Find out all you need to know from Matthieu Séguier, Kérastase expert hair stylist.
Step-by-step, here are the products you need to care for your natural hair as you grow that awesome afro.
Those fortunate enough to have wavy hair boast an often-nonchalant effortless look perfect for the summer months, when being on the beach should be mandatory. The downside to wavy hair? The frizz. While some quite literally ‘woke up like this’, others fight endlessly to control a hair type that’s in-between straight and curly.
Fortunately, we’ve got just what you need to take the best care of your Type 3 wavy hair for a look that’ll have others green with envy.
The wash and go is one of the most effective methods of styling when it comes to wavy hair. The cleansing process, however, lays the foundation for your styling, so it’s important to choose products that give you well-defined and hydrated waves. A product that includes coconut oil, like intensely nourishing L’Oréal Professionnel Nutrifier with glycerol and coconut oil, is your best bet because it detangles and helps condition hair. Jojoba, avocado and sesame oil are also great for smoothing, softening and adding a luminous shine to clean hair.
Wavy hair is thirsty hair. That’s why deep conditioning at least once or twice a week is important to achieve soft, shiny hair. No lightweight conditioner will do here, you’ll need a rich product like the Nutrifier Overnight Mask – also from L’Oréal Professionnel – that fills the porous areas on the surface of the hair so it stays hydrated. Apply a thick layer of deep conditioner to the hair, wrap it up with a towel or plastic shower cap and leave on for at least 15 minutes before rinsing.
Just as you would use a product to define curly hair, so should you invest in a product that moisturises waves and retains their unique shape. It’s worth using a product that also combats frizz, breakage, dryness and split ends while you’re at it, like Mizani’s Kerafuse Intense Strengthening Treatment – a must-have for those looking for a smoothing, sleek hair effect with increased shine and body.
Richard Nienaber, Regional Education Developer for Redken, has a few extra tips to ensure you maintain control of your locks, and keep the dreaded frizz at bay. He explains, “As little combing as possible is always a good tip, and use curling creams to give your curls the love and convincing they need.” Richard is a major proponent of Redken’s Frizz Dismiss range, while he recommends Redken Curvaceous Ringlet Anti-Frizz Perfecting Lotion for women who want to pull off lazy, but perfectly shaped, curls.
There are so many different ways to treat and style wavy hair. We suggest visiting a salon near you to learn more about how to continue looking after your hair, and for the inspiration needed to take your hair to a whole other wave-length.
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