There are many articles and how-to videos on taking care of curly hair. However, there is one important detail missing from all that information. Every time I’m asked how I’m able to keep my curls looking so nice, I tell them that getting to know your own hair is important. It may sound strange but I’m asking you to trust me and read on. I’m not completely crazy.
Washing Curly Hair
The one thing about curly hair is that it frizzes and can look dry and dull at the drop of a hat. If you want to find out if it’s humid, all you have to do is stick your head out the bathroom window. So making sure your hair stays silky smooth is all about the right products and technique.
The shampoo and conditioner that is used can make a world of a difference. Spending a lot of money is not necessary; however being cheap is not the best option either. I recommend Tresemme flawless curls conditioner and shampoo. The conditioner is what’s going to keep your curls looking soft and not frizzy, so you want to pick out a product that feels silky and is thick in consistency.
To keep your hair from drying out, hairstylists recommend washing hair every other day. The shampoo can take away natural oils in the hair causing it to dry out. However, I still wash my hair every morning simply because if I don’t the curls look messy and frizzy. Once again, it’s important for everyone to get to know their own hair and do what works best for them.
I would highly recommend doing a deep conditioning treatment once a week. Wash your hair with shampoo, simply skip conditioner and put the treatment in. You can use a shower cap or a hair tie to keep your hair up and out of the way for five minutes. Also, a lukewarm shower is best because it will help activate the conditioner. A hot shower tends to dry out the scalp and hair. After 5 minutes simply rinse it out. Just make sure to do a few good rinses otherwise it will cause build up making hair look greasy.
Brushing and Styling Curly Hair
Alright ladies, styling is most important so pay attention. What I said before applies to this as well, products and technique is very important. The only way to know what products and which techniques work best is to get to know your hair. Everyone is different and everyone has different hair types. It’s not as simple as straight or curly. Keep on a lookout for my next article which will talk about different hair types more in detail.
Now, the first step I take in styling my hair is to wrap it up in a towel after my shower. I keep it wrapped for approximately twenty minutes or so. This allows for hair to dry half way. While you’re waiting multitask. Wash your face and put makeup on. By the time you’re done it’ll be time to take your hair out.
Once time is up and my hair is out I brush it with a wide tooth comb. Brushes where the bristles are close will separate the natural curl making it look frizzy. Also, do not brush dry hair! Only brush curly hair when it is wet. Otherwise it will cause frizz.
After brushing I put in Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Smoothie Bodifying Lotion. You can use which ever hair gel you like. Try to stay away from any that has alcohol in it because it’ll dry out your hair. Make sure, when applying, to go from root to tip but really focusing on the middle to end of the hair strands. Also, I like flipping my hair and scrunching in the product. I do not run my fingers through it because it’ll only separate the curls more. Flipping your hair and working with it that way allows for more body at the crown. I would recommend trying it and seeing what works for you.
Once you’re done applying the lotion (or gel) let it air dry. That is very important! Do not blow dry curly hair. If you must do it, then I recommend doing it when it’s almost completely dry and using a diffuser. Otherwise the blow dryer will dry out your hair and cause frizz. The diffuser allows the air to be more concentrated on your curls than just blowing it anywhere and everywhere.
Once your hair is dry put in mouse. I like Got 2b Kinky curling mousse. Tresemme curling mousse works well but I prefer Got 2b Kinky. When applying mousse first concentrate on the middle to the ends of your hair. I, once again, flip my hair and scrunch it in. Don’t do big chunks of mousse when applying it. What happens is it tends to mainly chunk up in one spot. If you do little bits of mousse, the size of a golf ball, it is better distributed.
Straightening Curly Hair
My last tip would be on straightening. Anytime you want to straighten your hair always, always, always put in some kind of heat protection. It keeps your hair healthy, which means it keeps your hair looking beautiful.
After a shower I brush my hair with a regular brush (not a wide tooth comb). Once it’s all brushed I put in whatever heat protection product I have, making sure I cover all strands. Once again don’t over do it, build up makes your hair look greasy. Then I blow dry it until my hair is completely dried.
Once it’s dried I separate my hair into sections, pulling up one fourth of my hair leaving the bottom out to straighten. I then take chunks or sections out of the bottom hair and before running my straightener through it I apply leave-in conditioner. Not a lot because I don’t want my hair to burn but just enough. After you run your straightener through you’ll notice it feels like silk. Slowly work your way up, sectioning off your hair then straightening it.
Now remember ladies, curly hair can be a lot to manage and difficult at times. Just remember, once you found what works best for you, those curls can be beautiful and fun to play with. Don’t forget many people would die for hair like yours… just finding what works for you is key. Also don’t forget to watch out for my next article. It’s going to be on different hair types (i.e. oily or frizzy, curly or straight, etc.) and the science behind it.