If you’re like me, the process of “going natural” followed years of wearing your hair relaxed. When my hair was first relaxed, I was only 12 years old and had relatively little experience styling my own hair. Moreover, I never managed my hair while wet. That was sole responsibility of my mother and the styling tool we referred to as the infamous Gray Comb. It was no surprise then that when I began to style my natural hair, I was confused by the three distinct textures of hair on my head, all of which responded differently to products and styles.
In my experience these are the best techniques for dealing with multi-textured hair:
I know it seems like the natural thing to do: Go through your stash of hair care products, select one or two (or three or four) and apply products evenly throughout your hair. Just as you may want to consider sectioning your hair smaller in some sections, you may also want to consider using different products on different sections of your hair. Sections of your hair more prone to shrinkage may benefit from stylers that are less watery than sections with a looser curl pattern. Also, parts of your hair more likely to frizz may hold styles better with holding products, such as gel mixed with a little oil (to reduce the drying effect).
Managing multi-textured hair isn’t necessarily challenging but it does take trial and error.
Do you have multi-textured hair? If so, what styles are most helpful in managing your different textures?