12 May New Growth: Style and Texture
What we love about styling protective is that we stay close to our roots, literally. Meaning, the style we choose is not far from our natural texture. Your curly style has limitations and naturally fluctuates depending on environmental conditions. We advocate for the intrinsic nature of curls and speak to styles that support and transition well, without the use of wigs, weaves or extensions.
The colour and texture of new growth may vary. For curls, new growth can look and feel different, up to a texture coarser and a shade or two darker. Transitioning between textures is something of an art and science.
If you’re anything like us your goals are to retain length, maximize moisture and curl definition. Styling new growth comes down to two things.
- Keep new growth stretched to simulate the older texture
- Manage new growth moisture levels to control shrinkage
H2O-braids are the recommended style to simultaneously stretch and moisturize your curl. Consider a braid at the root through the length of the new growth and twist from the line of demarkation to the ends. H2O-braids transition well into a fresh H2o Braid-out, naturally!
We recommend using a concentrated dose of heat for new growth, four inches or more, this may occur once or twice a year. Heat from a blow-dryer and or a flat iron will give new growth that needed boost to soften that texture demarkation.
Quality product and tools pay dividends; preserving your hair and style overtime. We like the Dyson Blow-dryer and Maxius hair steam iron.