This is Texture Talk, a weekly column that delves deep into the dynamic world of curly hair, from crowns of curls that flow free from strands pulled away in a protective style.
Whether you’ve used quarantine as an opportunity to dive head-first into self-care, or you’ve struggled to maintain a routine through the anxieties and uncertainties of this “unprecedented time”, out of the routine One we all may have lost. This is the last year’s natural haircare and maintenance. Without regular access to the salon, maintaining your curls and keeping your hair healthy can be stressful, to say the least. “The whole rhythm and routine was lost to so many people,” says Morrisall, who owns a curly curl spa, a curly hair specialist. While some of her clients have learned a great deal about their hair care at home, others felt overwhelmed by the idea, she says, which may lead to neglect. Ayesha Lobby, who owns Crown N Glory, a natural hair salon in Toronto, received a flurry of customer messages with questions about haircare at home. “They are experiencing a lot of shedding and breakage and they don’t know what to do,” says Luby.
No matter what condition your hair is in, it is important to be kind to yourself and remember that with the right treatment, you can get your hair back to an absolutely healthy place. “It’s a difficult time and we really need compassion and love for ourselves,” McDonald says.
With this in mind, here are our experts’ tips on how to get your natural hair back into tip-top shape after any quarantine DIY hair such accidents last year.
The number one question the lobby has received during quarantine has been about DIY trims and cuts. Trimming your hair every three to four months is an important part of textured haircare for hair removal, and encourages longer retention. But it can be difficult to do it at home. “Many people trimmed too much [off their hair] “It was little,” says MacDonald. To avoid these mistakes, start by dividing the dry hair into small sections, and cut curls by curls. Do not cut more than half an inch, feeling the hair as you go along. “You will really feel that your hair needs a trim because it has very few knots and the ends are thicker,” says McDonald. “Slow and steady is the key.” This process should take you at least one hour. If you have a tight curl pattern, splitting your dry hair into small twists before trimming is the way to go, Loi says. Finally, make sure to use sharpened scissors for hair (no, people in your kitchen won’t do this – the wrong scissors will cause your ends to split).
Protective style lasted very long
Many people with natural hair switched to protective styles with additional extensions during quarantine, but beware of leaving them for too long. According to Machold and Loeby this is a very common mistake. Leaving these styles for the recommended six to eight weeks will dehydrate your hair, and your scalp will be prone to dandruff and itching. If you are not already fretting at that point – there are things you can do to reverse the damage. First, start by washing with sulfate-free clear shampoo. If your scalp is particularly full, try to rinse the Apple Cider Vinegar by mixing water and Apple Cider Vinegar in a ratio of 1: 1 and apply it to your scalp. Be sure to follow the rinse with a hydrating shampoo and a deep conditioner. Then, to seal the scalp in hydration, use your favorite natural oil or serum. Wash your hair every ten days and follow a moisturizing leave-in conditioner to keep your scalp free of build-up.
Whether you are covering greyish or experimenting with bleaching kits at home, DIY paint can have a devastating effect on curls. The lobby says that many people notice a huge difference in the texture of their hair because the overdone color breaks the elasticity inside the hair, loosening your curl pattern and making your hair brittle. Machold and Lobby both advise against trying color at home, but if damage is already done, protein-rich treatments and masks are important to bring life back to your curls, as they are hair dye chemicals such as peroxide Can help to re-create a broken bond. That being said, it is important to proceed with caution. Too much protein can also cause breakdown, so include these treatments in your routine twice a month, a few times a year. When you’re not using them, turn to a hydrating mask once a month. Applying these treatments carefully and thoroughly to your curls, strand by strand, says MacDonald, makes all the difference, so take your time. Stick to a hydrating shampoo in your complexion repair routine and use a leave-in conditioner to lock in moisture after your treatment. Styles such as two-strand twists are great for delicate color-treated hair, helping to retain moisture and prevent further breakage.
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