How to Care for Curly Hair

Curly hair can be a noticeably tricky hair type to look after. Given that it can experience a variety of issues from frizziness, to dryness, and breakage. Although it may seem that curly-haired people are blessed with ‘I woke up like this’ curls. A lot of time, effort, and products go into styling their hair to perfection. Also, it is worth taking into consideration the fact that there is not one routine or answer that works for all curly hair. Each hair type is different, and certain methods will work well for some but not for others. Unfortunately, when looking after curly hair, it is all about trial and error. However, we have sought out the best tips and tricks to care for your curls.

 

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Keep Your Curls Hydrated

The best way to tackle frizz and dry strands is by keeping on top of your curl’s hydration. Curly hair is prone to dryness because the shape of the strands makes it harder for the natural oil from your scalp to reach the ends. Hence why your bouncy strands need extra moisture which can come in different forms like leave in conditioners, hair masks, and serums.

Leave in conditioner

Leave in conditioner comes in a variety of formulas, for instance, a water-based spray or a thicker, cream conditioner. A water-based spray is best suited to finer hair and those who want an instant spritz of hydration, for example, maybe you just suffer from dry, frizzy ends, and want something to target them. On the other hand, thicker curls will benefit more from a rich consistency leave in conditioner which is what a cream textured leave in has.

Hair masks

Hair masks are a key step when looking after curly hair and are an easy way to inject moisture back into your curls. They provide hair with a deep condition while disentangling locks and adding shine. Silk proteins are an essential ingredient to look for in hair masks as they improve hair’s elasticity and can enhance the hair’s moisture retention. The Curly Shine Curly and Wavy Hair Mask works wonders on curly hair and leaves curls soft and full of shine.

 

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Serums

Not only does using a serum on curly hair help to moisturise strands it is also good for taming any annoying frizz. You should use a serum after washing your hair before any other styling products your hair requires. It is important to remember that you should use serum sparingly to prevent your hair from being left with a greasy finish. We want our hair to look glossy, not greasy.

Ditch You Hairbrush to Show Care for Your Hair

Now we know what you are all thinking, curly hair is prone to tangles and knots so how can I possibly ditch my hairbrush? We aren’t suggesting you neglect brushing your hair altogether. Instead, we are recommending you opt for a wide-tooth comb. We know that this may be daunting at first, but trust the process. Additionally, when brushing your hair, ensure that you start from the bottom and work your way up to the root. So, you can gently detangle each knot rather than raking any tangles to your ends. As a result, you should experience less damage and breakage. Another way to make brushing your hair easier is to do it in the shower after conditioning as this is when your hair is the easiest to manage. Even better, you could ditch a brush altogether and just use your hands to detangle your curly hair.

 

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Forget Everything You Know About Drying Curly Hair

Put down the towel and step away from the hairdryer, your curls have the right to remain frizz-free. Using a normal towel to dry your locks can be one of the many reasons your curly hair suffers from the dreaded frizz. The reason why is because a cotton towel is too harsh on your hair and leads to snaps, breakages, and frizz instead, we suggest you use a microfibre towel or an old t-shirt. Another way you can dry curly hair without disturbing your hair cuticle is by using, the plopping method if you have never heard of plopping before follow our step by step below.

How to Plop Hair

  1. Take an old t-shirt or microfibre towel and lay it flat on a chair or your bed with the sleeves end closest to you.
  2. Place your hair in a bundle into the middle of the t-shirt.
  3. Then pick up the bottom end of the t-shirt and place it over your head so it is touching the nape of your neck.
  4. Now take hold of the sleeves and tie them at the back of your head.
  5. Tuck, adjust, and tighten until it feels secure.

Some people like to plop their hair for 10 to 20 minutes and then either let their hair air-dry or use a diffuser on it. Others prefer to plop their hair overnight; it is a case of trial and error. If you are still slightly confused on how to plop your hair watch the video below for more clarification.

Sweet Dreams for Sweet Curls

Have you ever gone to bed with freshly, washed, defined curls and then wake up in the morning to something that resembles a bird’s nest? That could be down to something as simple as what type of pillowcase you have. If you have a cotton pillowcase, then you have probably suffered from frizz in the morning since the cotton soaks up moisture from your hair. To avoid this, invest in a silk pillowcase so, there is no friction with your hair. An extra, way to control your curls at bedtime is by using the pineappling technique, which involves creating a loose, high ponytail on the top of your head. This hairstyle prevents frizz, knots, and tangles while you sleep. However, make sure you use a scrunchie as any other type of hair tie will leave a dent in the hair when you let it loose in the morning.

 

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Who Run the World? Curls

Now you should feel ready to take on the world with your newly, improved crown of curls. But remember that with curly hair there isn’t one straight forward path on your quest to the perfect curls. Unfortunately, there is a lot of experimenting when trying to find the right products and methods to suit your hair. Hopefully, we have provided you with enough tips and tricks to get you started on how to care for curly hair.

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