Curls require a lot of attention and care, but when cared for properly, they are oh so worth the time. Whether you have never rocked curls before or if you have been showing them off for years, we have the answers you need to keep your curls full, healthy, and gorgeous.
The Curly Hair Family
One of the most important steps in understanding your curls is knowing what type of curls that you have. Curl care is always important, but different types of curls may require more attention than others. Your hair may be just a little wavy, full of defined ringlets, or even coily!
Each hair type requires different levels of care, so knowing your hair is very important. If you are not sure what your hair type is, ask your stylist for help.
Try Less Shampoo
Curls do not need a lot of shampoo. Using less shampoo overall will leave your curls shinier, healthier, and fuller. If you are shampooing every day, maybe try to go a day or two without it and when it is time to wash it, use less product. Unless you have a sizable mane, you shouldn’t be using more shampoo than the size of two American quarters.
No Brush? No Problem!
Brushes are not ideal for curly hair. If you have ever tried brushing out your curls, you probably find that they fall flat and lose their natural sheen. If you are trying to show off your curls, do away with hairbrush altogether. You can pick up a comb instead!
When combing your hair, try starting at the bottom and work your way up. You can also use this bottom-to-top method when applying hair products, including conditioner and shampoo (if you choose to keep shampoo in your routine).
Schedule Regular Haircuts
The more texture that your hair has, the easier it is for your ends to start fraying. Often referred to as dead ends or split ends, fraying hair can be a nightmare for anyone. Unfortunately, curly hair is much more likely to experience split ends than other hair types. To keep split ends at bay, it is best that you have your ends cut once every six to nine weeks.
Because curly hair appears longer when it is wet, be sure to ask your stylist about a dry cut. This will assure that your hair looks exactly like you want it to. If you have it cut while it’s wet, you may end up with much shorter locks than you intended.
Most curly-headed kings and queens have slept on beautiful curls only to wake up to frizziness or flatness. While you may not have a satin pillowcase, you can always opt for a satin cap to keep your curls safe. When you wake up, you will have minimal frizz and by extension, a shortened hair routine!
The No-Towel Trick
After you take a shower, use something soft and cotton on your hair (a t-shirt will work) rather than a harsh, absorbent towel. Just squeeze your hair softly into the shirt to get the excess water out. You will see less frizzing than you would if you had used a towel.
If you live in a humid zone, you may not even know that it’s helping your curls (minus the frizz)! However, any curl fans in the desert or other arid zones know that the dryness can make curls fall flat. If your home does not have a humidifier, invest in a small room humidifier. This will keep your curls full, healthy, and anything but flat. If you experience any frizzing, adjust the amount of time you spend in a humid room until you no longer see significant frizz.
Frizz control products are an absolute must for anyone with curly hair, especially if you live in extremely humid regions. While humidity does help define your curls, it can also leave them frizzy and difficult to manage if you are exposed to too much of it. Seal your cuticles with frizz control products before strong humidity is able to penetrate them. This results in bouncy, frizz-free curls!
While it may sound unrelated, how you eat may actually be affecting the health of your curly hair. Make sure you are taking in lots of good fats, fruits, and vegetables. If your body is healthy on the inside, it reflects on the outside–even when it comes to your hair! Some healthy recommendations to supplement your diet are:
- Seafood (especially oysters and fish)
- Lean meats
- Low-fat yogurt
- Citrus (lemons, limes, oranges, etc.)
- Pumpkin seeds
Be Open to Heatless Curls
If your curls often fall flat but you have never tried heatless curls, you are missing out. Without using heat, you can achieve full, lovely ringlets. After showering and towel-drying (or using the no-towel method), wrap ringlets of hair around a hair doughnut until you have pulled back all of your locks. You can also try rolling it up in small pins! Depending on the type of hair that you have, you may want to consider some of the following products:
- Frizz control
- Hair wax
- Style gel
See how one woman goes heatless:
Adore Your Hair
The most important part about having curls is loving them. Loving them means taking care of them, and with some experience, you will learn how to better care for your curly hair each and every day.