The Care-Taking Of Textured Hair: 10 Tricks To Try

Fans of Joico Influencer, Kara Williams, have been known to jump on her Instagram page daily to see what this textured-hair pro is going to dream up next. From bold cherry color demos to tutorials that show you exactly how to define a halo of glorious coils and curls, this pro is one to know. Today, she’s talking texture…and sharing her most essential styling and coloring tips.


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THE PAINT-AND-WEAVE TECHNIQUEFor a seamless transition from dark to light hair, Kara used the following formula…
Pre-treatment: Joico Defy Damage ProSeries 1 Bond-Protecting Color Optimizer Spray
Formula: Blond Life Lightener with 20 volume
Shadow Root: LumiShine Demi Permanent in 6sb
Allover toner: LumiShine Demi Permanent in 1oz 10v, .5oz 07sb and .5oz 9na


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THE RED-COPPER TECHNIQUETo segue from violet-red to bold copper, try Kara’s no-fail formula
Roots: LumiShine Permanent Creme 2 oz 6RRC + 1oz 7CC with 30 Volume LumiShine Developer
Glaze: LumiShine Demi-Permanent Liquid 6CCR + Clear, equal parts with 5 Volume LumiShine Developer


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THE RED REFRESH TECHNIQUEFaded reds are rejuvenated with Kara’s Defy Damage refresh approach…
Formula: LumiShine Permanent Creme 5NRv with 30 Volume LumiShine Developer


1. Pay attention to saturation. Even hair that’s on the short side may take more product than you think to penetrate curls and achieve even lift.

2. Look at the length of the hair. Although textured hair may appear short, the natural strands can shrink up to 50%; take that into consideration when mixing formula. (Hair that’s more than two inches long may require you to use more than one formula in order to avoid hot roots.)

3. Deep conditioning is an absolute must. Try Defy Damage Protective Masque to strengthen bonds and protect hair from heat styling and environmental factors.

4. Use a diffuser rather than a full-on blow-dryer to help keep curls defined. The less heat the better.

5. Fingers make the best styling tool on textured hair. Avoid brushing textured hair to preserve the definition and curl pattern.

6. Apply a good hair oil – like K-PAK Color Therapy Luster Lock Glossing Oil — keep strands strong, hydrated, and gleaming.

7. Pat/squeeze your hair dry after you shampoo and conditioner to prevent tangles and maintain curl pattern. Rubbing only leads to frizz.

8. Wash textured hair no more than once a week to preserve moisture and prevent damage.

9. When you feel a tangle, add a drop of K-PAK Color Therapy Luster Lock Glossing Oil and gently massage into hair to ease out the knot.

10. Embrace a multitude of texture shapes, from curves to spirals, zig zags to waves. Whether hair is kinky, coiled, wavy, or full-on curly, there’s no one-shape-fits-all.