I get asked this question all the time by clients in my salon. What are the best
products for my naturally curly hair? Most of us have experienced the trial and error
period of figuring out what the best products for curly hair are. It really is just part
of the journey when figuring it all out. Keep in mind that the natural hair
product industry is at an all-time high with this natural hair boom. They are
going to market any and every hair product to those willing to spend the
money. Here are 3 important steps in choosing the best product for you.
1) Ask someone with hair that looks like yours what they use
Most of us naturals have experienced this from time to time. The new natural
or the woman whose hair texture doesn’t even closely resemble your hair
texture, asking you what products you use. Come on people! If your texture is
a lot different than mine, it’s not going to end well. Inevitably that woman is
going to tell you the following day about how they tried that product on their
hair and it didn’t work for them! Now the irony in this is even the woman
with a hair texture that does closely resemble yours may also fail when using
the products that you use. Product application, how the hair is dried, etc. all
play a vital part in the outcome.
2) Don’t fall for the hair texture chart
Now I know I’m going to catch a lot of heat for saying this, especially on
YouTube, but that hair texture chart is a sham! People need to realize the difference between marketing and scientific fact. As a marketing tool, this chart is brilliant. If your texture is a 4A for example, all you have to do is buy these 8 products and your hair will be perfect! Now scientific fact tells us that NO TWO PEOPLE HAVE THE EXACT SAME HAIR TEXTURE! I have been a hairstylist for almost twenty years, and in those twenty years I’ve never seen the same texture on two different heads. Please just be aware that this is just a way for companies to sell you products. Just that; nothing else.
3) Try to stick to samples in the beginning
Product samples are the best way to try out products when you’re trying to
figure out what works best for your hair. Most companies offer sample sizes
so take advantage when possible. I can’t tell you how many clients of mine
talk about how many natural hair products that they’ve tried unsuccessfully
are still lurking underneath their bathroom sinks. Not asking for product
samples can leave you spending hundreds of wasted dollars in the long run.
Then when you find something that works for you, you can invest in the larger
size. It’s always good to have at least two or three good products that work
for you. Most of my natural clients like to rotate their products that they use.
This is because the hair can get used to a product and feel dull and sometimes
limp. A simple product rotation will renew the hair instantly.
I hope this helped you on finding a product that will work best for you. See
you next time!
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Today we are going to discuss flat ironing natural hair. This discussion comes up a lot in hair salons, and it is very important to know what you’re doing when it comes to putting any type of heat on your hair. I’m going to give you 3 simple steps to a successful flat ironing experience.
1) Purchase a high quality flat iron
I always like to ask my clients what type of flat irons they are using at home. This can be very telling in the condition of their hair. I personally love titanium flat irons and use them constantly at my salon. In the beginning of my career I only used marcel irons because ceramic irons didn’t give me the shine that I like when flat ironing hair. In my opinion, titanium irons give you the most shine out of any flat iron. So that’s what I recommend. A high quality flat iron should cost you anywhere between $100 and $250. A high quality flat iron will also have a temperature setting that adjustable. Never buy a flat iron that just has an on and off switch. These tend to get either way too hot or not hot enough, both scenarios can affect the end result. My favorite flat iron is the Izunami Titanium Flat iron.
2) Set your temperature properly
Setting your temperature properly can make or break using your flat iron successfully. If your hair is chemical free, meaning no relaxer or color, your temperature setting can be higher than someone with chemically treated hair. I usually tell my clients with healthy chemical free hair, it’s safe to set your temperature at 450 degrees when flat ironing. Now it’s very
important to note, you only have to set the temperature this high when doing an initial flat ironing of the hair. Meaning after you shampoo, condition and blowdry your natural hair, it’s safe to set
your temperature at 450 degrees for the straightening process. But when it comes to just needing to straighten your roots, or put a few curls on the ends of the hair, setting your temperature around 380 degrees should be enough heat. If your hair is chemically processed, always start you temperature setting arould 380 degrees. Now everyone’s hair is different when taking heat. But starting at a lower temp, then turning it up a bit if needed will prevent burning the hair.
3) Stay away from heat protective sprays
I get asked this all of the time from clients who use a flat iron at home regularly. Should I use a protective spray when flat ironing my hair?
Here’s the thing, most ethnic hair can hold a pretty good amount of heat. When you spray a product on the hair, that product can actually burn on the hair when followed up with a flat iron. This is because it is a liquid. I have seen more damage done with these so call heat protective sprays, then if a client were to use no product on the hair when flat ironing. Heat protectors are simply another product to market to the people who use flat irons on a daily basis. If your flat iron is set to an appropriate temperature, don’t worry, your hair will be fine taking the heat. So stop spending money on these unnecessary hair products. The healthiest hair is the hair that doesn’t have a lot of product in it.
I hope these three steps have helped you with flat ironing your hair at home! See you next time!