If you’re a naturalista or relaxed sista, then chances are you’ve also heard about texturizing your hair. 'Texturizing' refers to the process of altering the texture of your natural hair in an attempt to loosen your coils and achieve a specific look. Texturizing is also associated with treatments like a ‘blow out’ which also straightens hair without relaxing it. Texturizing temporarily changes your hair’s texture and is an alternative to relaxing, which is more longer term and drastic.
In this article, we look at five different ways to texturize your hair. Some involve using products; others are just techniques that help you loosen your curl pattern to make your hair a little easier to style and a lot more manageable.
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1. Texturizing Products
You can use specialised texturizing products, such as creams or lotions, that are applied to the hair to soften its texture as a prelude to styling. Adding water to your hair before applying a texturizer can help to lock in moisture while improving softness. This is a form of texturizing that is super low risk and requires no professional intervention.
2. Heat Styling
Heat styling tools like hair straighteners, hot combs, or curling irons can also be used to texturize your hair. The application of heat can temporarily loosen the curl pattern and make your hair easier to style; however, with heat comes the risk of heat damage. So it’s important to make sure you use heat protectants when choosing this method of texturizing.
3. Twist Outs or Braid Outs
If you want to loosen your curls without applying heat while achieving a defined curl pattern, twist outs are for you! Wash your hair, separate it into blocks, apply a mousse, then twist or braid it out. Let your hair sit like that until it sets; once it is dry, you will have yourself a beautifully defined head of curls. This method is often referred to as a twist-out or braid-out and is a popular technique for enhancing natural curls.
4. Chemical Texturizing
If you don’t mind chemically processing your hair, then you can opt for a mild chemical texturizer. This is a less intensive process than a relaxer and is designed to loosen the curl pattern rather than straighten the hair completely. If you haven’t done something like this before, please don’t try it at home. Instead, speak to your stylist and make sure you're both on the same page about the results you want.
5. Comb Coils
Comb coils are basically faux locs, just using your own hair. They are also known as comb twists, finger coils, or single strand twists. This style looks great on both long and short hair, and it is a great way to try out dreadlocks without committing. Prep time is a few hours, and with proper care, you can keep your comb coils for almost a month. Just remember not to keep them in for too long, or else your hair will actually start to lock.
And there you have it! Remember, the goal is not to completely straighten your hair but to make it more manageable and enhance styling options. At the end of the day, it’s all about what you like, so experiment safely, and if you need any help, speak to a professional stylist, but above all, always love the hair you have.