How To Care For Curly Hair
You've asked, and we answered! Today's blog post is for all you curly-haired beauties out there, who are looking for the best tips on how to care for their curls.
- Don't overdo it. Generally, curly hair is prone to being dry, which is the reason why it's so important not to over-wash it. Excessive shampooing opens up the cuticles and strips the hairs of their natural oils, which will dry out your curls even more. The less you wash, the better! Say, 1-2 times a week. Whatever you can get away with from a wash-and-go ;) Whenever those curls start to frizz, you can do protective hairstyles, which we will write all about in another post.
- Cleanse the scalp. That being said, shampooing curly hair is still necessary for healthy hair growth, as it gets rid of all the buildup from oils, dirt, and dust (umm we don't want that, no thanks!). When shampooing, concentrate on rubbing and cleansing your scalp properly with your fingertips.
- Know your ingredients. The key is to use products specifically made for curly hair, which are also sulfate and alcohol free. As you may already know from this post, these are the ingredients that really dry out the hair (and are also harmful in other ways), so you want to avoid them at all costs. Speaking of keeping moisturized...
- It's so important to replenish moisture into your curls. Some ways you can do that is by using conditioner every time you wash your hair, as well as performing routine deep conditioning and oil treatments.
- Try coconut hair mark, as well as take look into what oils you can treat your curls with. Do this once a week, and trust us - your curls will love it and will literally drink up the moisture! Nice and hydrated, that's how we like'em.
- When you get out of the shower, gently dry your hair with a cotton t-shirt and gently scrunch the leftover water. Do not rub with a harsh towel, because this can cause the cuticles to open and make your hair frizzy.
- And then let air dry. If your hair is prone to getting frizzy once it dries, then use leave-in hair products meant for curly hair such as curl activating cream, or simply leave some argan oil in.
-No matter what, do not interrupt your curls in any way while they're drying! Playing with them or running your fingers through them may cause them to frizz up, which, let's face it, is the first thing you want to avoid.
- A few more things....
+ Never brush curly hair. Seriously, if you even own a brush, get rid of it at once!Only comb your hair with a wide tooth comb before your shower, or gently finger comb after the shower. Remember that wet hair is more prone to breakage, so be super patient and gentle if you're combing it wet.
+ Avoid hairsprays and mousse. Not only can it make your curls crunchy (a big no-no!), these two products are also ones that contain the highest amount of alcohol.
+ Go easy on the heat. Excess heat can cause your curls lose their natural spiral-like shape, making them look lifeless. If you notice this, avoid using any kind of heat (including the blow drier with the diffuser!) for a week or two, and focus on rehydrating your curls to give them that bounce back. If you do use hot styling tools, use them on moderate heat setting and always use heat protectant.
+ Get a curl-expert hairstylist. Oh yes, this is a big one, loves. Getting a haircut by a professional hairstylist with previous experience in working with curly hair, who truly understands the science and all the perks that come with having curly hair, can make all the difference. An amazing haircut which looks great with your naturally curly hair is more likely to make you want to put that straightener away and rock your curls!