Curly hair is so beautiful and such a handful to care for! Get better results, less frizz, and happier overall hair health with these five curly girl tips!
Having curly hair is beautiful, but it’s also a lot to handle! Sometimes it seems impossible to tame those curls no matter how hard you try.
You may live in a humid environment that makes matters worse. If it’s humid, what ends up happening is you put your hair up a lot of the time. It’s just too hard to deal with otherwise!
But why hide your curls away when it’s one of your most striking features?
We have some ideas on how you can show off your curls with pride!
If you’re seeking ways to properly care for your curly hair, read on for our best advice.
1. Be Selective With Your Shampoo
Depending on your hair’s texture, figuring out the right type of shampoo to use is everything.
Find a shampoo free of chemicals and that provides enough moisture.
But don’t over shampoo your hair — using too much can dry it out.
For the most part, how often you shampoo your hair mostly depends on what type of hair you have.
If you have dry hair instead of oily hair, you may need to shampoo your hair more often. But if your hair is oily and you don’t want to put it up, then we recommend washing it at least a few times a week.
Now, since you have curly hair, you must also consider this. With your delicate curls, it’s best to wash with a hydrating shampoo that’s also gentle on your hair. Your goal should be not to dry out your curls and keep the cuticle closed.
We know it sounds like a lot of work, but once you get a shampoo routine figured out, your curls will look fabulous!
2. Wrap or Braid Hair Before Bed
Naturally, curly hair tends to get frizzy when not kept under control. If you already have a humid climate to contend with, then you’ll have to work extra hard to keep the frizz at bay.
Another way to prevent frizz is by taking care of your hair at night.
How can you do that?
There are a few techniques to try, such as wrapping your hair or braiding it.
Wrap it in a Scarf
One way to prevent frizz from taking over is by wrapping your hair in a silk or satin scarf. A silky scarf will do the trick because it regulates temperature. And it stops moisture from escaping your hair.
You have to admit having silk on your head while you sleep will feel pretty fantastic as well!
If you haven’t heard of plopping, then you’re missing out! Using the plopping technique, you’ll first need a tee-shirt.
With damp, combed out hair, you’ll gently wrap your curls in a tee-shirt. There are specific steps to take, however. So follow them if you want your curls to look incredible.
Braid Your Hair
Braiding your hair is another way to keep your curls from running rampant. This is a simple way to contain your curls without having to worry about a scarf or tee-shirt.
If you wash your hair in the evening, make sure your hair is damp before braiding it. Otherwise, depending on the thickness of your hair, it may not dry.
Braiding your hair can also give your curly hair an extra kick. It should be even curlier when you take it out of its braid the next day!
3. Avoid Hot Water
Even though showering with hot water feels nice, it's not ideal for your hair.
Curls get frizzy and damaged when washed in hot water. What happens is your scalp and your hair get dried out, which leads to hair breakage. Not to mention a lot of frizz ensues, and with frizz, it's all the more difficult to control your curly hair!
To lock in moisture, wash your hair in cold or barely warm water instead.
If you want to enjoy a warmer shower, wrap up your hair after washing it so it won't get damaged by hotter water.
But, keep in mind that a super hot shower isn't good for your skin either. It'll dry out your skin just like it dries out your hair and scalp!
4. Apply a Leave-In Conditioner
After showering, if you'd like to give your locks more moisture, apply a leave-in conditioner. It'll help smooth down any existing frizz as well as prevent further frizz from developing.
If you accidentally succumbed to taking a hot shower because you were cold that day, don't fret. Applying a leave-in conditioner can help replenish your hair's moisture.
Keep in mind that a little bit of conditioner goes a long way. So only using a pea-sized amount should suffice. If your hair is extra thick, you can get away with using more.
An alternative to conditioner is using argan oil. This type of oil is rich in vitamin E, which keeps your hair and skin healthy.
Alternate between using argan oil and leave-in conditioner. Or, try a few different products and decide on one that works best for your hair.
5. Embrace Your Curls
It's a lot easier to care for your curls if you love them. If you don't appreciate them, you'll always be fighting them as opposed to embracing them.
Figure out a way to appreciate your curls so that you'll do a better job at making them look fabulous.
Combing through the web and looking for curly hair tips and tricks can certainly help. There are many curly hair experts out there who can teach you the right skills to tame that wild mane of yours!
Remember, your curls are a part of you, so try not to dislike them. Yes, they take a lot more effort to style and tame. But after learning which products to use and how to care for them, you will grow to love them.
Accept your curly tresses for all that they are. They’re a part of you and add to your beauty!
After knowing the best processes, consider showing others how to care for their curls. There’s always more to learn — and love — about your gorgeous hair!
Caitlin Sinclair is the Business Manager at The Rylan. With over five years of property management experience, she begins and ends each day loving what she does. She finds joy in helping current and future residents and makes The Rylan a place everyone loves to call home.