Okay, so you’ve got the “curly hair curse” and you’re at your wit’s end with the unruly frizz and split ends. Women with straight hair often try to copy your look, and you cannot help but wonder, why? Then, you see women with beautiful, soft curls and you don’t understand why you got ripped off. Maybe you’re not even considering what you might be doing to make your curly hair worse, or what you could be doing differently to get those soft and silky curls.
Here are some tips about how to care for your soon-to-be beautiful hair:
Cut down on your shampooing or don’t shampoo at all. Yes, that’s right. Less shampoo or no shampoo at all is the best choice for curly hair. If you feel the need to shampoo more often, then use a 100% sulfate-free shampoo. Why? Because the ingredient sodium lauryl sulphate can be found in most shampoos and this sucks even more moisture out of your hair, leaving curly hair frizzy and dry.
Condition, repeat, and condition again! We know, conditioning is a no-brainer for most hair types, but the reason we stress this for curly hair is because the curlier the hair, the longer it takes for oils to travel from the scalp to the bottom half of your hair. Use a conditioner that is specifically designed for curly hair. You can also use products that double as a leave-in to help deliver that extra moisture. Just make sure you choose a product that is light and won’t weigh your hair down.
Style hair when it’s wet. An interesting technique to try is to take your desired styling product and rake it through your sopping wet hair. This will help control the frizz without having that stiff or crusty feeling. Use your hands to rake the product through your hair from root to tip and scrunch and squeeze toward your scalp. Let it dry and enjoy softer curls.
Limit products containing alcohol. One of the main reasons your hair gets that crunchy noodle look is because most styling products contain alcohol and that sucks even more moisture from your hair. Try using water soluble gels or try these top-rated products: Kinky-Curly Original Custard, or Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip.
Use a diffuser if you blow-dry. When you use a regular nozzle, it actually causes a disruption in your hair’s natural curl pattern because it focuses all of the heat in one spot. Diffusers distribute heat evenly and dry your hair all over.
Forget about using a brush. Brush bristles actually fray the hair even more. Use your fingers to comb through curls and refresh wilting ones with a curl reactivator. Products like Redken’s Curvaceous Wind-up have rave reviews, or you can make your own using some conditioner and four parts tap water. Put in a spray bottle, spray on your hair, and lightly scrunch. Use a wide-tooth comb to help comb through knots.
Get a dry cut. When it comes to curly hair, a dry cut and wet cut have two completely different outcomes. When you cut it wet, it scrunches up and takes on a completely new form, but a dry cut will leave you and your hairdresser with no surprises!