Going Natural?

Friday, 21 February 2014 by Ouidad-The Curl Experts


Whether you are transitioning from traditional relaxers, chemical processes like keratin treatments or heat-damaged tresses; we can help you through the process of embracing your natural curls and ringlets.

Here are expert tips directly from the Ouidad New York Salon & Ouidad Certified Salon, Styles By Lisa.

If you are transitioning from relaxers/chemical processes, heat styling or straightening…

Choosing to “go natural” requires commitment and patience, but the results are definitely worth it.

During transitioning, which typically takes about a year, you physically grow your hair out of its “relaxed” or post-treatment state.

Knowing your styling options and choosing the one that’s right for you makes for a smoother transitioning process.

Your Basic Transitioning Care Tips

Only detangle when hair is wet! Always detangle with a wide-toothed comb when your hair is wet and slippery with conditioner.  Start at the ends and work your way up.

Keep your scalp clean. You’ll have to do some experimenting, but cleanse your scalp anywhere from every two days to every two weeks.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize. Dealing with two textures can be really difficult, but one thing both textures really need is moisture! Weekly deep conditioning  treatments help add much needed moisture.

Ouidad Curl Recovery™ Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil, Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer, Curl Defining Styling Soufflé and Melt-Down Extreme Repair Mask provide all the moisture your transitioning hair needs.

 Styling with Two Different Textures. The goal is to blend two very different textures and use the least amount of heat possible. There are so many options available!

A great option is the Two-Strand Twist or Twist Out as demonstrated by Ouidad New York Senior Stylist, Ayanna.

A Bantu Knot Out, coil twist, flat twist as well as the classic bun are other fabulous styling methods.

Your Basic Post-Keratin Care Tips

The Brazilian Keratin Treatment is a semi-permanent, hair coating enriched with Keratin, a natural protein present in our hair and skin, and applied with added chemicals and heat to seal the hair cuticle. Keratin treatments are not “straighteners” or “relaxers,” but they do reduce volume depending on the texture and condition. Fluffy, frizzy, wavy hair will look naturally smooth and straight; curly hair will be eased into a flatter wave and very curly hair will soften into ringlets. The keratin treatment tames frizz, adds shine and strengthens hair. It also helps to seal out humidity and dramatically decreases styling time. Brazilian Keratin Treatments remove about 20% of the curl or wave. For those who desire pin-straight hair, flat-iron is used to remove the remaining wave. If you are thinking about weaning yourself off of these treatments and going back to your natural texture, there are certain products that you can use to keep your hair healthy.

  • Leave out heavy cream stylers when air drying.  A small amount  of leave-in conditioner like Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-in is all you need for definition and volume.
  • Use flat-iron sparingly to avoid heat-styling damage.

Hair Care Tips

  • Use a cleansing conditioner (co-wash) to prevent hair damage from more frequent washing required for keratin-treated hair.  Hair with sealed hair cuticle from the keratin treatment may need to be washed twice a week. The Ouidad Curl Co-Wash Low Foam Cleansing Conditioner leaves hair moisturized and super-soft while gently clearing hair of buildup.
  • Ease up on deep conditioning – Post-keratin hair is smoother and softer and does not require deep conditioner as often.


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7 Comments for “Going Natural?”

  1. 1Kimberly Randolph

    I live in Kansas City, Missouri and I would love to learn more about your product line and if there’s a salon that you would recommend and location that sells your products.
    Thank you.

  2. 2Shawn Finney

    My hair has been natural for nearly three years and I’m still lost. My beautician is great however, she does not specialize in natural hair. I need help!

  3. 3Christi Rains

    I have been using your heat & humidity gel & Curl Quencher and styling mist for several years now. However it does not really do a whole lot for me. I have several different curl patterns. It is basically flat and more of an ugly curl straight pattern an top and in front. The bottom and back underneath is a med. to very curly curl pattern. just to give a run down. I live near Corpus Christi Texas where it is very humid. I am never able to not go without washing my hair everyday because when I get up in the mornings it is frizzy, and very ugly. Any suggestions?

  4. 4Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Kimberly! We have a network of Ouidad Certified Salons around the country. To search locally visit. – http://www.ouidad.com/Salons

  5. 5Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Shawn- We would love to help you further! A Ouidad Flagship or Certified Stylist can help you learn how to style and take care of your natural hair. To search for a salon locally please visit- http://www.ouidad.com/Salons

  6. 6Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Hi Christi- This is a common issue for curly girls, as we can have more than one texture! Over-washing will do more damage than good! Generally it isn’t necessary to shampoo daily. Your curl pattern should dictate how often you should shampoo. Loose: 2-3 times per week, Curly/Tight: 1-2 times per week, Kinky: 1 time per week. In between if you feel the need to cleanse, try our Co-Wash.- http://www.ouidad.com/Curl-Co-Wash
    You are doing the right thing using Climate Control Gel but do you use the entire line? This will help provide frizz control while moisturizing and promoting shine.- http://www.ouidad.com/climate-control-collection We also highly recommend incorporating Deep Treatment into your regimen. Frequent deep conditioning is necessary to replenish the hair strength, allowing each strand to regain its internal weight and body and minimize the tendency to frizz. You can do this once per week for best results. For further information about Deep Treatment visit- http://www.ouidad.com/Deep-Treatment


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