Relax your fears about hair relaxers and what they do to your hair.
Step-by-step, here are the products you need to care for your natural hair as you grow that awesome afro.
For sleekness and shine, perfectly straight hair can’t be beaten. The reason for this is that straight hair catches the light better and more consistently than other hair types. This applies whether the straight hair is thin, thick or somewhere in between. It also helps that without the obstruction of curls, and because of largely closed hair cuticles, straight strands carry sebum easily from the scalp to the hair tips. This oil coats strands with an attractive sheen. It also makes them very manageable and easy to brush out.
Straight to minimal wave hair is classified as Type 1 on the curl-centric hair type system. As sought after as it is – unquestionably driving the sale of hair straighteners and flat irons for decades – curl-free hair comes with its own set of problems.
The most obvious downside of straight hair is a lack of volume. It can appear lifeless. It also struggles to hold styled curls, being so smooth and lacking in texture. As for straight hair’s attractive lustre, the same oils responsible for the shine can make hair greasy and limp.
It’s very easy to over-use haircare treatments in an attempt to combat these concerns. The result is a build-up of product on your scalp and hair, further flattening your tresses. Regular effective cleansing is therefore very important for women with straight hair. For supreme, salon-level luxury, there’s Kérastase Specifique Bain Divalent, a shampoo designed for oily hair and roots. Ingredients like Menthol even refresh the scalp while the formulation removes oil and impurities.
To pump up the volume of your hair, try Redken’s High Rise Volume range. Designed for flat and fine hair, this funky threesome (check out their bottles!) of shampoo, conditioner and volumiser creates much-needed lift and body. Active ingredient filloxane works on every strand to create a visually fuller effect. For maximum effectiveness, use all three products one after the other as directed.
If you want to try some cutting-edge styling technology, ask your stylist about TECNI.ART from L’Oréal Professionnel. The line includes Morning After Dust, a dry shampoo in spray-on form that enhances volume and hold, while absorbing excess oil. Meanwhile, the range’s Full Volume Extra mousse can be applied to shampooed and towel-dried hair for improved volume and hold.
Pop into your nearest salon to pick up these exclusive products, and inject some lustrous extra life into your locks.
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