If you have curly hair, you will notice that it tends to be drier and more affected by humidity than other hair types. Curly hair seems to be more susceptible to breakage, split ends and frizziness. Don’t be dismayed; there are so many great things about curly hair! If you have been blessed with endless curls, big or small, here are some tips to help you love those gorgeous curls.
Don’t waste too much money or time on fancy curly hair shampoos and conditioners. Since curly hair is usually drier than most hair, and prone to getting damaged, aim for moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. Or look for those products designed for dry or damaged hair. As with any hair type, over-washing can be drying so keep that in mind. Limit the use of blow dryers and other styling equipment that use heat. The less you mess with curly hair, the better.
The curlier your hair is, the harder it is for natural oils to make it to the ends of yoru hair. The importance of conditioning can’t be stressed enough. Apply conditioner (which you should always use if you have curly hair) to the length of your hair the most, with a small amount near your scalp. You want to prevent weighing down the hair in that area, as it will make the rest of the hair look puffy. Leave the conditioner on for a few good minutes before rinsing off. You may even like the idea of a leave-in conditioner. It will moisturize while keep any frizz under control.
- Find a great stylist, actually take your time and find one who has experience with curly hair. Sometimes the stylist makes all the difference between a good hairstyle and a bad one.
- Avoid brushing curly hair. It will cause your hair to become frizzy because you are “breaking” the curl. Use a wide-tooth comb and detangle your curls that way. Also, avoid rubbing your hair with a towel after you shower. This can also lead to frizzy hair because of breakage. Blot or squeeze your hair.
- Although letting your hair dry naturally is the best way to prevent damage, sometimes you don’t have the luxury of time. If you use a blow dryer, remember to use a diffuser attachment. It will reduce the amount of air on your hair and help your curls keep shape easier. Try to avoid using heated styling tools a lot, the extra focused heat can dry out hair, and you don’t want to do that with your curls. Use limited styling products and make sure when you do use them to spread them equally through the hair. Avoid any products that contain alcohol, as it can cause your hair to become drier than it already is.
- The last tip is to look for silk or satin lined hoods and pillowcases. They will cut down on friction that causes hair to become frizzy.
So, embrace your curls with this new knowledge and enjoy the unique challenges they bring. Who wants a boring hairstyle anyway?