Texture Talk: Embracing Your Hair’s Unique Personality
Many people spend decades, along with huge amounts of money, trying to change their natural hair texture. There’s no denying that mixing things up a bit can be fun, as well as a great way to showcase your personality. However, at the same time, learning how to embrace your unique hair texture can be a surprising confidence booster.
Of course, if you’ve spent the last few years altering your hair’s texture through heat styling or chemical treatments, putting a stop to this and truly celebrating your hair’s individuality can be a challenge.
So, read on as HerStyler provides a helping hand when it comes to understanding how to give your hair exactly what it needs, so that you can flaunt it in its natural state with pride!
Getting to Know Your Natural Hair Texture
Before you can start learning how to embrace your hair texture, you first need to know what that texture actually is. From product buildup and heat styling to hair dyes and other forms of chemical processing, there is so much out there that can permanently alter your natural hair pattern, making it important to regularly reassess this.
Usually, hair will fall under one of these four types/textures:
- Straight hair: tends to be smooth and easy to manage, although can be prone to flyaways. Straight hair is also often the oiliest hair type
- Wavy hair: has a slight curl to it and can be susceptible to frizz
- Curly hair: boasts a very defined curl pattern. It can sometimes feel quite unmanageable due to dryness, tangles, and frizz
- Coily hair: has a very tight curl pattern. It’s very fragile too, making it vulnerable to breakages. Frizz and tangles are also common problems
Once you’ve determined what your hair texture/type is, you can then move on to understanding how to give your mane the care that it needs.
Use the Right Hair Care Products For Your Hair’s Unique Needs
If you want to bring out the best of your natural hair texture, you’ll need to make sure that you’re caring for your hair in the right way. Let’s take a closer look at what each hair type needs:
It doesn’t take much for straight hair to look glossy and healthy. Due to how straight your strands are, the sebum produced by your scalp slides straight down from root to tip in no time. This adds shine but too much of it can cause your hair to look greasy.
To counter this, give your hair a wash whenever it starts to feel too oily, using a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Since straight hair can be prone to product buildup, avoid using leave-in conditioners or too many styling products.
A wavy hair texture is sought after by many, yet those who naturally have it often struggle to properly look after it.
Since wavy hair isn’t as prone to oiliness as straight hair, it doesn’t need to be washed quite as often. When you do wash it, try applying a hair serum to your strands while they’re still damp. Look for a formula that’s capable of defining your natural curl pattern, such as the HerStyler VitaOil Biotin Hair Serum. It will enhance your gorgeous waves while keeping the appearance of frizz at bay.
Curly hair can be prone to dryness. This is down to how the sebum produced by the scalp has to work its way around all of those bends and kinks in order to reach the ends of the hair. This process takes some time yet many people interrupt it by washing their hair too often, removing those oils before they’re able to condition the tips of the hair. To keep your hair looking its best, avoid over-washing. Depending on how curly your hair is, you may only need to wash it once or twice a week.
A curly hair texture also greatly benefits from a rich conditioner, just like the HerStyler Rosehip & Sage Conditioner. It’s packed with natural oils from rose hip, sage, and jojoba, making it capable of giving your tresses a huge moisture boost.
If curly hair is prone to dryness, coily hair is even more so. This is why damage is so prevalent among those with coily hair. All of that dryness leaves the hair susceptible to snapping and breaking. To counter this, use the gentlest of shampoos when washing your locks and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner, such as HerStyler’s Argan Oil & Biotin Conditioner. Argan oil is famous for how it can keep the hair feeling protected against environmental damage. This makes it one of the best ingredients around to use on coily hair.
Marula oil is another natural oil that can work wonders on coily hair. You’ll find it in our Marula Hair Nourishing Serum. It can be used on both dry and damp hair. This makes it ideal for whenever your hair could do with some smoothness and shine.
