When choosing hair care and styling products, we need to remember that not every product matches every hair type. That’s why a hair mask that your mom or bestie thought was “the most amazing product, ever!” is not necessarily going to be what’s best for your hair type.
Hair types are determined by genetic factors, and are a part of our DNA. Hair stylists around the world differentiate between different types of hair textures. This type of hair classification system was first introduced by the international hair stylist Andre Walker. His method classifies different kinds of hair and hair curl patterns in a range of 1 to 4, where 1 is straight hair and 4 is extremely coily hair. In the middle of the range is wavy hair (2) and curly hair (3).
We need to identify which hair type we have, and choose products accordingly. Having said that, it’s important to consider chemical treatments that changes the hair’s structure – including coloring hair and straightening treatments.
How do you match your hair care routine to your hair type?
Hair that has undergone a straightening treatment or is frequently heat styled
Because hair straightening weakens hair and causes it to lose its natural moisture, it’s important to use specialized products that repair hair and restore moisture. Products that contain keratin are highly recommended because they repair the hair shaft and coat it with a protective layer for healthier, more radiant hair. In addition, it’s important to use products that are sodium chloride salt free, because salt strips away nutrients that help keep hair straight, ultimately destroying straightened hair.
Before heat styling your hair (using a blow dryer or flat iron), it is recommended that you use a product that will protect your hair against damage caused by heat-styling tools. Keratin cream, for example, creates a protective coating that smooths hair, for healthier hair and straightening results that last longer. Incidentally, keratin cream is also suitable for women with normal hair, who have not straightened their hair, but heat style it. Keratin cream is easily absorbed, and active ingredients are activated when they come into contact with heat from heat styling tools. The cream instantly forms a protective coating that protects hair against damage and makes hair more radiant.
Women with curly hair already know that having curls is challenging, and that curls require special care. This, in part, is because there are different types of curls and different types of hair patterns, each of which require specialized treatment. With curls, getting the right results has to do with understanding your curl type and using the right product:
Wavy hair – loose curls require a hair moisturizer that will give you natural curls.
Curly hair – is defined by curls that are round and large. These require a moisturizing cream with glaze to nourish hair and achieve long-lasting, defined curls.
Coily curls – are defined by curls that are small and tight and have lots of volume. For these, we’ll suggest a moisturizing cream with oil. Our intense moisturizer will soften untamed hair.
It is very important to choose sulfate and paraben free products, which guarantee high-quality formulas that curly hair desperately require, because they are so prone to dryness.
Dry or damaged hair
Chemical treatments such as coloring and lightening hair, cause it to become dry and damaged. Colored hair has needs of its own, and requires regular care throughout the year. So, for colored hair, it’s best to choose products that are based on natural oils. In addition, use hair repair products such as a nourishing mask and serum that strengthens hair and makes it more radiant. It’s also important to choose gentle products that are SLS and paraben free and don’t cause hair to dry, or color to fade. Make sure that these products are safe for daily use. They will help strengthen hair that is prone to breakage.