Preserving a crown of kinks, coils and curls can take its toll on the overall health of your hair. Three Alvin Ailey dancers share their preferred low-maintenance hairstyles.
This story originally appeared in the 2018 February issue of ESSENCE Magazine, on stands now.
“If I’m trying to retain moisture, my go-to is always twists,” says Fana Tesfagiorgis. Having spent nearly all her life dancing, which includes grueling rehearsals and a demanding tour schedule, Tesfagiorgis opts for a heat-free routine with nourishing products, such as Carol’s Daughter Rhassoul Clay Enriching Conditioner ($14, carolsdaughter.com), to help safeguard her strands. “I’m not sure what it is that makes it for active living, but I definitely feel my hair get softer each time I use it,” says Tesfagiorgis.