Stretching natural hair maximizes unlimited styling options. Unless you just got a big chop or wear a TWA, you can lengthen your hair by manipulating the curl pattern by stretching the hair by using the banding method to create space buns, roll and tuck, high buns and other fashionable styles to set off your look.
Shine like a maven. Who wants dry, crispy-looking hair? Make sure you moisturize and add sheen on a regular basis to make those curls pop! Almond oil is one my favorites to add ultimate shine to any hairstyle.
Be careful not to style your hair the same way consistently. It may cause damage or permanent hair loss. Too much pulling, tugging, tightly braiding or parting the hair in the same pattern can cause strain and weaken the follicles which cause hair loss also known as traction alopecia.
Deal with hair problems head-on. Sometimes, we tend to ignore minor issues until they become major problems. Make sure you pay attention to what your hair is telling you. Hair breakage, thinning or severe damage are signs of either internal problems related to health or diet as well as external issues such as styling methods, techniques or using the wrong products on your hair. You will need to find out the root of the problem (no pun intended). If you find your hair issues are progressing, you should talk to your professional hair stylist, physician or dermatologist who can help solve the problem.
Understand your facial shape. Not every style looks great on everybody. Know what shape you have and select styles that complement your facial landscape. Do you have a square, round, oval or triangle shape? Knowing that tidbit of information can improve your overall appearance. By knowing if a tapered cut or Mohawk looks best or a short TWA vs. an Angela Davis super fro can make all the difference in the world. Choosing two-stranded twist symmetrical bob instead of elongated braids on an oval face can transition a look dramatically. Being mindful in choosing a style that works best for you is slaysational!
Remember, products are not king. Although products do play an important role in the performance and appearance with our tresses, it is not the leading factor. Characteristics such as density, thickness, porosity, and hair growth are based on genetics and health. You simply cannot buy your way to perfection. Learning to accept your hair type and structure will eliminate the extra money, energy, and effort spent to strive for excellence. Let’s face it, no hair type, whether straight or curly is perfect. Let’s just appreciate the hair we have on our heads and learn to take care of it to the best of our ability.