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The 2019 Haircare Guide For Afro Hair
#Bighairdontcare is the mantra you should live by - embracing your afro hair is empowering and fierce. Sure, maintaining your ‘fro isn’t always the easiest feat, but hot damn it looks good. Whether you have a coarse, curly, fuzzy, or natural texture (or all four) we chatted with Charlotte Mensah, Founder and Creative Director of Charlotte Mensah Hair Lounge in London to bring you the lowdown on the best afro products to not only accept, but embrace your afro hair. Let’s face it, afro hair is fussy AF… using the wrong products can encourage the dreaded F word - frizz. With this comprehensive afro haircare guide, you can land locks that are bouncy and beautiful, oh my! So if you’re tired of fighting the ‘fro, read on!
Let It ‘Fro: What Makes Afro Hair Specific To Care For?
First, let’s understand what makes afro haircare so unique: due to its coil-like structure, moisture and sebum have a little trouble working their way down the hair shaft. Each strand grows in a tiny, angle-like helix shape; the effect lends the illusion that your mane is denser than straight or wavy hair, when in fact it’s the opposite. Naturally straight-haired ladies have around 227 hair per square centimeter whilst afro hair has about 190. You may find yourself asking: “y tho?”. Going back to that angle-like helix shape, it makes the distribution of lipids throughout the hair shaft more difficult, in turn, the hair takes a bit longer to grow. Before you get your hair in a tangle, we assure you that there’s no need to worry. We gotchu, girl. With the right afro products in your arsenal, you can have an enviable head of natural hair that dreams are made of.
Afro Haircare Tip #1: Make The Most Of Your Wash
One of the major perks of having afro hair? You only need to wash it approximately once a week - ‘frooooo yeah! Washing your locks less is a true blessing, but when you do suds up, you need to make it count. Just as you wouldn’t wash your face with hand soap or your body with detergent, the same sensible logic applies with shampoo shopping.
Afro Haircare Tip #2: Lay Off The Heating Tools
As we mentioned, thanks to science, afro hair is naturally drier than other hair textures so can be prone to breakage. To keep your ‘fro looking cool and collected, it’s best to put the blow dryer down. Blow drying hair creates massive friction and frizz - yikes! Friction + heat = damage and tangling. ‘Fro no! Instead, let your locks air dry.
If you’re impatient or pressed for time, then it’s time to strike oil, hair oil that is. Hair oils, like L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil offer much-needed heat protection up to 230 C for your locks. This product is infused with precious oils that control frizz and unleash the powers of detangling. So if you must pick up a blow dryer, use protection (just like your mum says!) and a diffuser. Not only does this oil work as a heat protectant, but it can inject some moisture into your locks when used overnight:
Two-in-one products for the win - heyo!
Afro Haircare Tip #3: Mind Your MasksEmbracing your afro haircare to its fullest potential requires moisture, and lots of it. To give your ‘fro the big drink it needs to stay soft and tame, it’s time to call out the big guns: hair masks. It’s no secret in the styling world that the difference between a crazy puff ball and manageable coils lies in a hair mask. Since moisture is an afro haircare best friend, let’s hop to hydration station with our favourite hair masks! If you’re all about 10 minute makeover (who isn’t?), use Redken All Soft Mega Sheet Mask once a week to transform dry, unruly hair into soft, heavenly coils. Treat yourself (and your locks) to superfood, literally. Pureology Strength Care Superfood Mask feeds your hair with the essential nutrients it needs to stay strong and shiny. Added bonus: due to the Goji Berry Extract, it smells delicious AF whilst protecting hair from damage.
The pro weighs in:
Coming from 99% natural origins, allowing you to embrace your natural texture and naturality. Use this product to say goodbye to damaged hair and split ends while feeling like an eco-friendly goddess. Winning!
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