Invest in a Good Haircut
Caring for your hair in the correct way will immediately give it a healthier appearance. However, you’ll still find it difficult to embrace your natural hair texture if your haircut is working against it. Now would be a good time to pay a visit to a hairstylist to ensure that your hair is cut in a way that enhances its curl pattern:
If you have straight hair and don’t enjoy long lengths, a bob would be a good way to go. Straight hair enables a bob to fall perfectly, highlighting that smooth and sleek hair texture. Even better, there are so many bob variations that you could choose from, such as an A-line bob, a blunt bob, or a layered bob.
Speaking of layers, this is a great way to give straight hair some extra movement. Long layers work beautifully on straight hair, giving it volume to leave it looking fuller and thicker.
Again, a short bob looks good on wavy hair too. Although your bob won’t fall in a straight way, your natural hair texture will still give it the uniformity that it needs to look put together.
Face-framing layers are another stunning option. Those layers will enhance your natural waves, showcasing their bounce and texture. Go for layers that are widely spaced so that they’re easily visible. This will also give you more flexibility when styling your locks.
There’s nothing wrong with going for a short cut when you have wavy hair, but shoulder-length strands are often the easiest way to embrace and enhance your curls. A mid-length cut will work well for all types of curls, whether they’re large and S-shaped or tight with ringlets.
With that said, ask your hairstylist to cut a few layers into your locks too. This will prevent it from looking bottom-heavy. For easy styling, your layers should begin at your chin and be angled downward, which will also beautifully frame your face.
It can take a while to style coily hair, so a haircut that keeps your mane manageable will always be a bonus. Many people with coily hair avoid short bob-like styles because of how these can interfere with the natural flow that their curls have. However, this can be avoided by removing weight from the bottom half of your hair. This will allow your tresses to maintain their natural bounce and movement.
A mid-length cut also looks great with coily hair. Avoid layers, as this can often make coily hair look unruly. Instead, keep your strands the same length to allow those coils to fall onto your shoulders and give your locks some weight.
Know How to Style Your Locks
Already have a haircut that works well with your natural hair texture? Another way to enhance your locks is to learn how to style them in a way that brings out your hair’s unique traits. Here are a few ideas:
Out of all of the hair types, straight hair is one of the easiest to style. Your main aim should be to accentuate your hair’s natural shine and sleekness. This can be done in no time by giving your hair a blow dry after it has been washed.
Ideally, look for a blow dryer that has been designed to enhance your hair’s natural sheen. The HerStyler LED Pro Luxe Dryer would be a great choice. Thanks to its red LED technology, as well as its negative ion technology, it’s very effective at giving hair a glossy and healthy-looking finish.
To really showcase your waves, leave your hair loose. While styling it, continuously scrunch it up with your hands to enhance that wavy hair texture. Applying a hair serum when styling can bring out those waves even more. The Argan Oil Hair Serum from HerStyler would be a great addition to your hairstyling arsenal if you have wavy hair!
When styling curly hair, your primary goal should be to ensure that you don’t have any tangles. This way, even when left loose and natural, your hair will still look amazing!
Since curly hair can be quite fragile, be gentle when detangling. HerStyler’s Pro Vented Brush will enable you to do this with ease. Use it on damp hair to detangle without damaging while also speeding up your hair’s drying time!
If you would like to leave your coily hair loose, then make sure that you keep it feeling protected with a moisturizing leave-in product. It doesn’t take much for coily hair to dry out, so this will ensure that your hair still feels soft and smooth to the touch while also helping to eliminate the look of frizz.
Alternatively, if your coily hair is already showing signs of damage, opt for a protective hairstyle. Braids and buns will help to keep the appearance of damage at bay. Just make sure that you don’t twist your hair up too tightly, as this will only exacerbate breakages.
If you’ve previously shied away from your natural hair texture, learning to do things differently can take a while. However, if you give your hair type the care that it needs while also picking a suitable haircut, along with beneficial styling methods, you’ll soon find that you’ll be able to rock your natural locks with confidence!