When you really get down to it, hair is so complex. You can have a full head of thick-looking hair that actually has a surprisingly thin strand—and vice versa! Textured hair is a common bone of contention in the hair community, as not many people can accurately put their finger on what it is.
As defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, textured is an adjective used to describe hair strands that do not feel smooth when they lack moisture, or when strands have been over-processed or severely damaged by heat or styling.
Read on to learn exactly what is going on with textured tresses, and how best to work it:
Textured Hair: What Is It?
1. Strand Thickness
The cut-and-dry definition of textured hair is, as we mentioned, hair that’s not smooth to the touch. This strand also tends to be on the thicker side.
2. Textured Types
Textured hair can be straight, wavy, curly, coily and everywhere in between. There are people who are more genetically prone to having textured strands. But don’t fret, it doesn’t mean you’ll be prone to flyaways.
3. Caring for Textured Hair
In general, textured hair tends to lack moisture. Luckily, there are a million easy ways you can add moisture back into your locks without weighing them down. We’re fans of using once-weekly hair masks for this hair type.
Hair masks are always a great way to restore moisture. One of our favourite hair masks is Dove Nourishing Oil Care Treatment for its powerfully nourishing formula that leaves hair silky smooth and flyaway-free.
Another one of our top mask picks is TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Hair Masque Treatment. Its conditioning properties are perfect for restoring hydration without weighing your hair down.
5. Styling Textured Hair
Styling textured hair can be more difficult than working with thinner strands. Because the strands themselves are thicker, you need to work with smaller sections of hair. This way, any hot tool you are using can fully heat the hair without needing to go over the same area multiple times. Because of the thickness of the strands, a smoothing product may be a good fit!
You can use a serum like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil to hydrate your hair and help keep it smooth.