Straight Talk About Hair Texture
Our hair textures are as varied as our complexions. We often refer to our hair as kinky, curly, wavy or straight. Within these groups there are three types of texture, course, medium and fine. Many of us fall under several or a combination of these three categories.
Coarse hair has the greatest diameter and may tend to be drier, requiring more time to chemically process color or perms.
Medium hair is more the norm and takes less effort to maintain. If the hair is in good condition it is usually tolerant of chemical processes.
Fine hair is more delicate, is easily damaged and requires special care to keep it healthy. Fine hair can have varying degrees of elasticity and hyper porosity. It absorbs chemicals very quickly so chemical services and color should be done with great care.
First and foremost select a hair style that is suitable for your hair texture by arranging to have a consultation with a stylist who understands your hair. Bring pictures itís a great way to start the conversation. Tell your stylist how much time and effort youíre willing to put into styling your hair. Be honest, let the stylist know if you want to wash and wear. Or if you are willing to use a blow dryer, hot iron, etc. A good stylist can tell you if your expectations are realistic and if a style will work for you.
Itís OK to use texturizing products for added volume and control while styling, but remember less is more, too much product can weigh hair down. TRI has styling products especially for fine hair. If you use a lot of styling product itís a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to cleanse your hair of product build-up.
Our hair suffers a lot of abuse from chemicals, hot tools, and harsh shampoos. There are many women who dismiss conditioning their hair. Some think it leaves their hair too soft. But even with the absence of chemical treatments there are environmental agents, like the sun, wind, and pollution that also tax the hair. Keeping all these elements in mind there is a need to re-think moisture. Always use a good leave-in conditioner such as Structural Balance Leave-in Reconstructor after shampooing to remove tangles and deep condition once a week with a good deep reconstructor such as Structural Balance Hydrating Reconstructor, and have your hair trimmed regularly.
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