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A bad hair day is a struggle no matter what type of hair you have. For many Latina women, however, finding the right way to maintain, style and care for your hair may be even harder because of your hair's multiple textures. If you know how to care for your hair, you won't cringe every day when it's time to style your straight mane or curly locks.
Understanding Your Texture
Latina women often fight with naturally curly, corkscrew-shaped locks that would rather bounce around freely than be tame and super-slick. Understand your own curl pattern, from tight curls to loose waves. If you’re not sure what your hair does in its most natural state, wash your hair thoroughly and allow it to air-dry. Once it is dry, you can clearly identify the type of curl or wave your hair forms naturally.
Decide what your signature style will be. If your hair is versatile – able to switch back and forth from curly to straight easily -- consider your styling whenever you get your hair cut, straightened or even colored. Something as simple as knowing your curl pattern helps keep your hair from being cut in such a way when straight that it becomes too short when curly.
Care for your hair by shampooing and conditioning it regularly to avoid buildup from products you have used on your hair. Trim your hair ends to avoid split ends and brittle breakage. If you have relaxed, processed hair, tie your hair up at bedtime so it won't dry out overnight.
If you’re not afraid to get your natural hair cut, dyed and even extended, add a few layers to your hair with hair extensions. A wide variety of matching extensions work well with Latina hair colors and textures to give you added length and thickness. If applied properly, your extensions can also give your natural hair a break from the daily pulling and prodding of your heating and styling routine.