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Styling Tips and Tricks for Multi-Textured Hair

We’ve all been frustrated with our hair before. Perhaps your color is growing out, your hair dried strangely, or maybe the weather is deflating each and every strand. These hair inconveniences are common, but those with multi-textured hair experience these frustrations even more. Multi-textured hair is hair that isn’t all one pattern. This could mean a mix of wavy, loose curls in the front and super-tight coils in the back, or mostly straight locks all over with curly, wispy hair around the forehead, ears, and neck. Multi-textured frustration also occurs in the form of major cowlicks around the face or at the crown of the head. Thankfully, there are ways to work with multiple textures or to permanently correct them. If you’re looking for some tips and tricks on how to style multi-textured hair, then read on!

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Start With Care

Regardless of how many textures may be living in your locks, it’s important to start with your hair’s health. Make sure your hair has a balance of moisture and protein and is being treated regularly with a deep conditioner or overnight mask. As each texture gets the hydration and nourishment it needs, the easier styling your multi-textured hair will be.

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Try Spot Styling

Spot Styling is exactly what it sounds like: “spot treating” the areas of your hair that cause frustration. This method will likely involve a hot tool, like a flat iron, curling iron, hot comb, or blow dryer. For example, maybe you’re someone with super curly sideburns or tight coils around the hairline. Using a hot comb or flat iron in these areas can help smooth unwanted textures for a more uniform look. Alternatively, if you have multiple curl patterns and are looking to loosen certain areas, try using a curl elongating cream and grab your blow dryer. Apply heat to your lengths, gently pulling at your curls to loosen them up.

If spot styling is your preferred method, it’s especially important that you start with care. Hot tools can take a toll on hair’s health, so make sure you’re using a heat protectant and deep treating your locks weekly.

Go Heat-Free

Hot tools aren’t for everyone, and that’s okay! Those looking to even out their texture also have many overnight, wet to dry methods to try. Ever heard of a rag set, roller set, or sock curls? Have you seen “the curl headband” that was on Euphoria? These are all heatless options that can create a more uniform texture. 

Heatless texture tricks aren’t new. The roller set, flat wrap, and twists have been around for many moons. But there are ways to do this at home that aren’t as time-consuming and don’t require a second set of hands. For example, those with half curly, half straight hair patterns will love a rag set or sock curls. Simply take damp, towel-dried hair and divide it into sections. Grab a few clean socks, or a T-shirt you don’t need and can cut into rag strips, then get to work. Take each section of hair and wrap it around the sock or rag like it’s a roller. Roll the hair up to the scalp and loosely tie. When you wake up the next morning, you’ll find beautiful, uniform curls all throughout your lengths.

Heatless Texture Pro Tips: Make sure your hair is damp, not soaking, or it won’t dry completely. Also, apply a mousse or forming cream to damp hair before wrapping to get the best hold and less frizz. Finally, smaller sections mean tighter curls, whereas larger sections will give looser waves. 

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Opt for Blow Dry Training

Blow dry training sounds daunting. But trust us, it’s worth it. If you suffer from cowlicks or can’t get your part to lay right, grab a blow dryer and a paddle brush. When your hair is wet, section off the cowlick, or part line, and pull the rest of your hair back. Focus the blow dryer on the affected area and use the paddle brush to push the hair in the opposite direction of where it wants to go. 

For example, if you have a cowlick at your crown that makes your hair grow up and to the left, you would blow dry it down and to the right. If you wanted bangs that part right, but a cowlick makes them stick up, you would blow dry them down, to the left, and then back to the right. Play around with direction, but focus on pushing and drying the hair opposite of how it naturally grows. Over time, your hair will lay exactly where you want it to.

Perm rod rollers for chemical correction of multi-textured hair
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Chemical Correction

Spot styling, blow dry training, and heatless texture are not permanent fixes. If you’re looking for something that will last longer than a few days or weeks, chemical correction may be for you. Think perms, straightening treatments, Brazilian blowouts, and keratin drys. Typically, these chemical services are applied to the entire head, but they don’t have to be. You can perm a portion of your hair to match the rest or get a keratin dry on thick, coarse bangs to make them smoother and more manageable. Talk to your stylist to see what service is right for your hair and end goal. 

Keep in mind, chemicals are chemicals. It is important to see a professional for services like these to avoid unnecessary damage. But don’t let that deter you. Professionally-trained stylists are well versed in the chemical makeup of these treatments and can help you find the right one to make your hair dreams a reality. 

Having multi-textured hair can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be a problem. If you’re looking for more products to add to your care routine, HERE are the must-have products for combination hair textures

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