Textured hairstyles give flat, dull hair the lift, volume and uniqueness it needs. This is an easy hairstyle to achieve and suits most people’s face shapes well. Texturing is a common method used for thinning out thick hair or taming voluminous, disorderly hair types. Whether it is a long, layered look you go for or a short, textured bob these hairstyles are stylish and can be achieved in a myriad of ways.
How to Get More Texture
Textured hair can be attained with curls, waves, color and layers. Chemicals are used to set in permanent waves and curls; with today’s advancements in hair care, some permanents are not so permanent, lasting only six weeks. Color, like vibrant reds or bold highlights, can also give hair texture, lending depth to any hairstyle. The most common way to achieve texture is having it cut it in. Hairstylists use the shear point technique, razoring or thinning. These styles give hair disheveled, uneven layering throughout the hair. Unlike normal layers, there is no set level or length of hair throughout the style. For a simple and temporary look, curlers or product can be used during normal styling.
Day to Day Care
Texturized hair tends to lead to product build-up, so it is important to have a deep cleansing shampoo on hand to use once or twice a week. Texturizing styling product should be used sparingly, as overuse can leave hair heavy and flat. To use, rub into sections separating the hair with its natural texture. The process of rubbing the hair into sections gives it texture. It is important to be extra cautious when styling textured hair. Too much heat styling can lead to severe damage, especially if hair is chemically treated. Special shampoos should be used to keep color long-lasting and looking vibrant and the same goes for processed curls. A diffuser can be used for wavy or curly hair, as this disperses the hot hair coming from your blow-dryer, allowing your curls to take on a natural shape.
If you have used chemicals in your cut to achieve your perfect texturized look, it is important to stick with a stylist that will understand how to keep this look going. The optimal situation is to stay with the same person who gave you the look in the first place. Remember, if your stylist is using thinning or razoring shears, it is important to scale back the thinning after the initial cut; razoring and thinning should only be done about every three salon visits. If thinning is overdone you risk taking out too much hair. Similarly, if chemical processing is used, it should be used in moderation. Hair will become relaxed and the urge to reprocess might be strong, but too much processing will leave any hair type dry, brittle and damaged. This is why it is also important to regularly trim hair to rid it of split ends.
References and ResourcesSeven Ways to Give Hair Texture
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Cropped Textured Hairstyle