Caring for Curly Hair: Tips and Tricks
Unlike straight hair, curly hair tends to lack moisture and dry out easily, making it more difficult to care for.
If you’re looking to add more bounce and shine to your natural curls, we break down the tips and tricks you need for keeping your hair healthy.
How to take care of naturally curly hair
1.Choose the right shampoo and conditioner
Look for a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for curly hair.In general, look for products that include:natural or essential oils like coconut oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, and avocado oil
2. Avoid excessive shampooing
Curly hair can easily become dry. Over-shampooing can strip your hair of its natural moisture. Also, look for moisturizing ingredients in your conditioner. Conditioning ensures your hair cuticles are sealed and protected from environmental damage.
3. Pre-Shampoo Treatment
Pre-shampooing your curls will help detangle your hair and remove frizz.
Part your hair and apply a hair mask or conditioning oil to dry hair. Leave in conditioner for 20 minutes. You can wear a shower cap or towel to trap heat and open up your cuticles. This ensures that the conditioner penetrates the hair well.
4. Never Brush Curly Hair
Resist the urge to brush your curls. Detangle curls with a wide-toothed comb before shampooing. After washing your hair, just run your fingers through your hair. Never comb wet hair as it is more prone to breakage and damage.
5. Always Use Cold Water For Hair
A hot shower will wash away the natural oils, or sebum, from your scalp and hair. It also opens the cuticle, making strands prone to frizz and breakage. Whether you're shampooing or conditioning your hair, rinsing with cold water is the safest bet.
6. Trim To Avoid Split Ends
Trim hair every 6-8 weeks to remove split ends and damaged hair. Curls also need to look and feel healthy.
7. Curly Hair Sleep Routine
Hair care experts swear by the pineapple trick as part of your curls' sleeping routine. Tie all hair into a bun or loose ponytail on top of the head. This way, there will be less friction between the hair and the pillowcase. Switch to satin or silk pillowcases instead of cotton ones to reduce friction.