Every hair type has its own unique look, and each one is beautiful. Yet, we lust over other hair textures and reject our own. Those with straight tresses wish for luscious curls, while curly-haired gals long for stick-straight strands.
In many cases, bad hair days and texture hate are the result of inadequate hair care knowledge. Learning how to care for your hair texture is the first step to truly loving your hair, and we're here to help.
Love Your Straight/Fine Hair
Straight or fine hair tends to come with specific issues, like oiliness and frequent breakage. To keep your hair healthy, regular trims are a must. You should also consider washing your hair a couple of times a week and using dry shampoos in between washes.
For styling, use low temperatures and a wide-tooth comb. In addition, you can cut your hair into layers and use volumizing products for more texture and volume.
Embrace Your Curls, Kinks, and Coils
Curly hair requires specific care depending on the size of your curls. Large curls are relatively easy to style and look great at virtually any length. You don't need a ton of different products to control this hair texture, either. A few dollops of mousse work wonders to keep your curls in formation.
Tight, kinky curls are incredibly versatile, as they can be styled in a variety of ways. You can use styling creams, sealing butters, conditioning oils, and moisturizing leave-in conditioners to bring out the best in your hair. We encourage you to experiment with different styling techniques and products to discover your favorites. Don't overwash your curls or skip trims.
No matter which curl type you're dealing with, stick with natural products that are free of harsh chemicals. These can dry out your hair, leading to damage and breakage.
Cherish Your Wavy Hair
Wavy hair is one of the easiest textures to deal with since it gives you almost unlimited style options. The main issue people have with waves is that they can flatten out when air-dried. Remedy this by washing your hair at night and allowing it to air-dry overnight. This helps maintain the volume you want for full waves that look fantastic all day long.
Appreciate Your Thick Hair
Thick hair can seem impossible to manage - it takes more effort to cleanse, moisturize, and style thick hair than most other hair types. Another issue is that it can be difficult to make thick hair look sleek.
In this case, it's crucial to find the right style and styling techniques for your hair. Longer layers look best, giving your hair the weight it needs to flatten out a bit rather than looking puffy (if puffy hair isn't your cup of tea). Invest in a good detangler and style your hair in sections to make it easier to manage. Lastly, try gel, mousse, and other hair-taming products for sleek styles.
Love Your Unique Texture
When you don't know how to handle your hair's quirks, you may quickly become irritated and even begin to hate your texture. So, rather than coveting other hair types, we encourage you to learn how to care for the texture you were born with - you'll eventually see it as a blessing instead of a curse. We hope that this article is helpful to you in your hair journey.
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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.