Oh, heat-damage. It has become the death of me. I’ve been trying to grow out my burnt strands for over a year, and I still have a long way to go. Right now my hair consists of two different textures: The top part and middle sections are curly, but the last two inches of my ends are thin and straight-ish. The last thing I want to have to resort to is blowing out my hair (just to make it look uniform) all the time when it’s hot out, because it doesn’t last in humidity. Not to mention, heat-styling only adds to the never-ending cycle of heat-damage that I’m trying to overcome. So I decided to pay a visit to the Devachan salon, a spot in Manhattan that specializes in curly hair, to get some ideas on how to wear my curls and hide the damage.
“For a person with heat-damaged hair, besides of course hydrating the hair, when it comes to styling, what you want to do is camouflage the damaged ends,” says Dominque LyVar, assistant manager and senior stylist at Devachan. They styled my hair in three different looks — from a glam side ponytail to crown braids and even a chic fishtail braid. I looked fierce, all while disguising my fried ends. Check out the looks below for inspiration and the video above for how-to tips!
LyVar used a ruching technique to hide my straight pieces. Gather a
piece of hair and the ends and hold it with your fingers using tension.
Then gently press in between your thumb and index finger and slide up to
ruche. This gives the illusion of fuller hair and more defined curls.
“Start off by sectioning the hair in irregular patterns. Braid the hair in the direction that you actually want to pin it,” says LyVar. You want to make sure that you lay the braid flat on your head and continue pinning as you lay the braid down. For a smoother and shiner look, LyVar also added a small about of pomade to the braids.
Begin by gathering all your hair to one side. Then split the hair into two separate sections.Take a small outer section of hair from one of the two sections and cross this smaller piece over, and then under the inside of the other section. Keep the crossed piece tight as you continue down until you’re done. “To make it look thicker, just open it up more by squeezing the hair with your fingers in an upward motion,” says Eladia Lebron, a junior colorist at Devachan.