10 Hair Care Tips for Natural Curly Hair
Curly girls, your hair structure is different than your straight-haired friends. Do you know how to maintain healthy, luscious, natural curls? Remember, your coils are beautiful. We know they may frizz up, poof out, and have a mind of their own sometimes, but we're giving you secrets to keep your strands looking their best.
What is naturally curly hair?
We know, it seems obvious, but for gals who fall in between tight coils and flowy waves, you may be wondering if they still belong in the naturally curly category - they do! Naturally curly hair can apply to all sorts of curl types, sizes, and lengths.
Tip #1: Don't over-shampoo
Girls with curls will know, coils tend to be prone to dryness and split ends. Excessive shampooing strips the hairs of its natural oils, which will leave your curls feeling thirsty. So, the less you wash, the better!
Tip #2: A healthy scalp is a happy scalp
This holds true for all hair types. Think about it; your scalp is where your hair comes from, so keeping it healthy is extremely important. You may not know it, but things like dead skin, old products, dirt, natural oil, and hard water residue can accumulate on your scalp. Try using a clarifying scalp treatment to remove all of that gunk and buildup to keep your scalp in tip-top shape. Keep your hair follicles happy - they'll return the favor with better hair days!
Tip #3: Don't brush wet curls
When hair is wet, it's the most vulnerable to breakage. To detangle your wet strands, spray a good leave-in conditioner and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your curls gently. To help prevent damage, work from the bottom up and don't rush. Slow and steady wins the detangling race!
Tip #4: Go easy on the heat
We get it, sometimes curly and wavy hair is hard to manage, and you just want to take the flat iron to it. Keep in mind that flat irons will dehydrate your strands and lead to heat damage. We know sometimes heat styling is inevitable though, —and that's a-ok too! But if you are using heat, just be sure to keep the iron on a relatively low setting and use a good heat protectant.
Tip #5: Choose your shampoo wisely
Not all shampoo is created equal! For natural curls to be as healthy and hydrated as possible, go for a shampoo specially formulated for curly hair. Think of your curly hair like fine silk. You wouldn't wash a silk scarf with a harsh detergent, so don't wash your hair with harsh shampoo. A lot of drugstore shampoo brands contain sulfates that strip your hair of its natural moisture and oil. Curly girls, look for brands that specifically cater to natural waves.
Tip #6: Avoid hairsprays and mousse
Hairspray and mousse are the two styling products that contain the highest amount of alcohol. Alcohol is a big no-no for curly hair! These products won't only dry out your tresses, but they'll also make curls feel hard and crunchy (gross!)
Tip #7: Take cooler showers
By turning down the water temperature in your shower, you may just be giving your curls that little bit of TLC they crave. Hot water can strip your hair of its natural oil, causing it to feel dry and damaged. Instead of scorching your strands with hot water, turn it down to lukewarm.
Tip #8: Use a deep conditioner
And use it a lot. After shampooing with your curl-friendly shampoo, pick a deep conditioner to moisturize your locks. If your ringlets are prone to damage, use a deep conditioner made with protein, silk amino acids, or keratin to restore strength.
Tip #9: Gently dry your hair with a cotton T-shirt
Gently remove excess water after the shower using a cotton T-shirt. Never rub your coils with a harsh towel. Vigorously rubbing your curls back and forth causes the cuticles to open and make your hair frizzy.
Tip #10: Use a satin or silk pillowcase
Sleeping can make or break your curls. Cotton pillowcases can cause your tresses to tangle and frizz. Go for a smooth, satin, or silk pillowcase to keep curls happy while you sleep.
A Year in review!
This year has definitely been a wild ride. I’ve learned so much more about my hair and skin in this last year than I ever thought I would or needed to know! All the way from using witch hazel and not paying attention to my curl pattern, to staying completely fragrance free with face products and staying away from harsh toners and paying attention to what my hair was trying to do! Using this app has really opened doors for me that I wouldn’t thought possible for my beauty process! I can’t wait to see what more years bring me, and us! Thank you @cherie!
3 Easy Ways to Volumize Your Hair
Hair concerns: Flat, Thin These are my 3 quick, go-to hair tips for volumizing my hair! This is great for when you’re on the go and don’t have too much time on your hands. 1. Use a Root Volumizer Hot Tool (Bed Head Little Tease Hair Crimper for Outrageous Texture and Volume) - Using this root volumizer hot tool will give you the volume of teased hair without the tangled knots and hairspray. It works by making small crimps or waves in your hair and gives your roots volume from the texture it creates. Just make sure to cover your roots with a layer of hair to conceal the textured areas. - Directions: Clamp the hot tool at your roots, brush it out with your fingers, and cover it with a layer of hair. Spray a moderate amount of hair spray to keep it in place. 2. Dry Shampoo - Thin, flat hair usually looks lifeless because of the lack of texture and thinness of the hair shaft. This means that having freshly washed hair can actually be your worst enemy if you’re going for a volumized look. Adding in a hair product can help at the roots by allowing for your hair to be styled into place. You can use any texturizing spray to do so, but I like to use dry shampoo especially for second-hair days! It helps soak up the oils in my hair as well as volumizing my roots. - Directions: Use any dry shampoo your own and spray onto your roots and brush it out. 3. Hair Extensions - Adding hair extensions onto your head will effortlessly give the illusion that your hair is much thicker than it actually is. The added layers will make the roots of your hair appear uplifted. You can choose from lengthening hair extensions (like mine) or extensions that match your hair length. Either way, it’ll make your hair on your head look much fuller. - Directions: Use clip-in hair extensions and clip it onto your roots. Cover the clip-ins with a layer of hair and spray hairspray it to keep it in place. #cheriepartner #sponsored
The Ordinary Empties and final thoughts!
