Smooth Operator

12 Jan 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Understanding hair texture is crucial in achieving a beautiful and bouncy style, says celebrity hairdresser Asgar Saboo.

We all know that having dull, limp or lifeless hair is not going to win you any brownie points on the beauty front.

But how does your hair actually feel when you run your fingers through it?

For example, suffering from dry hair is common. But ‘dry’ or ‘oily’ are terms to describe your hair’s condition not its texture. It’s important to understand the difference.

Your hair can be straight, wavy or curly; its condition can be dry, normal or oily; and your texture can be fine, medium or coarse.

The best way to deal with the texture of your hair is to experiment.  All hair types have different levels of texture, thickness and elasticity so the best way to get the look you want is to try out different natural remedies and ways of locking in texture.

Hair can be textured naturally every day without the use of damaging heat styling, which, over a period of time, causes hair to become dry and brittle. It also makes it more difficult to achieve texture later on.

Let’s take a look at the common hair types, with some great natural remedies you can use to de-stress your tresses

Straight hair

Straight hair is the hardest type of hair to achieve texture as the hair naturally falls smoothly without volume, with a risk of it looking limp and flat.

Detangle with fingers while damp and give an all-over spritz of volumising or salt spray. Put the damp hair up into a high ponytail and wrap the ends around the band and secure into a bun. Leave in to dry overnight. Once dry, let it down. The hair will naturally look more volumised and textured with slight waves and movement. Finish with massaging texture power at the roots of the hair. For more volume and a long hold, apply hairspray all over to hold the waves.

Wavy hair

Naturally wavy hair already has slight texture so you can enhance this and create more defined waves.

Run hair gel through damp hair, dividing the hair in half. Do not brush the hair as this will dull the end result of the texture. Create braids all around the head, securing into place. After the hair is dry, undo the braids and lightly comb through with your fingers, pulling the braids apart. Again, avoid using a brush. Keep dry shampoo on hand for an afternoon reboot, and avoid thick conditioners that can weigh hair down and can give strands a greasy look.

Curly hair

For all you lucky people born with naturally curly hair, you are at an advantage because curly hair already holds a lot of luscious texture and volume. The idea behind styling curly hair is to naturally develop and mould the hair into the style and texture you want.

After a shower, refrain from towel drying as this will pull the texture and waves out while causing frizz. Apply a curl smoothing serum all over the hair, covering the hair from the root to the tip. Pull back into a low bun and leave to dry. Brushing and touching the hair will lead to frizz so it is better to let the hair dry before touching it. In the morning pull the hair out of the low bun and the hair will naturally be more defined with bounce. Avoid the crunchy look by finishing the dry style with a few drops of hair oil and deep condition the hair at least once a week to keep the hair luscious.

‘Corkscrew’ hair

This type of hair is the coarsest and driest of all the hair types. Therefore, it can be difficult to get moisture to the scalp and maintain shine

Clearly defined corkscrew coils can range in size. To avoid crunchy curls, wash strands with a cleansing conditioner, which will help to weigh down the hair. This will also cut down on flyways and maintain shine. Use light gels and styling butters to twist damp hair into place. Again, do not brush the hair as this will leave the hair lifeless but frizzy.

To add texture, there are some natural remedies you can use:

Salt spray

There’s no need to spend any money on sea salt spray because, chances are, you will have all the ingredients to get it yourself to achieve that effortless, salt-water-sculpted wavy hair. Instead of using gel, use pomade within the mix with hot water, sea salt and coconut oil, but leave in some conditioner. It will evade any crunch and leave your locks free to flow.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is locked with all the essential nutrients to improve the texture of your hair. Using aloe vera can boost hair growth, prevent hair loss and breakage, and ultimately create more texture and volume over time.

Green tea

Green tea is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols that promote hair growth. Not only this, the vitamin C present in green tea can also add a beautiful sheen to the hair.

Almond oil and banana home remedy for soft hair

Banana and almond oil together make an excellent remedy to get rid of dry and frizzy hair. Besides maintaining natural elasticity and moisture, this mask will also prevent split ends, hair loss and hair breakage. Almond oil is a rich source of Omega fatty acid and multi vitamins, and it will penetrate deep into the scalp, keeping your hair healthy and strong.

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