Caring for your hair-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
I’VE noticed that compared to some American women who feel the need to blow dry, straighten or curl their hair everyday, Filipinas are pretty low-key when it comes to hair. Sometimes, it’s almost to a fault; it seems everyone only wants stick-straight hair. There’s nothing wrong with that, but achieving stick-straight hair when you have naturally curly hair can be time consuming and damaging not just to your mane, but to your wallet as well.
I prefer to embrace my natural texture, which is wavy. Sometimes I’ll use hot tools, but I’ve never had it relaxed, permed or rebonded. For any hair texture, the key is to work with it, not against it. Consider spending more on a good haircut, so you can spend less time styling your hair everyday.
Make sure you get your hair cut by a good hairstylist who doesn’t use a “template” hairstyle that may work for someone else’s hair type and face shape, but not your own. A good hairstylist will examine your hair when it’s dry to see how it falls naturally, and also ruffle his or her fingers through your strands to check its texture and thickness. When getting a haircut, don’t be afraid to tell the stylist what you want. A professional will understand where you’re coming from regarding your lifestyle or your taste in fashion.
Get a trim maybe once every two or three months, depending on the rate of hair growth, to avoid split ends and keep hair looking healthy. For very short hair styles, like chin length or shorter, cutting hair may be necessary every six weeks to keep the style looking fresh.
For hair color, try not to dye hair more than once every three months. Even mild hair dyes still have chemicals in them. You can dye hair at home, but for newbies or for drastic color changes more than three shades lighter, I would highly recommend going to a salon.
For basic hair care, use shampoo and conditioner daily, then detangle with a wide-toothed comb. You can opt to use a leave-on conditioner after towel-drying hair. Try using deep conditioner or a hair mask once a week, especially if your hair is colored or damaged. Leave it on for half an hour to deeply nourish hair.
Using hot tools is damaging, so keep it to a minimum, or it won’t be long before strands start to look and feel like straw. Of course, sometimes there is a special occasion or we want to look a little more dressed up on a night out. Just don’t use hot styling too often, and try to deep condition the following day. It’s also advisable to use a heat-activated styling product before using hot tools, which will help protect the hair and also keep the style in place longer. Do not use a hot iron on wet hair, or you will end up scorching it. Be wary of hairstylists who use hairspray just before using a hot iron on hair. Trust me, the sizzling sound that will ensue is not good.
Sometimes, hair horror stories do happen. I haven’t had a tragically bad haircut yet, but one dye job did leave me in tears at the salon once. Take a bad coloring job or bad haircut to a better salon, Asap. And remember that although it doesn’t happen overnight, hair does grow out, and you will survive.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 23, 2013.