Q: I want my hair to be the same consistency all over. Some parts are soft and smooth while others are dry and stiff. Not to
mention, I have racially mixed curly hair. What can I do to make my hair feel the same all over?
A: A lot of people have similar complaints to yours. If a person can have combination skin, why is it not possible to have combination
hair? As a matter of fact, because of the way hair grows, you can find variance in the hairís condition not only from one part of the
head to another, but at different points along the hairís length.
My first suggestion to you is that you take a few moments and think about what you may do in the
course of a day, or when styling your hair that might cause one part of your hair to be different from another. Is one side exposed
to wind or sun more than the other (such as in a car with the window opened, or in an office with one side exposed to an exterior
window)? If you can identify what might be a cause for a problem, you can go much further to prevent it from reoccurring.
If you canít identify any cause, or if your hair has always been this way, you can still treat
the situation. Itís simply a matter of targeting extra conditioning to the dry, stiff areas. The easiest way to begin dealing with the
situation is to use a spray-on, leave-in conditioner on these areas. These allow for direct targeting of conditioning agents on the
spots where the hair needs it most.
You should also consider leaving conditioner on the drier parts of your hair longer. Try applying
conditioner to the dry areas first, leave it on for a while, apply it to the rest of the hair then rinse the conditioner out all
together. This should help to balance the softness of the two areas.
In addition, whenever you use other deep conditioning hair treatments (hot oil, cream
moisturizers, etc.) be sure to apply them to the hair that is dry first, so that they can stay on longer. After leaving them on the
dry hair areas for a few moments apply them to the rest of the hair and use them as directed.