Expert and celebrity favourite, Johnnie Sapong has built a reputation for being one of the best in the business when it comes to Afro Caribbean hair.
Here, Johnnie shows us how to create both defined curls and how to go from curly to straight like a pro using his top hair tips and favourite product picks.
“There’s a whole myriad of different textures, different curls and different formations - some can be found all on the same head,” explains Johnnie. “No two curls are the same.”
“Women can find good afro products much easier than they realise,” he adds. “Now you can find them on the high street.”
Johnnie’s top picks for styling Afro hair
For defined, natural curls
An effective first step in your rehydration programme, this moisturising sulphate-free shampoo enriched with buriti oil, pomegranate and palm-derived conditioners helps to create the perfect base for styling.
The right levels of hydration allow for easier styling and manageability and this lightweight conditioner gives hair a nourishing helping hand before using heated styling appliances.
For times when hair’s in need of an extra dose of R&R, this intensive mask is the perfect pick for transforming brittle hair back to its best.
A curly hair essential for providing shape, definition and suppleness, apply to small sections of the hair and work through the lengths.
The perfect partner to the Defining Creme, this hard-working spritz enhances curl formation and definition. Take quarter of an inch sections and work the curl back on itself - working from front to back for dynamic, fantastic curls.
For long-lasting hold, humidity-proof resistance and extra bounce, this hair spray makes for the ideal finishing touch. Work in with fingers for added lift around the root area.
From curly hair to straight hair
For increased ease of styling, this sulfate-free cleanser helps to break down curls and smooth hair out gently but effectively.
For a frizz-free base, add this lightweight conditioner to your line-up.
A pre-heat requisite, this styling spray makes for a powerhouse of a multitasker. Infused with a blend of 7 rare oils it hydrates, protects, detangles and conditions in one fell swoop.
Lightweight and hydrating, this hair transformer provides a gentler, non-permanent alternative for achieving straight hair. Created to progressively loosen your curls over time, it works without modifying the hair’s natural bonds and penetrating the hair shaft. Once applied, use a round bristle brush to stretch out the hair using a hairdryer on a medium heat setting.
Keep flyaways at bay with this shine enhancing moisturising hair mist.
Created in collaboration with Estée Lauder Companies .
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