Being a curly girl means having the spotlight on your hair as it’s generally the first thing someone notices, and yes we can not deny the joys of having such beautiful locks, but no one knows how high maintenance curly hair is.
Our hair routines consist of washing, setting, detangling, and air drying. Not only is it time-consuming but if the wrong products are used your routine can go from beneficial to detrimental in a matter of minutes. But with these 8 essential tips to completely revamp your curly hair, not only will your hair stay healthy, but it will become easier to manage.
1. Avoid alcohol and sulfates
It’s really important to use products that are designed for curly hair, such as alcohol and sulfate-free products. Sulfates and alcohols are known to strip the hair of its natural oils. This makes your hair drier and more prone to tangling or matting.
Going for sulfate and alcohol-free cleansers maintains the natural oils on the scalp and hair, which ultimately leaves your hair with more moisture.
Try doing a pre-shampoo treatment as it helps with detangling and removing frizz from your hair.
2. Water temperature matters
Coldwater closes the scalp’s cuticles, which makes it hard to effectively clean your hair.
Hot water, might not have a direct impact on your hair but it does affect the health of your scalp, which can lead to hair shedding.
Therefore it is best to wash your hair with warm water and do a final rinse with cold water as the cold, water will close your hair cuticles, making it less prone to grease and frizz.
3. Microfiber towels
Using an ordinary towel can cause severe damage to your hair. The constant rubbing of your hair with the towel can cause hair fall and breakage, and the rubbing can cause the hair cuticle to open and cause frizz.
Your best option is replacing your day-to-day cotton towel with a microfiber towel as they prevent hair breakage, promote moisture, and prevents frizz.
No microfiber towel, no problem. Simply use a cotton t-shirt and you good to go. Simply dry your hair with a cotton shirt and scrunch the leftover water. Air drying is the best option but if time is against you, opting in for a diffuser is a good second choice.
4. Hair Mask
A hair mask is excellent for many reasons and adding one to your weekly wash day will greatly benefit your hair. The mask serves many purposes, namely, reducing frizz and reducing hair breakage.
There are a variety of hair masks that target different needs so it’s important to find one that’s best for your hair type.
5. Never brush your curly hair
Out with the hairbrush and in with a wide-tooth comb. Make sure to comb your hair out before shampooing and gently finger-comb your hair after your final rinse.
Never brush your wet hair as it is more prone to breakage. But gently comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb.
6. Hair Styling
The purpose of protective hairstyles is actually in the name, as they play a big role in hair growth. They can also help reduce knots and tangles. Braids, which is a personal fav for me, are an example of protective styling.
7. Bonnets and head wraps
Before bed, it is crucial to protect your hair, which can be done with protective essentials like bonnets, head wraps, and or silk pillowcases.
The main purpose of bonnets and head wraps is to protect your hair from the harmful fabrics of your pillowcase. They also help keep your curls overnight and help your hair retain moisture while eliminating frizz.
If you already have a silk pillowcase getting a bonnet is optional.
8. Limit your use of heating tools
The temperature from heat styling tools such as hot irons and curlers can remove the natural texture of your curls. Hence leaving your hair damaged and dull.
If you do choose to use heat tools make sure to use them in moderation and use them with a good heat-protecting spray.
With these essential tips, your curls will surely thank you.