We’ve all heard of combination skin, but have you ever heard anyone talking about combination hair and the ways to deal with it? For example, I have oily roots and dry ends, my friend’s hair is half curly, half straight… so don’t worry, your combination hair is in here somewhere… so read on and discover the ways to take care of it.
Oily Roots + Dry Ends
While this combo can apply to any hair type, it’s most common among those with fine strands. The key to choosing a shampoo and a conditioner? Look for the word ‘volumizing’. These products give hair a lift by removing oil and buildup, but also hydrate dry ends with light conditioning agents, not concentrated oils that can weigh down your strands. Try a weekly pre-shampoo treatment as well. These oils, masks, or deep conditioners are applied to wet or dry hair and left on from five to 30 minutes or more, allowing active ingredients to either remove dirt and excess oil or provide a surge of moisture. When getting is styled, avoid oil-based products and super-hold hairsprays and gels that may further dry out brittle ends. You may also want to rethink your dry shampoo technique.
Top + Wavy on the Bottom
When you want to wash your hair, pick formulas based on your hair’s needs, like hydration or shine, rather than the style you want to achieve. A ‘volumizing’ shampoo for example, will remove dirt and oil without being too heavy on straight strands, but a more moisturizing conditioner can help your wavier sections, which tend to be drier. To avoid weighing down your roots, apply conditioner from just the midlengths to ends, then run a comb through your hair to ensure every strand is coated before rinsing. Once or twice a week, add a moisturizing mask to your cleansing routine.
Natural Roots + Relaxed Ends
Both of these textures need serious damage control. While you may be tempted to go a week between shampoos, you should aim to wash every three days. If you’re not cleansing your scalp regularly, oil and dead skin cells accumulate, which can lead to flaking, itching, and eventually even hair loss. The easiest way to create uniform curls is to use rod sets, which are flexible, foam tubes in various sizes. Choose the thickness closest to the curl size of your new growth,keep it heat-free, and therefore damage-free, by wrapping one-inch sections of wet hair around each rod and allowing them to set overnight.
Fine + Damaged
Even though fine strands are smaller in diameter than their thick counterparts, they have a higher percentage of cuticle, which can provide extra protection from chemical damage. But fine hair often doesn’t hold a style as well, so you may rely heavily on straighteners, curling irons, and blow-dryers. Over time, that heat can deplete your strands of moisture, causing dullness and breakage. To treat damage without weighing down your strands, reverse your cleansing process: condition, then shampoo. The best body-building routine? Blow-dry on low to medium heat, or air-dry and wrap sections around hot rollers, which are typically less damaging than curling irons.