Curly hair is unique. It bends and curves and coils. Because of all the twists and turns, it can be fragile and delicate. And because of its curvy nature, the natural oils produced by the scalp to soften and protect strands have a harder time traveling from top to bottom. As a result, curly girls often experience low levels of moisture. In essence, curly hair is thirsty hair. For girls with naturally curly hair, the hair care regimen is completely different.
1. Skip Daily Shampoos: Curly hair doesn’t need to be shampooed as frequently as straight hair. Frequent shampooing can stretch and stress out fragile strands, and dry out thirsty curls.
2. Choose your shampoo wisely: You wouldn’t wash your cashmere sweater with a harsh detergent, and you shouldn’t cleanse your curls with a harsh shampoo. Use a mild shampoo or a low-lather cleansing conditioner.
3. Careful washing: Rubbing, scrubbing, swirling or piling your hair on top of your head while shampooing can be disastrous for curls. Be gentle.
4. Turn Down the Hot Water: Yes, a cold water shampoo and/or rinse doesn’t make for the most luxurious hair washing experience. But cold water will snap those cuticles shut, which in turn will lock in moisture, make your hair shinier and reduce frizz.
5. Use Deep Hair Conditioner. A Lot: After shampooing, apply a deep conditioner.
6. Avoid Frizz: To keep curls intact and avoid frizz, opt for micro-fiber towels or a soft cotton t-shirt to blot excess moisture. Wait at least 30 minutes before removing the shirt or towel. Excess moisture will be absorbed and your curls will remain defined and frizz-free.
7. Comb Correctly: Comb with care and use seamless, snag-free combs. Invest in the best possible quality comb.
8. Lay Off the Heat: Blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons—all of these thermal tools lead to breakage. If you’re a hot tool addict, try to wean yourself off of the heat. Opt for air drying on the weekends or at night. Set your hair in twists or on foam rollers and let it dry naturally.
How do you protect your curls?