There is often a learning curve with handling more than one texture of natural hair and learning how to keep them both equally moisturized. There are a few things you can do to make taking care of your hair easier and much more enjoyable. Here are 10 expert tips by Simone Digital on how you can manage natural hair with different textures.
HOW TO MANAGE NATURAL HAIR WITH DIFFERENT TEXTURES
First, make sure that you fully understand how to moisturize natural hair. The most important part to learning how to manage natural hair with different textures and keep moisture in two textures of natural hair is first understanding moisture and how to properly moisturize natural hair.
PAY ATTENTION TO WHICH PARTS OF YOUR HAIR NEED MORE OR LESS MOISTURE
As for your hair care routine, let’s say you wash and condition your hair and then finish with a light leave-in. You still may find that one texture or section of your natural hair is fine after this step but soon after, the other/opposite section is dry as a bone. That’s a sign that your moisture steps are not working for that section. To address this effectively, ask yourself: “Should I be adding a heavier leave-in to my other textures?” or “Do I need to seal with oil?” Simply, just playing around with the textures of hair that are not responding to the way you treat your overall head is the answer to multi texture moisture woes. You may even find that by finding the correct product that’s marketed to work on your kinkier texture works for your entire head.
FIND THE PERFECT LEAVE-IN THAT WORKS WITH YOUR MULTIPLE TEXTURES OF NATURAL HAIR
With a great leave-in conditioner, you can take over the world! Okay, maybe not, but you can start to see a difference in your hair really quickly. From your frizzy curls being smooth to your hair feeling softer and more manageable. You may not need a leave-in depending on which creams you use to style your hair, but we think a leave-in is a must for those of us with multiple textures. There are few really good ones at the drugstore that you can start with.
BE SURE TO USE A DEEP CONDITIONER THAT HAS A LOT OF SLIP TO PREVENT TANGLES
When your conditioner has a lot of slip, you don’t have to worry about ripping your hair out when you detangle. Having multiple textures of hair means that your risk for ripping your hair out could increase especially if you have a mixture of fine and coarse hair as well as kinky and curly to wavy hair. Be gentle when you comb or brush your hair.
BLEND YOUR MULTIPLE TEXTURES BY SETTING YOUR HAIR IN UNIFORM CURLS
When you want to mix things up and have uniform curls, you have a few options. You can do a wet roller set or curl your hair after blowdrying it.
DON’T GET FRUSTRATED WITH YOUR HAIR
It’s easy to get frustrated with not knowing what to do with multiple textures of natural hair. And you may not find success overnight because you will have to tweak as you go along, but you will find that if you stick to a moisture plan to address your issues, you’ll get to where you want to be with your natural hair.
BE GENTLE IF YOU HAVE A TENDER SCALP
Having a sensitive scalp, thick hair and or multiple textures can be a nightmare if you are not gentle with your hair. Slow down! Your hair does not have to be the enemy.
DON’T LET FRIZZ OVERWHELM YOU
Headed to a special event and need your hair to act right? We feel you. Sometimes, hairspray and a really good frizz serum is your friend. Sometimes that’s all you need to keep frizz at bay.
UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOUR MULTIPLE TEXTURES OF HAIR
As for shine, kinkier textures of hair traditionally does not have shine – and that’s because of how the hair strand is curled and kinked in structure. Kinkier hair often has sheen but not much shine on average. However, once you get your hair properly moisturized, you will see a difference in the sheen of your hair and how it reflects light because dull, dry hair does not. By sealing your hair with olive oil, you can get that shine you want and add a healthy product to it all at the same time. Not sure what oil to use or hate olive or coconut oil?
CELEBRATE YOUR HAIR AND MULTIPLE HAIR TEXTURES
We often spend so much time trying to change what we have to make it “better” when it’s already great. Yes, there are a few things you can do to make sure your natural hair is healthy and vibrant but don’t overlook the fact that probably perfect just the way it is — multiple textures and all.