No matter if you have slight waves or tight ringlets curly hair may look carefree and totally messy. Different patterns and types of curls require different styling and maintenance routine. Yet we can set up general guidelines to keep them healthy and good looking.
Let it be classic, soft curls or wide curls and lots of volume, curly hair requires special treatment when it comes to care.
How to Maintain Curly Hair?
Let’s see the methods that make your ringlets shiny, silky and healthy.
Use a Light, Moisturizing Shampoo
Shampoo is designed to clean your scalp, but keeping your curls hydrated, use a light moisturizing one. The best way to wash curly hair is with a sulfate-free shampoo. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – the key ingredient in most traditional shampoos – is too harsh for most curls.
Use Proper Conditioner
Conditioning – that is meant to repair and smooth out the cuticle – should be an essential part of a curly girl’s haircare routine. The curlier the hair, the longer it takes for natural oils to travel from the scalp to the ends, causing the lower half to appear dry, disheveled and frazzled. Apply conditioner on the bottom of your hair and move up.
Use Hair Mask Once a Week
Once a week use an effective hair mask (like Grandma’s hair mask). It penetrates into the hair and repairs and nourishes it from the roots to the ends.
Use a Leave-in Conditioner
Since curly hair is dryer than regular hair and tends to be more prone to tangles, moisturizing is the key. A leave-in conditioning product can help to moisturize curls.
Natural Remedies for Soft Curls
Natural remedies like Grandma’s hair mask, Coconut oil or Shea butter help to keep your curls soft, smooth and healthy.
Combing is Cardinal
To avoid “lion-look” do not use brush or comb on dry curls. However use a wide-toothed comb instead or even finger combing starting at the bottom of your hair and move up. For creating ringlets or twirl curling use a curl enhancing cream and a wide tooth comb.
Reorganize Your Sleeping Conditions
Since cotton soaks up moisture from your hair, causing frizz, it is recommended to sleep on a satin pillowcase. It keeps your curls smooth.
Proper Hair Drying
Use a hair dryer on low heat, but using air drying is even better especially for the ends, because they tend to be more damaged. If you stick to hair dryer, don’t forget to apply a heat-protecting product before drying you hair.
Find the Right Cutting Method
Since curly dry hair and curly wet hair are two absolutely different things, always get a dry haircut. Curly girls know that each curl has its own independent personality. A dry cut won’t spring any surprises—you’ll know exactly the result.
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