Most people do have natural wave but don’t have the information on how to care for or style their hair naturally. They end up hating it and resort to heat styling. Life is so much easier with a simpler morning routine and improved hair health when you have the knowledge and tools to properly take care of your natural texture. Stop fighting the natural texture of your hair and learn to embrace it instead.
IN THE SALON
Walking into the salon can be intimidating and nerve-wracking for anyone with some natural wave. Things that are an afterthought to people with other hair textures, like fringe, haircuts, and maintaining shape, involve so many more questions for those with more texture. Having textured hair can make it feel like walking on egg shells when it comes to salon services. Let’s address some of these common questions. Knowledge is power!
“Curly Cuts”. Here at Virtue, we focus on precision cutting with wet hair. However, some salons offer “Curly Cuts” which are typically dry cuts specifically designed for people with curly hair. During these cuts, each curl is treated as an individual piece of hair. While this “customized” cut may sound ideal, it actually creates problems for people with natural texture. As all curly-headed people know, our curls look different after every wash. So, a custom cut that targets each group of curls specifically is not going to accentuate your curls in the same way as it did the day of the initial cut— your hair may even look chunky or uneven after the next wash.
Curl pattern. When it comes to maintaining the integrity of curls, it’s all about strength and moisture. The shape of the strand of curls is weaker than a straight piece of hair. Because of this, curls tend to be drier and need more moisture more regularly than straighter hair types. The main culprits that remove moisture and create damage are bleach and heat styling.
Bleach blows open the hair cuticle and removes melanin. The effect is weaker, drier curls.
Repetitive heat styling damages the hair shaft and causes split ends which creates a less consistent, less formed curl pattern.
This doesn’t mean you have to avoid bleach and heat styling all together! Just make sure you are using products specifically designed to protect and repair (more on this later).
Keys to clear communication with your hairdresser that aid in elevating curl:
Stay away from too much texturizing. “Texturizing” is not the best thing for curly hair. The techniques typically used to add texture or remove weight actually cut into the curl and break it up which can add frizz. This is specifically true when it comes to fringe for people with curls. Overly texturized fringe = frizzy fringe.
If you alternate between wearing your hair straight and wearing it curly, make sure you tell your hairdresser beforehand so they can take the measures to ensure that your hair will be consistent and beautiful on both wavy and smooth days.
Ask for Olaplex. Olaplex is a bond builder that strengthens hair and repairs damage that bleach creates, which is even more important for people with natural texture in maintaining curl pattern.
Layers. If you want to avoid the “triangle" shape that some people dread, tell your hairdresser that you want more layers.
AT HOME CARE
You leave the salon, head held high, curls bouncing, feeling fierce. But the after a few days, your curls are limp, your confidence fades, and, try as you might, your curls never look the same as they did when your hairdresser worked their magic. This isn’t some sort of cruel marketing strategy designed to persuade you to get your hair washed at the salon exclusively. We want your hair to look great all the time so it shows off the time we put into your cut! Here is a shower to pillow guide to keeping your texture looking fresh all week:
Smoothing and moisture shampoo and conditioners are going to be the best thing for hair with natural curl. The word “smoothing” can be deceiving, but the purpose of smoothing products is to minimize the size of the cuticle. Smoothing means less frizz, not straightened curls.
Comb your hair in the shower ONLY. I don’t even own a brush. Fingers work just fine. Keep the shape of your curls together but gently comb through your soaking wet hair in the shower to loosen any tangles.
Straight out of shower, hair sopping wet,— this is when all of the products go in. Flip your head upside down and keep it like this until it’s dried! Build your products on top of each other:
First, work in an anti-frizz oil or primer throughout the ends and mid-shaft of the hair.
Next, use a moisturizing creme.
Finally, add structure. A gel or mousse acts as a shell to lock in the moisture we just added.
Lightly pat hair dry with a micro-fiber towel or t-shirt (a terry cloth towel could create frizz) until it’s about 50% dry, then diffuse the rest of the way with your head still upside down.
Add texture and volume with texturizing spray and powder at the root to add lift.
Revive after a few days. If you’re feeling like your curls are flat or lifeless after sleeping on them for a few days, put your hair in a high pony tail on the top of your head to sleep on (or half way up if it’s not long enough). In the morning, dampen your hair with a spray bottle (head upside down) to revive the products already in your hair. Spray with salt spray to add a little more oomph.
Go as long as you can between washes. This means washing your hair at the most twice a week to preserve moisture and maintain curl pattern.
We tried this process on our Brand Developer, Emma. The top row is the before— day 2 of air-dried hair with smoothing creme. The bottom row is the results of the process above!
Shampoo + Conditioner
Bel Air Smoothing (R+Co)
Tinsel Smoothing Oil (R+Co)— Medium to course hair texture
Neon Lights Dry Oil Spray (R+Co)— Fine hair texture
Rockaway Salt Spray (R+Co)— Fine hair texture
Freeway Defining Spray Gel (R+Co)
Twister Curl Primer (R+Co)
High Dive Moisture and Shine Creme (R+Co)—Medium to course hair texture
Waterfall Moisture and Shine Lotion (R+Co)— Fine hair texture
Radically Smooth Anti-Frizz Serum (ColorProof)
TruCurl Anti-Frizz Serum (ColorProof)
Trophy Texture and Shine Spray (R+Co)
Texxture Charge (ColorProof)
Humidity Rx Anti-Frizz weatherproof Spray (ColorProof)
Written by Kayleigh