I am by no means a curly hair professional, but I have tried dozens of products, a variety of techniques, and a couple different cuts. I didn’t fall in immense like with my curly hair until about high school, but since then I think it’s a marvelous distinctive part of my being. A distinctive part that sometimes has a mind of its own. Here is my curly hair consensus:
1. Trade your towel for a t-shirt
Scrunching your hair with a t-shirt helps get out a good bit of residual shower water and reduces frizz.
2. Less is more
This depends on your type of curly hair, but for curly girls it’s more important how much product you use as opposed to which kind of product. Check out this handy guide for more info.
Extra tip: Always apply product when hair is T-shirt dried but still mostly wet.
3. Start from the bottom
When you’re washing your hair, condition starting at the bottom of your hair and move up. Same goes for combing.
4. Get rid of the brushes
This is one I often don’t do because combing takes extra minutes, and I’m usually in a hurry because I value my sleep. Brushing tends to pull hair further, doing more damage than a comb does. I will even finger-comb my hair before I get out of the shower, which works wonders.
5. Diffuser is king
Usually only about half way and then let the rest air dry. My curls are relaxed, and heavy, so a diffuser is my #1 go-to for making them spring up. In contrast to a regular hair dryer, a diffuser equally distributes the heat and reduces the chance for frizz.
6. Know your ingredients
Silicates, Silicones, Sulphates… there are lots of hair product terms that get thrown around without people really knowing what they mean. To learn more, read here.
7. Leave your curls alone
The more you manhandle curly hair, the more frizz will occur. I try not to interrupt them after my initial scrunching.
8. Boost your roots!
I flip my hair over and diffuse it. Hello, volume! Also, the crown of my head tends to straighten if I’m in need of a haircut, so I use a clip to lift up the hair at the roots while it’s still wet. Doing this releases the weight, helping my hair dry curly.
9. Don’t wash it everyday
I try to go two days per wash, something about my hair’s natural oils that do a lot of great curling (so I read). Sometimes I even go every other other day.
10. Trims every 6-8 weeks
Knowing my particular hair, I acknowledge that a trim every few weeks is mega-important for my curls to rock. It looks healthier, fresher, and more fun to style.
Curly girls, do you have an tips or tricks?