There are so many types of curls with a multitude of textures
out there on kids who are of mixed parentage. They also have a lot more choices when it comes to hair products, unlike most of us growing up back in the day! How your hair turns out determines what you do with it so you could not look mixed, but you have to use products made for straight hair!
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In people of African descent, the degree of mix decrees your hair texture could
fall in any category. This means there are people of African descent who have straight, wavy or super curly hair textures. The skin colour never matters.
- You can have some with skin colour like ebony who has hair the same texture of a white person with wavy or spiral curl hair. Many hairstylists pass on doing hair for people of colour because they do not understand this.
- Or, you can find a person who looks “white” but who has super curly, frizzy hair.
Normally, there is a very slim chance a person of colour will go to a salon that does not specialize in curly or frizzy hair textures unless they have straighter hair.
I regularly have to have discussions
with clients who follow someone on Instagram or YouTube that is having a hair issue. Well, they will say, he/she said to do this or that with my hair, but it doesn’t work! I will take a look at the picture or video , and almost 100 percent of the time, the reason is they have a different hair texture. Different hair textures require different products, techniques and maintenance.
If your hair has less tendency to frizz,
you might get away with using products for straight hair. You, however, may still need to use deep conditioners more regularly because it still needs the moisture. You might want to wear it straight by just doing a blow out, but if there is any humidity, you will turn into a fuzz ball.
If you are one of those people who was gifted with curls with a multitude of textures, figure out what your texture is and use the products which work best for you.
By Paula Barker, Silkie Locks Hair Design
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