Style & Beauty
Texture Tips for your Tresses
2/25/2013 10:07:55 AM

"Generally, women of African descent have hair that contains less water, which can create a hair care challenge, especially when there are so many products on the market that claim to be able to remedy all your hair woes. Still, hair texture varies by individual so the focus should be on texture,” Thomas said.

According to Thomas, select a moisturizing shampoo that is designed for normal or dry hair if you’re concerned that your hair needs more moisture. Afterward, use a moisturizing conditioner.

Playing the product game can be tricky when the products are vast and the problems are specific. If you want to keep as much moisture in your hair as possible, avoid products that are designed to add body; these often strip oils from the hair as a way to lighten limp strands. "You should also steer clear of chemical and heat styling, unless you’re using products that protect the hair,” Thomas said. "This is vital, because heat easily makes the hair fragile. That’s true no matter what kind of hair you have. If you want to avoid brittleness as much as possible, make sure that you protect your hair from heat by using hydrating or heat-shielding products.”

Items that claim to provide moisture should be dealt with skeptically, Thomas added. Most of these products feel greasy and are not made to soak into the individual strands; rather, they provide moisture by coating the hair, which only weighs it down and damages your scalp. Instead, go for conditioners with essential oils. You can also wrap your hair before you go to bed at night. This retains moisture, much of which is lost when you toss and turn on your pillow at night.

A few additional tips, provided by Thomas:

· If you want to use a relaxer, it’s best to go to a professional stylist, but if you’re limited to an at-home relaxer, make sure you don’t over-process. "Leaving it on longer than necessary doesn’t mean you get better results. It only means that you damage your hair more,” she said.

· Use a small amount of body lotion in place of leave-on conditioner. Squirt a penny-sized amount in your palm, rub your hands together and smooth it over your hair.

· If you blow-dry your hair, use a comb attachment on your hair dryer instead of brushing and blowing. Constant brushing creates far more breakage than the gentler alternative of comb attachments. Also: let your hair air-dry for a bit before you blow dry.

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