Hair Products & Hair Care For All Hair Types
Curly Hair Care
I have a curly haired girl in the house, so I know all too well how easy it is to go from luscious curls to fright-wig frizz. Here are the best steps to take when caring for curly hair:
Use a shampoo for your hair type, preferably a sulfate-free shampoo. I like the Joico line of products, which includes their Smooth Cure Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner; it contains Kerashield Complex to gently cleanse while reducing frizz, leaving hair soft, smooth, and manageable.
Please don’t towel dry your pretty wet hair by rubbing it. While this method of drying hair works great for straight haired gals, girls with curls need to avoid doing this for fear of winding up with a frizzy, matted mess. Instead, gently throw your hair up LOOSELY in something like a Turbie Twist to dry, then use a wide tooth comb and comb through hair, g e n t l y. Use products that will help your hair stay moisturized and frizz-free, such as the Hair Milk Perfect Curls Collection by Carol’s Daughter. While these products contain a bunch of unpronounceable ingredients, they don’t contain sulfates, parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, or artificial colors.
Be mindful to blow dry with care! Girls with curls should really use a diffuser when blow drying their hair to avoid winding up with a frizzy mess. To keep curls tight, a low setting is best, while scrunching hair between fingers and oscillating the dryer. You can even use a product like Bed Head’s Foxy Curls Hi Def Curl Spray to help define your curls and avoid frizz while you diffuse.
Wavy Hair Care
Wavy haired gals get off a little easier than curlier haired girls because of the texture of their curl--it’s generally softer, flatter at the scalp and gets curlier (or wavier) toward the bottom.
While wavy haired girls can use the same sort of shampoo as their curly haired sisters, the same conditioners / treatments / stylers can weigh heavy on their hair. Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner is a dual-purpose, moisture-adjusting product. This smart formula adjusts moisture as needed and works two ways: As a one-minute rinse out, it boosts moisture levels with essential lipids and proteins. As a leave-in lotion, it provides continuous moisturizing and suppleness to unusually dry hair.
Try a wave enhancing product like Redken'sCurvaceous Wind Up. It's formulated with Redken's Curl Memory Complex with sugar crystals and moringa oil to curls a wake-up call, boosting shape and shine. Remember to use a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer to help dry your hair and to keep waves in check.
Straight Hair Care
Straight haired ladies, you have it the easiest. You can treat your normal, dry or oily hair without having to worry about humidity and frizz. If your hair is thick line mine, consider adding layers, which will help lighten the weight of your hair and add a bit of volume. If your hair is thinner and/or stick straight, simply trim split ends once a month and you are good to go!
Be sure to use a product that’s most appropriate for your hair type. My favorite product is Aveda Shampure. It's a pure, daily shampoo that cleanses and fortifies hair. Towel dry your hair until damp, then work in a product that will protect and shine, like . Apply this product before blow drying, and you'll find that it is virtually weightless and will make your hair soft, glossy and keep flyaways at bay. You won’t need much else, unless you finish up your routine with a flat iron or curling iron, in which case you may want to consider a heat protectant like Bumble + Bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer. This hair treatment formula helps protect against heat, breakage, and UV damage.
The Best Dry Shampoo
Personally, I have been suffering from a wee bit of dandruff, and I found that The Body Shop's Ginger Anti-Dandruff Scalp Care shampoo helps so much. It smells nothing short of delicious! I usually towel dry my hair, then apply Aussie Awesome Volume Volumizing Mousse. Because my hair is very thick and heavy, I keep it short with lots of layers, and I use a volumizing attachment on my blowdryer. After I style, I finish up with Aussie Awesome Volume hairspray and I am good to go!
What's your hair type, and what's your routine and go-to products? Let me know in the comments below!