10 Hair Care Tips for Natural Curly Hair

Jul. 26
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. 
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