Us curly-haired girls are both blessed and cursed. On a good day you’ll get comments like: “OMG I’d love it if my hair was naturally curly or you’re SOOO lucky you don’t have to straighten your hair.” But on a bad day there are no words. Just silent stares at the frizzy bush on top of your head.
It’s safe to say that although having curly hair is nice, managing it is a bit of a challenge. Even more so if it’s short (like moi.) Our straight-haired friends will never understand how much of an effort it can be. We’ve compiled some of our top tips to help you take care of your unruly curls.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Curly hair is more prone to dryness and breakage, so it’s important to use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Opt for SLS-free shampoos as they tend to be more gentle on the hair. Also rinse your conditioner off with cold water to help your hair look sleeker and feel shinier.
Oh yeah. You read right. Embrace the grease. Well just for a little while anyway in the form of oil! You can try any oil you want a few options are: Argan, Coconut or Almond. You can either apply it the night before or a few hours before. Just rub it into the ends and massage it into your scalp. Then wash it off in the shower. Voila. This will help your help feel and look smoother.
Wet Hair DO Care
Brushing your hair while wet is a big no no. It causes your hair to break and stresses the follicles. Not to mention the frizz. Oh my. The FRIZZ! Opt to use a nice wide tooth and gently to detangle any naughty knotted curls.
Don’t be too Rough
Pat it dry with a soft towel rather than rub. It causes a lot more damage to your locks than you might think. Also when you’re drying your hair with a hairdryer make sure you’ve got a diffuser on it. It minimises frizz by evenly distributing the heat.
Definitely keep them pesky ends in check. Try to have a trim every 6-8 weeks, it’ll help keep your hair looking healthy and shiny. Also go for a dry cut rather than full-on wash, cut and blow. A dry cut ensures you can see exactly what is happening to your curls. You’ve probably been there when you’ve gone for a wet cut and ended up getting it much shorter than expected. *SO annoying*
Finding the right styling products that you like and actually work can take a bit of trial and error. From personal experience using natural options like shea butter or oil works magic. Although it does depend on individual hair types. No harm in giving it a whirl though!
Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase
A silk pillowcase helps cuts down on friction and keeps your hair smooth. Cotton tends to soak up moisture from your hair, causing more frizz. Plus, cotton fibres also tug on hair as you toss and turn, which can lead to breakage.
Hope these tips help control and hydrate your curly locks.