We always want what we don’t have. In my case, that’s curly hair. It’s so fun and cute, unlike my straight hair, which is as flat as a board and never seems to hold volume for more than a couple of hours in a row. So frustrating! But curly hair, as gorgeous as it may be, comes with its own set of challenges too. It’s drier and so more prone to split ends, more affected by humidity, and more difficult to style.
Some women are so frustrated with their curly locks to resort to flat irons to turn them into a straight and sleek mane. But if you’d rather keep your gorgeous curls, here a few tips and tricks to take care of them. With the right techniques and products, it’s easier than you think.
1. Choose gentle and moisturizing shampoo
Curly hair tends to be dry, so it needs gentle shampoos that won’t dry it out even more. Paul Mitchell Curls Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo and Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish + Strengthen Shampoo are both great options to consider. They contain gentle surfactants that won’t strip all the natural oil from your hair and are loaded with conditioning agents to give your locks that badly needed extra boost of moisture.
2. Don’t wash hair too often
The less you wash your hair, the better. I’m not suggesting you go days without washing it, especially if your hair is oily, but only that you don’t wash it more than it is really necessary. Overwashing it will only dry it out even more. And the towel-drying, combing, and blowdrying required after washing can further damage hair if you’re not careful. Hair is very fragile and pretty much anything can damage it. While some of this damage is inevitable, you don’t want to manipulate hair too much. The less you do so, the better.
3. Leave conditioners on as long as possible
Just like dry and damaged hair, curly hair is badly in need of moisture. So, when shopping for a conditioner, opt for a rich and conditioning formula such as TRESemme Smooth & Silky Conditioner. It has one of the most moisturizing formulas I’ve ever come across and costs only $5.99. Your hair will also great benefit from a leave-in conditioner. That’s because the more you leave conditioning ingredients on your hair, the better they’ll work, and the more hydrated your hair will be. My favourites for curly hair are EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural Leave In Conditioner, which contains huge amounts of hair-penetrating oils such coconut and avocado oils, and Beauty Without Cruelty Leave-In Conditioner, which contains both oils and synthetic (but good!) conditioning agents.
4. Blot (not rub) your hair dry
Be super careful when towel drying your hair. Don’t rub! This will cause damage and lead to frizzy hair. Instead, gently blot the water out of your hair with the towel.
5. Use a diffuser to blowdry hair
The heat from the blowdryer can dry hair, leaving it brittle and lifeless. Ideally, it would be best to let hair air-dry, but that’s not always possible. In that case, keep your blow dryer on a low setting and attach a diffuser to it. A diffuser reduces the impact of the hot air blowing over your hair, preventing it from becoming dry and helping the curls to maintain their shape.
6. Don’t brush
Brushing hair can cause frizz too. Instead, gently detangle your locks with the help of a wide-tooth plastic comb. Or, better yet, use your fingers to do the job.
7. Tame unruly curls
Do you want sculpted curls without the crunch? Try Garnier Fructis Style Curl Sculpting Gel. It works great for those with thick, curly hair that need a lot of hold.Those who prefer less hold and a more lightweight formula can opt for DevaCurl Light Defining Gel instead. If you want some volume too, Paul Mitchell Extra Body Thicken Up is a great option to consider.
Do you have curly hair? If so, how do you take care of it?