10 Pro Tips for Taking Care of Naturally Curly Hair
Curly hair is a blessing and a curse wrapped up in one package, and I’m sure those who’ve been living with it their entire lives will agree with me. On the one hand, it is hard to maintain (especially when the weather is all crazy) and challenging to style. But, on the other hand, it’s just so pretty and you never, ever want to give it up!
Well, don’t worry ladies. We’re going to help you out with all your curly-haired woes with these pro tips. Read on to find out how best you can take care of your curly hair!
1. Heat Protectant
We’ve already mentioned that crazy weather does crazy things to your hair, but the absolute worst of them all is heat. Hot weather makes your hair all dry and frizzy. It makes you go from looking like a cute curly-haired person to someone who’s just been electrocuted. That’s why heat protectant sprays are your best friend. You should always have a backup supply in case you run out. In fact, stock ’em like they’re going out of style!
2. Heat Styling Tools
The weather might be one thing, but what about all that heat you willingly apply on your hair. Yeah, we’re talking about your flat irons, curling wands, hair dryers, etc. The best advice when it comes to these is to avoid them all together. But, we know that that’s not always possible. So make sure to take adequate care to counteract the heat. This could include using a diffuser and the lowest setting on your hair dryer and using a heat protecting sprays/gels.
3. Shampoo and Conditioner
Yes, there are rules about shampoo and conditioner as well, like using the right product and not using cheap brands, because as a curly-haired girl “you’re worth it”. Ditch the drugstore brands, because they are often diluted and not effective on curly hair. You should also pick shampoo and conditioner specifically meant for damaged hair because curly hair is naturally drier and therefore prone to breakage.
4. Shampoo Breaks
So, you’ve got the right shampoo and conditioner, but how often should you be using them? Limit shampooing to a maximum of 2-3 times per week. Curly hair is dryer than straight hair and doesn’t need to be washed as often because shampooing actually draws the moisture out, contrary to popular belief. Instead, you can “co-wash” your hair more often. This just means using only conditioner (without shampoo) while showering, which will add moisture to it.
5. Getting a Haircut
Getting a fresh new haircut is an amazing feeling, but you don’t want your shiny new ‘do to look completely different from when you leave the salon to when you get home. This is most likely to happen if you get a “wet” cut, as curly hair tends to shrink when it is wet. So, request a dry cut at the salon, and also make sure not to style (straighten, etc.) it beforehand. This will make sure that what you see is exactly what you get.
6. Brushing It
Curly-haired girls know the struggle is real when trying to comb through thick locks of hair that are naturally inclined to tangle with each other. But be careful not to be too harsh on them, because it might cause damage and hair loss. When it comes to brushing, a wide-toothed comb and your fingers are your best friends. Another great tip is to brush it from the bottom upwards, slowly detangling each section of hair.
7. Say No
Avoid hair products that contain ingredients like sulfate, paraben, silicone, etc. These chemicals are quite strong and can be damaging to naturally curly hair. You might think “isn’t silicone plastic, how would that end up in my shampoo?” The truth is, more often than you think, so be vigilant!
8. Sleep Routine
You should have a sleep routine and setting that will give your curls the best chance to the best possible form of themselves. If you are in the habit of showering before sleep, make sure to dry your hair completely (gently towel using a cotton t-shirt and then air dry whenever possible). Otherwise, use a hair mask or hair oil to rejuvenate and moisturize your hair before bed. Also, the thing about satin pillows is true – they are the best for your hair!
9. The Pineapple Trick
Another trick that you can do overnight to make sure your curls are fuller and more defined is the “pineapple trick”. Basically, you gather all your hair loosely at the top of your head and tie it off before sleeping. Voila, come morning and your hair will be at maximum natural volume!
10. Trim Regularly
Curly-haired people know that its the ends of their hair that gives them the most trouble. We’re talking dry hair, split ends, yada yada yada…. One way to keep this problem in check is by trimming the very bottom regularly. This will make sure all damaged hair is cut off and your curls will have a natural bounciness. A good rule of thumb is to get a haircut when the hair at the crown of your hair starts to flatten out, about 10-12 weeks.