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Many women of color are reclaiming and embracing the beauty of their natural hair. They want to experience the versatility of their hair in its unprocessed state. The challenge for many of them is understanding how to properly manage and manipulate their hair’s inherent, complex texture.

When it comes to hair, however, it can’t be lumped into a one-size-fits-all category. Hair types run from 1A (pin straight) to 4C (very kinky). According to Dickey, a premier New York City hairstylist specializing in textured hair, author of Hair Rules!: The Ultimate Hair-Care Guide for Women with Kinky, Curly, or Wavy Hair and owner of the NYC salon Hair Rules, “You have to think of hair texture as you would skin type. You have dry skin, oily skin and combination skin. You wouldn’t treat dry skin the same way as you would oily skin and you shouldn’t treat hair the same way,…

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