Can’t tame your curly mane?
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If properly cared for, curly hair gives you a stylish and elegant look, but if not, it looks too messy, busy, and limp. Don’t worry, though, because here are some useful tips you can try to maintain your curls.
What You’ll Need:
- Gentle shampoo
- Moisturizing conditioner
- Leave-in conditioner
- Styling products
- Wide-toothed comb
- Satin or silk pillow
- Use Conditioner More Than Shampoo
Curly locks need to be washed as often as straight hair, but the only difference is it’s more advisable to use conditioner than shampoo. Too much shampoo strips the hair of its natural oil, which the curls need to lessen frizz. Try to keep your shampoo routine to not more than four times a week. As for the conditioner, use it frequently. Pick out a moisturizing conditioner that doesn’t flatten the curls, but adds shine and moisture.
Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo, then, after rinsing, apply the conditioner throughout your curls. Part your hair, combing out tangles using a wide-toothed comb. Rinse thoroughly after a few minutes. If your hair is well-moisturized, the hair cuticle is sealed, giving you shining and well-defined curls. You can also apply a leave-in conditioner to tame your hair better.
Don’t Comb It Frequently
Combing your hair too much can loosen the curls, and will make them fade quicker. After showering, just run a wide-toothed comb through it, or use your fingers. Please leave it to air dry like that for at least 15 minutes.
Another tip: Don’t rub or wring your curls with a towel. Just scrunch out as much water as you can using your fingers, while you’re still in the shower.
Use The Right Styling Products
If you must style your curly hair, you should use styling products that give you moisture and a firm hold. Shine enhancers, styling cream, and gel that has conditioning ingredients and firm grasp give you lasting, better results. Put them on your hair while it’s still damp, then style as you please.
Don’t Heat Your Hair
Straight-haired people can blow-dry their hair if they want it to dry before going out of the house. Curly-haired people are advised not to do this because heat causes curly hair to frizz and become damaged.
Unless you’re planning to set your hair with rollers, don’t use a Hairdryer to dry your mane. Just allow it to air dry.
If you do have to use a blow-dryer, use the slowest and coolest setting with a diffuser. When it’s about 80% dry, you can stop. Put on some leave-in conditioner to bring back moisture.
Have A Curly Updo, Before You Tuck In For The Night
You can take care of your curls even when you’re sleeping before you lay down. Pull your hair up and pile it on top of your head, in a loose ponytail, securing it with a silk or satin scrunchie. This updo is called the “pineapple.” Arranging your hair like this prevents you from sleeping on top of it, so you won’t flattening it accidentally. In the morning, remove the scrunchie and shake out your hair, reshaping wayward curls using your fingers.
SLEEP ON A SATIN PILLOW
Throw away your ordinary cotton pillow and replace it with silk or satin one. The shiny material lets your hair slide freely. Cotton and polyester pillows can only draw moisture out and catch on curls, causing breakage and frizz.
A FEW MORE TIPS
Don’t straighten your hair often.
When choosing a hairdresser, make sure he or she is an expert with curly hair.
Coconut oil or lavender oil protects and conditions hair, and can also lessen frizz.
Scrunch your hair to shape it more, or twirl some strands around your finger.
Maintaining your curls is not as hard as you think. Just follow these tips, and you’ll always have glamorous curly locks to flaunt!