Celebrity stylist Pekela Riley’s hands have graced the manes of Gabrielle Union, Nia Long, Teyonah Parris and, of course, Myleik. She gifted us three amazing tips to remedying shrinkage during summer. Take notes.
LOW HEAT PRE-STRETCH: “During summer, instead of doing a wet twist, consider a low heat pre-stretch to avoid massive shrinkage. After conditioning, slightly dry and stretch curls with a blowdryer on a low-heat setting, then two-strand twist. This helps your hair guard against immediate shrinkage.”
YOU MUST TRIM IN THE SUMMER: “People might be surprised to know that split ends are highly porous, meaning they attract moisture from the air. You may be able to get away with avoiding trims in drier seasons like winter and fall, but your split ends will really show during humid summers and you’ll have more frizz and shrinkage. DON’T skip your trims in this season.”
BE SPECIFIC ABOUT PRODUCT PLACEMENT: “Many people like to simply apply product all over, however, you should be very methodical about product placement to better define or straighten the hair. Put specific attention on your roots and ends.”