Think about everything that you do to your hair on a regular basis. Between washing, blow-drying, straightening, detangling (and more), your hair can take a serious beating. You may be thinking “How can I improve my hair texture?” Well, I will be answering this question with 7 easy ways to unlock your best hair texture.
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Limit Heat Use
You hair’s cuticles are slowly burned away when you use heat on your hair – so there’s no question why heat treated hair often becomes dull and lifeless. In addition, heat styling is one of the top causes of hair dryness and breakage. Yup, it’s as bad as it sounds.
If at all possible, you should consider limiting the amount of heat that you apply to your hair. When I say limit heat, I mean to limit the blow drying, the flat ironing, the wand curling, and more. Making the choice to limit heat does wonders for your hair. It gives your hair a chance to look its best. If you are putting heat on your hair daily, try dialing that back to once a week or month. If you rarely use heat, try giving it up entirely.
In addition, whenever you do use heat on your hair, be sure that you are using high-quality equipment.
I recently wrote a review on one of the best flat irons for natural hair.
Skip Chemical Treatments
I am a certified hair color freak. I LOVE bold hair color, especially on curly hair. For more than 5 years, I kept my own hair colored. I went jet black, blonde, burgundy, and eventually red. The color was gorgeous, but I noticed an obvious change in my hair texture.
Prior to my hair color binge, my hair was shiny, smooth, and very tightly coiled. After abusing my hair with color for years, my hair was dry, lifeless, and frizzy.
Why did my hair suffer?
Well, chemical treatments alter the structure of the hair. Each time I colored my hair, my hair cuticles were being raised in order to deposit the color into the inner layers of my hair.
The hair is never the same after the hair shaft is penetrated. Over time the hair becomes more porous and can’t hold onto moisture. It also loses structural integrity and gets weaker.
Other Chemical Treatments
Other chemical treatments besides hair color, including texturizers, relaxers, perms, and bleaching sessions, need to be limited (or avoided entirely) in order to discover your best hair texture.
Choose Gentle Cleansing
Harsh chemicals in shampoos have gotten a bad rep, and for good reason.
Stripping your hair repeatedly with sulfates and other harsh detergents can dry out and damage your hair. Instead of using harsh shampoos, you can opt for either sulfate-free shampoos or cowashes. I explore gentle hair cleansing in depth in this article.
What do I mean when I say “detangle methodically”? I mean that detangling should be done while being conscious of preserving the integrity of your hair.
Ripping a comb through your hair on a regular basis can cause irreversible structural damage to your hair.
Take the following steps to detangle with care:
- Wet your hair.
- Apply a conditioner or your favorite detangling product.
- Use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers to get knots and tangles out.
- Rinse the product from your hair.
Deep conditioning your hair regularly is one of the best things that you can do for your hair. This is especially true for those who do more potentially damaging things to their hair, like applying heat and chemicals.
One deep conditioner that I am loving right now is Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment Masque. The shea butter, castor oil, and peppermint in this masque strengthen my hair and soothe my scalp. My hair feels smooth and moisturized after each use.
If you do not currently deep condition your hair, I strongly recommend that you start. Some people deep condition their hair once per week while others do it once a month or every time that they wash their hair. Find a deep conditioning routine that works for you.
You’ll find out what works for you by trial and error. Since everyone’s hair makeup is different, there is no single technique that is guaranteed to work for everyone. Try deep conditioning once a week, see how your hair looks and behaves, and go from there.
Do Protective Styles
Protective styles help to improve your hair texture by protecting it from several sources of damage, including:
- Manipulation. While your hair is tucked away and protected in a protective style for an extended amount of time, you cannot access it constantly and twirl your fingers around it or restyle it every day.
- Frigid temperatures. Cold weather can dry out and weaken hair. Protective styles that completely cover hair (like wigs) are good for protecting the hair in the cold.
- The sun. Avoiding direct sunlight on your tresses will help reduce UVA and UVB damage to the hair’s cuticle.
- Friction from long hair rubbing against clothes, seats, etc.
Protective styles do not have to be complicated
Here are some easy styles to try:
- Bun – Comb or brush all of your hair to the back or top of your head and secure it with a hair tie. Wrap the remaining hair around itself and secure with Bobby Pins or a scrunchie. If you put a satin scarf on your head at night, you can make this style last for days.
- Flat twist Crown– If you know how to flat twist your hair, you can try this one. Part your hair into two sections with a comb and flat twist each side of your hair. Secure any hanging hair with a Bobby Pin. You can also preserve this style at night with a satin scarf.
- 2 Cornrows/French Braids– If you know how to braid, this is another great one to try. Just part your hair down the middle with a comb and do one french braid down each side of your head. Tuck the ends and secure with a Bobby Pin and you’re done!
Tip on protective styling: Give your hair a break between protective styles. Too much protective styling can be counterproductive, causing mechanical damage from over manipulation.
Henna is known all over the world as a hair perfecter. Powder from the henna tree is mixed with water, oils, and other ingredients to make a paste. The paste is then applied to the hair and left to saturate the strands for a few hours. After that, the henna paste is rinsed out.
Henna improves your hair texture by increasing shine and manageability. Henna provides a protective coating around each hair strand, protecting it from damaging elements, and giving you better-looking hair.
Give Your Hair the Chance to Be Great
Our hair is beautiful as it grows from our heads, but when we inflict damage on it, we begin to notice hair dullness, lack of manageability, dryness, and breakage. Surely, if we give our hair some love on a regular basis, we can improve its texture.
So choose a few of these tips and try them for a month or so. The difference will be undeniable.
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