Today, let’s talk about how to care for the three main hair types: straight, wavy, and curly. We’ll also be covering how to care for dyed hair. All four types of hair textures are unique, and need different methods of maintenance in order to bring out their best qualities.
- Wash fine hair often, such as every other day. Natural oils will only weight it down, making it limper.
- Don’t condition your roots. Conditioner is meant to smooth and moisturize the hair, but your scalp already produces natural oils. Adding more will only flatten your hair at the roots, minimizing volume! Condition the ends of your hair and up to about ear-level for best results.
- Try blow-drying your fine hair upside down. By flipping your hair over, you’ll give it extra lift at the roots and add volume!
- Avoid using too many products, such as mousses and gels. These will just weigh your hair down. However, try experimenting with light texturizing sprays, like sea salt spray, to give your hair that extra boost.
- Use your fingers or a metal fine-tooth comb to detangle or brush your hair. The metal comb won’t give your hair static, unlike plastic combs!
- Don’t cleanse your hair too often. Your hair’s natural oils accentuate your waves, so if you wash it too much your hair will dry out, tangle, or frizz.
- Avoid drying your hair with terrycloth towels, which are rough on your hair. Instead, try using a microfiber towel. Let your hair air-dry. You can also use a towel to pat or scrunch-dry your hair.
- Use only alcohol-free styling products, and avoid greasy or oily products. They can cause your hair to tangle and break!
- Use your fingers or a fine-tooth comb to detangle hair while it’s damp.
- Spray your hair with leave-in conditioner, plain water, or diluted curl activator to refresh your waves. Be careful not to use these products too frequently, or product build-up will tangle your hair!
- Shampoo your curly hair at most every other day, or skip it altogether! We recommend just using a cleansing conditioner, which will wash and moisturize your hair without damaging or drying it out with detergents.
- Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to style your hair while it’s still damp.
- Apply your products before you’ve even toweled off. This will help you prevent frizz or stiff curls. Gently use your fingers to apply products through your wet hair, starting from the roots to the tips.
- Avoid products with alcohol – they will give your hair a dry, crunch texture!
- Don’t handle your curls too much. Avoid toweling dry with terrycloth and use a microfiber cloth to simply pat dry. Furthermore, don’t comb your dry curls! This will result in a disruption of the curl pattern, causing the hair to frizz.
- Use a mild shampoo and moisturizing conditioner specifically for color-treated hair. Dyed hair can be very dry, so make sure to nurture it.
- Only shampoo your scalp, and use the conditioner everywhere but the scalp. Our scalps are already rich in natural oils, so that’s where we cleanse. It doesn’t need additional moisturizing.
- Rinse your hair in cold water. We know this can be unpleasant, but hot water will dry out your hair and skin. Cold water helps keep the color in your hair, and it also improves its overall shine and health.
- If your dyed hair is unnatural or particularly vibrant – such as bright purples, reds, pinks, blues, or greens – try to avoid long-term sun exposure. Sunlight will naturally bleach your hair.
- Re-dye your hair about once 4-6 weeks. Any more than this and you will risk hair that splits, tangles, and breaks.
All hair is unique, but we hope you’ve found this general guide for the 4 main types to be helpful! If you have questions on how to care for your hair or to schedule an appointment with our expert stylists, please call 800-966-9505.