Curly haired girls know how stressful and crazy it is to deal with knotted mess of frizzy locks every morning. But event if those locks are often wild and unruly, there are still a lot of reasons why having curls can be so much fun.
Remember: with proper hair care routine, good products, and yes, a lot of patience—you can flaunt your gorgeous curls everyday with more confidence.
Here are our best tips for making the most out of your glorious curls:
1. Pre-shampoo before showering
Before washing your hair with regular shampoo, apply a conditioner, oil or mask to moisturize your locks. We know it can be time-consuming but trust us, it can be extra helpful for dry, delicate and dull strands as it softens the hair and creates a protective layer over your tresses.
Do this once or twice a week or whenever your hair is feeling extra dry.
How to do it: Divide your hair into sections and apply your product—a hair mask, oil, or conditioner—over dry strands. Put on a shower cap and leave product on for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Rinse hair with running water, and proceed to shower and shampoo as usual. Don’t forget that you still need to put on conditioner after you shampoo to really pack the moisture in.
2. Be careful with your shampoo
Unlike straight or wavy hair, curls require less shampooing. This type of hair is usually dry and the use of regular shampoo will only lead to more frizz and strip hair of its natural oils, making it prone to damage and dryness.
Limit your shampoo usage to every other day and switch to formulas with hydrators and other nourishing ingredients such as argan oil and shea butter. You can also get sulfate-free, natural formulas for a more gentle clean.
3. Condition, condition, condition!
Did we say condition? Conditioner is a curly-haired girl’s go-to products in the shower, heck — their very best friends. Curly hair constantly needs moisture and protein so you really have to condition like it’s nobody else’s business!
Because of curly hair’s form, it takes longer for natural oils to travel from the scalp to the ends and this makes the lower half of your hair appear dry and frizzy.
It’s important to remember that when you apply conditioner, it’s best to focus on spreading the product on the lengths and ends of your hair, rather than on your scalp. Leave the product on for at least three to five minutes before rinsing off. Conditioning daily is a MUST.
4. Comb the right way
All curly-haired girls know this unspoken rule by heart––never, ever use a brush for combing your hair. Brush bristles fray the hair and disturb curl formation leaving a cloud of frizz. This also makes your hair more prone to having split ends.
Instead of using a brush, opt for a wide-toothed comb that can detangle knots on your hair while keeping your curl pattern intact. When combing your hair, make sure that you start from the bottom and work your way up.
This will get rid of tangles first without forcibly pulling the comb through your hair.
5. Always keep hair oil or leave-on conditioner on hand
Be prepared for any occasion and any type of weather by always bringing a hair styling product with you.
Curly hair is easily affected by temperature changes so hair oil or a leave-on conditioner is essential for a quick fix to get rid of frizz and tangles.
6. Skip the heat
We know that a nice, warm bath helps elevate your mood but when it comes to washing curly hair, it’s better to opt for cold water as it is less likely to strip off natural oils. It also helps lock in moisture, promoting healthier tresses.
Excess heat affects the proteins that gives curls their spiral shape that’s why curly-haired girls should also be careful about heat styling to avoid your curls to become limp. Limit heat styling to just twice a week and never go higher than 400 degrees.
7. Let your hair dry naturally
Blow-drying can be damaging for any type of hair—more so for curly hair. Instead of using heating tools, opt to air-dry your locks instead but make sure to apply your leave-on conditioner or oil.
Remember: Keep your hands off your hair when it’s still drying. The more you manhandle curly hair, the more you ruffle the cuticle causing to lose their natural shape and eventually creating frizz.
8. Cut down on friction
Stop rubbing damp hair with a terry-cloth towel that causes unwanted breakage and instead gently blot it with a microfiber cloth.
Because cotton soaks up moisture from your hair and tugs on it as you toss and turn, it is better if you switch to using silk or satin pillowcases to keep things smooth.
9. Go to the salon often
Get a trim at your favorite salon every four to six weeks to get rid of those split ends and make hair less prone to breakage. Regular trims helps with your hair’s growth in the long run because you’re only retaining the healthy parts of your curls.
Got any more curly hair care hacks? Let us know in the comments below!