Dealing with multiple hair textures can be overwhelming, but it’s more common than you think. In fact, most people with textured hair have two, three or even more types of curl patterns on one head.
Genetics and aging play a huge role, but multi-textured hair can also be environmental - humidity and chemical processes like bleaching or coloring can affect different parts of your hair in different ways. Such a variety of textures often results in an uneven shrinkage rate which can lead to (dun, dun dun!), an unwanted mullet. But have no fear - we’re here to help! Read on for three steps you can take to make competing hair textures play nice.
Treat each texture appropriately
Do you have a mix of waves and loose curls? Maybe a blend of differently sized curls, or even a cacophony of curls and coils? Each curl type has different moisture and styling requirements, so you may need to get creative in caring for each type that co-exists on your head. Tighter curls and coils often need heavier doses of hydration, while straight hair and loose waves may only require a lightweight moisturizer. Focus the application of a luxurious, moisture-rich hydrating mask like SALWA PETERSENⓇ’s Chébiotic™ Hair Mask on your tighter curls and coils. Allow the product to penetrate the ends of your hair for a longer amount of time, before working the product through to the rest of your length. That way, the hydration is focused on the parts of your hair that can really benefit from it.Because no matter how many textures you’ve got, it’s most important to start with the health of your hair.
Diffuse rather than air-dry
Different textures can have different shrinkage rates, which can be intensified when you allow your hair to dry naturally. When air-drying, you don’t have as much control over how your hair dries, which can lead to an uneven style. Diffusing helps regulate and homogenize how your curls dry, giving you ultimate control and ensuring your style comes out as desired.
Many wavies, curlies and coilies are wary of using heat, and with good reason. Overdrying or drying your hair on a temperature that’s too high can cause all sorts of damage, so be sure to diffuse on a medium to low temp and always, ALWAYS use heat protectant.
Opt for a braid out
Another tip is to try a hairstyle that temporarily manipulates your curl pattern to create a more uniform texture. Some examples are braid-outs, twist-outs, bantu knots, and foam roller sets. These are all fun ways to blend your textures and try out new styles with practically no commitment, since they’ll only last until your next wash day. Styles like braid-outs are also excellent options for curlies who prefer a heatless style - you can do any of these styles on damp, towel-dried hair and then let it air dry.
Everyone’s hair is unique and special, so there's no one-size-fits-all routine that will work for every head. Here are some sample routines to help you on your journey to curly bliss.
Wavy & Curly Textures
So you have a mix of whimsical waves and cute curls? Start with our Wavy Chébé Ritual, which includes our Chébé Hydrating Shampoo, Chébé + HA Nourishing Conditioner, Chébé Hair Milk and Chébé Curls Gelée. With a combination of wavy and curly textures, we recommend focusing on lightweight hydration and definition. Our Chébé Hair Milk is the perfect hydrating detangler to keep your locks tangle-free, while also acting as a definer to pump up your natural texture.
Varying Sizes of Curls
To keep a bounty of differently-sized curls looking their best, lean into our Curly Chébé Ritual- Chébé Hydrating Shampoo, Chébé Hair Milk, Chébé Curls Gelée and Chébiotic™ Hair Mask. Every curl from 3A to 3C can benefit from a healthy dose of hydration at every stage of wash day. To supercharge your wash day routine, add our Chébiotic™ Hair Mask as a deep conditioner - apply this luxurious mask from the middle of the hair shaft down to the ends for maximum moisturization.
Curly & Coily Textures
It’s very common to have multiple types of curls and coils at once, so have no fear! Our Curly Chébé Ritual and Coily & Kinky Chébé Ritual will hook you up with the hydration your tresses need. After cleansing and conditioning, reach for your superstar styler, our Chébé Buttercream, which provides hydrating hold and definition to seamlessly blend curly and coily textures, helping your braid outs last longer and without frizz.
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