by Jevata Herman
With fall swiftly approaching, school bells ring as a new semester begins, leaving summer hair care concerns. The most frequently asked question: “What will I do with my hair?”
After the pool has closed, autumn air cools and there are new hair care rules. A “mane ingredient” that we so appreciate during our hottest months is the atmosphere’s moisture.
Many curly girls cringe at the sound of a summer night’s midst because of all that humidity and moisture. But with the big cool-down, we shift our focus to seeking the moisture that summer freely lent. Transitioning our looks from carefree coifs to well-attended tresses…May the product war begin!
Of course, a significant part of creating or maintaining a healthy head of hair begins with a great haircut, well-maintained with a trim every six to eight weeks, depending on the style desired. Shorter cuts require more frequent trims to keep the look fresh.
When your ends are split and parched, styling will demand more product and styling tools, leaving you frustrated in the end.
Choose products with a two-fold purpose in mind. First, products should supply our hair with nutrients, as well as aid in the styling process. Don’t just look for fragrances and pretty packaging. The way the hair may feel afterwards can disguise many unhealthy ingredients, such as petroleum and paraffin. These will only build up on the hair, preventing its ability to retain moisture. Some natural sources of moisture include Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil. While some products may claim to be all-natural, very few are. You may have to consult with a professional stylist who can develop a regiment to cater to your individual needs. Some hair types may create enough moisture and just need a styling serum with a silicone base for protection from the heat of flat irons or blow dryers.
Shampoos and conditioners are necessities in providing hair with what it may need to keep it healthy. Shampoos are created to cleanse the scalp and hair while removing any mineral deposits, chlorine, or product build-up. Hydrating shampoos are formulated to provide extra moisture to the hair and scalp. Moisturizing conditioners compliment the process by sealing the moisture into the hair. Too much can weigh the hair down or create build-up on the hair and scalp, which is why it’s important to do your research. It’s imperative to select a product that’s right for you.
Ateeyah Darden, of Haywood’s Hair Images in Richmond suggests Pureology Purifying Shampoo. This vegan line of products are sulfate-free. Sulfates are commonly used in cleansers and can be very drying to the hair and scalp. Ms. Darden also recommends Pureology Hydrating Shampoo to add a little moisture if needed. These products can be used on all hair types.
To finish your style, just try a light essential oil or hair serum to give your tresses a little bling. Some other commonly used products are Keracare’s 1st Lather and Keracare’s Hydrating Shampoo. Wella Color Preserve is a shampoo that protects your hair color from fading while moisturizing the hair. Ashea makes great Shea Butter, Essential Oil and Braid Spray that work well as maintenance products.
As a consumer, continue to research products to find the right ones for your individual needs. In the meantime, schedule a consultation with a professional stylist to explore your options for this fall.
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