How to Care for Curly Hair
Have you spend a lot of money trying to get gorgeous curls? There few hairstyles can compete with healthy, bouncing curls without any frizz. Caring for your curly hair will bring out the best in it; just keep in mind a few basics:
- Moisturize! The single biggest problem with curly hair is its tendency to be dry. Always use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, preferably one that is formulated especially for curly hair. A good moisturizing conditioner that won't flatten out your curls. Try to avoid anything which strips curly hair.
- Wash hair only every other day -- condition every day.
- Hop into the shower, rinse your hair out with warm water and apply conditioner throughout, but try to avoid the roots.
- Comb your hair out, parting it as you go. Try a semi-cold rinse, that seals the hair cuticle, making it extra shiny. Let your hair drip after your shower is done, but do not touch.
- A good haircut is vital to maximizing curl. A cut with long layers will allow curls to fall nicely without creating too much bulk. Get a trim every 8-10 weeks to keep your hair looking its best.
- Experiment with hair products. Start with a little; too much product can leave hair feeling stiff or greasy.
- When you do blow dry your hair, use a diffuser.
- Avoid wringing or rubbing it with a towel. Gently scrunch out most of the water with your fingers while you're still in the shower.
- Let it air dry for about 15 minutes, but do not touch or comb your hair. If your hair is very thick or frizzes easily you may want to put in hair products immediately after getting out of the shower.
- Choose a good leave-in-conditioner or cream. Apply to bottom 3/4 of hair. Spread product onto both palms and scrunch in gently. Leave-in-conditioner can be reasonably priced.
- Scrunch in a liquidy gel designed to combat frizz (this step is optional).
- Put in some curl-defining mousse or gel. Spread product onto both palms and scrunch in gently. Alternatively, rake in the product with your hands and then scrunch the curls back in. This is good for wavier hair types. Also experiment with scrunching upside down to give your roots a lift.
- Shape the hair by scrunching it some more and twirling pieces around a finger.
- Let the hair air-dry preferably. Do not touch while drying or your hair will frizz. If you must, blow-dry your hair on the coolest/slowest setting with a diffuser until it is about 80% dry to avoid frizz.And do not blow dry hair every day; it will damage and dry out hair. Only do it if you really need to.
- Choose a hairdresser experienced in curly/dry hair. A lot of hairdressers who are more experienced with mainly straight hair don't understand the needs of curvaceous cuties.
- Have your hairdresser help you choose a hairstyle that is easy to maintain- preferably one that just requires a wet-and-go approach. Long layers are often create a great shape and make the hair easier to untangle.
- Visit your stylist at least three times a year to trim split ends and reshape your hair if it is healthy (more if not). Don't let your hairstylist use a razor to layer your hair (although long layers good). Razors cause ratty looking ends which will contribute to split ends.
- It helps to have your hair cut with thinning shears. Have a skilled hairdresser do this. It really helps in taming the embarrassing pyramid pouf.
- Avoid heat at all costs. Don't straighten your curls very often--curly hair is much more fun to look at, play with, and to twirl! Also, do not brush curly hair dry, unless you want a 'fro.
- Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
- Frizz controlling serum, gel and mousse.
- Ionic blow dryer with diffuser attachment.
- Curling iron (optional).