Natural Hair: Struggling with Multiple Textures ? 4 Tips to Help Care for Each Texture
From having uneven shrinkage to an unwanted mullet, we know all too well the frustrations that can present itself when you have multiple hair textures. Don’t worry though, having a variety of textures in your hair is completely normal! The most common reason is genetics. Not only can genetics play a role in your hair texture but your location, along with humidity and the weather can also change the textures in your hair. Have you bleached or processed your hair lately? Color can also change your curl pattern, making your curls looser. Most of the time, this change is temporary. However, sometimes this change can be permanent. So how do you deal with these multiple textures? The key is figuring out how to work with your natural hair instead of fighting it. Listed down below are a few tips to help you care for multiple textures in your tresses.
Our number 1 tip for dealing with multiple textures is to take your time! When washing, detangling, styling and so on make sure to give each texture the time and love it needs. If you have kinkier textures, make sure to give them a little extra love by adding extra product to your kinkier curls.
Deep Condition Strategically
Deep conditioning is your bff when it comes to natural hair. However, if you’re dealing with multiple natural hair textures, try and deep condition strategically. When applying your deep conditioner to your tresses, make sure you are leaving it on longer in areas that are kinkier. Your looser curls may not need as much attention as your coils or kinks. If you are looking for a deep conditioner that not only moisturizes your hair, but also makes it so easy to detangle your tresses, Kinky Tresses Avocado Infusion Restorative Conditioner is a great option. It is rich and creamy which aids with detangling and it's full of natural emollients which keeps the hair lubricated and moisturized all week long.
Use a Diffuser
I know some Kurlies may be skeptical about using heat. However, different textures can have different shrinkage rates which can affect the outcome of your style. Diffusing your hair instead of allowing your tresses to air dry can actually help to combat uneven shrinkage. When you let your natural hair air dry, you don’t really have control over the way your hair dries. In addition to diffusing, try banding your hair to stretch your curlier textures and to even out the shape of your hair.
There are so many different natural hairstyles out there that can help manipulate your curls to temporarily create a more uniformed texture throughout your hair. These hairstyles include braid outs, bantu knots, twist outs, roller sets, etc. If you are struggling with multiple textures in your natural hair, this won’t necessarily remove the issue of having multi-textured hair, but it can help with having the same pattern throughout your hair.
Having multiple textures throughout your hair can get very frustrating. However, it's important to know that having more than one texture is completely normal. Instead of working against your textures, find products and techniques that work with your textures. We hope you found these tips helpful. Let us know down in the comments what other tips you have regarding multiple texture. For more tips click here. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
Mercedes Diane Griffin Forbes said:
Thank you for these tips. I’m especially interested to see how banding affects my shrinkage in the back and am going to try that tip tonight.