Understanding your hair's natural structure is essential for effective hair care, as it guides the choice of products and routines tailored to your specific needs. It helps prevent damage by determining suitable treatments and styling methods, ultimately resulting in healthier, more manageable hair. Embracing your hair's natural texture reduces frizz and breakage, while also leading to personalized styles that enhance your unique look. This knowledge saves time, boosts self-confidence, and fosters a positive relationship with your hair, encouraging self-acceptance and a sense of well-being.
Hair types can be broadly categorized into four main categories: straight, wavy, curly, and coily. Each of these hair types has distinct characteristics and needs, especially when it comes to refreshing curls.
Coily Hair: Coily hair, also known as kinky or afro-textured hair, has tight coils that range from small to very tight. It tends to be the driest hair type due to the natural oils having a harder time traveling down the hair shaft. Refreshing coily hair involves more moisture retention. Using a leave-in conditioner and or a DIY water and smoothing serum mixture can help rehydrate the hair. Gentle finger-coiling or twisting sections of hair can also redefine the coil pattern. To minimise frizz, it's recommended to avoid excessive touching or manipulation.
Curly Hair: Curly hair features well-defined, spiral-like curls. It can range from loose curls to tighter corkscrew curls. Curly hair is often more susceptible to frizz, dryness, and losing its curl pattern. Refreshing curly hair involves misting the hair with water or a water-based leave-in conditioner to revive the curls. Gently scrunching the curls while they're damp can help reshape them. Using a curl-enhancing product can also help redefine and hold the curls without causing excessive frizz.
Wavy Hair: Wavy hair has gentle curves and forms an 'S' or 'W' pattern. It tends to be more prone to frizz than straight hair but less so than curlier types. To refresh wavy hair, a light mist of water or a mixture of water and leave-in conditioner can be sprayed to reactivate the waves. Gently scrunching the hair with your hands can help redefine the waves.
Straight Hair: Straight hair is characterised by its smooth, sleek appearance. It lacks significant bends, kinks, or curls along its length. Since straight hair doesn't have curls to maintain, refreshing isn't as much of a concern. The ability of straight hair to hold a curl is influenced by the condition of the cuticle layer, the hair's porosity, and other factors like thickness and length. Hair with a healthy, smooth cuticle and moderate porosity is more likely to hold a curl well, while damaged or highly porous hair may have difficulty maintaining a curled style.
What You Need
Lusid Curl Defining Creme Gel: This 2-in-1 formula combines top-tier natural ingredients, featuring organic flaxseed mucilage as the star, to achieve unparalleled curl definition and frizz control. We have this product available with in a bottle and in a tin format. The bottle format is best for those with fine hair or medium weight hair that is short. Our tin formula is best for those with thick hair of medium think hair as it contains extra flaxseed for a stronger hold.
Lusid Detangling Leave-In Conditioner: Infused with nourishing aloe vera for ultimate hydration and softness, this formula is designed to gently untangle stubborn knots without weighing hair down. This leave-in is great for long-lasting moisture for all hair types, while a delightful scent leaves hair smelling delightful all day. Plus, it's free from harsh chemicals like parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, making it gentle on hair and scalp.
Lusid Smoothing Serum: This versatile Smoothing Serum is meticulously crafted to address a range of hair concerns. From smoothing and boosting shine to frizz control and detangling, it's a multi-faceted solution suitable for all hair types. Enhanced with essential oils like orange, bergamot, and rosemary, this serum offers profound nourishment and protection. Orange oil hydrates, bergamot shields against oxidative stress and frizz, while rosemary promotes healthy hair growth. With the inclusion of vitamin E, argan, and avocado oils, it fosters overall hair and scalp health.
The Difference Between Revitalising and Refreshing Your Curls
Revitalising your curls means bringing them back to life, especially when they appear dull, frizzy, or limp. This process aims to restore the natural curl pattern, bounce, and overall health of your hair. You would revitalise your curls when they have lost their shape and moisture over time, typically after several days or more since your last wash or styling. The revitalisation process usually involves washing, conditioning, and then styling.
On the other hand, refreshing your curls means giving them a quick boost and extending the time between washes. It's a way to revive your curls without going through the entire washing and styling routine. You would refresh your curls on non-wash days when you want to eliminate frizz, add moisture, and redefine your curls. The process of refreshing your curls typically involves misting or wetting, applying products, and scrunching after wash day.
Tips to refresh your coily, curly or wavy hair
Refreshing your hair can help maintain its shape, hydration, and overall health between washes. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to refresh your hair with consideration for your hair structure.
Step 1: Mist with Water
Begin by lightly misting your hair with water from a spray bottle. Make sure your hair is damp, not soaking wet. This step helps reactivate your natural curl pattern and makes it easier to work with.
Step 2: Apply Lusid Detangling Leave-In Conditioner to gently detangle or add hydration if required
Apply Lusid Detangling Leave-In Conditioner to damp hair mid-lengths and ends, paying special attention to hair that need extra hydration. For fine hair just use a pea sized amount. For thicker hair try a 50 cent coin size amout to start. Use a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush to gently detangle if you hiar is medium to fine but for thicker hair we recommend to finger comb. Start from the tips and work your way up to the roots. This prevents breakage and minimises damage.
Step 3: Section Your Hair & Redefining Your Curls
Divide your hair into sections using clips or scrunchies. This makes it easier to work on each section individually and ensures even product distribution.
Depending on your hair structure you can use different techniques to bring your curls back to life. In a continuous water spray bottle add a few drops of Lusid Smoothing Serum and shake before applying to a small section of your hair that need a curl refresh.
For wavy or curly hair, consider scrunching up or trying the Finger-Coil or Twist method. It may take a little trial and error to find what works best for you. Once you've defined your curls using your chosen technique, it's time to enhance their natural beauty. Gently scrunch your hair with your hands to encourage curl formation. Then, give your head a gentle shake to separate the curls and create volume.
For coily hair you can try a stretched hair method on the sections that need it. Here is a clip of Jacque sharing how she refreshes her stretched coily hair. To watch more of Jacque's hair care journey watch her vlog.
Step 6: Diffuse or Air Dry
You can choose to let your hair air dry or use a diffuser attachment on a low heat setting to speed up the drying process. Avoid touching your hair clumps whilst it's drying to avoid frizz.
Step 7: Fluff and Finish
Once your hair is completely dry, use your fingers to fluff your roots for added volume if your hair is fine. If there are any frizzy or unruly sections, you can apply a small amount of Curl Defining Cream Gel to smooth them out if a touch up is required.
Step 8: Maintenance
To maintain your refreshed curls throughout the day, avoid excessive touching, and use a silk or satin pillowcase to prevent frizz while sleeping.
Understanding your hair's natural structure is the key to unlocking a world of healthy, vibrant, and manageable locks. Whether your hair is straight, wavy, curly, or coily, embracing its unique characteristics empowers you to choose the right products and techniques to enhance its beauty. By following these tailored steps for refreshing your hair, you can extend the life of your hairstyle, reduce the need for frequent washing, and enjoy a closer connection with your hair's natural beauty. So, take the time to nurture and care for your hair, and in return, it will reward you with confidence, self-acceptance, and a radiant sense of well-being. Embrace your natural texture and let your hair shine as a reflection of your unique beauty and style.