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This summer, texture is a must have and one of our readers wants to know just how to get it.
Hi Ivana, I have straight, fine hair and I was looking to give it some curl or wave. What are my options? -- Karen.
To help answer Karen's question, I went to NOW Salon in downtown Toronto. Here's what Stephanie Ricchio had to say:
There are two main options. The first is a permanent wave, or simply a perm. Just like the name suggests, a perm does not wash off, but lasts as long as you grow it out. The perm solution changes the bonds of the hair, right to the cortex and then the neutralizing phase locks it in. Perms are not ideal for all hair types. Someone with over-processed or damaged hair would not be an ideal candidate as you run the risk of breakage. The benefit to a permanent wave is that it will last longer, and can be used to give a tight curl or a loose wave, even to longer lengths of hair.
However, if you're just looking for a little texture to your hair, and do not necessarily want the wave to be permanent, there is a new product called ISO Nexure, a semi-permanent treatment. Like a perm, the ideal candidate should not have overly processed hair, however, Nexture is less damaging to the hair than a regular perm. The treatment lasts 10-15 washes, so can last several weeks depending on how often you shampoo. Ricchio says several of her clients have had the treatment and the reaction has been quite positive so far.
"Curly hair is great for summer, it's a nice trend, but it also needs a bit of work. It is a misconception that curly hair is easy. I have curly hair myself, and I have never stepped out of the shower washed and go. You have to use products to enhance the curl, use a diffuser and work on it a bit," says Ricchio.
She suggests using a product that specifies "curl enhancer" or "curl activator". "You want something that is more like a cream base to avoid the hard crunchy look. Women today want a more natural and soft curl."
I hope this helps.