Textured Hair – What Do We Really Mean by It?

It’s important to acknowledge that when we use the term Textured Hair, is used, we’re not necessarily referring to African-Caribbean hair.

Suzie McGill is International Creative Director at Rainbow Room International in Scotland. She’s not only an expert when it comes to creative cut and colour, but is also skilled and experienced at knowing how different hair types respond in different situations. “Everybody is born with a specific hair texture, whether that be straight, wavy or curly,” says Suzie. “However, many people can also have a variety of different textures in their hair. Of course, many people can have all over 4C hair but even those with straight hair can have some waves and curls within their hair.

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There are ten different hair types – 1, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 4a, 3b, 3c. Types 4B & C refer to very curly hair, including afro hair, however, people of different ethnicities have these hair types too.

Analysis and understanding

“Being able to analyse and understand the different hair types is so important as a hairdresser. This will allow you to get the best outcome possible for your client whilst working on their hair and also be able to provide them with the correct advice when it comes to discussing topics such as the products they should be using on their hair and being able to recommend the right products for them to use at home.

“When it comes to curly hair, this hair type does not retain as much moisture as those with straight hair. The oils produced by the scalp take longer to reach the ends of the hair. So, further care gives these hair types more moisture and hydration to allow them to stay looking and feeling their best and to avoid damage and dryness. Curly hair types should therefore use weekly conditioning masks/treatments as well as leave-in creams to give hair an extra dose of nourishment.

Wavy hair is quite different in that it’s more prone to oiliness. This is due to the hair lying closer to the head. With this in mind, using more lightweight products avoids the hair looking and feeling too oily. Wavy hair is prone to frizz however, and with that in mind it does need hydration to ensure frizz and flyaways remain at bay. Heat protection sprays and weightless leave-in conditioning creams/sprays are a great choice.”

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Enhance the texture for movement and body

“I love working on every hair type and recently have included some gorgeous textured hair into my collections. For me, I love to enhance the texture within the hair and give it further movement and body for a high volume, statement finish. I love to use a diffuser attachment on the hair dryer to help dry the hair and avoid frizz whilst enhancing that beautiful wavy hair texture. Products like salt sprays, gels and mousses are also great for enhancing the hairs natural texture and adding further definition to the hairs texture. A layered cut in wavy hair is also a fantastic choice, as this accentuates the waves within the hair and provides the hair with more movement. Always take great care when working with these hair types and use a comb instead of a harsh brush when helping create your style.”

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