Whether your hair is straight, wavy, curly or coily, your hair care routine should be anything but...routine. That is, how you care for your hair depends on what type of hair you have. There is no one-size-fits-all for hair care. So read on for your one-size-fits-you hair care, starting with the differences in hair types, and tips to care for each one.
Choose Your Hair Type:
Hair type: Straight
Straight hair falls smoothly, and has a glossy consistency since the natural oils from the scalp easily work their way to the bottom. Straight hair doesn’t need much conditioning since it’s typically soft and smooth. However, straight hair has a higher tendency to lack volume, look flat, and get greasier than other hair types.
Clean: If you have straight hair, do try to go a day or two between shampooing your hair. Use a sulfate-free shampoo like Color Protecting Shampoo, which can help rebalance the scalp, allowing you to go longer between washing. However, if greasiness is a concern, wash daily with the same sulfate-free shampoo.
Style: When your hair gets flat, try teasing your hair at the crown and adding in hair spray. Use a blow dryer to dry it, and then repeat steps until you get ultimate volume. Also try blow drying your hair upside-down with a round brush.
Hair type: Wavy
Wavy hair boasts the best of both worlds. It is easy to straighten, keep wavy, or curl. However, wavy hair can get greasy at the scalp and dry at the ends, and is prone to frizz.
Clean: Wash wavy hair two to three times per week, and use a dry shampoo on the days you don't shampoo.
Care: Deep condition wavy hair twice a month by leaving Color Protecting Conditioner on for 10 minutes.
Style: Whether you opt to straighten your wavy hair, keep it natural, or go for the curl, use Tame to fight frizz while helping protect against color fading.
Hair type: Curly
Curly hair is bouncy, playful, and full of volume. The strand thickness can range from fine to coarse but is most often fine. The greatest challenges for curly hair types are frizz, lack of curl definition, and dryness.
Clean: Wash curly hair once or twice a week with a nourishing, sulfate-free products, such as Color Protecting Shampoo + Conditioner.
Care: To keep curly hair silky and smooth, deep condition once a week by leaving Color Protecting Conditioner on for 10 minutes.
Style: Set your curls up for success by using a primer styling product, such as Style, will act as the perfect base to any other products you use or alone as a lightweight frizz reducer. Work the product throughout damp hair before other products and be sure to evenly saturate. Spend some time styling the individual curls by wrapping around your fingers for more definition as you diffuse. When diffusing your hair, be sure to gently lay the hair into the diffuser and limit the amount of movement once hair is in the diffuser.
Hair type: Coily
Coily hair is composed of tight curls ranging from fine to coarse, and it is the most fragile of all hair types. This type of hair is filled with texture, so you won’t have to worry about your hair slipping out of a braid or style. However, coily hair tends to be dry, which is easily addressed with a few simple tips...
Clean: Wash your hair just once a week with a co-wash, rather than a traditional shampoo and conditioner.
Care: Seal your hair with heavy oils and coating butters (like shea butter), right after the shower, and put it through a pre-treatment with a hot oil treatment to make it easy to wash.
Style: The less heat used on coily hair, the better. However, if you do blow dry, use a diffuser to minimize heat damage.
And there you have it—the 4 hair types, and how to care for them. If you have specific questions about your hair type, call our Color Crew. Our team of certified colorists LOVE to talk all things hair, especially if it makes you feel more confident.
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