Keneesha Hudson, owner of Atlanta’s Urbanbella salon and curly-hair expert, gives the deets on how to maintain beautifully curly hair.
Keneesha Hudson, owner of Atlanta’s Urbanbella salon and curly-hair expert, gives the deets on how to maintain beautifully curly hair like some of your favorite stars.
Even if you love your texture, maintaining curly or kinky hair is definitely a challenge (just ask curly girls like Tracee Ellis Ross and Jada Pinkett Smith). Keneesha Hudson, owner of Urbanbella salon in Atlanta, recently spoke to beauty blog BellaSugar about getting the best of your kinks and curls.
Rule number one? Go easy on the shampoo lather. Keneesha recommends washing your hair twice a week, but using a "non-lather cleanser. It leaves the hair feeling very conditioned. You’re not stripping away the oil and you’re not making the hair too dry," she said. Try Hair Rules Daily Cleansing Cream ($22, HairRules.com). It was created by Kelis’ stylist Anthony Dickey and is made just for women with texture.
Dry curls get matted and lose their distinct pattern, so to combat that for the fall and winter months, Keneesha says layering moisture is key. "Hydration really happens in layers," she explained. "That’s what gives you true control and moisture through the cooler months when there’s no moisture in the air, so your hair’s not drawing from that."
To do this, be sure that all of your products this season are super-hydrating. If you don’t already, switch to a conditioner made for hydrating curls, like Herbal Essences’ Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner ($6.58, Amazon.com).
"This is really the time of the year to start taking a look and start paying attention to any flaking going on," Keneesha continued. "A small treatment of something like Phytopolleine ($32, Sephora.com) will balance that out. It’s a blend of essential oils and you put it right on your scalp before you shampoo, and it just gets rid of any dryness and any itching. It’s good preventative maintenance. essential oils and you put it right on your scalp before you shampoo, and it just gets rid of any dryness and any itching. It’s good preventative maintenance."
And, of course, it goes without saying that a good stylist who’s just as in love with your hair as you are is important for every season.