Many of us with curly hair spend hours upon hours in order to get sleek straight hair, to then curl it with a curling iron. I’m guilty of putting my curls through the heat gauntlet of hair dryers, straighteners and curling irons. I always preferred the clean look of straight hair over curly hair that was because I never found the perfect products to showcase my curls. After experimenting with different products and care techniques, I found the best way to care for my curls and I’ve learned to embrace my curls.
Hair care routine in a snap
shampoo my hair 2- 3 times a week
Condition my 3-4 times a week.
Comb my hair with a wide-comb brush before stepping out of the shower
Apply Leave in conditioner and styling product when my hair is still wet.
Let my hair either air dry or dry with a diffuser
Once a week I use a hair mask to restore moisture to my locks.
Curly Hair Care Tips
Because of the shape of curly hair, it is difficult for the oils from the scalp to make it down to the tip of the strands. For this reason, avoid using products and sprays with high alcohol content. Hair sprays have the highest alcohol content, gels and aerated mouses have a lower alcohol content.
I recommend using products that are sulfate and paraben free. Most shampoos contain sulfates and parabens, which are too harsh for already dry curly hair. When washing your hair use the shampoo on the scalp only and condition the roots. This method cleanses the scalp and removes any build-up, yet it maintains the moisture to the tip of your hair. Keep the shampoo on your scalp for as little time as possible, the longer the shampoo is in your hair, the more it will dry it out. I shampoo my hair 2-3 times a week and condition it about 3-4 times a week.
The key to keeping curly hair hydrated is to condition, condition, condition. When conditioning your hair, start at the bottom tips and work your way up to the scalp. I try and avoid getting too much conditioner on my scalp, it can weigh your hair down making it look oily.
Shampoo and Conditioners
A hairbrush should not come anywhere near your curls. Brushing your curls separates your curls, causing frizz which leads to dullness and breakage. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb when your hair is still wet. I comb my hair even before stepping out of the shower.
Wet Hair – don’t care
Apply your products to wet hair. This helps to maintain your natural curls and avoids frizzy hair. When your hair drys with the product in it, it will hold your curl better. Start with placing your products from the roots and work your way down.
When adding styling products, section your hair and apply the product section by section to ensure your get full coverage and avoid missing any ares.
Some of my Favorite products are below, click the pictures to shop.
Do NOT towel dry, I repeat do not towel dry your hair. The fibers from the towel along with rubbing it along your hair causes frizz and the curls to lose their shape. If you do want to dry your hair, I recommend blotting your hair with a terry-cloth. Again, you only want to do this after you’ve applied your styling products, this ensures your curls will hold their shape.
Dry your hair with a diffuser. Diffusers can dry your curls with indirect heat, while adding volume and preventing frizz. Once, I’ve washed my hair, applied my products, I use the diffuser to dry my hair until it is more than half way dry, place my hair up with clips while I continue to get ready. Once I’m ready to leave, I remove the clips, use the diffuser to finish drying my hair and wala I’m ready to go.
Once a week I apply a hair mask to my hair. It helps restore the moisture and texture of my hair after the assault of products and heating tools used on my hair all week long.
Note– If you choose to forgo your curls for straight hair, be sure to use heat protecting spray. I always use Tresemme Thermal Heat Tamer Spray.
Although this post is about caring for curly hair, the tips can be helpful for solving all hair type problemos. The products I’ve recommended work for me and my curls and hair texture, I hope they work for you as well.
I would love to hear about your hair care routines and about products you love. Leave a comment below : )