When I wrote about tips for girls with fine hair I received an out pouring of questions of how to deal with curly hair. So here we go.
Tips for dealing with curly hair.
Use the right product. Curly shampoo and conditioner is formulated for (you guessed it) curly hair! So why are you using shampoo formulated for straight hair? Or using a volumizing shampoo and conditioner? (I’ve never heard a curly person complain about their hair being too flat…) Use a good shampoo for curls, it will help form, shape and hydrate those curls, that is what it was made for.
Condition, condition, condition. Usually curly hair is on the dry side. And dry hair is prone to damage and breakage. Use a good conditioner (in the shower and after the shower) to combat dry hair and breakage and to drag down frizz.
Beware the heat tools. I love my flat iron and my curling rod, but that doesn’t mean I need to use them everyday, or have them turned all the way up! Curly hair is very fragile and there is nothing worse than reducing your full head of hair to a few wisps of spider string because you got too friendly with your flat iron. Turn them down and use them sparingly. Embrace your natural curl. If you hate your natural curl try sleeping with your hair in a bun (or two or three) this will help bundle the curls that need help and you can sleep in a little later because you won’t need to use your curling iron in the morning.
Use a curl cream. Put something on that helps bundle your curls and leaves some sort of moisturizer on them. A curl cream will help seal the hair cuticle and add protection from environmental damage as well as help combat frizz.
Don’t rub your hair dry. Use a scrunching motion to squeeze out excess water after you’ve shampooed. Rubbing your hair vigorously in a towel will only cause a frizzy mess.
Get rid of those brushes. Use a wide tooth comb in the shower or while your hair is still wet and then leave it alone. Brushing your hair will only breakup those curls and make you look like a fuzz ball who just stuck their finger in an electrical outlet. Trust me.
Master “Day Two” hair. Give your hair a break and try to skip a day between shampoos. Your hair will thank you! Gel, hairspray or leave-in conditioner can help tame frizz and curly hair goes up in an updo in only a few minutes with some well-placed bobby pins. Side twists and high ponies are in this year. Give them a try.