Women tend to bounce back and forth between straight and curly hair. But can the heat and chemicals really be good for you? This article will review the pros and cons of maintaining a versatile look. Is there a safer way to do this without harmful chemicals? What if there is a way to eat your cake and have it too? What if there is a better way to bring out your hair’s natural beauty by nourishing it and keeping it healthy and you can still go from curly to straight? Read on!
- Seeing your hair transform into a completely new style is a very fun process!
- A new hairstyle can entirely change the way you see yourself, and how you feel about yourself.
Who doesn’t want to wake up, look in the mirror, and decide they want to do their hair completely differently today? One of the reasons why the topic of hair damage has risen to such prominence is because most women regularly style, and re-style, their hairstyle in order to look exactly as they picture each day.
Maybe for you that means straightening out your natural curls or waves or perhaps adding curls in through a simple overnight braid. Or, you might make more drastic style changes, adding tight bouncy curls or flattening out otherwise coiled hair. Whatever you choose to do with your hair, it can definitely have a big impact on how you look and, more importantly, how you feel.
But, as we all know, we can’t straighten, curl, and blow dry without consequence. Or can we?
- Styling your hair can cause significant damage, from split ends to dried out frizz and even fried hair strands.
- Styling hair that is already unhealthy or on the verge of it is only going to make it look (and feel) worse! While hairsprays and styling products may work temporarily, the end result will be hair that looks less and less vibrant and that, in turn, you find yourself liking less and less.
- Styling is only a temporary (yet time consuming) fix.
- Chemical hair straighteners permanently distort the keratin bonds of the hair and cause untold health consequences.
Hair damage is by far the biggest con associated with styling your hair. Whether you are using a styling product filled with chemicals or a hand tool that blasts massive heat onto your hair’s delicate strands, hair damage is almost always going to result from the process…or will it?
As we have grown more cautious about what we do to our hair, we’ve begun to realize that “no heat” styling products are just as riddled with chemicals and can be just as damaging in the long run. Does that mean we all have to go all natural all the time, without the ability to tame our fly-aways or cowlick waves? Actually, it doesn’t! Our brand, Shinkafa, specializes in treating hair with the nutrients it needs to maintain not only healthy hair, but a healthy look and feel.
How to Reverse Damaged Hair
Chances are, you have damaged your hair in the past from all the styling you have done to it. The first step is to reverse this trend and get your hair on the way to a supremely nourished and healthy hair that you can alternate between straight and curly. The first good news is that there is a very good chance you can reverse that damage by setting up a solid hair care routine.
The first step to reversing that damage is by starting off with an excellent hair masque to repair the damage. We’ll suggest Shinkafa’s Protein Keratin Hair Masque. Shinkafa’s reconstructing hair masque is our innovative active protein, intensive hair conditioning and reconstructing masque and protein filler. It repairs previously damaged protein bonds, protects hair against new chemical damage, and adds a healthy body, volume and shine to the hair. It repairs split ends and helps restore hair that is breaking. This should begin to reconstruct the damage to the hair and you ought to start seeing results within two applications. You will notice that the hair is beginning to come back to life. The other thing that we believe helps this process is a nutrient-rich deep conditioner. You should alternate every two weeks between such a deep conditioner and the hair masque for maximum results. Here we’ll recommend Shinkafa’s Deep Conditioning Crème.
Reversing the damage from the use of harmful chemicals or nutrient-deficient products is your first step in reclaiming your hair’s glory.
Preventing Future Damage to Your Hair
It is not just about repairing past damage, we must do everything to prevent future damage. So, how can you go about protecting your hair from future damage without having to put up with a half-brushed bed-head look for the rest of your life? Here’s a secret: Give your hair what it needs. Fly-aways and frizz are typically the result of dry, staticy hair in need of some nutrition. Using the right hair care products in your routine will lead to beautiful, smooth, healthy, shiny hair that looks perfect after just a simple brushing.
By using the right products for your hair every day, you will automatically begin to see more beautiful looking hair naturally. Generally, this means cutting out products with harmful chemicals and stepping back a bit from using too much heat on your hair. That’s not to say that you can’t style your hair at all or throw away your favorite blow dryer or styling iron. You just need to go about it correctly. You can use products that are free from harmful chemicals, that are nutrient-rich and should have some level of sun factor and heat protection.
Healthy hair is obviously less susceptible to damage, which is good news for you. On the other hand, continuing to use the wrong products with potentially harmful chemicals, that aren’t truly nourishing your hair will only increase the risk of damage.
We suggest first going through the above suggestions to treat your damage hair and then stick to a daily care routine that will nourish your strands the right way, without harmful chemicals. We will get into some of them in the following paragraphs. Once you have given your hair the time to reverse the damage and it is in its most healthy state ever, you can safely begin to style your hair again as you please, properly.
Healthy hair is going to be less susceptible to split ends, drying out, and the other things that go along with hair damage. When styling, we still suggest staying far away from chemical-rich nutrient-deficient styling products but focus instead on nutrient-rich products that can safely style your hair while nourishing your locks, without harmful chemicals. When you absolutely have to use heat, a heat protectant will do wonders for preventing damage.
