Don’t get twisted. Help is on the way!
Have curly hair? Natural or enhanced? Need to maintain or perhaps modify your lovely locks? Well, curly and wavy hair does tend to be the hardest to maintain, and you need all the help you can get. Why not leave it to the hands of professionals, and the professional-grade products they use? Keep reading if you’ve ever used —or want to know more about— the best curly hair products available!
Perhaps you’re managing Brazilian, Malaysian, Afro, thick, thin, loose, tight, or synthetic curls. A lot of the same principles and care products should apply. With the shapes that curly hair naturally form, your tresses often find themselves lacking moisture. The scalp, however, tends to become overly oily. The best tips for curly hair care comes down to balancing these two conflicting demands.
Understanding the Nature of Things
All scalps secrete a natural oil (“sebum”) to keep hair soft and insulated. Straighter hair sends this sebum down the strand more easily, and thus the whole length stays better moisturized. Brushing straight hair outwards helps the process by spreading the oil evenly down. Curls, however, are irregularly shaped and the oil doesn’t find its way down the length so easily due to all the winds and turns.
How to care for dry curly hair? It’s too hard (even uncomfortable) to brush through while dry, so trying to help that way isn’t a practical solution. If anything, you may even cause damage. This susceptible dry curly hair is then exposed to the elements (sunlight, rain, wind, pollution) without anything to protect it, and that’s when the real harm is done. On top of that, that sebum which started off on your scalp just stays there, doing what oil does: it attracts dirt and begins to congeal, forming a mucky mess. Yuck!
It’s uber-important to understand the dynamic between scalp and hair, and between what happens naturally versus what you do to it. Once you get these basics, caring for your mop becomes a lot simpler and more effective. Over-brushing, over-washing, improper straightening or curling will break your strands, cause split ends, dry them out, or even pull the hair out from the root! You will do more harm than good with untreated curly hair, because it starts off completely vulnerable.
What to do?
A big part of the solution comes in using the best products for curly and wavy hair available:
- the best curling cream (if you’re starting off curl-less)
- the best products to enhance curls (if you want them bolder)
- the best products to keep hair curly (if you want to keep the status quo)
- the best shampoo for curly hair
- the best conditioner for curly hair
- the best gel for thick curly hair
- the best mousse for natural curly hair
- the best serum for wavy hair (if that’s what you’re rockin’)
…and if you’re making a trip to the best hair salon in Montreal, you want the best salon products for curly hair.
What to Avoid
As no two heads or their hair are exactly the same, the choice of products becomes personal: there’s no right or wrong. Apart from getting expert advice and choosing your next haircare products from Salon Deauville, a little trial and error is normal.
Here are some fundamentals: stay away from parabens, sulfates, and silicones.
- Parabens are considered synthetic preservatives, and potentially toxic, so you don’t want your body absorbing these.
- Sulfates/sulfites are too harsh while they clean. They dry your hair out like few other substances. No good.
- Silicones fall under the “plastics” category. Similar to coating an apple at the grocery store, the purpose is to coat the hair and make it shinier. But also very unnatural and it doesn’t come off easily. Remember the part about natural oils and moisture getting to the hair shaft? That plastic coating actually blocks them. Wrong!
What Products to Look For
One thing to understand before we go any further…
- When washing Your Hair: Shampoo/cleanser is for the scalp.
- Conditioner is for the hair.
…Try to keep that straight! (pun very much intended)
Some people need to try out several brands to find the one that works. Look for a cleanser that distributes easily over your scalp. After rinsing, pay attention to how your hair feels compared to how it felt before. There shouldn’t be a coating of any kind, but it should also not feel dry.
If your scalp now feels dry, the product is probably too strong and you need to find something gentler. But before jumping to conclusions, try it 2-3 times. Your reaction may change. Your scalp should feel like the rest of your skin after a proper wash with quality soap.
There are many types and variations out there. You can detect the consistency and texture right away. What to consider: Does it distribute easily throughout your hair? This may sound obvious to a novice, but not all conditioner gets spread around to the desired areas in the same way. Try a few and you’ll know what this means.
Next, how slippery does your hair feel? We are using it to detangle, after all. This slippery feeling is what makes it release those undesirable clusters and clumps. Slimy is no good, but you want a silky, soft feeling.
Lastly, if you choose to leave it in, and then use other styling products on top of it… what’s the effect? The last thing you want is flaking.
Too many to choose from, too much information for you to learn. Here is the most basic scoop on the major categories you should know, before shopping for the best haircare products:
à Creams: Sold as either “creams” or “smoothies”, they are usually a combination of butters, oils, and waxes. Cream stylers are great for those with dryer hair that’s still thick and voluminous. If you were blessed with finer hair, you will probably avoid creams because they tend to be heavy and weigh your tresses down. They can also make fine hair appear oily and limp. A little tends to go a long way.
à Gels: Some are natural, some aren’t. Many tend to be translucent and slimy. They come in lots of different hold levels and tend to make hair shinier than creams, but can be drying (especially the more chemical ones). Many contain silicones to make hair shiny so beware if buying from a regular store.
à Mousse: Traditionally thought of as an ideal styler for curly hair, mouse is a light foamy product that lends well to the buoyancy of curls. Sounds good until you start reading labels and see that most a filled with alcohol (drying) and silicone (plastic). There are some good ones however.
à Pomade: A styler that provides shine and hold. There are several varieties. Most fall into two categories: either waxy and stiff, or oily and smooth. Waxy tends to provide more hold than shine, and the oily ones do the reverse. They are good for putting your hair in an updo, or for sculpting short hair.
The Most Trusted Brands
Haircare products are a serious investment, so you should always insist on the best! These will ensure full, rich, lustrous, manageable hair on a healthy scalp. Keep your locks growing long and strong. Ask about one of Salon Deauville’s high-quality haircare products to take home, or buy online. From cleansing to conditioning, or vitamin infusion, thickening, styling, and holding. And all the best brands like:
For expert advice and an introduction to the best curly hair products in Montreal:
Call 514-735-4432 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment today!