Updated: Feb 15
Anyone with curly hair has heard it: Your hair is so pretty, I wish I had curly hair!
It's meant to be a compliment, but curly girls know that having a good curly hair day is so much harder than it looks. Curls can be unpredictable, unruly, and difficult to control, and there are days when your wild curls probably feel less than enviable. Curly hair is different from other hair textures. It requires more hydration, less washing, and, if we are being honest, more patience than straighter hair types. But curly hair doesn't have to feel like a curse! These tips will help you find the best curls of your life with minimal effort, some will even give you better hair while you get your beauty sleep.
1. Always comb your hair from the bottom up.
Detangling hair from the bottom up allows you to gently detangle each knot, rather than compounding knots toward the bottom and yanking your way through. To protect hair from damage and to detangle efficiently, use a wide-tooth comb, never a brush, to rake through curly hair.
2. Get regular trims to avoid split ends.
Damaged hair is never a good look (not to mention split ends can make your hair frizzy). If you want healthy curls that look bouncy and fresh, head to the hairstylist every six to eight weeks for a quick trim.
3. Use the product to define and hydrate curls.
Product cock-tailing is simply mixing two or more products together to meet your specific styling needs. If you don't have the patience for cocktailing, your best bet for a one-stop solution is a serum, which helps to not only smooth your curls but gives them definition and separation.
4. Incorporate a conditioning treatment into your regimen.
Like most curly girls, if you find that your curls are routinely looking dried-out or frizzy towards the ends, you should probably incorporate a leave-in conditioner into your product cocktail.
5. Use a diffuser to even out your curl pattern and add more body.
By dispersing your hair dryers stream of hot air into a larger space, a hair diffuser can minimise a lot of the frizz that comes when curly hair is naturally air-dried. Plus, it can help even out your curl pattern and boost the volume of heavy curls, giving more body to your hair.
6. Refresh curls with a curling iron or wand.
A curling wand is a great tool to fine-tune naturally curly hair. It allows you to reshape curls exactly where they need some TLC, whether it be at mid-strand, the root, or the end, without having to roll the entire strand up in the iron. The result is perfectly defined curls in just a few minutes time.
7. Choose Your Shampoo for Curly Hair Wisely.
Think of your curly hair as your delicate designer dress. You wouldn’t wash your dress with a harsh detergent, and you shouldn’t cleanse your curls with a harsh shampoo. Use a mild shampoo or a low-lather cleansing conditioner that will refresh your hair and scalp without stripping away too much of its natural moisture and oils. Many curly girls even go a step further and dilute their shampoos or cleansing conditioners with distilled water.
8. Turn down the Hot Water.
Yes, a cold water shampoo and/or rinse doesn’t make for the most luxurious hair washing
experience. But cold water will snap those cuticles shut, which in turn will lock in moisture, make your hair shinier and reduce frizz.
9. Be a Satin Doll.
Speaking of bed, that’s another spot that can make or break your curls. Rough cotton pillowcases can cause your coils to tangle and frizz. Outfit your bed (or at least your pillows) with smooth satin pillowcases. Or wrap your hair in a satin scarf or bonnet to keep curls sleek and intact.
10. Skip Daily Shampoos.
Curly hair doesn’t need to be shampooed as frequently as straight hair. Frequent shampooing can stretch and stress out fragile strands, and dry out thirsty curls. However, the conditioner is your friend. Welcome that friend into the shower with you frequently, applying conditioner even if you don’t shampoo your hair.
Lastly, wear curly hair with attitude. People pay money to perm their hair. If you have natural curls, you are lucky. Embrace them!
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