If you take these extra steps, you’ll soon find that your hair is far more nourished, healthy, strong and more beautiful than you ever thought possible!
Keeping Your Hair Healthy
Keeping hair healthy involves using products that are designed to nourish your hair and bring out the best of its beauty no matter the style you wish to go with. With Shinkafa’s products, you can design a routine perfectly suited to your hair type, whether that’s dry, oily, curly, straight, or something somewhere in between. There are obviously other wonderful products out there that you can use or have been using that achieve the same or similar objectives that are just as nutrient-rich and deliver excellent results. Just make sure that like our products, they are specially formulated, without harmful chemicals or dyes, to treat your hair the way it deserves to be treated: with supreme nourishment.
Keeping your hair healthy requires both the care you give your hair as you wash your hair as well as in the styling products that you use. You will need products that will help you reduce frizz, tangles and tame your flyaways without bringing out damaging style tools. If you face tangles and static for instance, we’ll recommend shampooing your hair with an anti-frizz detangling nutrient-rich shampoo like Shinkafa’s Anti-Frizz Detangling Keratin Shampoo with Biotin or its charcoal version.
As a general proposition, you should always follow your hair shampooing routine with a daily use conditioner that you leave on for about 5 minutes as you finish up your shower. However, if you are pressed for time, then, at least use a leave-in conditioner. This conditioning step in hair care washing routine is a step that many ignore to the detriment of their hair. A good daily use conditioner like Shinkafa’s Anti-Frizz Conditioner should strengthen, smoothen, detangle, de-frizz and restore your hair’s health and vitality without causing unwanted build-up on your hair and scalp. Used daily, a good conditioner packs a great deal of benefits which ought to include excellent hydration, luster and shine and nourishment for damaged, breaking or brittle hair.
Keeping hair healthy should not involve a truck load of products. It means that you find what works for you and stick with it. Jumping around from product to product that may not be compatible with one another is not a good idea. A brand’s product may do wonders by itself, but when paired with another may produce unintended and bad result because there are some ingredients that just do not play well together. Most brands just like ours craft their products to work well within their brand’s family of products.
YES! You Can Bounce Between Curly and Straight Hair Safely
If you have tried chemical hair straighteners to achieve a straight look, you know that once you distort the keratin bonds of your hair, that is it. That hair is fried. Some people do the straight look temporarily with a lot of heat and lots of passes that are extremely damaging to the hair. Then, there are those that simply want to expand their hair to make it more manageable and perhaps cut out some of the frizz. The irony of simply wanting to expand the coils or curls have led mainly to the complete flattening of the curls and coils by use of chemical straighteners, which process changes the entire structure of the hair rendering it prone to severe damage.
We’ve all been there.
We’ve teased you with the question: can you alternate between curly and straight in a safe way without harmful chemicals? We believe the answer is yes, we can! To do this, for those with curly, wavy or coily hair, your first step is Shinkafa’s Keratin Hair Expanding 4-Step Kit. We call it “relaxer” for ease of categorization and it should not be confused with a chemical hair straightener. With this game-changing kit, your coil, curls and waves are intact but expanded, elongated and loosened with no damage to the integrity or the keratin bonds of the hair and no damage to the scalp. This formeldelhyde-free Kit is a game-changer for women across the board who want to smoothen their hair or have it become more manageable or alternate between curly and straight hair, alternate between the “permed” look and the natural look. Just as importantly, the Kit is free from harmful chemicals including formaldehyde, parabens, sulfates, phthalates or artificial colors. This unique Kit is also specifically formulated for home use, to be used every 90 days.
After applying our kit (or any kit that claims to do what ours does), it is recommended that you style your hair using products that are free of parabens and sulfates like Shinkafa’s leave-in conditioner and hair polish finishing serum, especially if you are going to use heat because of its heat-protection qualities and its ability to seal in and retain hair moisture. It is a wonderful companion to our leave-in conditioner. The result is hair that is healthy, nourished, smooth, soft, bouncy and light.
To make sure that our Kit continues to deliver its magic for you consistently, we recommend that you wash your hair with a sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoo and conditioner. There are a lot of wonderful shampoos and conditioners out there. Find the ones that work for you. We naturally, recommend that you stay within the Shinkafa family and use either our Anti-Frizz Detangling Keratin Shampoo with Biotin or its charcoal version for a gentle yet deep detoxing cleansing of the hair and scalp. As stated earlier, you should always follow your hair shampoo with a daily use conditioner like Shinkafa’s Anti-Frizz Conditioner. Your styling should be simple. If you want to air dry your hair, you can do so with just an excellent leave-in conditioner like ours or one that works for you. Add our hair polishing finishing serum to help you overcome your styling woes while treating yourself to healthy, naturally beautiful hair with superior hydration, manageability and softness!
So, yes, you can absolutely alternate between curly and straight hair as long as you stay informed, take care of your hair, reverse any damages wrecked by harmful chemicals, use appropriate and effective products packed with excellent nutrients. Be good to your hair, be good to you.
As a reminder, all Shinkafa products are made in California, USA, without harmful chemicals. All Shinkafa products are free of parabens, sulfates, hydroquinone, phthalates, formaldehyde or artificial colorants.