Dermatologist: Managing textured hair

Aug. 12, 2010 at 10:03 PM
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CHICAGO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A U.S. doctor says hair cosmetics may help a woman keep textured hair -- which is much more fragile than naturally straight hair -- in check.

Dr. Victoria Barbosa, assistant professor of dermatology at the Rush University Medical Center, told the summer meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Chicago how niche products can benefit highly textured hair.

"Women who want straight hairstyles can use relaxers, but they have to be careful and recognize that relaxers make curly hair more fragile," Barbosa says in a statement. "In this instance, the key is conditioning the hair with conditioning shampoos along with intensive conditioners."

Women using relaxers need to minimize direct heat to the hair. The doctor recommends drying hair under a cap or hood dryer rather than a hand-held dryer, and using rollers rather than curling irons or flat irons. She warned flat irons on damp hair can cause "bubbles" or even breakage.

For naturally curly hairstyles, Barbosa says heavier styling products maintain curls while decreasing frizz. A new group of silicone and glycerin based products help add moisture as well.

"In a sense, we want to organize the curls with these styling products, which also will make hair more manageable and less prone to breakage," Barbosa says.

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