Curly hair can be extremely challenging and getting your curls to look their best can be a daunting, frustrating task. Curly hair’s well-earned reputation for being the most difficult hair texture to manage and style is because it’s naturally prone to dryness, frizz, humidity and breakage. To make the most of your curls, follow our list of tried and tested tips for caring for your hair.
The best thing you can do for your hair is go natural. Put down the straightening creams, flat irons, and blow dryers and embrace your natural curls. All forms of straightening are very damaging and only lead to unhealthy, dull hair.
2.Silk Pillow Case
Use a smooth pillow case made from silk or satin. Rougher materials, like cotton and polyester, are hard on the hair cuticle and cause frizz.
Curly hair is naturally dry, so it is very important to constantly hydrate. I recommend a weekly deep-conditioning treatment and regular use of a leave-in conditioner. Also, believe it or not a good humidifier can help keep your hair from drying out in the arid, winter months.
4.Towel Dry Carefully
The typical rubbing method of towel drying your hair is not a good idea for any hair type, especially curly hair. Instead use a padding or squeezing technique to absorb the excess moisture.
5.Blow Dry with a Diffuser
If you blow dry your hair make sure to use a diffuser. Diffusers evenly distribute and widen the airflow for a more gentle drying process. Dry your hair about 90% and then allow it to air dry the rest of the way. This will greatly reduce frizz and you hair will absorb some of the moisture.
6.Air Dry If Possible
If it’s the weekend, evening, or you have time, let your hair air dry. If you are in a rush, let it air dry as long as possible, maybe while you do your makeup and get dressed, and then finish with a blow dryer and diffuser.
The ends are the first place to show damage and this can make your hair look frizzy and dull. Get in a good habit of trimming your split ends hair every six to eight weeks. If done on a regular basis, you will notice your hair looking healthier.
8.Wash Your Hair Less
Shampooing is very hard on your hair follicle. Don’t wash your hair and just condition, unless you need too, lathering-up only once; except for when your’re using heavy styling products. Otherwise, shampoo quickly and focus your efforts mostly on the scalp. Make sure to use formulas that a free of harsh chemicals and detergents like sulfates which strip your hair of natural oils and much needed moisture.
Leave your conditioner in for as long as you can when in the shower and detangle your hair before rinsing out it. This increases your moisture absorption and reduces snags. Also you can apply a little to your ends before bed.
10.Don’t Use A Brush
Unless your straightening your hair while blow drying never use a brush or fine-toothed combs. Brushes cause too much friction for curly hair and can lead to breakage and frizz. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb to detangle and your fingers when your hair is really wet.
Resist the urge to play with your hair. The oil, dirt and friction causes from your fingers results in frizz.
12.Products to Avoid
Avoid hair care products that contain sulfates, alcohol and salt, which can dry out and damage your curls.