RE­LAX­ERS AND STRAIGHT­EN­ERS HAVE

Healthy Woman - - HAIR & BEAUTY -

been a huge part of hair main­te­nance for a long time. How­ever, hair care styles and trends are quickly chang­ing, with many Africans now switch­ing to nat­u­ral hair. Gone are the days when an afro was con­sid­ered shaggy and un­man­age­able, thanks to a marked change in per­cep­tion that has led to many women ditch­ing straight­en­ers and re­lax­ers in ex­change for the nat­u­ral look. How­ever, nat­u­ral hair can also prove dif­fi­cult to main­tain if one doesn’t have the proper in­for­ma­tion on care and styling.

To get you started on the right foot, we sought the ad­vice of two hair ex­perts: Muli Musyoka, the only cer­ti­fied tri­chol­o­gist in East and Cen­tral Africa, and Farouk R Jennedy, a beauty spe­cial­ist and prod­uct de­vel­oper who is also the pro­pri­etor of Farouk’s Salon in West­lands, Nairobi. They give us the A to Z on African and Asian hair.

Afro Hair

Afro hair is nat­u­rally curly, char­ac­terised by a tight curl to a loose wave. It is ide­ally the most del­i­cate form of hair since it has a thin­ner cor­tex (the most im­port part of the hair struc­ture) than any other type of hair. African hair is prone to dry­ness and fragility be­cause the curls slow down move­ment of se­bum from the roots to the tips. too much hair teas­ing. If heat is used on hair, it should be well reg­u­lated with heat pro­tec­tion prod­ucts used to min­imise the heat ef­fect on hair. Chem­i­cals like bleach, colour, re­lax­ers and softeners must be used by pro­fes­sion­als who fully un­der­stand how to follow in­struc­tions and de­liver ser­vices caus­ing no harm to the hair.

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