Hair tips from Oprah’s hairstylist of 24 years

By Drum Digital
15 July 2014

Excessive shampooing can strip the natural oils from your hair, which is very important if you chemically treat your hair with colour or relaxers. Natural oils add nutrients and moisture.

Oprah's hair is known for its great body and richness. For many years people assumed the queen of talk wore weaves on her show but it turns out it's all her hair.

Here are some tips from her trusted hairstylist, Andre Walker,  on how to maximise the growth and health of your hair:

  • Healthy hair is always clean and conditioned. Make sure products such as sprays, gels, waxes, etc. are cleaned from your hair—otherwise you can create build-up, which is very damaging.

  • Apply heat such as flat irons, curling irons and blow-drying at a minimum, maybe once or twice a week, as this is very drying. Try pin curling or roller setting in between.

  • Excessive shampooing can strip the natural oils from your hair, which is very important if you chemically treat your hair with colour or relaxers. Natural oils add nutrients and moisture.

  • The most common mistakes I've seen are over-colouring or relaxing. These two processes are very damaging and should be done only when needed. I recommend every six to eight weeks. When you use these processes, you must condition, condition, condition.

  • No-lye relaxers are better on colour-treated hair than lye relaxers. Brazilian relaxers are great for frizzy, curly hair that needs just a bit of control and are not very damaging.

  • Weaves can serve many purposes: (1) to add hair where there are fine thin areas, (2) to add hair where breakage or alopecia has occurred, (3) to give yourself that texture of hair you always wanted or just to add length. Weaves should be tightened or replaced every two to three months.

- OPRAH.COM

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