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TIPS FOR STYLING BLACK HAIR

When styling ethnic hair, it is often assumed that it will be more difficult and time consuming to style than most other hair types. However, when you focus on using the right products to enhance or to change the texture of ethnic hair, styling becomes quite simple.

First you must take into account that the hair is very tightly curled. That fact simply means you must add moisture and elasticity during the cleansing and styling process and keep it in there. Gentle handling rather than aggressive tension and heat is key to retaining that moisture. The added moisture gives the hair flexibility and manageability.

Start by gently cleansing the hair with Structural Balance Hydrating Shampoo with Color Protector. Follow that with Structural Balance Daily Hydrating Conditioner and if additional deep conditioning is necessary use the Structural Balance Hydrating Reconstructor. Now that the cleansing and conditioning is complete, let us look at three distinct styles for ethnic hair.

1. NATURAL TEXTURE:

Apply a generous amount of the TRIDESIGN Sculpture Styling Gel from roots to ends on damp hair.

Twist small square sections around your finger in random directions to pull in all of the loose and individual hairs.

Allow to air dry or diffuse without touching the hair.

After the hair is completely dry scrunch it to soften the set curl.

“Spray all curls with Aerogel to add shine and hold, resulting in frizz free curls all day long”, says Geraldine Cabral. The added moisture shield inhibits humidity from creating frizz.

2. SOFT, STRAIGHT OR WAVY:

To achieve this look Geraldine suggests, “Use TRIDESIGN Smooth Hair Straightener combined with Structural Balance Glossifier”, on damp hair.

Blow dry the hair, taking narrow sections, using medium tension, and being careful not to overheat the hair.

When completely dry use a flat iron to lock in the shape and texture.

Spray the hair with Aeroshine and run your fingers through to give separation.

Finish with Aerogel Styling spray to give flexible hold and shine.

3. SLEEK SOPHISTICATED AND SCULPTED:

Apply TRIDESIGN Texture Styling Crème to damp hair and comb through.

Blow dry the hair, taking narrow sections, using medium tension, and being careful not to overheat the hair. “The hair will have a moldable texture”, says Geraldine “which allows you to be more creative and sculptural with your finished style”.

Shape this polished and moldable texture by combing and pinning the hair in place or using various irons to shape pieces of your design.

Spray with Structural Balance Styling Spray for hold.

You can see that using proper technique and products allows for the flexibility and control of ethnic hair. With the added moisture, elasticity and restorative properties of good styling products, the hair will maintain a level of superb health. This allows you to be creative without the risk of severe damage.



Derrick Driver is the lead educator and art team member for Tri Professional Haircare Products. He is also a Master Stylist at Jade Salon and Spa in Stratford, CT, where the above techniques were developed and practiced.

Geraldine Cabral is a Senior Stylist at Jade Salon and Spa in Stratford, CT. She consulted and collaborated on the development and use of the above techniques.

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