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Tasheara Neshell is a Natural hair expert and celebrity hair stylist who has worked with Jennifer Hudson, Viola Davis and Tika Sumpter, just to name a few from her star-studded clientele. The Chicago native’s passion for hair extends to teaching women how to care for their coifs, so she decided to further her education and become a Licensed Educator at Pivot Point International. Neshell’s work has graced the red carpets and the stages of the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Steve Harvey Show, Oprah Winfrey Show and so much more. The hair pro is the owner of the Tasheara Neshell Salon in Dallas, TX. Working with a myriad of hair textures, she continues to work as a highly sought after stylist for global brands and celebrities.
I straightened my Natural hair, but some parts ended up heat damaged and won’t curl up again. Is there a way to fix those damaged strands? —Sasha
If you notice that you have some straight ends or pieces within your Naturally curly hair from heat damage, then now is the time to begin to correct it. Start by performing an elasticity test to see how much spring is left in the hair. The hair does have “memory” and can revert to its curly state if the damage is not chronic. If you get a bit of a spring, then you can try to revert it back. If there isn’t any spring, and the strand snaps, then the condition is chronic. First, stop using heat on your hair and embrace textured styles—such as a Twist Out, flexi rod set, braid outs or Bantu Knots. Second, let’s begin bi-weekly conditioning and steam treatments. Hydrating and moisturizing may help curls “spring” back much as they can. If the damage is chronic, then the damaged hair must be cut off at the line of demarcation. This means taking away all of the straight ends.
The perfect blowout can be achieved at home, on relaxed hair, by first blotting tresses partially dry or removing up to 80 percent of the water from the hair. Keep in mind relaxed hair is not blow dried for stretch, but for body. The relaxer is what has already stretched the hair. The goal is to achieve volume and movement when hair is blown dry. So, try setting your blow dryer to a warm or a cool setting, because high heat on relaxed hair can “bruise” the shaft. Apply a lightweight leave-in conditioner and heat protectant to your hair to protect it and control any frizz or possible flyaway strands. Use a round brush for maximum volume or opt for a tension brush for little to no volume. Make sure your hair is detangled and sectioned, and begin blow-drying each section one at a time starting from the back. Once the hair is completely dry, apply a lightweight oil serum to the hair to lock in its moisture and to seal and boost shine. Remember: The key to picking products for a blowout on relaxed hair is choosing lightweight products that will not weigh the hair down.
How do I revive my thinning edges from wearing too many braided looks and sew-in hairstyles? —Kara
Your hair’s edges are very fragile, very delicate and very dependent on proper care. Tight braiding, too much tension and improperly applied wigs can all cause damage to the hairline. Let’s remove the tension and the glue from our styling routines all together. Let’s give our edges some time to heal by moisturizing them daily and using a wax stick (or oil based edge product) when we want to lay them down from time to time. Sometimes less pulling and tugging on our edges will restore them quicker. Use a head wrap to lay edges down overnight, or simply let your edges curl. If wigs are your choice, then be sure to go for bobby pins to secure the wig to the head or stitch down the wig with thread.