For everything you do right for your straight relaxed hair, we bet you’re getting some things wrong from time to time. Remember, because relaxing is a process of permanently straightening hair by chemically breaking its bonds, your mistakes are affecting texture and strength most. So, sit back and take note of these tips to go from straw to silky.
The secret to ultra-soft hair? A day-long conditioning session
There’s no doubt that a regular conditioning treatment does wonders for your hair, especially if your locks are naturally kinky. Curly hair is notoriously dry and prone to frizz, so using a leave-in conditioner really helps to give it a boost of moisture and make it super-soft.
The benefits are obvious. But who’s got time to hang around the house for hours waiting for your hair to soak up all that goodness? Not us!
Here’s the thing though: It’s totally possible to use a leave-in conditioner all day long, and still look fab enough to go to work, meet friends and just generally get on with your life. And no, you don’t need to hide your hair under a hat!
Our favourite deep conditioner for natural hair
We’re completely in love with the whole Mizani range of products, perfectly formulated to provide nourishment to kinky, curly, dry and treated hair. Mizani Moisturfusion Silk Cream Conditioner is a fantastic coconut oil conditioning treatment. It contains almond extract, coconut oil, avocado oil and silk protein to strengthen your hair and leave it shiny and manageable. We also like Mizani Strength Fusion Intense Night-Time Treatment with shea butter because you can leave it on while you sleep - another time saver!
Hairstyles that work well with leave-in conditioner
After shampooing, squeeze excess water out and work a blob of conditioner through your hair from root to tip. Use a little more than usual, but not too much, otherwise you’ll end up with white streaks running through your hair. Comb the conditioner through your hair, using a wide comb with rounded teeth to prevent breakage.
1. Long hair
Plait your hair into a French braid, either a single one, or two down each side of your head.
2. Medium hair
Use the tail of your comb to make a very clean middle or side parting and then slick your hair into a low bun at the nape of your neck.
3. Short hair
Pull sections of hair back from your face and secure using mini crocodile clips. Tussle the back with your fingers for a messy bed hair effect.
When the long day is over…
Step into the shower and rinse your leave-in conditioner out. You won’t need to wash your hair, but make sure that you remove all excess conditioner or else your hair will look greasy. Style as usual, and enjoy your soft, beautiful, frizz-free curls!
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