always easy. As Richard notes, “Often medium hair girls battle because they are
caught between fine and coarse hair recommendations. Because of this, a good starting point is to consider the colour services
the client is having, such as highlights or full dye, and suggest products that support those services. Using my examples,
I would recommend Redken’s Extreme Strengthening range and Color Extend Magnetics line, respectively.”
In general, for hair that lacks body, go with L’Oréal Professionnel’s Volumetry, as it will add volume, bounce and movement to your tresses. If breakage is your problem, you are going to need something like L’Oréal Professionnel’s Absolut Repair Lipidium, which locks in moisture and functions according to hair’s damage level.
Healthy, strong hair is within reach. Think carefully about your hair type and needs before purchasing new products. If in doubt, go to a salon and ask a professional for advice, they will be able to diagnose your specific hair gripes perfectly, and guide you in making the right choice.
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