10 Hair Care Tips for Natural Curly Hair
Jul. 26, 2020
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.
Clear Hydrated Skin The Clean Way✨
Staying in the trend of clean beauty, I have found an amazing product to add to my everyday routine. Odacité SKINCARE - Blue Aura Cleansing Water This is a cleansing water that is marketed to use in place of your cleanser for a “quick” clean. When looking for a good cleansing water, you want one that is hydrating and gets your face clean. Keep in mind not all cleansing waters are designed to clean makeup (I highly recommend a cleansing balm and cleanser). About This Brand: ✨Vegan ✨Cruelty Free ✨Certified Organic ✨ NO: Fillers | Parabens | Nanoparticles | Petrochemicals | PEG | Synthetic perfumes | Dyes | Phenoxyethanol. This cleansing water is so hydrating and satisfying to use. It smells very fresh and a little goes a long way. What is very important to me is my dry spot aren’t tight or irritated. I have been using this day and night and have seen amazing results acne and skin barrier wise. I included this in my routine after a regular cleanser and before my serums. So essentially, I use this as a “toner”. I do this to clean up anything my cleanse left behind, or the cleanser itself. INGREDIENTS: ✨Tumeric: Amazing for hyperpigmentation and overall skin brightness ✨Holy Basil: I drink the tea and can vouch this is an amazing adaptogen that can overall benefit every aspect of your life. It combats aging and free radical damage. ✨Neem: great anti aging ingredient that helps protects your skin barrier. ✨Aloe Vera Juice: this is great for your skin barrier overall. It hydrated, protects and brightens. I highly recommend this cleansing water and it is on sale for $9 at Boxycharm Pop Up 🥰🥰
Stay Young Forever? ✨
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At Home Exfoliating Facial ✨✨
So I recently received the Mimi Co Exfoliating Wand via IG PR. I couldn’t wait to do a full facial and I decided to do it tonight. Order: I purchased a steamer from Amazon for $23 and I’m obsessed with it (DM me for product info). I started with UpCircle - Cleansing Face Balm With Apricot Powder As my oil cleanse to get my sunscreen from today off and any other oils and dirts. INDIE LEE - Purifying Face Wash This cleanser is perfect for getting dirts and oils from skin as well. It’s not drying and it’s totally worth it! I paired it with a face cleansing scrub brush, I also purchased from Amazon. I love it and I paid around $20 for it as well! It doubles the vibration frequency put out by Foreo. CLARISMA - Namaste Glow Energizing Face Mask This was the mask I chose for the enzyme properties. This breaks down dirts and oils in pores and dead skin cells. I also steamed my face during this time. Follain - Toning Mist: Balance + Prime This was what I sprayed over my face for the prep for my exfoliating wand. I didn’t have a true medium and I am out of Aloe Vera plants so😭 I then exfoliated with my wand starting at my cheeks and working upward and then to my forehead. I went down and to the sides of my nose. Glow slow! innisfree - Jeju Lava Seawater Lotion I used the toner to cleanse my skin and get any dirts left over from me exfoliating. SUMMER FRIDAYS - Jet Lag Mask I use this as my hydrating mask. I took the back of my Mimi Co Wand on switched to the Moisturizing Setting. I gently slid upwards my entire face for the last 2 mins only and then wiped the mask off with a damp cloth. earthtoskin - Tea Time Anti Aging Eye Cream This is the most hydrating eye cream I own. I used this with the back of my cleansing brush on the heat setting! Yes it made my eye feel so hydrated and relaxed. fresh - Lotus Anti-Aging Night Moisturizer This was the final step as a good moisturizer seals in everything! To prevent acne I use the SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil as my last step. I didn’t use an astringent type toner, so I wanted to still treat my skin💚
Do It All Toner 🍃🍃
I have been loving the brand Truly lately ✨ I recently purchased this: 🍃TRULY - CBD Jelly Toning Solution 🍃 And it’s by far one of my favorite toners. Ingredients: 💚100MG CBD 💚Glycolic Acid 💚Tea Tree Oil 💚Organic Aloe 💚Rose Petal Extract This brand is also: 💚Vegan 💚Cruelty Free 💚Clean I use this every other night and it as tremendously helped my skin barrier and acne. I was really concerned about the glycolic acid irritating or drying my skin but it didn’t at all 🤩 I highly recommend this to combo and oily , acne prone skin. This will be a toner I keep in my night routine. I got it from Ulta (of course) for $24 (I paid $15 after coupons) Do you use CBD products? 🍃
Clear skin the gentle way?
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