I believe it’s been almost 10 months of me using The Ordinary products and wow! I can’t believe so much time has passed! These 3 products are the very first products I ever bought to try and here’s what I think! The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This serum I would buy again and again. And I do! I’m on my 3rd bottle! Because I usually wear glasses, my nose gets really really oily under the nose pieces which causes them to slide around my face A LOT. After using this serum, I’ve noticed that I really don’t get oily in that spot anymore thank god! My T zone is balanced and because of my oil production going down, I’ve also noticed my pores around my nose have shrunk dramatically. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 This one I’m really on the fence about. I have definitely seen improvement in my face in terms of “wrinkles” which really were just a way of my face telling me I needed more moisture! However, the formula is soooo tacky that when I try to use it during the day it makes my sunscreen pill no matter how long I wait for it to settle in. Even though I hate the tackiness, I still bought a 2nd bottle! The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG There’s nothing wrong with this product. I just feel like it didn’t do much for me! I got it to help with my dark under eyes and puffiness but I don’t think it did much. If it did do anything, it was too gradual of a change for me to notice. Also, does anyone know what all this buildup is around the cap??? I guess we will see how long it takes me to realize it did help and I run to get a new bottle! For now, I think one bottle of this was enough for me.
My Everyday Makeup Routine!
This has been my go-to routine for so long! Only takes me 30 minutes (haha sounds short to me) but seriously such an easy way to look glam! My Basic Steps for a good everyday look are in order from 1. Brows 2. Concealer (I pack on a bit more for extra coverage) 3. Contour (Using a darker concealer) 4. Baking (Using a dry beauty blender, this will help keep my makeup on all day!) 6. Contour (This sets the darker concealer/contour shade) 7. Highlight 8. Lashes 9. Gloss of choice (preferable nude or clear to keep it neutral for me) 10. And boom! An everyday glam look! Products listed below (: - Elf Lock on liner and Brow Cream #e.l.f. - Lock on Liner and Brow Cream[products]#[FourStars] In shade “Medium Brown” - Elf Hydrating Camo Concealer #e.l.f. - Hydrating Camo Concealer[products]#[FiveStars] in shade “Light Sand” - Elf Hydrating Camo Concealer #e.l.f. - Hydrating Camo Concealer[products]#[FiveStars] in shade “Deep Dark” - Makeup Revolution “Translucent” baking powder #REVOLUTION - MAKEUP REVOLUTION Loose Baking Powder[products]#[FourStars] - Makeup Revolution Bake and Blot in shade “Deep Dark” #REVOLUTION - Bake And Blot Pressed Powder[products]#[FiveStars] - NikkieTutorials Highlighting Trio by Ofra Cosmetics #OFRA - NikkieTutorials Highlighting Trio[products]#[FiveStars] - Lashes from #EYLURE - Luxe XL Lashes[products]#[FiveStars] - Morphe Lip Gloss in color “Free Bird” #MORPHE - MORPHE Lip Gloss [products]#[FiveStars] Comment below if you’ve tried any of these products! (:
Dermatologist tips on pores!
FACTS ABOUT PORES: Pore size is affected by: ✔️ Age ✔️ Sun exposure overtime ✔️ Genetics ✔️ Skin type For these reasons, it is not possible to shrink pores, but these products can help minimize the appearance of pores (I listed different options to choose from in each category. One from each category is all that would be needed): 1. Sunscreen ✔️ SPF 30 or higher in the morning, reapply every 2 hours (can use setting powder to reapply!) CeraVe - Face Sheer Tint Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 LA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios Ultra Fluid Face Lotion SPF 50+ Supergoop! - 100% Mineral Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45 2. Salicylic acid cleanser ✔️ Once a day ✔️ Treatment for acne CeraVe - Salicylic Acid Facial Cleanser THE inkey LIST - Salicylic Acid Acne + Pore Cleanser 3. Retinoids/retinol ✔️ Takes ~12 weeks to see an effect ✔️ Treatment for acne ❗️Acne may get worse before it gets better ❗️Only at night, must wear sunscreen during the day ❌ Avoid in pregnancy and breastfeeding DIFFERIN - 0.1% Adapalene Acne Treatment Gel Pump LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Adapalene Gel .01% Topical Retinoid Acne Treatment ❗️Sensitive skin may not be able to use salicylic acid cleanser and retinol/retinoid together at night (may be too irritating) ✔️ For sensitive skin: can consider salicylic acid cleanser in the morning & retinol/retinoid at night It can take weeks to months to start noticing a difference, patience is 🔑 What works to help decrease the appearance of your pores? Have you tried any of these? Comment below!
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