7 Tips for Caring for Your Curly Hair

YoustinaYoustina
Jul. 15, 2020
Curly hair is unique and common, but it gets far less love from the beauty community when it comes to knowing how to care for this type of hair. Curly hair bends and coils and can easily knot on itself. For all of these reasons, curly hair can be fragile and delicate. It also has a tendency to be dry because your scalp’s natural oils can have a hard time getting all the way to the ends of your hair.
When it comes to caring for your curly hair, a simple shampoo, rinse, condition, rinse, and repeat routine isn’t going to work for you. Your hair care routine will be completely different, and there are a lot more things to think about when maintaining your curly hair as opposed to someone with straight or wavy hair.
  • Be patient. The most important thing to remember when dealing with curly hair is that you need to be patient. Curly hair will not always be quick to style, and wash days can take a lot longer than one session in the shower. Set aside some time to deep condition, shampoo, and style your hair without rushing, so your hair can receive the treatment and care it needs.
  • Use your fingers to detangle your hair. The next step is to put away the brush. Trying to comb out tangles from curly hair only leads to more frizz and broken ends. If you want your curly hair to be healthy and shiny, then stick to finger detangling and protective styles to prevent your hair from getting knotted.
  • Stretch out your wash days. Because curly hair is prone to dryness rather than being too oily, you can stand to stretch out the wash days from every other day to every couple of days or even once a week. Stretching out the time between your washes will protect your hair from unnecessary friction and allow for your scalp’s natural oils to get further down your hair strand. In between washes, it’s okay to rinse your hair and reapply conditioner to make sure it stays moisturized and hydrated throughout the week.
  • Embrace your wash-day routine. Developing a wash day routine will make caring for your curly hair much easier, and there are some necessary steps to make your curls pop. First, you deep condition your hair, wet it thoroughly, and then shampoo your scalp with a sulfate-free shampoo. After you have shampooed your hair, use a post-shampoo conditioner and then a leave-in conditioner last. If your hair is long, consider washing your hair in sections to prevent more tangles and to make your wash day routine faster. 
  • Use a leave-in conditioner. For us curly girls, there’s nothing wrong with rehydrating your hair in between wash sessions. You should always use a leave-in conditioner after you wash your hair, but you can also reapply your leave-in conditioner when your hair starts feeling dry. Invest in a lightweight, water-based leave-in conditioner that you can apply every morning before styling your hair. 
  • Skip using heat. It may be tempting to blow dry your hair on occasion or flat iron it when you’re looking for a new style, but heat and curly hair don’t go together. If you want to do the best for your hair, consider tossing your blow dryer in the same drawer as your brush and letting your hair dry naturally as often as possible.
  • Sleep with a satin bonnet or pillowcase. Finally, a solid nighttime routine is just as important as your daytime routine, and if you are not sleeping with a satin bonnet or pillowcase, you’re doing your hair no favors. Rough cotton pillowcases will cause your hair to tangle and knot on itself because it can get caught in the cotton fibers. Investing in a satin bonnet or satin pillowcase can prevent frizz, single strand knots, and improve the general health of your hair. 
  • Curly hair is beautiful, but caring for curly hair is a lot different than caring for straight or wavy hair. For one thing, wash days for your curly hair take a lot more time than for your straight haired counterparts. However, taming your curls is easier than you think. Instituting even a few of these six tips will help you on your healthy hair journey.
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