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It’s time for another instalment in our Healthy Hair Resolutions series! This week we’re covering a healthy hair care routine for those of you with curly, coily, kinky or highly textured hair. Because your hair type tends to be on the drier side, your hair care routine will differ from the one we covered for people with straight/smooth textured hair last week. Studio 86 hair salon’s master stylist Kahlae has some great tips for you to follow to keep your hair condition in top shape and looking great this year.
Some people think that washing your hair everyday will keep it looking clean and shiny, but that’s not the case, especially if you have dry, curly hair. Washing it too much can strip your hair of precious natural moisture and make it prone to breakage. If you have this hair type, Kahlae recommends the following shampoo routine:
Wash your hair every five to ten days: Depending on how soft or coarse your hair texture, you may choose to wash it more or less frequently. When you do wash it, be sure to clarify, moisturize and condition.
Try co-washing: If your hair is very, very dry, your hair may benefit from co-washing, which is basically using conditioner in the place of shampoo. Learn more about co-washing here.
Avoid using super hot water: This tip is great for all hair types because washing your hair in really hot water can dry it out too much. Turn down the heat a little and finish with a cold rinse after you condition, which will help seal the hair shaft and make it look smoother and shinier.
In addition to applying your normal conditioner as part of your washing routine, regular moisturizing is also important for keeping your hair looking shiny and healthy.
At the salon: Kahlae recommends a L’Oreal Steampod deep conditioning treatment, which lasts through six shampoos and works great for all hair types. It’s an affordable way to get some deep moisture into your hair, and it’s especially beneficial after a chemical process. We offer this treatment at Studio 86, so if you want to give it a try, just book an appointment.
At home: Kahlae also recommends doing weekly moisturizing treatments using a product like Restore Vitamin Treatment by Design Essentials, which you can purchase here at our Yorkville hair salon.
Trimming your hair might seem counterproductive if you’re trying to grow it out, but neglecting your trims can actually lead to more breakage and damage from split ends.
If you don’t chemically process your hair: Kahlae recommends getting a trim every three months as part of your regular hair maintenance regimen.
If you do chemically process your hair: For those of you who regularly colour or relax your hair, Kahlae recommends getting a trim every two months.
Using hot tools like hair dryers set to high heat, flat irons and curling rods often can be stressful on your locks. If you keep up with your conditioning treatments and give your hair a break once in a while, you can help protect it from excessive damage. Here are some more tips from Kahlae on styling curly hair with care:
Use a protective product when heat styling: It’s a wise idea to protect your hair with a moisturizing product before you subject it to heat styling. Try Design Essentials Herbal Complex 4 Hair and Scalp Treatment or Hydrience Argan Moisture Replenishing Mist, both available at Studio 86.
Wear protective styles: If your hair has been through a lot, whether that’s excessive heat styling or chemical processes like colouring or relaxing, try giving it a rest with a protective hairstyle. Need inspiration? We compiled some fun protective hair style tutorials here.
And don’t forget, what you put into your body also affects your hair, so be sure to eat right! To learn more, read our article about the nutrients your hair needs to grow healthy, strong and shiny.