How To Take Care Of Curly Hair: Tips For Styling, Washing And More The Science of Beauty Podcast | Seduce
Traditional keratin straightening treatments, on the other hand, infuse hair with formaldehyde-derived ingredients such as methylene glycol which when paired with extreme heat such as flat ironing or blow drying , bind chemicals to hair proteins. This treatment can superficially smooth hair for up to three months, but eventually it will disappear. It should be noted that when the ingredients of these treatments are heated or mixed with water, formaldehyde, a carcinogen which can be dangerous to inhale, is released. Recently, however, many formaldehyde-free alternatives have become available. These use glyoxylic acid or a derivative to achieve a similar smoothing effect.
Grass is always greener, right? Here is how to create the curls of your dreams even if you have naturally straight hair. Remember that changing the shape of your hair – whether temporarily with heat or permanently with chemicals – requires your hair’s bonds to be compromised, creating damage. So proceed with caution.
How to create false curls?
Remember those disulfide bonds that we said determine the shape of your hair once it grows out of your head? These bonds can be temporarily broken by heat, allowing the hair to be rearranged into new structures that stay in place while it cools, changing it from straight to curly and vice versa.
When it comes to getting straight hair to maintain a curl, there are a number of factors that can make the operation fall flat. These include using thick products that can make hair stringy or applying any product at the wrong time. The best time to apply the products to the hair you plan to curl is the same as with natural curls: when the hair is soaked. While you’re at it, make sure you distribute the product evenly.
But if it’s wet or rainy, you might want to reconsider your game plan. As Douglas explains, hot styling works, in part, by breaking down hydrogen bonds – as in the H in H20 – in hair. “You literally shoot the [hydrogen] hair, ”she said. Humid or humid weather reintroduces this hydrogen into the strands, which means they return to their real shape.
A more permanent alternative to heat styling is precisely called “perm”, which uses chemicals to break bonds in hair and reshape it into a new shape, either straight (a straightener) or curly. To permanently add waves or curls to straight hair, they are usually wrapped in rods and put into their new shape before the chemical solution is applied. The bonds in the hair are then broken, reshaped and neutralized, freezing the bonds in the hair in their new shape.
Our Editors’ Favorite Curly Hair Products
As far as our hosts Michelle and Jenny know about curls working at Seduce, they don’t have curly hair themselves. So they invited three colleagues – director Jessica Cruel, digital editor Nicola Dall’Asen and digital editor Jihan Forbes – to share the products that make their curly locks pop.
Jessica’s current favorites
Jessica describes her tight curls as being mostly 4B, and says the most important step in her hair routine is Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Deep Conditioning Treatment, which helps to detangle and moisturize before washing. Her first step in the shower is Scalp scrub TPH by Taraji Never Salty, which she says helps moisturize dry areas and cleanse her scalp.