There are many things that only women with natural curly hair know – like how painful (and irritating) it is to have something tangled in your hair, and how unpredictable your style can be. We’ve all had moments of envy towards our straight-haired friends (they have it so easy!), but ultimately there’s something irresistibly gorgeous about curls, and we wouldn’t change them for the world. They can often be vulnerable to breakage though, so the big challenge is how to manage curly hair so that it stays its glossy, bouncy, voluminous best. These tips should help…
Unlike straight hair, curly hair tends to lack moisture and dry out easily, making it more difficult to care for.
The amount of curl in your hair is influenced by your hair follicles. People with curly hair tend to have more oval or asymmetrical follicles. This, of course, is determined by your genetics.
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.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
With curly hair, you’ll always want to focus on products that help add moisture to the hair and avoid any hair product that’s going to dry out or weigh hair down.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
hydrolyzed silk and animal proteins
panthenol and provitamins
plant extractsWhile you may not want to wash your hair every day, when you do, use a mild shampoo which contains gentler cleansing agents as well as added conditioning agents.
If your hair is oily or dirty, you should still use a stronger clarifying shampoo once every 1 or 2 weeks. Always follow shampooing with a conditioner to help lock in moisture.
Pre-shampoo treatment If you have very coarse or curly hair, you may want to try using a pre-shampoo treatment.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to condition only after cleansing. You can use a conditioner both before and after you shampoo.
Coarse, curly hair tends to lose moisture very quickly. Using a conditioner before shampooing in theory helps to protect the hair strand so that the shampoo won’t strip the hair of its natural oils.
Hot or cold water?
Hot water tends to strip moisture from hair and leave it dry. Washing hair with cold water and avoiding hot water will help you retain moisture and strength.
Rinsing your hair with cool water also helps seal the hair cuticle.
Avoid split ends
Split ends are hard to avoid completely. Also, there’s really no way to repair them except cutting them off.
The best way to avoid split ends is to be very gentle with your curly locks.
To prevent split ends:
Use a detangler when brushing to avoid pulling and yanking.
Try not to tie your hair back into tight ponytails or buns.
Make sure to use a wide-tooth comb.
Stay away from heat tools.
Get a trim from a professional stylist roughly every 2 to 3 months.