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Best Hair Products For Curly Hair

I have always had thick, curly hair. Growing up in New York City in the 90s when stick straight hair was en vogue, I always felt like the odd woman out.

Strong anti-curly cues

Many women of the curly persuasion seem to feel societal pressure to straighten their hair or even worse, pull it back in an effort to hide it. It’s as if a message has been communicated that straight hair is preferable. Is curly hair not good enough? I have observed this phenomenon in all types of woman: Caucasian, Afro-Caribbean, Asian, Hispanic…the list goes on. This message is so strong that demand has created not only straightening balms, industrial strength blow dryers and flat irons, but also more permanent solutions, like hair straightening processes – some taking 6-7 hours.

Today, on the precipice of 40

I have learned to appreciate my curly situation. Every day is a little different and even if you have the best products – you’ll always have a day where a little frizz infiltrates the system. That said, there is very little maintenance involved. I never have to blow out my hair; just wash, scrunch and go. Make no mistake, when dealing with thick, curly hair, curating the right product selection is a process and finding a hair care expert that is intimately familiar with cutting curls and how they behave is an imperative. At the end of the day my curls are never a surprise.

Let your hair be

The best way to care for any type of hair is to let it do what it does naturally – if you are forever straightening your hair, it will never look as good straight as it would if you let it do its thing. Commit to who you are naturally and let your hair be. As soon as you start going with the flow of your hair texture, working with it instead of against it, your hair will look superb. Finding the right products is a huge piece of the puzzle, especially as we move into summer.

It’s all about the products

Finding the right products for curls can be akin to a science experiment. You have to be patient and willing to try different combinations of products to see how they work together with your hair. I have tried so many different products in so many different categories. To some extent, I tweak my regimen depending on the weather or season and recently due to new product finds.

I’ve just revamped my regimen and wanted to share.

Shampoo daily

I typically use Caretrico’s Type H Shampoo. Give your scalp most of the attention in this step. Do let the shampoo run down the length of your hair though and give your scalp a 5 second massage. Twice a week I alternate with Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Mask with Lemon. This line has been around for years. Christophe Robin is a world renowned, Paris based, hair colorist to the stars. His client roster includes Natalie Portman, Catherine Deneuve, Tilda Swinton, Kylie Minogue, Kristin Scott Thomas and my mother. I stumbled upon this particular product last month while in St. Barths. I have not changed any part of my hair regimen in 7 years – so this is a monumental occasion. I leave this in for at least 15 minutes before I get into the shower and use it as a shampoo. Once in the shower, apply a little bit of water and mush it around your scalp and hair. Carry on with your shower routine and then add a little more water to the hair, scrub it around and rinse. This product leaves hair silky and smooth, which any curly cue will tell you, is an oxymoron.

Use a leave-in conditioner or leave your conditioner in

Du-Boa Scalp MassagerThis particular step is one that many hair care professionals will not advise. But if this is wrong, I don’t want to be right. My favorite absolutely can’t live without hair product is Caretrico Privy Treatment Slim Through. If your hair is on the medium to finer side, try Caretrico Treatment Moist Sleek. Ishi introduced this line to me. It is meant to be used as a conditioner or 10-20 minute hair treatment. Since there is not enough moisture for my hair, I leave it in, and once applied, run a Du-Boa Scalp Massager through my hair to distribute the product and rid my scalp of any excess product residue that may have built up.

Priming products

Start with a quick spritz of Vine’s Care Water. This boosts the efficacy of all the styling products that you use subsequently. It also adds moisture, defrizzes and adds volume to fine hair! If it’s good enough for NASA, it’s good enough for me! Next I apply 3 – 4 pumps of Caretrico After Treatment Enrich Milk. This is a leave in conditioner that is light enough for even fine hair. It contains hyaluronic acid and infuses the extra dose of moisture that dry, curly, bleached hair needs. This can be used as a styling product for men or those with short hair.

Styling products

Another Christophe Robin must have for thick and/or curly hair is the Intense Regenerating Balm with with Rare Prickly Pear Oil. It’s magic! It is almost the texture of a thick facial cleansing balm with a little more of a pomade feel yet not so vaseliney. It is all natural and is meant to be used as a hair, body, cuticle, feet and lip balm. I use it as a styling and moisturizing product. Take a quarter size dollop (use less if if your hair is medium thick), warm it up between your hands and scrunch it in your hair while standing upright and then repeat with your head flipped. I follow this with a nickel size of Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity Drops. Just scrunch that on right on top.

Believe it or not, this is the paired down version – I’ve cut out a number of steps.

By: Alyssa Barrie Weiss, Twitter @AlyssaBarrie

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The Amino Acid and Sherpa Hair Treatment Combo

Amino Acid and Sherpa Treatments – perfect together!

Amino Acid Treatment is an anti-frizz, smoothing treatment that makes hair more manageable and less frizzy. The results and process are similar to Keratin Treatments but Amino Acid doesn’t contain any form of formaldehyde. That’s an important factor to us! The nice thing about these temporary treatments is that they gradually fade away over a 3 to 4 month period. What many don’t realize is that these treatments still require a regiment of conditioning to keep hair looking it’s best. Hair that is out of condition always looks dull and dry. It frizzes as the hair strands are reaching out for moisture.

Our New Sherpa Treatment

(A Cell Modular Complex Conditioning Treatment that replenishes the moisture at the cell level) improves hair health like nothing we’ve ever seen, so much so that we had to test the benefits of combining treatments. For those with severely damaged or highlighted hair we’ve always recommended reconditioning the hair before we begin any smoothing treatment. By combining the Sherpa and Amino Acid Treatments we are achieving great results. The pre–treatment is only four steps of the intensive Sherpa Treatment – the hair is filled with moisture – it’s soft and it shines. In the process of the Amino Acid Treatment the hair is ironed sealing the coating to hold hair straighter. Depending on the condition of the hair and the degree of straightness desired we determine the level of heat used. This allows us to process hair that would normally be too fragile for chemical work such as this.

We Consider All Hair To Be Damaged

The environment (indoors and out), water, shampoos, styling aids, flat ironing and blow drying all have a negative effect on hair. Different textures have to be considered as well as the desired results. It’s important to consult with your stylist as to what you want the results to be. Subtle variations in the process make it possible to achieve different results.

Want to Keep Your Curls?

If you have curly hair and want to keep them the heat level is lowered so it doesn’t process the hair straighter than desired. The heat from the ironing deposits the Sherpa Treatment deeper into the shaft. You only want to do this treatment after the previous treatment has faded. Overlapping causes the hair to become straighter.

Between Waves and Frizz?

You’ve got beautiful wavy hair at certain times of the year and at others it’s just frizz. The Amino Acid Treatment keeps the hair from frizzing. Many undergo the treatment as a seasonal fix. And combining it with the partial Sherpa Treatment improves the quality of the hair. It also saves you a lot of time in the styling department.

Got Tight Curls in Need of Relaxation?

For those with tight curly hair the heat level can be raised to give your hair a straightened quality. This texture of hair is the most delicate and the easiest to get out of condition. Possibly because of the styling techniques used to make it more manageable?  Flat irons & blow dryers dry out the moisture in the hair. This hair quality needs the most attention to its condition.

Undergoing Chemotherapy?

Too many people are dealing with the effects of chemotherapy. This combination has proved a miracle for their hair. The new growth is a different texture than their prior hair. It’s become brittle, dry and doesn’t have movement. After this combination the hair is shiny and feels like hair again.

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