Solutions for Dryness
African-American hair is more likely to become dry than other hair types because of the shape and porosity of its strands. If your hair is dry, you'll likely find that it's more difficult to style. Dry hair absorbs more moisture from the air, making it prone to frizz, and it can become brittle and likely to break when you comb through curls, create braids or straighten your tresses. Using styling products that add moisture to your hair can help reduce this problem by keeping the strands hydrated. When used along with ethnic conditioners and relaxers
, these products can help promote healthier hair while making it easier to manage.
Healthy hair has a natural shine that is easy to spot, and many people of color often find that their locks look anything but lustrous. Stress from relaxers and hair color products, damage from thermal styling tools, pressure from braids and dryness can all rob your hair of its shine. Styling products called shine boosters or shine enhancers can help temporarily restore shine to the tresses. These products may contain natural hair oils that leave behind a glossy finish or silicone, which coats the strands and adds shine.
Curl Enhancers for Waves
For natural hairstyles, shaping and perfecting each curl or wave is the key to getting a great look, and there are a variety of products available to help you get picture perfect curls. When you shower, you can use ethnic shampoos
for curly hair to help promote the formation of curls, but if you still find that your hair is wavier in some places than others, applying a curl activator can help boost curl in straighter areas. Curl creams are used to soften the hair and make it easier to shape curls with your fingers. These products may also fight frizz to help your curls look their best. You can also find curl products with hold that help keep waves, twists and spirals formed all day long.
Formulas for Hold
For more structured African-American hairstyles, you need formulas with hold to make sure that not a hair goes out of place before the day ends. Hold products come in many forms, including gels, pomade and spray. When you're selecting a styling product with hold, keep in mind that while stronger hold products do help hairstyles last longer, they also have a tendency to make the hair feel stiff. If you want your hair to still feel soft and flexible to the touch, you should choose a formula with light or medium hold as opposed to extra hold. back to top »
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