Learn to take care of curly hair to help you get the bouncy, defined curls you crave.
Curly hair can be a blessing and a curse. Those gorgeous bouncy curls are the envy of straight-haired girls everywhere, but they can be difficult to care for. Curly hair is formed when the hair follicle grows in an oval shape rather than the perfectly round circle of a straight hair strand—and you have genetics to thank for that! The unique bends, coils, and curves of curly hair make it difficult for the scalp’s natural oils to travel down the strand. So while straight-haired gals often struggle with greasy hair, curly girls have to contend with dryness, breakage, and frizz.
Because of its delicate nature, having curly hair means having to put in a little extra time and effort to get the soft, enviable ringlets you crave. But with the right products and styling techniques for your specific type of curly hair, you can flaunt your natural curls with pride. Here’s how to take care of your curly hair and say goodbye to dryness and frizz for good.
Curly hair is thirsty hair, so hydration is key. Look for deeply hydrating shampoos, conditioners, and styling products specifically formulated for curly hair to help give life and definition to your curls. Here are some tips for keeping your curls soft, defined, and hydrated.
Over-washing curly hair can strip away the natural oils your hair needs to stay shiny, healthy, and moisturized. Because curly hair is naturally drier than straight hair, shampooing once a week is enough to clean without stripping away too much moisture. When you do shampoo, use a shampoo designed for curly hair.
Look for a curl-defining conditioner infused with hydrating oils and other moisturizing ingredients like glycerin. Apply conditioner both before and after shampooing to soften and detangle your curls. On no ‘poo days, refresh your curls by using just conditioner in the shower.
Skipping the shower today? Work in a frizz-fighting hair oil on dry hair to keep your curls feeling soft and hydrated without losing their bounce. For extra dry, frizzy curls, try a repairing hair mask once a week.
As important as it is to keep curly hair hydrated, protein is what gives your strands strength, structure, and elasticity. Alternate moisturizing conditioners with formulas containing strengthening ingredients like vital nutrients and silk protein to strike a delicate balance between limp, lifeless curls, and brittle, crunchy curls.
When it comes to hair, heat equals dryness and damage. And as we’ve learned, curly hair is already dry by nature. Instead of using heat tools, rely on curl-defining products to style your mop. And if you must blow-dry, use a diffuser on the lowest setting to disperse the heat and minimize friction. When you shower, rinse your locks with cool water to seal the cuticle and lock in moisture.
Curly hair can be finicky. It may take some trial and error to find the products that work best for your curly hair type and texture. But whether you need a cocktail of styling products to achieve the perfect curl or you find one magical do-it-all product that gives you the look you crave, hydrating, humidity-fighting formulas are a must. Here are our top tips for styling curly hair—without the heat.
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