How To Use Styling Products To Prolong Your Hairstyle

There’s nothing like a fresh new hairstyle. But the trick to getting the most out of your curls, braids, protective hairstyle or blow dry, is to make it last. Because regardless of the style, hairstyling takes time, so prolonging your style means saving time. Not to mention the save on costs, and less frequent exposure to heat styling tools!

One of the ways you can prolong your hairstyle is with the use of styling products. Whether it’s keeping your curls bouncy for the full duration of an event (we’ve all been to a party where our hair fell flat halfway through!) or whether it’s prolonging a longer-term hairstyle like braids, styling products go a long way in protecting your hairstyle, as well as the health of your hair.

Here’s how to get the most out of your chosen hairstyle

Curls

There are so many ways to create a great curl, be it with a curling iron, flat iron or old school curlers. Before you create your curls, it’s important to do some prep work. Not only will this help your style last longer but it will also aid the styling process. If possible, wash your hair the day before. Day-old hair tends to hold a curl better. If that’s not possible, use a lightweight shampoo and conditioner (or skip the conditioner). Over-conditioned hair is too slippery to hold a curl, and a heavy shampoo and conditioner combo weighs hair down.

Try

                               

Marc Anthony HydraLock Shampoo (R170.00), which is enriched with jojoba oil micro-pearls and quinoa protein to cleanse your hair, leaving just the right amount of moisture without weighing it down. If your hair needs some light conditioning,

follow with Marc Anthony HydraLock Conditioner (R170.00). It locks in moisture but leaves hair feeling light, soft and shiny.

Apply a hair mousse to damp or dry hair before you begin styling.

We recommend Umberto Giannini Curl Whip Curl Activating Mousse (R150.00) for weightless, flexible, frizz-free curls. For extra hold, wrap your curls and clip them to your hair as you go and let them set for a few minutes.

Once you are done and the clips have been removed, spray some

Hask Curl Care 5-In-1 Leave-In Spray (R200.00) through onto your curls to seal in moisture without weighing curls down, soften and add shine and to prevent frizz.

Braids

When cared for properly, braids can last anywhere between two to eight weeks. The key to make them last longer is to perform some simple maintenance. One of the most important things you can do to protect your braids is to wear a satin bonnet or headscarf at night time. It helps extend your hairstyle by protecting it from friction and moisture-zapping cotton pillowcases and helps prevent breakage.

Evolve Wide Edge Satin Bonnet (R169.95) is made from high quality satin attached to a soft elastic band that holds it in place. The larger size of this bonnet is perfect for thick, kinky and curly hair.

It’s important to moisturise braids regularly. A moisture spray or hair oil is

Cantu Shea Butter Tea Tree & Jojoba Hair & Scalp Oil (R175.00) conditions and soothes the scalp while promoting healthy hair growth. It can be applied daily to help moisturise and prevent breakage.

Preserve your braids by not washing them more than once a fortnight. Wash the braids in sections using a gentle shampoo that cleanses without leaving any build-up behind.

Try

Nilotiqa Shea & Coco Deep Cleansing Shampoo 400ml (R189.95). A mild and gentle, non-drying wash, it cleanses the hair without stripping it of its natural oils.

For everyday styling, lay your edges with a good quality edge control product like

Cantu She Butter Edge Control Extra Hold Stay Gel (R149.95). It conditions and smooths frizz and flyaway hair for shiny, sleek styles with a long-lasting, flake-free hold.

Cornrows

Caring for cornrows is a lot like caring for braids. One of the most important things to do while wearing your hair in cornrows is to constantly moisturise your scalp, and to take extra care to protect the health of your scalp, to avoid flaking, itching or bacteria-build-up.

Daily spritzes of a scalp serum like

Curls In Bloom’s Treat Me! Tea Tree Scalp Repair and Hairline Serum (R119.95) will keep the scalp well-nourished and protected. This serum contains tea tree oil for its antibacterial properties, which helps promote hair growth. It also contains natural peppermint which provides a refreshing and cooling sensation, as well as soothing chamomile.

Be sure to use a lightweight shampoo to lift away dirt and product build-up from the scalp and follow with a leave-in conditioner.

We recommend Nilotiqa Shea & Coco Deep Cleansing Shampoo 400ml (R189.95) and

Nilotiqa Shea & Coco Leave-In Conditioner (R99.99). This conditioner has a creamy texture that softens the hair while restoring its moisture balance and protecting it from breakage.

Like with braids, remember to sleep with a protective bonnet or scarf at night.

Evolve Satin Wrap Scarf Safari (R170.00) perfectly secures your style while sleeping and helps prevent

breakage.

Your hair is your crown!