Ladies here is another dose of African American hair care and this time I was able to get great advice from stylist Kimmi Hendrix. She has styled the likes of Robin Givens, Kent King, Jennifer Hudson, and Kelly Rowland (just to name a few!) as well as done work on American Idol and High School Musical. She owns two salons in NYC and has been in the business for over 20 years. She was great enough to share some great tips with me, so here goes!
What determines how you care for your hair:
Depending on your environment, curl diameter, density, texture and chemical treatment will determine the most important habits of care. The number one concern with African American hair is moisture.
Must have products:
Choosing a great moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for a healthy scalp and head of hair is a great start.
Favorite hair care products:
Shampooing your hair once a week with Alterna Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner improves the ease of styling manipulation and it is sulfate free meaning less lather but much better health wise you and your hair. Although a little heavier on the pocket, Alterna is well worth the investment. The Seasilk, Age-Control and Photozyme Complex with Color Hold locks moisture in the hair strand while protecting the color and make it easier to style! For maintenance you can apply light oils to scalp like Carol’s Daughter Product Lisa’s Hair Elixir.
What to remember when combing conditioner through your hair:
When combing conditioner throughout , I recommend using a wide tooth comb preferably one that is well made with out any ridges so not to snag the hair and always , always comb from end to root. If necessary section your hair in 4 and then comb.
Limit the amount of blow drying and chemical applications to your hair. If possible try blowing your hair dry on a lower setting and blow from end to root. I like to hold the section of hair I’m about to blow applying as much tension as possible with my hand and with a back and forth motion of the blowdryer until most of the dampness is gone then the brush necessary to complete each section of hair. Relaxer touch-ups and hair coloring:
There is no standard time to retouch your chemically enhanced hair. Only touch up when absolutely necessary which means you will have to employ other styling options that will not require you retouching your chemical service earlier than necessary.
As for color, temporary, demi permanent, semi permanent or permanent should only be applied by a professional that is highly recommended by someone who has successfully worn both relaxer and color at the same time or separately for minimum of six months.
A big thank you to Kimmi for sharing these tips with us!
Hair care overload!
Photos courtesy of: Kimmi Hendrix