Want to keep your curls looking lush and beautiful? Curly hair can require a little more maintenance than straight hair due to it being generally dryer and more prone to knots. Fortunately, there are a growing number of products out there aimed at curly hair, which have made caring for curly hair a whole lot easier.
Curl Power: Caring For Curly Hair
Know Your Curls
There are multiple types of curly hair, ranging from a slight waviness to a full-on frizz. It’s important to know your specific hair type as this will help you to provide the right kind of care needed for your hair. Naturallycurly.com has a super helpful guide on determining the specific type of curly hair type you have. From wavy to curly to coily, their goal is to help clear up any confusion on what kind of curls you have so you can not only understand your hair type, but find the best products that work for your unique hair type, and most importantly, embrace it.
Protect Your Curls
Some people detest their curls and go through the hassle of using a flat iron on the reg. However, hair straighteners can be extremely damaging to hair, causing it to become brittle and weak over time. If you do choose to use a flat iron, make sure you use heat protectant hair products suitable for your hair type. Products with argan oil and shea butter, for example, help to protect hair from straightening tools that heat up to 450 degrees.
Use The Right Shampoo & Conditioner
When buying shampoo, look for a product specific to your hair type. Find shampoos that will tackle your hair’s buildup (dirt, debris and sebum) yet will add the moisture your hair needs. Shampoo and conditioner are your first line of defense for fighting dryness, preventing breakage, and keeping curly hair healthy.
Since curls are more fragile when wet, a leave-in conditioner is the best choice for sealing in moisture.
Comb, Don't Brush
Brushes are great for smooth, straight hair, but not so much for curly hair. All that tugging can damage the roots and possibly even lead to hair loss! Always use a wide-toothed comb whenever possible. Combing a leave-in conditioner while your hair is wet can help to minimise knots and tangles and will make the drying process much easier. Using a product to help define curls while combing will help to keep your hair tangle free, too.
Use A Tee Shirt, Not A Towel
Towels can be rough on your locks and can create knots in curly hair. Rather than drying your hair with a towel, why not try using a spare t-shirt? It may seem like a strange substitute for a towel, but its finer fibres can actually be perfect for your curly hair.
Another option would be to use a soft, microfiber towel. These towels are not only great for curly hair, but longer and thicker hair as well.
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Blow Dry With A Diffuser
A diffuser is an extension that fits on the end of your hairdryer to help more evenly distribute heat. This can help to prevent curly hair from turning into unwanted frizz. It’s worth paying extra for a premium quality diffuser that you know is going to work. Make sure to use a cool setting on your hairdryer to limit extra damage to your curls (not hairdryers have this setting, in which case it could be worth upgrading your hairdryer to one that does have this feature).
I hope you curly-haired girls have found this post useful. If you have any tips to add, let me know know in the comments below!