Many think they’re stuck with the hair texture they were born with, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. There are several ways that you can alter the texture of your hair to experiment with new, exciting styles. In this article, we’ll introduce you to 4 of the most effective texture-altering techniques.
Try a Heatless Braid Out
A braid out is a technique that temporarily alters your curl pattern to create a defined, wavy texture.
To start, shampoo and condition your hair as usual, then separate it into sections. Make small sections for tight waves and large sections for loose waves. Detangle the first section using a leave-in conditioner and a wide-toothed comb. Then apply a curl-defining cream and braid the section from roots to ends – start braiding as close to the root as possible. Repeat this step for all of the rest of your hair.
Let the braids dry completely. Then add a bit of oil to your hands and unravel each braid, starting at the ends and working your way up. Fluff and style your hair as desired.
Rock Ringlets with a Straw Set
A straw set is a style created using regular drinking straws, bobby pins, and some styling mousse or holding gel to create tight ringlets. The style can be a bit time-consuming, but the results are stunning.
Start with damp, washed hair that’s separated into small sections. Detangle the first section, add gel or mousse along the entire length of the hair, take a straw and wrap the hair around it from the ends to the roots. Secure the straw at the top with a bobby pin. Repeat this process for each section.
Let the hair dry overnight or use a blow dryer for faster drying. Then, remove the bobby pins and slide the straws out of your hair. Separate and fluff the curls, and you’re ready to go.
Go Curly with a Perm
A perm is a technique that utilizes chemicals to create permanent curls. These chemicals can be extremely harsh, so it’s best to seek the help of a professional stylist to avoid severe hair damage.
For this process, the stylist will wrap small sections of hair around perm rods – the rod size will depend on the curl size you desire. They’ll then apply the perm lotion to the rods and hair and leave it on for 30-60 minutes. After processing, they’ll wash the perm lotion away and apply a neutralizing product.
Go Straight with a Relaxer
A relaxer is the opposite of a perm, chemically relaxing your curls to reveal straighter hair. These chemicals can damage your hair and scalp, sometimes permanently. So, unless you are experienced, you should get a professional to do your relaxer.
The stylist will apply a protective layer of petroleum jelly on your hairline, ears, and neck. Then, they’ll section your hair and begin applying the relaxer formula to your hair. After completing all of the sections, they’ll rinse the formula away, starting with the first relaxed section. Then, they’ll wash your hair twice with a neutralizing shampoo.
Now you know several ways to change the texture of your hair. Take your pick to bring your hairstyle inspiration to fruition.
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.