Exploring mixed race experiences
Typically Afro hair is 1% moisture and Caucasian is 3%. Marketing for afro products tends to emphasise dryness as a common hair/scalp problem and caucasian products, oiliness. As mixed race we’re often somewhere in the middle. Afro products can be too heavy, leaving the hair greasy or weighed down. Caucasian products can be drying, stripping the hair of natural oils.
I’ve tried lots of ranges designed for mixed hair (Mixed Chicks, Curls, Kinky Curly, Miss Jessie’s, Beautiful Textures to name a few) but found many of them too pricey or that they shrunk my curls too much (a good tip is to look up the curl type of the brand’s founder as often the products best suit their curl type).
Then I had a eureka moment and looked towards Brazilian products. Brazil is something of a mixed race motherland where a high proportion of the population is mixed race, therefore their hair products are often designed to benefit a range of different oil balances and textures.
Skala is a Brazilian product range with a great system of leave-in and intense hair conditioners at affordable prices with a wide spectrum for dry/coarse/anti frizz/damaged/colour treated/weak/dull hair types.
What I learned from curl expert, Carlos Flores, about looking after mixed/curly hair;
If your hair doesn’t get greasy between washes then forgo shampoo and ‘wash’ with conditioner.
Curls need moisture to be defined. Leave in conditioner is your best friend.
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