Stiff hair, which is naturally hard, has strong protein bonds inside the hair and cuticles and other fibers tightly packed together on the surface of the hair, which is very good for the health of the hair.
Wax is said to be a good styling tool for stiff hair, but what products are there to choose from and how should you use them to achieve the great styling you want?
Use wax to get your hair the way you want it, even if it’s bristly!
If your hair is stiff and shorter than 5 cm in length, wax is the way to go,” says one stylist, a celebrity in the hair world. If you have fine hair, wax will make it look sticky, and if you have long hair, it will make it look heavy.
There are three main types of wax available in Japan: fiber type (shiny), matte type (no shine), and cream type (in between). Fibers are used for a firm hold, mattes for a fluffy finish, and creams are in between.
The harder the wax is, the stronger the holding power. Hard is recommended for people with bristly hair, but there are different types of bristly hair. There are a variety of products on the market, including hard and normal products for each type, so please try using actual samples to find the product that will give you the finish you prefer.
If you still do not know what to choose, it may be quicker to consult a hair stylist.
Wax can be used to fix a stiff, pin-prick sleeping habit or to style your hair into a trendy hairstyle (provided, of course, that you have the right hair cut for it). If you scrunch it, it can also help loosen the frizz in curly hair.
It can be used on wet or dry hair, but it is easier to use on wet hair.
Rub your palms together to spread a small amount of wax and apply it to your hair. This way, there will be no clumps and the wax on the hair will cool and harden, providing setting and holding power. Recently, there are also hard waxes that are slightly softer when applied to the palm of the hand so that they can be easily stretched and harden over time.
To style your hair during the day, do not apply a new wax, but warm it up by applying hot air from a hair dryer or rubbing it with your hands to melt the wax already on your hair, then style it and let it cool.
How to remove wax without making bristly hair dry.
Do you have waxed hair that hardly lathers when you shampoo it? Be wary of shampoos that are so strong that the wax is easily washed out, as this can dry out the scalp.
Scrubbing to remove wax is also a no-no, as this will cause the hair cuticles to peel and hair to become dry.
The right way to remove wax is to use the oil content of a treatment. This is similar to cleansing makeup. First, pre-wash with hot water. Rub the treatment into the hair and rinse thoroughly with hot water. Shampoo as usual to thoroughly wash the scalp and finish the treatment.