Hair Styling Tips for all Hair Types
DIY How To Styling Secrets for any Type Hair
By Victoria Wurdinger
Most women think they know their own hair type best, but why do so many still struggle with it? From bad advice to product propaganda, the reasons are endless. When you want real answers, ask the pros.
Hair Styling Tips ~~Hair Texture Type: Curly
Curly hair has two main issues: dryness and frizz. Even if you use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, don’t overdo it. Advises celebrity hairdresser Kimmi Hendrix, who has styled Jennifer Hudson, “Don’t over-shampoo and always opt for air-drying when you can.”
In the past, most hair styling solutions relied on silicone, which tends to build up and look greasy, particularly if your hair is fine. Today, a slew of new “dry oils” put back the moisture without the weight. For instance, Macadamia Natural Oil is a new line that blends macadamia with argan oil. Several companies offer similar “natural oil” products, all formulated to absorb fast without looking greasy.
To fight frizz, you need to add moisture and smooth the cuticle. To do that, rub a few drops of oil between your palms, bend at the waist and work through your hair.
When you blow-dry, use this trick from Sam Villa, Redken Education Artistic Director: “Dry naturally curly hair on the ‘cold’ setting with a diffuser and keep your hands off. The colder air will close the cuticle, reducing frizz and promoting shine.”
Hair Styling Tips ~~Hair Texture Type: Fine or Thin Hair
The first step to putting in the fix is to add minimal layers. Then, create a little chaos by making your hair style a bit messy so it looks fuller.
Chances are you know all about volumizing mousses and sprays, but a new product type comes in powder form. For example, Big Sexy Hair Powder Play boosts volume instantly—just sprinkle on the roots and massage into your scalp. The powder liquefies and dries on contact, absorbing into the hair shaft.
New flat irons with tightly waved plates also help. Redken’s Villa advises you use them by isolating the hair in the crown and nape, then start an inch or two from the hairline. “Mist vertical sections with Redken Spray Starch 15,” says Villa. “Then compress the base with a tool like my Texture Iron. Work vertically around the head until finished and drop the crown and nape sections to hide the texture you’ve created. The volume will add beautiful natural fullness to fine hair.”
Hair Styling Tips ~~Hair Texture Type: Straight
Straight hair isn’t so hard to style; the goal is usually to add volume. Jane Sebeldina from Patrick McIvor Color Studio in Bethlehem, PA, shares this technique:
Apply Matrix Vavoom Volumizing Foam and work through to the ends. Pre-dry hair at the base of the neck, lifting sections with a medium or large round brush. When dry, spritz on Vavoom Gold Heat Iron-In Volume Protective Dry Mist and use a curling iron or hot rollers to curl random sections, then run your fingers throughout to create big wavy texture.
Hot roller sets also give you volume: remember, the bigger the rollers, the bigger and softer the volume and curl.
Hair Styling Tips ~~Hair Texture Type: Thick
Thick hair is so heavy, it takes a long time to dry, then it won’t hold a set. For a smart solution, start by drying with a micro-fiber towel. Wrap up hair in a turban for 5 minutes, then gently towel-dry (those who tested the new towels say they speed drying time by 20%). Next, blow-dry with a T3 ceramic tourmaline hair dryer , which speeds things up even more. For styling, H2pro’s Presto Flat Iron, especially made for long, thick hair, features a “turbo trigger” to cut styling time and simultaneously seal in moisture. If you want to blow-dry, then roller-set or iron-curl hair, use a strong gel on damp locks. Take sections that are no more than 1 inch thick. If you use Velcro rollers, direct air flow at the rollers. When all else fails, set damp hair and sleep on rollers overnight. In the morning, a quick brush-out is all you’ll need.
Article courtesy of Harris Publications
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