Lolita Burruss and Alicia Holliday
Stylists at The Edge Hair Studio, 2621 University Boulevard West, Wheaton; 301-588-2701.
Their mane objective: This styling duo concentrates on moisturizing and protecting all hair textures, especially when hair is color-treated or dry.
If you have natural hair: "You definitely want to moisturize a lot, because natural hair is always a lot drier than other types of hair. You want to look for products with jojoba oil; a sulfate-free shampoo is great for any type of ethnic hair, because it's less drying, especially for colored or relaxed hair. You can also do a co-wash, which is just rinsing the hair and using only conditioner, instead of shampooing."
If you have pressed or straightened hair: "The humidity and the weather means that pressed hair is hard here. You’re almost training your hair, so you want to use a serum to smooth it out, wrap it at night, and put it in Velcro rollers in the morning if you’ve lost some of the bounce. And use a humidity-resistant spray for styling."
If you have relaxed hair: "You need to get a trim every time you get a touch up, but at the very least, get one every six weeks. With all types of African-American hair, you want to keep it moisturized, and you want to alternate hair styles. So, if you get it blown dry and straightened one time, then get a roller set the next time, to prevent overworking the hair. Let your hair air-dry a bit to get some of the water out, so you’re not using a blowdryer on your hair so much. And keep track of when you’re getting relaxer and which brand you’re using.”