How to Manage Texturized Hair

A texturizer can smooth your curls, making your hair more manageable.

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Because of the way a texturizer works on your hair, it may seem as though there is little need to manage it at all. After all, as long as your curls stay as smooth and silky as the texturizer left them, you're good to go. However, like any other chemical process, if you don't take care of it, a texturizer will eat your locks for dinner. To avoid an adverse effect on your hair, take a few important hair care steps to manage your texturized hair and ensure continued beauty for your tresses.

1.

Deep condition your hair once a week. Because the chemicals from the texturizer strip your hair of ... well ... just about everything, the conditioner is important because it's a restorative product. This means it puts moisture back into your hair and nourishes it to grow and be healthy, despite the presence of the texturizer chemicals.

2.

Get your hair trimmed every six weeks or so. This is particularly important for chemically-processed hair, as split ends can weigh your hair down and make it look dull and raggedy. More importantly, trimming hair makes way for your new growth, which can then be re-texturized as needed, which is generally every four to six weeks.

3.

Avoid heat styling. This may not be as much of an issue if you've texturized your hair to manage your curls. However, if you used a texturized to relax your curl pattern so that you would have an easier time straightening your hair, remember that heat styling is not your friend. Breakage, split ends and downright full-blown hair loss can occur when you over-process chemically-altered hair.

4.

Sleep on a silk pillowcase or with your hair wrapped in a scarf. You might not think it, but the natural enemy of your texturized hair is none other than your cotton pillowcase. The cotton saps all of the moisture from your hair during the night, leaving your hair super thirsty by the next morning. Wrap your hair in a silk scarf or sleep on a silk pillowcase to maintain a healthy head of texturized hair.

5.

Use leave-in conditioner daily. Not only does this replenish your hair and restore moisture, but it also helps to add some definition to your curls, which is the ultimate goal of the texturizer anyway. Spritz your hair lightly after getting out of the shower or before you leave the house for the day, fluff your curls with your fingers and you're good to go.

Tips & Tricks

 

Avoid product build-up on your texturized hair if you really want to keep it healthy. Unless you are doing a special style, leave pomades, waxes and other goopy or stiff products in cabinet. Instead, keep it natural, adding a simple leave-in conditioning product for added curl definition.

 

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