How often do you recommend washing your hair?
For curly girls, we recommend at least twice a week. One of the best things to do is to invest in a very good non-lather cleanser. It leaves the hair feeling very conditioned. You're not stripping away the oil and you're not making the hair too dry . . . It leaves the hair a lot more hydrated and makes the detangling process quicker.
What about clarifying? How often should we be doing that?
If you've got a lot of scalp conditions going on, if you do produce a lot of oil, and you have any kind of dandruff or flaking, you definitely need to clarify more frequently because you want to keep the scalp invigorated and definitely get any buildup off the scalp. But if you've got a fairly normal head of hair with normal conditions, you really want to keep it to the twice-a-month or once-a-month routine, because clarifiers really do take off all of the oil and all of the moisture and that [the oil] is what you need to have really pretty curly hair.
What are your tips for the change of season?
What we suggest is hydration, and you have to do it in layers. It could be something as simple as switching your shampoo to a more hydrating shampoo or switching to a more hydrating conditioner — or doing both. Hydration really happens in layers, and that's what gives you true control and moisture through the cooler months when there's no moisture in the air, so your hair's not drawing from that. So you've got to put in what it can't get from Mother Nature.
What about the scalp?
This is really the time of the year to start taking a look and start paying attention to any flaking going on . . . A small treatment of something like Phytopolleine ($32) will balance that out. It's a blend of essential oils and you put it right on your scalp before you shampoo, and it just gets rid of any dryness and any itching. It's good preventative maintenance.
What's the weirdest piece of hair advice you've heard?
We had a customer recently call and tell us that she's overprocessed her hair with color and blowouts. She's really tried to get hair to bounce back, and she said that somebody told her to wash her hair with Tide. That's one of the craziest things that we ever heard.
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