Curly hair is super fragile, it’s always thirsty for moisture to stay healthy and hydrated. Some tips can help you get the perfect look that you’re looking for. Follow the tips below:
Pick The Best Shampoo And Conditioner
When you buy a shampoo and conditioner for your curly hair, don’t just pick anything. You should pick products that are made especially for curly hair. Haircare products for curly hair contain ingredients that can help keep it moisturized and healthy. They should include ingredients like:
– Aloe Vera.
– Shea Butter.
– Jojoba oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil.
– Plant extracts.
– Hydrolyzed silk protein or animal proteins.
More importantly, avoid hair care products that contain harsh chemicals, sulfates, alcohol, paraben, and fragrances. Your hair needs a mild shampoo to cleanse it well without drying it.
Also, It’s super important to keep the scalp healthy and clean to reduce scalp problems like dandruff or scalp folliculitis.
Shampoo Your Hair Wisely
If you have curly hair, you may think twice before washing it each day or every other day. Excessive shampooing can strip off the moisture from your hair and leave it dry and dull. So the rule is always to wash your hair when it needs to.
You can also use clarifying shampoo to cleanse the scalp well and get rid of buildups twice a month. After washing your hair, use a moisturizing conditioner to protect hair cuticles and lock in moisture.
Wash Your Hair With Cold Water
Hot water is not always a good option. It can dry out your skin and hair. Hot showers also open up hair cuticles which lead to breakage and frizz. So ideally speaking you should wash your hair and body with lukewarm water. This helps keep hair strong and moisturized.
Pre-Shampoo Treatment Is A Must
Curly hair always needs more moisture to look healthy and defined. A Pre-shampoo treatment boosts nourishment which helps keep hair smooth. It also reduces frizz and detangles hair. So applying a hair mask before washing your hair can actually protect hair strands and lock in moisture.
Try Natural Hair Masks For Your Curly Hair
It’s easy to make your DIY hair mask from natural ingredients that are already in your home. Also, it’s best to apply a hair mask before going to bed and wash it in the morning. Apply a natural hair mask to your hair before each wash to soften your curls.
Give Natural Oils A Try
Using natural oils as part of your hair care routine helps hydrate your curls and stimulate healthy hair growth. You can apply a few drops of any natural oil to your scalp and massage for 3-5 minutes before bed then wash your hair when you wake up.
Here are some of the oils that can help:
Choose The Right Styling Comb/Brush
Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair without breaking it. If you prefer to use brushes, pick a high-quality brush with natural bristles.
The best way to avoid breakage is to comb/brush your curly hair after applying the conditioner. This makes your hair more manageable and spread the conditioner all over your strands. Also, you can run your fingers through your hair to get rid of knots and make sure the conditioner reaches all strands.
Avoid Heat Styling Tools
Excessive use of heat styling tools can ruin your curl pattern. But in case you wanna blow-dry and straighten your hair, use a good heat protectant spray.
A heat protectant spray help seal the cuticle and reduce hair damage. Also, while it’s best to let your hair air dry, you can use a diffuser to dry your curls. A diffuser reduces breakage by distributing heat on large sections of your hair. Also, remember not to overuse it.
Get Regular Trims
To maintain your hair health, you should trim the ends every 2-3 months. Split ends make your hair look dull and frizzy that’s why you should always get rid of them.
Also, some habits can help prevent split ends like:
– Avoid wearing tight hairstyles.
– Avoid using a hair dryer or flat iron a lot.
– Use a wide-tooth comb.
– To detangle knots, use a detangler before brushing/combing.
– Be extra gentle on your hair.