Curly hair can be a bother to take care of. Try using these tips to get healthier and better looking curls!
1. Shampoo Less
If you have curly hair you should wash it with 100% sulfate-free shampoo. Also you should try to wash your hair less frequently, every 2-3 days if you have fine hair and about once a week if you have normal hair. On other days, try something known as “co-washing”, washing your hair with a cleansing conditioner. Moisture is good for curly hair because it reduces frizz and keeps the natural curl intact.
2. Make Sure to Use Lots of Conditioner
The fact of the matter is that the curlier the hair the longer it takes for the natural oils on your scalp to travel to the tips of your hair. This ultimately creates drier hair on the bottom. Therefore you should maximize the amount of moisture you provide your hair with. Start in the shower, always be sure to use hydrating conditioner on your hair. After showering, use products that double as leave in conditioner to make sure that you lock in that moisture.
3. Don’t Use a Brush
Using a brush disturbs the curl formation and creates frizz. Brushes are also harsh on hair therefore they are likely to cause breakage to your hair. Instead you should run your fingers through your hair after taking a shower. If there are some major knots in your hair use a wide-toothed comb to get them out.
4. Don’t Use Too Much Heat
Although hot irons might be a great way to get sleek straight hair they can also be very damaging to your natural curls. Excess heat on your hair alters its natural proteins that give curls their spiral shape. Therefore, if you have to use a hot iron, make sure that you don’t set the temperature to more than 400 degrees.
5. Don’t Towel Dry Your Hair
Most of us have the bad habit of towel drying our hair when we get out of the shower. However, towel drying your hair, especially if it’s naturally curly, ruffles your cuticles which causes fizziness once it dries. Therefore, try cutting down on the amount of friction that’s involved with drying your hair.
6. Use a Silk Pillowcase as Opposed to A Cotton One
This is a little known fact but cotton pillowcases soak up the moisture in your hair during the night. This tends to create frizz for curly hair. Cotton pillowcases can also cause breakage during the night since they create more friction between the hair and the material. To avoid this, try using a silk pillowcase instead!
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