If the pandemic and lockdowns made you appreciate your naturally curly or wavy texture again, here's how to grow your chemically treated hair well-groomed.
Natural hair structure: Back to naturally wavy or curly hair with care and acceptance.
When Khloé Kardashian recently posted on Instagram that she is committed to her natural hair structure, she spoke from the heart of many women who had to forego keratin, cysteine, or other smoothing treatments due to the pandemic. Women with curly or wavy hair tend to use straightening treatments that make hair more manageable and shiny. However, these treatments need to be repeated every few months, and the chemicals can be very damaging to your hair.
If you too want to grow out your curls but are wondering what to do with them in the transition phase, or are considering a new cut, here's how to fall in love with your natural hair texture from the start.
“The words we often hear when people describe their naturally curly or wavy hair are wild, unkempt, messy, and uncontrollable. We need to first change perspective and break away from our reflex of calling natural hair messy. It is vitally important to accept yourself. If you use the right products and choose a cut and hairstyle that emphasizes the natural beauty of your hair, you will learn to appreciate it. Otherwise, you will quickly resort to these treatments again, "says Avani Yashwin, founder of "Happy In The Head" in Mumbai.
Curly and wavy hair tends to lose moisture and protein faster than straight hair because it is more porous. That's why it appears frizzy and unruly if it's not treated with a treatment that closes the cuticle of the hair and makes it look shiny. In addition, chemical treatments make hair more porous by weakening the bonds in the cuticle. What you need are products that work with the natural movement of your curly hair, nourishing and strengthening it from the inside out: "For curly and wavy hair, we need products that are gentle and provide a balance of moisture and protein to the hair to naturally rebuild and give it its natural bounce and movement. Use products that are free of silicone, sulfates, parabens, and alcohol. Over time these will form a barrier layer around the hair that prevents the absorption of moisture and proteins Natural products help maintain the health of this hair type, "says Yashwin. She recommends switching to silk pillowcases and scrunchies or tying a scarf around your hair, anything that is gentle on your hair. This will also prevent your locks from becoming tangled. Using the products properly for a while will make your hair look healthier and shinier and convince you that you can do without the bonding treatment.
This hair needs more maintenance, so a simple conditioner is not enough. "One of my favorite products is Olaplex No. 6 and No. 7, which protect hair from heat, rebuild it, and make it less porous," says Pooja Savla, Style Director at Jean-Claude Biguine (Palladium, Mumbai). It also helps the hair hold other products better and becomes less brittle. Once you have started to moisturize your hair with deeply effective and strengthening products (e.g. Olaplex), you no longer have to resort to straightening treatments. Choose your deep care product based on the condition and problem of your hair such as hair loss, brittleness, or dryness. A fortnightly cure at home with a balanced ratio of protein and moisture is also good: "Since your hair has experienced a lot of stress, you can also take supplements with vitamins, omega fatty acids, biotin, and collagen for your hair in addition to the rich care Hair that feels healthy from the roots and inside out can absorb products better and repair itself to shine again, "says Yashwin.
The best thing to do is to look for a curly hair specialist who will not only give you the right cut but also help you with styling and know how to air dry your hair with the diffuser or air because heat is bad for already frizzy, chemical ones Treated Hair: "A long bob with soft movement would be perfect for the transition phase," recommends Savla. If you have chemically straightened your hair, you should cut off this area if possible, because if you only have natural hair and no longer half and half, it is easier to style: "Newer treatments make the hair no longer quite as smooth as you can Knead and style it anyway, or maybe just trim the tips or have a few tiers cut, "says Yashwin. Longer steps are particularly suitable for this phase, too short a cut can make the top of the head look messy (which you absolutely wanted to avoid, hence the chemical relaxers): "If you cut your hair at the same height and too short, the hairstyle will take off a triangular shape because the weight of the hair causes the curls to lie flat at the roots and only spring up in the lengths. And if you have strong curls, it looks like baby hair when the top is ultra-short, "says Yashwin.
There are many different hairstyles for the transitional period: "Use pretty, brightly colored strips of fabric or ribbons to tie your hair in pigtails and part. Or wear a fabric hairband. A messy bun tied and held together with a pretty strip of fabric makes a boring updo interesting. You can also use hair accessories (like clips) to make a simple ponytail look cute and chic at the same time, "says Savla. Don't forget the heat protectant to avoid dry ends and hair breakage. Start styling with creams and gel on wet hair: "Use a leave-in conditioner in the form of a cream, milk, or butter, then apply a gel. The conditioner adds moisture, protein, and nutrients, and the gel defines the movement. In the case of wavy hair, it holds the waves together and the effect lasts longer. With a cream alone it will soon wear off. Which product you choose depends on the hair density. With fine hair, you should dilute it with water and less Use the product, "says Yashwin. Wavy or curly hair is best washed every four to six days. Sleep with a hood or your hair tied up on top of your head, or set your locks in place with a sock so that when you wake up you don't look like Einstein but have defined curls. "Use an oil overnight before washing your hair. Use lighter oils after shampooing to get rid of the remains of your styling gel. Jojoba, lavender, açai, and argan oils are suitable for this. Oils before shampooing can Be richer, for example, castor, coconut, olive, or almond oil. In the transitional period, you can braid just the messy part of the hair and tie the rest into a samurai bun or half a bun, "summarizes Yashwin.